Saturday, October 25, 2014

Amazing Cover: "Crazy" (Tamia)

Tamia's country-tinged rendition of "Still" on her latest release Beautiful Surprise was just the potential tip of the iceberg of Tamia "crossing into" country music as a phenomenal cover of the Patsy Cline classic "Crazy" has hit the net via the Grammy's ReImagined series.

With that said, after the jump you will find a powerful performance from Tamia as she coos out a special and powerful rendition of "Crazy" and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Sweet Thing" (Rufus ft. Chaka Khan)

Chaka Khan was honored last  year at the world famous The Apollo Theater for her career milestone accomplishments that capstones the year of her being in the entertainment business for over 40 years! With that said, Mary J. Blige of course came and performed "Sweet Thing" in honor of Ms. Khan, but I wanted to take it back for a second listen to the original 1975 recording of Rufus featuring Chaka Khan.

Lifted from the group's LP Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, "Sweet Thing" is one of those evergreen songs that never gets old and always gets you in the groove. Therefore, take a listen below to "Sweet Thing" and Enjoy!

Cut: "Is This the Way Love Feels" (Chrisette Michele)

While Chrisette Michele released her fourth studio LP Better last year, I thought it would be appropriate to revisit her first album I Am and one of my favorite cuts from her debut effort.

Back in 2007 Chrisette Michele released her debut album I Am and among the numerous standout joints from the effort, the nearly 7 minute opus "Is This the Way Love Feels" is one of the highlights from the album.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "If Only You Knew/Somewhere Over The Rainbow" (Mariah Carey)

Back during the 1998 Essence Awards,  Patti LaBelle was honored and part of Essence's honoring of Patti included a musical tribute that included a stirring medley rendition from her "goddaughter" Mariah Carey.

Opting to perform Patti's classic "If Only You Knew" which then transitioned into "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," Mariah proved why she is considered by many one of the best vocalists and Mama Patti soaked up and enjoyed every minute of it.

Watch Mariah's powerful medley rendition below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Free Yourself" (Fantasia)

"Free Yourself" - Fantasia
  • Writers: Missy Elliott, Craig X. Brockman
  • Record Label: J Records
  • Released in 2005 from 2004's Free Yourself
  • Peaked at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart
  • Nominated for two Grammy Awards Best R&B song & Best Female R&B Vocal Performance

Amazing Cover: "Endless Love" (Ledisi)

A few years ago, Ledisi honored Lionel Richie at UNCF's An Evening of Stars and blew the roof off the joint with her powerful rendition of the Lionel Richie and Diana Ross duet "Endless Love."

With that said, you can peep her sublime take on "Endless Love" below and if you like what you hear, hopefully Ledisi will be hitting the road again soon as her The Truth Tour this past spring was truly the truth.

TV Rewind: "Tamar And Vince" Season 3 Ep. 1

Last night on WE TV, the first episode of season three's Tamar And Vince aired and Tamar kicks off her first solo headlining tour the Love And War Tour and ahead of her show, Tamar also headlines a women's empowerment concert, gets to work on her highly anticipated forthcoming album, the followup to her Grammy-nominated Love & War LP and makes some last minute changes to her set.

Peep the latest episode of Tamar & Vince below and Enjoy!

Cut: "Your Love's Supreme" (Chanté Moore)

Back in 1994, Chanté Moore released her sophomore album A Love Supreme and while none of the songs made a splash on the Billboard Hot 100, one of my favorite joints from Chanté is featured on said album.

While most people will recall Chanté's biggest hit, "Chanté's Got a Man" from her third studio album, I'll always remember Chanté for "Your Love's Supreme." With that said, take a listen below to Chanté Moore's cut "Your Love's Supreme" and Enjoy!

New Video: "Right Now" (Mary J. Blige)

Mary J. Blige's Disclosure-produced single is one of the joints leading of her forthcoming set The London Sessions, which is slated for release on December 2nd and features production and writing credits from the likes of Rodney Jerkins, Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé, as well as Naughty Boy.

With that said, yesterday, the Mike Ho helmed visual for "Right Now" was released and features Mary riding through the streets of London in a black Bentley before rolling up to an underground club. Peep the official video for "Right Now" below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "She" (Laura Mvula)

Laura Mvula is one of the most exciting artists that has come out in the last few years and while it's been almost two years since the release of her debut album Sing To The Moon, I am still listening to this sublime debut project as if it was released just last week.

With that said, Laura's standout joint "She" led the set and really introduced me and others to this phenomenally slept on talent. Therefore, take a second listen to it below via the stunning official video for "She" and Enjoy!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "Is It Still Good To Ya?" (Patti LaBelle & Luther Vandross)

During Patti LaBelle's PBS special "Patti LaBelle - Live! One Night Only," she performed an amazing cover of the Ashford & Simpson classic "Is It Still Good To Ya?" along with her close friend and former president of her fan club Luther Vandross.

In my opinion, these two together, can do no wrong and this goes down in my book as one of the most underrated duets and covers to occur in the past 20 years. With that said, check out their passionate duet after the jump and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Take Me to the King" (Tamela Mann)

"Take Me to the King" - Tamela Mann
  • Writer: Kirk Franklin
  • Producer: Kirk Franklin
  • Record Label: Tillymann Music Group
  • Released in 2012 from Best Days
  • Peaked at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Songs chart
  • Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance