Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Song of the Day: "Every Little Step" (Bobby Brown)

"Every Little Step" - Bobby Brown
  • Writers & Producers: L.A. Reid, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
  • Record Label: MCA
  • Released in 1989 Don't Be Cruel
  • Peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart

Live Audio: "Tribute To Whitney Houston" (Gladys Knight)

The day before Whitney Houston's funeral back in 2012, Gladys Knight had a show in St. Petersburg, Florida and during her set, she took some time out to honor the late, great, Ms. Whitney Houston.

Offering a medley that including "A Song For You," "All The Man That I Need," and "Run To You," Gladys shut it down with her riveting and emotive performance and you can take a listen to this live audio medley after the jump!

Amazing Cover: "Yesterday" (Aretha Franklin)

Watch the Queen of Soul's amazing cover of The Beatles classic "Yesterday" below.

Lifted from her 1979 appearance on a variety show, Ms. Franklin croons the song as only her anointed pipes can.

With that said, taake a few minutes and enjoy the vocal stylings of the one and only Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin on The Beatles' "Yesterday" and Enjoy!

Cut: "Father, Father" (Laura Mvula)

I've been jamming to Laura Mvula's debut album Sing To The Moon since it arrived by mail to me over a year ago and after several listens, one of my favorite cuts from the album has to be her slow joint  "Father, Father."

While she has performed the song live while promoting her new album, which has peaked thus far at #9 on the UK Albums Chart, I hadn't really listened to the lyrics and the instrumentation behind "Father, Father."

With that said, take a listen below to Laura's cut "Father, Father" and if you like what you hear, go out and support her by picking up a copy of her sublime debut album Sing To The Moon.

Second Listen: "Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)" (Robert Glasper Experiment feat. Ledisi)

Nominated for a Grammy last year for Best R&B Performance, "Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)" is one of those perfect smooth grooving Sunday jams that the Robert Glasper Experiment and Ledisi constructed effortlessly.

Though it lost out to Miguel's "Adorn," "Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)" is such a gem that deserves more attention as Ledisi's vocals coo perfectly with the Robert Glasper Experiment's instrumentation.

With that said, as Ledisi headlines her tour The Truth Tour with the Robert Glasper Experiment opening up for her, I thought it would be nice to take a second listen below to "Gonna Be Alright (F.T.B.)"!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "The Greatest Love Of All" (Whitney Houston)

During Whitney Houston's HBO special Welcome Home Heroes from back in 1991, she opted to closeout her phenomenal concert with a powerful rendition of "The Greatest Love Of All."

Featuring two adorable kids who joined her on stage during her performance, Whitney Houston offers one of her best vocal showings of The Greatest Love Of All" in my opinion and certainly my favorite performance as it is filled with her powerhouse vocals and infectious personality.

Watch it all go down after the jump and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "We Remain" (Christina Aguilera)

"We Remain" - Christina Aguilera
  • Writers: Ryan Tedder, Brent Kutzle, Mikky Ekko & Christina Aguilera
  • Record Label: Universal Republic, Mercury
  • Released in 2013 from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Amazing Cover: "Breaking the Law" (Tiffany Evans)

Earlier today for Tiffany Tuesdays, the powerhouse vocalist and Star Search winner, Ms. Tiffany Evans released a sublime acoustic cover of Emeli Sandé's cut "Breaking the Law," which Emeli wrote as an ode to her sister.

Showcasing her sublime range, vocal control and emotional depth well beyond her 21-years of age, Tiffany Evans continues to prove why she is such an underrated vocalist in the industry and why she warrants a real shot at it because her talents alone place her in the legend-in-the-making category for me.

With that said, watch Tiffany's sublime cover of Emeli Sandé's "Breaking the Law" below and if you like what you hear, be on the lookout for Tiffany's next project as she is currently in the studio grinding on it.

Set: "2014 Easter Egg Roll" (Ariana Grande)

President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed Ariana Grande back to the White House this past Monday for the 2014 Easter Egg Roll after her sublime appearance a few weeks ago to celebrate the Women of Soul.

With that said, Ariana performed a brief set including hit singles "Right There," "The Way" as well as her Yours Truly cut "Piano." While Ariana has moved onto recording and putting the finishing touches on ehr sophomore album due later this year, that didn't stop her from getting down with Big Sean on their underrated collaboration "Right There."

Therefore, peep Ariana's set below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Lego House" (StooShe)

I was jamming to Ed Sheeran's debut album + earlier today and was reminded of StooShe's brillant cover of Ed's "Lego House." Though I have not been following StooShe all that close these days, these three girls have a great vocal blend that works well for their cover of "Lego House."

Watch their phenomenal cover below and hopefully their sophomore album will offer us an official cover of "Lego House" as well as some similar joints to this.

Second Listen: "Buy Me A Rose" (Luther Vandross)

Luther Vandross recorded a sublime cover of the Kenny Rogers classic "Buy Me A Rose," for what would end up being his final original studio album Dance With My Father.

His smooth soulful cover was one of the highlights from Vandross' Dance With My Father for me and should've received the single treatment in my mind. With that said, take a second listen to this smooth gem after the jump and Enjoy!

Cut: "Don't Walk Away" (Jade)

Back in 1993, R&B trio Jade released their second single "Don't Walk Away," which proved to be one of the biggest singles of the year. Peaking at #2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and climbed all the way to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, the song's success pushed their debut album Jade to the Max to platinum status.

In addition to selling over a million albums with their self-titled debut album, the trio scored several high profile appearances on The Tonight Show, The Arsenio Hall Show and UK's Top of the Pops. With that said, a listen below to the cut "Don't Walk Away" and Enjoy!