Saturday, March 31, 2012

Live Video of the Day: "I'm Getting Ready" (Michael Kiwanuka)

Michael Kiwanuka performed at "Later with Jools Holland" to help promote his then forthcoming 3 song EP "Home Again." During his appearance, Michael crooned out a sublime rendition of his joint "I'm Getting Ready" and you can watch him perform the ballad below!

Behind the Scenes: Monica at AOL Sessions

Grammy Award winner Monica recently stopped by AOL headquarters to record her very own AOL Sessions. Due for release on April 5th, Monica belted out her current hit "It All Belongs to Me," as well as her single "Anything (To Find You)" and "Man Who Has Everything" among other tracks. Peep the behind the scenes feature below and lookout for her AOL Sessions when its released in its entirety this coming Tuesday.

Song of the Day: "Someday We'll All Be Free" (Donny Hathaway)

"Someday We'll All Be Free" - Donny Hathaway
  • Writers: Donny Hathaway and Edward Howard
  • Producer: Arif Mardin
  • Record Label: Atco
  • Released in 1973 from "Extension of a Man"
  • It reached #51 on the U.S. Billboard R&B Charts 

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

Take a listen to this masterful live vocal performance from the legendary Luther Vandross as he croons his way through his classic take on Major Harris' "Love Won't Let Me Wait." Enjoy Luther's heart warming vocals over the smooth live instrumentation and if you don't have it make sure you add "Live at Radio City Music Hall 2003" to your discography, as it is one of the best live albums I've ever heard.

Amazing Cover: "Take Care" (Rebecca Ferguson)

As Rebecca Ferguson continues to perform her take of the Drake and Rihanna collabo "Take Care," the more and more I think that she needs to record a cover of this for her forthcoming release of her debut album in the US. Ferguson really takes "Take Care" to another level and in my opinion offers a better rendition then the original. Watch her nail it below and Enjoy!

Mashup: "Killing Me Softly"/ "I Need A Doctor" (Angel)

I was first introduced to artist on the rise Angel a few months ago when he  put together a rather phenomenal mashup of The Fugee's take on the Roberta Flack classic "Killing Me Softly" with Dr. Dre's Eminem and Skylar Grey assisted "I Need A Doctor." Recorded in a barbershop with just an acoustic guitar and Angel's vocals, this mashup is a great introduction to the budding singer/songwriter who's been making a name for himself in the UK.  Peep his great mashup below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "For Lovers Only" (Maxwell)

Back in 2001, Maxwell dropped "Now," which featured several smash cuts for the crooner. While the singles were tight from "Now," "For Lovers Only," is one of those cuts from Maxwell that you wished he would've released as a single, but at the same time glad he didn't because the rest of the world isn't privy to it's glory. With that said, take a listen or a second listen to "For Lovers Only," below and let the mellow instrumentation take you there.

Project in the Works: "The Bodyguard Musical" (Heather Headley)

After heading over to London for a few days for a showcase version of the upcoming musical adaptation of "The Bodyguard," Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley and the production are now slated to  open at West End’s Adelphi Theatre in November. Starring as Rachel Marron, Heather Headley will not only perform Houston's monumental hit "I Will Always Love You," from "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, but will also perform "Queen of the Night," "I Have Nothing," "Run To You," as well as "I'm Every Woman." In addition to those selected songs from "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, Headley will also cover several songs from Houston's discography including "I’m Your Baby Tonight," "Saving All My Love For You," "So Emotional," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "All the Man That I Need," "All at Once," "How Will I Know" and "One Moment In Time." While we have a few months until the production happens, you can check out Heather's two updates below during her week in London.

Heather Headley on WhoSay

Heather Headley on WhoSay

New Video: "Tears On My Pillow" (Goapele)

Goapele has just recently released an official visual for her ballad "Tears On My Pillow," lifted from her latest album Break of Dawn." Watch the simplistic yet powerful video below for Goapele's "Tears On My Pillow" and Enjoy!

New Video: "I Love It" (Bertell)

ThisIsRnB got its hands artist on the rise Bertell's "I Love It" video, which is lifted from DJ Smallz forthcoming April 1st mixtape “Southern Smoke R&B Vol. 10, which happens to be hosted by up-and-coming crooner Bertell. Peep the sensual visual below for "I Love It" and Enjoy.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Live Clip: "Sucka For Love" (Dawn Richard)

Several months ago Dawn Richard performed her first solo show post Danity Kane and Dirty Money at the famed The Roxy with Mateo and Stacy Barthe. With that said, the songstress busted out one of her DK joints and performed it solo for the first time sans her fellow former Danity Kane members. While fans still hold out hope that DK will eventually come back together, it seems as though Dawn is making moves on her solo tip as her debut solo EP recently rang in at #1 on the iTunes R&B carts. Watch her perform a solid rendition of "Sucka For Love" below and Enjoy!

Live Video of the Day: "Day Dreams" (Raphael Saadiq)

Several months ago Raphael Saadiq stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to perform "Day Dreams," which is off of his current album "Stone Rollin'." As always, his performance was electrifying and the country/rock jam that is "Day Dreams" is a great song from the album that deserves a listen. With that said, watch his performance below and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Ain't That Peculiar" (Marvin Gaye)

"Ain't That Peculiar" - Marvin Gaye
  • Writers: Pete Moore, William "Smokey" Robinson, Marv Tarplin, Ronald White
  • Producer: Smokey Robinson
  • Record Label: Tamla
  • Released in 1965 from "Moods of Marvin Gaye"
  • Peaked at #1 on the Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles chart

Live Audio: "Live in Radio City Music Hall 1993" (Whitney Houston)

During "The Bodyguard Tour," Whitney Houston offered up night after night of aw inspiring vocals and below we have the live audio from one of 1993 tour stops at NYC's Radio City Music Hall. With that said, take a listen below to her phenomenal set from "The Bodyguard Tour" below and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "No More" (Dinah Washington)

Dinah Washington also refereed to as "The Queen of Blues" is one of the greatest voices in popular music history hands down. Her vocals are so crisp and tinged with the perfect amount of emotion. With that said, listen below to her sublime performance of the jazz standard "No More" below and Enjoy!

Behind the Scenes: "Bombs Music Video" (Dawn Richard)

After topping the R&B album chart on iTunes with her debut solo EP, Dawn Richard has released a behind the scenes visual of her practicing the big dance number in her latest video for her single "Bombs." Watch it all go down below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "My Love Is Your Love" (Bluey Robinson)

I was just pondering the other week where Bluey Robinson had gone after making a name for himself during 2011 with his numerous acoustic covers. With that said, the rising crooner has reappeared with the release of an acoustic cover of the late Whitney Houston hit "My Love Is Your Love." Watch his cover below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "Love Will Find a Way" (Kenny Lattimore & Heather Headley)

Originally recorded for and released from Disney's "The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride," "Love Will Find a Way," eventually found it onto Kenny Lattimore's 1998 album "From The Soul Of Man" where it gain even more visibility. With that said, this duet with Heather Headley is a rather forgotten musical gem and it's worth a first or second listen below!

New Joint: "Find A Way" (Kenny Lattimore)

Singersroom got its hands on the exclusive release of Kenny Lattimore's latest single "Find A Way," which is lifted from his forthcoming album "Back 2 Cool." Though it's been a minute since we've heard a new joint from Lattimore, "Find A Way," should find its way into your musical collection as it's a smooth joint from the 90s crooner. Listen below and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "I Believe in You and Me" (Ahmed Sirour)

Whitney Houston's cover of The Four Tops' "I Believe in You and Me" became one of the many standards in the late songstress' repertoire and while we continue to mourn the loss of Houston, music is one of the ways to help us heal. With that said, Ahmed Sirour has recently put together a poignent and highly somber acoustic piano tribute cover of "I Believe in You and Me," which will certainly bring a tear to one's eye. I posted it before, and I post it again as I just can't stop listening to his powerful rendition. I really hope that maybe he can do another Houston cover as he adds such depth to her already emotional discography. Listen below as we continue to honor the legacy and mourn the loss of Ms. Whitney Houston.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Live Video of the Day: "Strawberry Amazing" (Miguel)

Miguel has been performing one of my favorite joints from his discography entitled "Strawberry Amazing." Though it was featured on his mixtape "Mischief," it appears as though the label got behind this joint aas it was released to iTunes several months ago. With that said, peep Miguel performing "Strawberry Amazing" from a recent tour stop in Austin, TX below and Enjoy!

New Video: "Jameson" (JMSN)

JMSN released a new visual recently for his single "Jameson," which is lifted from his debut album "Priscilla." With that said, the alternative soul singer's black and white video for "Jameson"is a stirring video that deserves a gander or two. Watch it below and Enjoy!

Interview: Dawn Richard

NYC's Power 105.1 caught up with Dawn Richard and talked about the demise of Dirty Money, parting ways with Bad Boy Entertainment and Diddy, being #1 on iTunes R&B charts, being independent, reconnecting with Danity Kane, possible reunion of Danity Kane, getting her fresh start, and so much more. Peep the in-depth and insightful interview and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Skies Wide Open" (Brian Culbertson featuring Avant)

"Skies Wide Open" - Brian Culbertson featuring Avant
  • Writers and Producers: Brian Culbertson, Avant & Rex Rideout
  • Record Label: Verve
  • Released in 2010 from "XII"

New Video: "Arch & Point" (Miguel)

Miguel just recently released n official video for "Arch & Point" from his latest free mini mixtape/EP "Art Dealer Chic Vol. 2." The minimalistic video for "Arch & Point" fits perfectly for the guitar driven joint and you can peep it below.

Amazing Cover: "Giving Up" (Aaliyah)

While the remake of "Sparkle" staring Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston is currently slated for an August release, Aaliyah was originally pegged to star in the remake with Houston and she recorded an amazing cover of the Donny Hathaway classic "Giving Up" for the project before her tragic death. With that said, this cover showcases off Aaliyah's amazing vocals and proves that her vocal prowess hadn't even peaked at her tender 22 years of age. Take a listen below and Enjoy!

New Video: "I Heart You" (Toni Braxton)

Toni Braxton is back with a new video for her electro-soul dance joint "I Heart You," which the songstress self-penned and co-produced. With that said, the visual is a simplistic, yet fun visual which really allows Toni to take center stage. Watch the official visual below and Enjoy!

Second Listen: "On The Ocean" (K'Jon)

Back in 2009 K'Jon officially released this smooth joint "On The Ocean" and it has become the crooner's biggest hit to date thus far. Featured on the crooner's Universal Republic debut album "I Get Around," "On The Ocean" is a perfect Sunday morning jam and warrants a second listen. Listen below and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Promise This" (Adele)

Over a year ago Adele unleashed her Radio 1 Live Lounge Cover of Cheryl Cole's "Promise This" during the early onset promotion of her blockbuster sophomore album "21." Though Cole's "Promise This" wouldn't seem like a great cover choice, Adele slows it down a bit and lets her pipes do the rest on this stunning live audio cover. Take a listen below to Adele's live audio cover of Cole's "Promise This" and Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "I Will Always Love You" (Syleena Johnson)

During her recent show at the famed Jazz Cafe in London, Syleena Johnson performed a touching tribute to the late Whitney Houston by performing Whitney's most iconic song "I Will Always Love You." Watch her touching tribute below and Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Live Video of the Day: "GIve Me The Reason" (Luther Vandross)

Check out this 1987 Grammy performance of Luther Vandross where he sang his hit "Give Me The Reason". Always a perfectionist with his background vocalists as well as his own vocal performance, Luther doesn't disappoint in this stellar performance. With that said, watch it below and Enjoy!

New Video: "Fear Kills, Love Heals" (Chaka Khan and friends)

Chaka Khan and Boris Kodjoe got their friends together to celebrate Trayvon Martin's life and to remind people that we all have the right to live without fear but with love. Our similarities as people outweigh our differences. We are all the same 'under our hoodies'! We want to express our outrage but focus on getting back to what used to work much better, love! Let's use our collective voice to effect positive change. Watch the powerful video below as we mourn the loss of Trayvon Martin and demand justice, not just for him, but the countless men and women of color who are victims of racial profiling.

Song of the Day: "Truly" (Lionel Richie)

"Truly" - Lionel Richie
  • Writer: Lionel Richie
  • Producers: Lionel Richie & James Anthony Carmichael
  • Record Label: Motown
  • Released in 1982 from "Lionel Richie"
  • Peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Black Singles Chart

Second Listen: "If You Think You're Lonely Now" (Bobby Womack)

Back in 1981 Bobby Womack released his classic hit  "If You Think You're Lonely Now" from his album "The Poet. Eventually peaking at  #3 on the Hot Soul Singles chart, "If You Think You're Lonely Now" is Womack's most known hit and was even name dropped by Mariah Carey in her smash hit single "We Belong Together." With that said, take a second listen below to Womack's "If You Think You're Lonely Now" below and Enjoy!

New Video: "Bad Gurl" (K'Jon)

We were all introduced to K'Jon when he covered "On The Ocean" a few years ago and now the crooner is back with a new visual and single from his new set. Entitled "Bad Gurl," it's a solid mid-tempo that offers something sonically different then K'Jon's "On The Ocean," though it features his strong tenor vocals. Peep the new video below and Enjoy!

Live Clip: "In The Morning" (Ledisi)

In honor of such a tremendous vocalist's birthday today, please enjoy this powerful video of Ledisi performing her late night cut "In The Morning." Taken from a recording of her 2008 Essence Music Festival set, Ledisi coos, croons, belts, sangs, and does so much more in the span of just ten minutes. A one of a kind talent, Ledisi is always giving "church in a juke joint," and  never fails to impress. Watch this powerful clip below and Enjoy!

New Video: "Underrated" (Tank)

To help build buzz for his May 8th "This Is How I Feel" release, Tank has released an official visual for his mixtape joint "Underrated," which was one of the numerous standouts from his mixtape "Diary Of A Mad Man." Watch the official video for his introspective joint below and lookout for his new album when it drops May 8th.

New Video: "Refill" (Elle Varner)

Elle Varner has really been making a name for herself and building a solid career with the release of her J. Cole assisted "Only Wanna Give It To You" and her solid smooth joint "Refill," which has been gaining airplay. With that said, the official video for "Refill" has just recently hit the net and you can peep it below!

New Joint: "I Ain't No Joke" (Algebra)

Algebra is back with a new joint and this time it is in the form of the thumping mid-tempo "I Ain't No Joke," which is the first single lifted from her forthcoming mixtape "Dessert Before Dinner." Take a listen below to the LT Moe produced joint and lookout for Algebra's upcoming mixtape.

Mixtape: "Art Dealer Chic Vol. 2" (Miguel)

Miguel is back with the 2nd installment of the EP series and this time the crooner has released "Art Dealer Chic Vol 2." The three song mixtape/EP boasts the new joints "Arch N Point" "…All" and "Broads." Following the same trend as the first installment, all of the songs were written and produced by Miguel, with co-production by the Fisticuffs and Troy NōKA. Click here to download it for free and lookout for the last mixtape in the trilogy, when it's released in April.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Video: "Bombs" (Dawn Richard)

Former Danity Kane songstress Dawn has just released a tribal themed visual for her single "Bombs," which is lifted from her forthcoming solo project. Laced with some solid vocals and an interesting visual, this is a video you should definitely check out below.