Sunday, January 25, 2015

Cut: "Any Love" (Luther Vandross)

Back in 1988, Luther Vandross released his sixth studio album Any Love and the title-track "Any Love," which was co-written by Vandross and Marcus Miller would go onto become Luther's fourth #1 single on the then Billhoard Hot Black Singles chart while peaking at #44 on the Hot 100.

In addition to scoring Luther his fourth #1, the song was nominated for two Grammys at the 1989 Grammy Awards including Best R&B Song as well as Best Vocal Performance, Male. With that said, take a listen below to Luther's cut "Any Love" and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "Tell Them" (Ledisi)

A few days ago, Ledisi performed at Andrae Crouch's home going celebration after his passing and the song she performed was the poignant "Tell Them."

As most of us get the word today this Sunday, I thought it would be appropriate to watch Ledisi's powerful rendition of "Tell Him" from a few days ago and Enjoy!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Song of the Day: "If You Think You're Lonely Now" (Bobby Womack)

"If You Think You're Lonely Now" - Bobby Womack
  • Writers: Bobby Womack, Patrick Moten & Sandra Sully
  • Producer: Bobby Womack
  • Record Label: Beverly Glen Music
  • Released in 1982 from The Poet
  • Peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart

Second Listen: "Teach Me How to Be Loved" (Rebecca Ferguson)

Rebecca Ferguson released her debut album Heaven in the middle of 2012  in the States and although she was unable to properly promote her debut LP, Heaven debuted rather well at #3 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and #23 on the Billboard Top 200 with sales of 12,000.

With that said, one of the numerous standout tracks from her debut effort is the tender ballad "Teach Me How to Be Loved" and although it didn't received the single's treatment in the UK or here in the States, it is a stunning ballad that deserves to be heard. Therefore, take a first or hopefully second listen to "Teach Me How to be Loved" below and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Superstar" (Luther Vandross)

Was jamming to some Luther last night and you know I had to bring it back to Luther Vandross' greatest captured live audio performances on his sublime cover of "Superstar."

Lifted from his 2003 live album Live at Radio City Music Hall, Luther spent almost thirteen minutes with the assistance of Nat Adderley Jr. crooning out one of the best vocal performances to ever be captured to date in my opinion.

Just don't take my opinion on the sheer aw-inspiring vocals of the late Luther Vandross, take a few minutes to check out his powerhouse performance of "Superstar" below and trust me, you won't regret it at all!

Rare Performance: "I Turn To You" (Christina Aguilera ft Tevin Campbell)

During The Alma Awards back in 1999, Christina Aguilera made her primetime television debut alongside Tevin Campbell who joined the then rising powerhouse vocalist on her ballad "I Turn To You," which would go onto peak at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

While Tevin Campbell and Christina Aguilera might seem like an odd pairing, their vocals fit perfectly with one another on Christina's power ballad and hopefully one day, these two will find themselves sharing the stage again as Tevin is one of a few male vocalist who can actually keep up with Christina's vocal prowess.

Watch it all go down after the jump with this rare performance and Enjoy!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Live Video of the Day: "Everlasting Love/ Ain't Nobody" (Ledisi)

I was going through some of my favorite Ledisi performance earlier today and her 2013 BET Honors performance where Chaka Khan was honored is definitely in my top 10.

A student of Chaka Khan, Ledisi's powerful vocals fit perfectly with Khan's classic hits "Everlasting Love" and "Ain't Nobody" and highlight both the superior vocals needed to interpret a Chaka Khan classic as well as Ledisi's legend-in-the-making vocal prowess. With that said, and you can watch it all go down below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" (Lauryn Hill)

"The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" - Lauryn Hill
  • Writers: Lauryn Hill and Tejumold Newton
  • Producer: Lauryn Hill
  • Record Label: Columbia Records
  • Featured on 1998's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Cut: "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" (Amy Winehouse)

Back in 2004, a then relatively unknown Amy Winehouse recorded a cover of The Shirelles' classic "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" for the Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason soundtrack.

Slowing its original tempo down and opting for a jazzier instrumentation, Winehouse's distinct vocals took centerstage on this sublime cover and cut that not too many people are aware of.

With that said, listen below to Amy Winehouse's cover of The Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" from Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "4 AM" (Melanie Fiona)

Just a few hours ago, I was up until 4am and of course Melanie Fiona's powerful joint "4 AM" from her sophomore LP The MF Life came into my head as there was no real reason why I was still up at that hour.

While I was just restless having been out grinding to the early am, Melanie Fiona's 2011 cut "4 AM" testifies about another time of sleepless night and is one of those joints in my book that should've been bigger than it ended up being. With that said, take a second listen after the jump to "4 AM" and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "The Reason" (Heather Headley)

Back in 2004, the title track to Hoobastank's sophomore album The Reason would go onto peak at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group's biggest hit to date.

Fast-forward eight years and Heather Headley has breathed new life into this classic ballad from Hoobastank with the release of her fourth studio album Only One in the World.

While it was never released as a single, it is one of my favorite songs from Heather's Only One in the World and her discography as a whole and warrants a listen below of her sublime cover.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Remix: "Hey Love (Classixx Remix)" (Quadron)

Quadron's joint "Hey Love" was one of my jams this past spring and summer and now the Dnaish duo who are comprised of singer Coco O and producer Robin Hannibal have released an official remix to their sophomore album Avalanche's second single.

Entitled "Hey Love (Classixx Remix)," the joint is official remixed by Mayer Hawthorne's producers Classixx and has a very house/funk groove vibe that has translated this infectious drum-led single into another sublime joint in its own right. With that said, take a listen below to "Hey Love Classixx Remix)" and Enjoy!