Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Second Listen: "Gotta Go Solo" (Patti LaBelle & Ron Isley)

Patti LaBelle and Ron Isley came together to record one of my favorite duets in recent history entitled "Gotta Go Solo."

While casual listeners and some fans of both of these legends have overlooked "Gotta Go Solo," it's such a great contemporary song that plays on the Mr. Big persona as well as offers up solid vocal showings from both LaBelle and Isley.

Take a second listen after the jump to this great classic and Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "If It Wasn't For Your Love" (Heather Headley)

Back in 2006 Heather Headley went on a co-headlining tour with Anthony Hamilton and one of the highlight moments during her set was her emotionally poignant performance of Gordon Chamber's "If It Wasn't For Your Love."

With that said, watch her sublime performance of the touching ballad to "If It Wasn't For Your Love" below and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" (Whitney Houston)

During Whitney Houston's My Love Is Your Love World Tour back in 1999, she had a two night stint in Los Angeles at the Universal Amphitheater and of course during her set, Houston performed her #1 hit single "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," which would sadly go onto be the legends last #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

On this special July night, Whitney was jointed on stage during her "shoop segment" by none other than her dear friend BeBe Winans who added his tenor vocals to Houston's Babyface penned chorus of "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)." With that said, take a listen after the jump to this live audio of Whitney's live rendition of "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" from her My Love Is Your Love World Tour and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Outstanding" (The Gap Band)

"Outstanding" - The Gap Band
  • Writer: Raymond Calhoun
  • Producer: Lonnie Simmons
  • Record Label: Total Experience
  • Released in 1982 from Gap Band IV
  • Peaked at #51 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #1 on the Hot Black Singles chart

Live Clip: "Stay With Me" (Kelly Clarkson)

Since giving birth a few months ago, I haven't heard or seen much of Kelly Clarkson, but the original American Idol and Grammy-winning singer/songwriter took to Chicago's Symphony Park this past weekend and performed a sublime set.

With that said, during her set, Kelly let into a sublime bluesy rendition of Sam Smith's breakout single "Stay With Me" much to the adoration of the crowd. Watch her phenomenal performance of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" below and lookout for new music from Kelly Clarkson hopefully in 2015!

Amazing Cover: "Be Thankful " (Omar ft. Erykah Badu)

Below you will find Omar's and Erykah Badu's phenomenal collaboration on the William DeVaughn classic "Be Thankful for What You Got."

Lifted from Omar's Best By Far which was released in 2000, Badu and Omar exchange versus and share the chorus in this updated version entitled "Be Thankful." Check it out Omar and Erykah Badu's sublime cover below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Fantastic Voyage" (Lakeside)

Back in 1980 Lakeside released their fourth album Fantastic Voyage and the title track from the album would go onto become their biggest hits and only appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #55 and #1 on the R&B Charts.

With that said, take a second listen to Lakeside's #1 hit "Fantastic Voyage below as we kick off the weekend and Enjoy!

New Joint: "Spend The Night Alone" (Adrian Marcel)

A few days late on this new Adrian Marcel joint, but better late than never in my book and the Republic Records crooner is back with another solid vocal with "Spending The Night Alone."

With his debut EP from Republic slated for release before the end of 2014, it's unclear if the smooth mid-tempo "Spending The Night Alone" will make the cut, but it has my vote as it's a nice cuffing season joint in my book.

Take a listen below to "Spending The Night Alone" below and Enjoy!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "Turn Off The Lights" (Teddy Pendergrass)

Back in 1982, Teddy Pendergrass took to the Hammersmith Apollo in London where he performed his classic smooth bedroom cut "Turn Off The Lights."

Of course Teddy offered up a riveting performance of "Turn Off The Lights" and you can check out the powerful and sensual performance after the jump!

Song of the Day: "Who's Zoomin' Who?" (Aretha Franklin)

"Who's Zoomin' Who?" - Aretha Franklin
  • Writers: Aretha Franklin, Preston Glass, Narada Michael Walden
  • Producer: Narada Michael Walden
  • Record Label: Arista
  • Released in 1985 from Who's Zoomin' Who?
  • Peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 & #2 on the Hot Black Singles chart 

Live Audio: "I'm Glad You're Mine" (D'Angelo)

It's been fourteen years since D'Angelo released his critically acclaimed sophomore album Voodoo and while there has been limited word on his followup rumored to be entitled James River as it was believed to be released 2013, a limited released recording Live At The Jazz Café is got a major release earlier this year in the form of Live at the Jazz Café, London: The Complete Show.

While I have the original EP that was recorded on September 14, 1995 gig at the Jazz Café in London, the original only featured six of the eleven joints that were recorded and performed that night and Live at the Jazz Café, London: The Complete Show will feature the previously unreleased five joints including the  cover of Al Green's "I'm Still in Love with You," which D'Angelo entitled  "I'm Glad You're Mine."

Take a listen below to D'Angelo's live cover of "I'm Still in Love with You," which D'Angelo affectionately labeled "I'm Glad You're Mine" and hopefully we'll get an update on D'Angelo's longly awaited third album.

Amazing Cover: "Take Care of this House" (Jennifer Hudson)

During the middle of 2012, Jennifer Hudson took part in the opening of The Smith Center in Las Vegas with the assistance of the Las Vegas All Star Choir. Performing the Leonard Bernstein Broadway classic "Take Care of this House," Jennifer Hudson's booming voice helped usher in The Smith Center during its inaugural performance.

I don't know about you, but I love it when Jennifer covers classic ballads such as this as they really showcase off her powerhouse once-in-a-lifetime vocals. Watch her sublime performance below of "Take Care of this House" and Enjoy!