Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Live Video of the Day: "You Got The Love" (Chaka Khan ft. Ledisi)

Back in 2013,  I had the pleasure of going to see Chaka Khan and Ledisi perform at The Dell East in Philadelphia and during Chaka's set, the legendary diva invited her friend Ledisi back to the stage to perform with her on her classic Rufus jam "You Got The Love."

With that said, Chaka and Ledisi both let their phenomenal pipes loose on this one hitting their trademark high notes in addition to letting the band and the background vocalists get some shine on too. Watch it all go down below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Twisted" (Keith Sweat)

"Twisted" - Keith Sweat
  • Writers: Keith Sweat, Eric McCaine, Athena Cage, Lavonn Battle, Tabitha
  • Producers: Keith Sweat and Eric McCaine
  • Record Label: EastWest
  • Released in 1996 from Keith Sweat
  • Peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B Singles chart

Second Listen: "Dead End Street" (Lou Rawls)

Back in 1967 Lou Rawls released the soulful "Dead End Street," which would go on to peak at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100. Though most people have either forgotten about this gem or never heard about it before, it would later go onto win Rawls his first Grammy in 1968 for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance.

With that said, take a first or second listen below to the smooth and soulful "Dead End Street" as we continue to remember the legacy of Lou Rawls.

Amazing Cover: "Can't Get Over You" (Joe)

Joe is one of the most slept on male vocalists in the game and has been since he began his career back in the early 1990s.

With that said, for the Frankie Beverly and Maze tribute album Silky Soul Music... An All-star Tribute To Maze F/ Frankie Beverly R&B crooner Joe covered their classic "Can't Get Over You." While I agree that Joe doesn't get the credit he deserves, this cover to me proves that point tenfold in my book.

With that said, take a listen to his smooth cover of the classic "Can't Get Over You" below and if you haven't check out the Maze featuring Frankie Beverly tribute album Silky Soul Music... An All-star Tribute To Maze F/ Frankie Beverly, it's worth the addition to your collection.

Live Audio: "Devotion" (Earth, Wind, & Fire)

In 1975 Earth, Wind, & Fire released their (mostly) live album aptly entitled Gratitude, and one of the gems from this often overlooked album is their rendition of "Devotion."

With that said, take a listen to their phenomenal live version of their classic jam "Devotion" from Gratitude below and Enjoy!

Cut: "Little Girls" (Patti LaBelle)

When asked what is her favorite Patti LaBelle on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live a few years ago, Ms. Patti LaBelle revealed that it was actually her cut "Little Girls," which is featured on her second solo album Tasty.

Released in 1978, Tasty was not as big of a commercial success as Patti's self-titled debut album and featured the disco club hit, "Eyes in the Back of My Head" and the airplay-only pop ballad, "Little Girls." While "Little Girls" would peak on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart at #60, it is an often forgotten song in Patti's vast discography, but a gem nonetheless.

With that said, take a listen below to Patti's Allee Willis penned ballad "Little Girls" and if you like what you hear, (re)visit Patti's LP Tasty, as it has a few more gems on it from Ms. LaBelle's discography!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Song of the Day: "Keep on Movin'" (Soul II Soul)

"Keep on Movin'" - Soul II Soul
  • Writer: Jazzie B
  • Producers: Jazzie B and Nellee Hoope
  • Record Label: Virgin
  • Released in 1989 from Club Classics Vol. One
  • Peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot R&B Songs

TV Rewind: "R&B Divas: Los Angeles" Season 3 Ep. 3

Last week, the third episode of R&B Divas: Los Angeles aired during its third season and Leela James brought all of the ladies on stage to perform a special rendition of "That's What Friends Are For."

In addition to the Divas spirited rendition, Lil Mo attempted to setup Michel'le with her father-in-law, Chrisette and her brother go to a therapist, and Brave starts to further integrate herself into the circle. With that said, peep the latest episode of R&B Divas: Los Angeles below and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "So Good" (Marsha Ambrosius)

Last year during Marsha Ambrosius's Friends & Lovers Tour, she of course performed fan favorite and single worthy joint "So Good," much to the adoration of the crowd.

With that said, during her set in ATL last year, Marsha set the place on fire with "So Good" and hopefully 2015 will find radio embracing more of Friends & Lovers because it's one of the best albums I've heard as of late. Until then, peep her phenomenal performance of "So Good" below and Enjoy!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Song of the Day: "If You Love Me" (Brownstone)

"If You Love Me" - Brownstone
  • Writers: Gordon Chambers, Nichole Gilbert, & Dave Hall
  • Producer: Dave "Jam" Hall
  • Record Label: MJJ Music, Epic
  • Released in 1994 from From the Bottom Up
  • Peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #2 on the Hot R&B songs chart
  • GRAMMY nominated in 1995 for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Duo or Group

Cut: "Clown" (Emeli Sandé)

Emeli Sande's debut album Our Version of Events was my favorite debut album from a new artist in 2012 hands down. While it's been slept on a bit here in the US, it just happens to be the biggest LP of 2012 in the UK having sold over 1.4 million copies since its February 2012 release there.

With that said, my favorite cut from the album has to be Emeli's joint "Clown." While Our Version of Events is a great body of work and I hope you will take a complete listen to her set, you should definitely press play on "Clown," which is one of those cuts from the album that fans love and causal listeners shall miss.

Listen below as we enter into a new year and vow not to be anyone's clown!

Amazing Cover: "I'd Rather Go Blind" (Liam Bailey)

I've been a fan of UK soul crooner Liam Bailey for over three years now and the first joint I heard from him was his sublime cover of the Etta James classic "I'd Rather Go Blind." Lifted from his "2am Rough Tracks" project, Liam really gives his own twist to Etta's joint.

With that said, take a listen after the jump to his cover of "I'd Rather Go Blind" as we await his potential US release. While it is unclear why he hasn't made the move over here to the US to break into the market, his rendition of "I'd Rather Go Blind" is just a taste of what Bailey can do!