Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Live Video of the Day: "Black Roses" (Clare Bowen)

Last year during a special episode of ABC's Nashville, Clare Bowen stole the special telecast concert with her powerful rendition of my favorite song from the hit ABC series, "Black Roses."

Lifted from the special Nashville: On the Record, Clare cooed out a sublime rendition of "Black Roses" while being accompanied by the songwriter Lucy Schwartz on the piano and I don't know about you, but her riveting performance had me purchase the live recorded from iTunes after watching it.

Either way you feel, watch Clare Bowen's heartbreaking performance of "Black Roses" below from Nashville: On The Record and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Love It" (Bilal)

"Love It" - Bilal
  • Writer: Michael Flowers
  • Producer: Mike City
  • Record Label: Interscope Records
  • Released in 2001 from 1st Born Second
  • Peaked at #61on the Billboard R&B singles chart

Mashup: "I Like My Best Friend" (Brandy)

I was going through AudioSavage's discography of mashups earlier today to see what other brilliant work had been done and I rediscovered "I Like My Best Friend."

Mashing-up the vocals of Brandy from her 1994 hit single "Best Friend" with Jesse Powell's 2003 remade instrumental of the El DeBarge classic "I Like It," the creation is a solid update of both "Best Friend" and the iconic "I Like It." Therefore, take a listen below to "I Like My Best Friend" and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Give Me One Reason" (Kelly Clarkson)

While promoting her latest album Piece by Piece, which was released at the end of February, Kelly Clarkson was in New York City making the promo rounds and she stopped by SiriusXM where she performed a sublime cover of Tracy Chapman's "Give Me One Reason."

Kelly's voice which is jus so bluesy and soulful on its own really shines bright on songs like this that allow her voice and minimal production to take centerstage, which in turn has me still wondering why we haven't received an acoustic soulful/bluesy/country album from her yet.

With that said, take Kelly's sublime cover of "Give Me One Reason" below and Enjoy!

Cut: "Light On" (Rebecca Ferguson)

Been getting back into Rebecca Ferguson as of late as I've been making my travels and while she has yet to officially release her sophomore album Freedom here in the States, she did release a new song last year overseas in the form of ""Light On,"

A powerful ballad, the instrumentation on "Light On" fits Rebecca's powerhouse husky vocals perfectly and allows her best asset, her vocal prowess take center stage. Written by Alexander Geringas and Nikki Leonti and produced by Geringas, it was released at the tail end of 2013/top of 2014 in German and is such an underrated gem in my book.

Take a listen to "Light On" below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "I Am Light" (India.Arie)

Last night, India.Arie released the prologue to her forthcoming first book SongVersation: I Am Light
My thoughts on the skin bleaching allegations… A SongVersation on creating healing in the face of
colorism, misogyny, twitter trolls and celebrityism on her website and after reading it myself, I thought it would be nice for all of us to revisit her powerful song "I Am Light."

Written and produced by India.Arie and featured on 2013's SongVersation, I cannot wait to see what conversations and songs arise from India's forthcoming project because after reading the prologue, I am intrigued to see where and how this conversation arises.

With that said, as we await the first part of India's digital book, I thought it would be appropriate to take a second listen to "I Am Light" below!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Song of the Day: "You" (Raheem DeVaughn)

"You" - Raheem DeVaughn
  • Writers and Producers: DeVaughn & Hunt
  • Record Label: 1228/Jive/Zomba
  • Released in 2006 from The Love Experience
  • Peaked at #18 on the Hot Adult R&B charts

Amazing Cover: "I Know You Won't (Unplugged)" (Kelly Clarkson)

Kelly Clarkson's Vh1 Unplugged episode aired during her 2011 promotional tour for her latest album Stronger and during her set, Kelly opted to perform fellow American Idol winner Carrie Underwood's ballad "I Know You Won't" and transformed the country tinged ballad more into a torch blues ballad.

With that said, I've been holding out for Clarkson to release her own version for awhile now, but since this hasn't materialized yet, you'll just have to settle for re-watching Kelly's sublime cover below!

Second Listen: "I Could Fall In Love" (Selena)

One of the most tragic events to impact music in the past 20 years in my opinion was the tragic passing of Selena twenty years ago today. While she was just on the verge of global crossover success, Selena was sadly taken away from us all too early.

With that said, take a second listen below to the first single, "I Could Fall In Love," from Selena's sixth and final LP Dreaming of You below as we remember her on this tragic day.

New Joint: "Yoga" (Janelle Monáe ft. Jideena)

Janelle Monáe's Wondaland Records is off to a great start with the buzz rising about the group's forthcoming EP Eephus due out this May. Led off by Jideena's "Classic Man," the set's second offering "Yoga," which is led by Janelle Monáe and features Jideena, is even better than "Classic Man" in my opinion.

While the date of Eephus's release is unclear, the set will feature joints from all of Wondaland's artists including Roman GianArthur, Alex Belle and Isis Valentino of St. Beauty, Jidenna, Nate Wonder and Chuck Lighting of Deep Cotton and more.

With that said, take a listen below to Janelle Monáe's banger "Yoga" and Enjoy!

Mashup: "All I Want (Runaway Pt. II)" (Jhené Aiko, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean)

Producer JayBeatz is back again with another dope mashup and this time it comes in the form of "All I Want (Runaway Pt. II)," which features Alternative R&B Favorites Jhené Aiko, The Weeknd, and Frank Ocean.

Mixing Jhené Aiko's "Living Room Flow" with The Weeknd's "Where You Belong," and Frank Ocean's "Pink Matter," "All I Want (Runaway Pt. II)" gives us a glimpse of what a collaboration between these three music heavyweights could sound like.

With that said, take a listen below to "All I Want (Runaway Pt. II)" and cop the free download while supplies last!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Amazing Cover: "One In A Million" (Keshia Chanté)

Back in 2011 as a tribute to the late singer Aaliyah, Keshia Chanté covered one of Aaliyah's iconic jams to honor ten years since to tragic passing of Aaliyah.

While Keshia had been rumored for years to be portraying Aaliyah in a biopic, she clearly was not involved in the Aaliyah Lifetime biopic that was almost universally panned by critics and fans. Hopefully if/when Aaliyah gets a feature film treatment, Keshia has a eerie resemblance to Aaliyah in my opinion will get the change to portray her.

Either way you might feel about the Lifetime Aaliyah biopic, peep Keshia Canté's sublime cover of "One In A Million" below!