Monday, February 28, 2011

Live Audio: "You've Got A Friend" (Donny Hathaway)

Listen to this amazing live audio of Donny Hathaway performing his take on the Carole King penned "You've Got A Friend"... Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" (John Legend)

Watch John Legend's take on the Motown classic "I Heard it Through the Grapevine." Take from tomorrow's broadcast of "The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House," which premieres Tuesday, March 1 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS stations, Legend croons out this Marvin Gaye classic. The show will include program host Jamie Foxx and performances by Foxx, Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, the group Gloriana, Nick Jonas, Ledisi, John Legend, Amber Riley, Smokey Robinson, Mark Salling, Seal and Jordin Sparks. Make sure you check it out tomorrow night and in the meantime, enjoy this performance from Legend.

Song of the Day: "The Way" (Jill Scott)

"The Way"
  • Writers & Producers: Jill Scott and Andre Harris
  • Classification: Neo-Soul, Philly Soul, Smooth Soul, Quiet Storm, and Slow Jam
  • Record Label: Hidden Beach Records 
  • Peaked at #15 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles & Tracks and #60 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100

Live Video of the Day: "Bright Lights, Bigger City" (Cee-Lo Green)

Check out Cee-Lo Green performing his single "Bright Lights, Bigger City" from last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live. Cee-Lo and his all female band, groove to the electro-funky joint. Watch it bellow and Enjoy!

New Joint: "Crash & Burn" (Brother Spanky)

Take a listen to this new joint from D.C.'s own Brother Spanky. Entitled "Crash & Burn", Spanky offers up a smooth joint to hold us over until his second EP "Soul Beauty, Vol. 2: The Love EP" drops later this year. Check it out and Enjoy!

Interview: Adele

Watch Adele's recent interview with MSN where she talks about her new album "21", the first single "Rolling In The Deep", her inspirations for the new album, her musical education with country, Wanda Jackson, thanking Sarah Palin for her career, improving her writing, and so much more!

Amazing Cover: "You're Next In Line For A Miracle" (Ledisi)

Ledisi takes you to church and then some on this amazing cover of the Shirley Caesar classic "You're Next In Line For A Miracle." Taken from the 12th Annual Trailblazers Of Gospel Music Awards Luncheon held at Rocketown in Nashville that was honoring the gospel great Caesar, Ledisi gives one stirring performance of this classic... Enjoy!

Behind the Scenes: "Try" Video Shoot (Malik)

Check out this behind the scenes vignette of Malik filming the upcoming video for his single "Try." Filmed in Syracuse, New York, Malik and director James Domroe take you behind the shoot... Enjoy!

Live Clip: "The Newness" (Eric Roberson)

Watch this live clip of Eric Roberson performing "The Newness", which was the first single off of his Grammy nominated album "Music Fan First." Lifted from a performance in New Jersey, Roberson and his band vibe out on "The Newness" and showcase both his vocal chops and their musical prowess... Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "All I Do" (Janelle Monáe)

Watch Janelle Monáe's amazing cover of the classic Stevie Wonder jam "All I Do." Lifted from her encore performance at The HMV Institute in Birmingham, Monáe and her band let loose on this classic by the iconic Wonder. Check it out and Enjoy!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Joint: "Lose Myself" (Marsha Ambrosius)

Take a listen to this new joint and Marsha's take on the Lauryn Hill penned and original "Lose Myself." Ambrosius rearranged this song into a smooth silky soulful jam for her upcoming solo effort "Late Nights & Early Mornings", which is dropping this Tuesday. Take a listen to both which are both outstanding... Enjoy!

 Lauryn's version:

Live Video of the Day: "All I Do" (Stevie Wonder)

With hits for days, Stevie Wonder busts out a pitch perfect version of his classic "All I Do" from his "Stevie Wonder: Live at Last" concert DVD that was filmed in London in 2008. Stevie and his band are impeccable and groove out to this smooth silky classic... Enjoy!

New Joint: "Substitute (Rolling In The Deep)" (Adele)

Check out GonZo's remix of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" and the 70s classic "Liquid Gold." This funky mashup is definitely a new and interesting take on Adele's joint. I am really reeling this mashup, this should seriously be play at the clubs, gives it a new fresh vibe to it. Listen and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Forthenight" (Musiq)

  • Writer: Taalib Johnson
  • Producers: Orthodox & Ransum
  • Classification: Neo-Soul and Philly Soul
  • Record Label: Def Soul
  • "Forthenight" was released in 2003 from Soulstar.
  • It reached #18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/ Hip-Hop Singles Charts

Interview: Diana Ross

Oprah Winfrey recently sat down with Motown legend Diana Ross to talk about her career, how Ms. Ross changed pop culture, her greatest career achievements, her "bad reputation," her Grammy snubs, her take on current music, learning to use a computer, learning from past relationships and so much more. Ms. Ross also lets into several of her classics. Check it out!

Here is the preview of the episode and bellow you can click on the different parts to be directed to the different segments.

New Joint: "The Air That I Breathe" (Alexis Jordan)

Take a listen to this new joint from Alexis Jordan entitled "The Air That I Breathe." Taken from her upcoming debut album "Alexis Jordan", "The Air That I Breathe" is a smooth acoustic ballad that really showcases Jordan's amazing vocals. Check it out bellow!

Live Clip: "Fortunate" (Maxwell)

Take a few minutes to check out Maxwell performing his hit "Fortunate" from his tour back in 2008. Vocally on point, Maxwell brings it in this clip which was lifted from his tour stop in Houston, TX... Enjoy!

Amazing Cover: "Angel" (Ruben Studdard)

Check out Ruben's heartfelt and emotional cover of Aretha's "Angel". Written by her sister Carolyn, this tender ballad has a soft spot in the Queen's heart and the way Ruben sang it really touched her that night as you can tell from the clip... Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Resentment" (Beyonce)

Check out this live audio of Beyonce singing "Resentment" from her "I Am... Yours" performance. Though many see her as just an entertainer, Beyonce throws down the vocal gauntlet on this one begging a reevaluation of her talents... Enjoy!

New Joint: "Home" (Jay Sean)

Take a few minutes to listen to Jay Sean's new joint "Home". This mellow ballad finds the UK R&B singer slowing things down and crooning on top of a smooth ballad. It is unclear if this smooth joint will finds its way on Sean's upcoming album "Freeze Time" which is expected to hit stores sometime in 2011. Either way, take a listen and Enjoy!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Live Clip: "Price Tag" (Jessie J)

Watch Jessie J's recent performance from The Graham Norton Show where she performs her number 1 smash hit "Price Tag." While I prefer when she does the song a cappella because you can really appreciate her vocals, Jessie and her band are in sync and really mesh well together. Check it out bellow and Enjoy!

Song of the Day: "Where Is The Love" (Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack

"Where Is The Love"
  • Writers: Ralph MacDonald and William Salter
  • Producers: Joel Dorn and Arif Mardin
  • Classification: Old-School Soul, Smooth Soul and Quiet Storm
  • Record Label: Atlantic Records
  • "Where Is The Love" was released in 1972 from Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway.
  • It reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 

Live Video of the Day: "Angel", "Through The Fire", & "I'm Every Woman" (Chaka Khan)

Watch Chaka Khan's stirring medley of hr hits "Angel", "Through The Fire", and "I'm Every Woman." Lifted from UNCF's An Evening of Stars honoring Chaka Khan, Chaka proves that she still has it and hits every high note flawlessly without constraint. Check out the wonderful performance bellow and Enjoy!

Live Audio: "Don't You Remember" (Adele)

Take a listen to this live audio of Adele singing "Don't You Remember" which is off of her new album "21" which is in stores now. Though this live rendition from Largo is only featured on the Target version, Adele's live performances beg the statement that she needs to do a live album. Her vocals are just flawless live and I know I wouldn't mind a live album of her classic. Check it out bellow and Enjoy!

Interview: Jessie J

Watch Jessie J's recent interview from The Graham Norton Show where she talks about her new album, her number 1 single "Price Tag", what she did to celebrate it going to number one, her outfit, and so much more!

New Joint: "Stone Rollin'" (Raphael Saadiq)

Listen to this new joint of the title track from Raphel Saadiq's upcoming album "Stone Rollin'." Released as a free weekly download from iTunes, "Stone Rollin'" is a smooth bluesy joint that feels so right. You can get this new joint and his others when his album drops May 10th. Until then, enjoy the smooth sounds of its title track!

Amazing Cover: "God Bless The Child" (Ledisi)

Watch Ledisi's amazing interpretation of the Billie Holiday classic "God Bless The Child." Lifted from a Martin Luther King Jr. tribute in Dallas, Ledisi puts her stamp on the standard and showcases off her phenomenal vocal skills. There is no one like Ledisi when it comes to the microphone and we can only hope that she will grace us with a live album one of these days!

Live Clip: "Share My Life" (Kem)

Watch this live clip of Kem performing his single "Share My Life" which is off of his current album "Intimacy." This clip is taken from his appearance two nights ago at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Kem is currently on tour with Musiq Soulchild and Ledisi who are brining their grown and sexy soul to a city near you. Check out the video bellow and Enjoy!

Interview: Adele

Adele recently stopped by CBS's The Early Show where she talked to them about her new album "21" which is expected to debut huge this coming week with sales between 275,000 and 300,000. Adele also talked a bit about the upcoming Royal wedding and mentioned that she will be performing on The Early Show's live broadcast from the UK when the wedding commences.

New Joint: "Chasing Clouds" (Marsha Ambrosius)

Take a listen to this new joint from Marsha Ambrosius entitled "Chasing Clouds." Taken from her upcoming debut solo album "Late Nights & Early Mornings", Marsha has stated in her "Early Mornings with Marsha Ambrosius" serious that she really had to fight for this track. Check it out bellow and Enjoy!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Song of the Day: "You Can't Hurry Love" (The Supremes)

 "You Can't Hurry Love" - The Supremes
  • Writer: Holland–Dozier–Holland
  • Producers: Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier
  • Classification: Motown, Old-School Soul, Smooth Soul
  • Label: Motown Records
  • Released in 1966 from " The Supremes A' Go-Go"
  • Peaked at #1 on U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles

Live Vide of the Day: "Temptations Medley" (Jamie Foxx, Nick Jonas, Seal, and John Legend)

Watch Jamie Foxx, Nick Jonas, Seal, and John Legend share the stage as they perform a medley of Temptation classics. Lifted from PBS's upcoming "The Motown Sound", the quartet performed  "Get Ready", "The Way You Do The Things You Do", and  "Ain’t Too Proud To Beg." Make sure you check out their individual performances and others coming March 1st.

Behind the Scenes: "The Motown Sound" (Natasha Bedingfield, Jordin Sparks, & Ledisi)

Check out this behind the scenes footage of Ledisi, Natasha, and Jordin working together to cover The Supreme's classic "Stop In The Name of Love." Affectionately nicknamed the Krispy Kremes, the trio seems to really enjoy their time together and sounds great together. Make sure you check out their collaboration and individual performances when "The Motown Sound" airs on March 1st on PBS... Enjoy!

Interview: Carl Thomas

Watch part 1 of singersroom's exclusive interview with Carl Thomas where he talks about performing, his take on current state of R&B, the lack of true vocalists, the industry, the new album and so much more. Look out for part 2 coming later on.

Live Clip: "Rolling In The Deep" & "Someone Like You" (Adele)

Take a few minutes to watch Adele's stirring renditions of her two current singles "Rolling In The Deep" and "Someone Like You" from her sophomore album "21." Adele can honestly do no wrong in terms of vocals. She is always spot on and invokes so much emotion. Check out the two performance bellow from Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Amazing Cover: "I'm Here" (Jennifer Hudson)

Watch Jennifer Hudson's amazing cover of The Color of Purple's "I'm Here." Lifted from last year's Kennedy Center Honors, Hudson took the the mic at Oprah Winfrey's request and she kills it. Truly a class act, Hudson transforms this uplifting power ballad and makes it her own... Enjoy!

Interview: Marsha Ambrosius

In this installment of "Early Morning with Marsha Ambrosius," Marsha talks to her fans about "Chasing Clouds" which she says she fought for to be including on her upcoming set. You can hear a preview of "Chasing Clouds" after her explanation and you can hear this joint and more when "Late Nights & Early Mornings" is released at the top of March.

Live Audio: "Rasool" (Jill Scott)

Take a listen to this live audio of Jill Scott reinterpreting her sleeper classic "Rasool." Taken from Scott's "Live in Paris", Jill coos a cappella before being joined by her band. Scott is a rarity in today's industry where her live vocal recordings are better then her already stellar studio renditions. Take a listen bellow to this amazing live audio... Enjoy!