Friday, September 19, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "In My Mind" (Heather Headley)

I've always been a fan of Heather Headley since I saw her in The Lion King back in the day and while she is rumored to be bringing The Bodyguard Musical to Broadway, I wanted to take it back to Headley's sublime performance of her hit single"In My Mind."

Lifted from her co-headlining tour with Anthony Hamilton from back in the mid-2000s, you can watch her phenomenal performance of "In My Mind" below!

Song of the Day: "Do Me!" (Bell Biv DeVoe)

"Do Me!" - Bell Biv DeVoe
  • Writers: Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Carl Bourelly, Ronnie DeVoe
  • Producer: Dr. Freeze
  • Record Label: MCA
  • Released in 1990 from Poison
  • Peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Cut: "Not Tonight" (Elle Varner)

Elle Varner's debut album Perfectly Imperfect was a great introduction to a rising talent in the industry and while she's made a name for herself off of singles like "Refill' and "Only Wanna Give It To You," her album offers several cuts including the smooth slow jam "Not Tonight."

While she is gearing up to release her sophomore album Four Letter Word later this year, I thought it would be good to take a listen below to "Not Tonight" and get better acquainted to it and Elle below.

Amazing Cover: "Viva La Vida" (Solange)

A few years ago, Solange performed a sublime cover of the Coldplay hit "Viva La Vida." Though Solange rarely receives the credit she is due for her vocals and amazing songwriting, this is one performance that no one can deny.

Solange straight up killed this performance and truly made it her own. With that said, watch it all go down below and hopefully Solange's highly anticipated third album will see its release later this year!

A Cappella: "Ain't That Peculiar" (Marvin Gaye)

Marvin Gaye was one of the greatest male voices to ever grace the microphone and luckily for fans of the crooner, several of his classic songs have received the a cappella treatment.

With that said, below you will find an a cappella rendition of "Ain't That Peculiar" from Marvin and you should definitely take a listen or two for yourself as these vocals are killer in my book.

Listen below to this a cappella rendition of "Ain't That Peculiar" and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Love Won't Let Me Wait" (Luther Vandross)

Back in 2003, Luther Vandross released his first and only live album Live at Radio City Music Hall 2003 much to the adoration of his fans.

While Lutha's vocals are so crisp and soulful on record, his live vocals take it to another level. With that said, his set from that night included his riveting cover of the Major Harris classic "Love Won't Let Me Wait" and as always, Luther had the crowd going with his signature crooning.

Take a listen to Luther's riveting live vocal performance of "Love Won't Let Me Wait" below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Never Knew Love Like This Before" (Stephanie Mills)

"Never Knew Love Like This Before" is a Grammy Award-winning hit song written by James Mtume and Reggie Lucas and recorded by American R&B singer Stephanie Mills. The song is the second and final single from Mills' 1980 album, Sweet Sensation.

The song became Mills' biggest hit on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart, where it peaked at No. 6, outperforming her previously highest charting single, "Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin'", which peaked at No. 22. The single was also successful on the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts, peaking at No. 12 and No. 5, respectively. On the UK Singles Chart, the track climbed to No. 4.

With that said, you can take a hopefully second listen to "Never Knew Love Like This Before" below and Enjoy!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Live Video of the Day: "Back To Black" (Amy Winehouse)

One of my favorite Amy Winehouse joints is the title track to her sophomore album Back To Black, which helped Amy earn a then record tying 5 Grammy Awards in one night including Best New Artist, Record of the Year, as well as Song of the Year.

With that said, though "Back To Black" didn't gain as much acclaim as Amy's "Rehab," it in my opinion is as good if not better then her Grammy winning hit. Watch her sublime performance of "Back To Black" after the jump and Enjoy!

TV Rewind: "R&B Divas: Los Angeles" Season 2 Ep. 10

Last night on TV One, the tenth episode of R&B Divas: Los Angeles's season two aired and it's showtime for the divas as they finally take the stage for carnival in Puerto Rico after working towards this the entire season.

In addition, drama between Chanté continues to boil over for some of the divas and Chrisette has a moment, making it seem as if season three will not include the Grammy-winning songstress. With that said, peep the latest episode of R&B Divas: Los Angeles below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "You're On My Mind" (Kem)

"You're On My Mind" - Kem
  • Writer: Kem
  • Producer: Kem
  • Record Label: Motown
  • Released in 2012 from Intimacy: Album III
  • Peaked at #27 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

Interview: K. Michelle

Earlier today, K. Michelle stopped by Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club and during her time on the show to promote her new single "Love 'Em All" as well as her forthcoming sophomore album, K. Michelle opened up about the rumor mill, Meek Mills, fallout with Elle Varner, Soulja Boy spreading rumors and so much more.

In addition, K. Michelle opened up about former management issues, people's assumptions about her, a bit on the Lil' Kim/VMA drama, her side hustles in addition to music and so much more. Peep K. Michelle's interview below and if you haven't heard her new single "Love 'Em All," it's the truth!

Amazing Cover: "A Song For You" (Lalah Hathaway)

Made iconic by her father Donny Hathaway, "A Song For You," which was originally penned and performed by Leon Russell is one of those standards that with every interpretation gains a new sense of meaning.

With that said, Lalah Hathaway has been taking on this classic song during her live sets to honor her late father Donny and her rendition is of course sublime. Honestly, Lalah's smooth and haunting alto is pitch perfect and her interpretation of "A Song For You" is perfect. Watch it all go down from a performance in Pennsylvania after the jump and Enjoy!