Exclusive Interview: Algee Smith Discuss Debut EP “Listen” | Movie Career | & More w/ @MFWERadio

Nodding back to the versatility of classic entertainers, Algee Smith simultaneously thrives on the big and small screens, on stage, and on tape. Starring in Detroit and The New Edition Story in between releasing his 2017 EP Listen, the actor, singer, and songwriter shines in any arena. However, that became his goal a long time ago… “In my mind, I needed to be respected in both art forms—acting and music,” he exclaims. “It was all or nothing for both. I went as hard as I could to live those dreams.”

Born in Saginaw, MI before relocating to the South Side of Atlanta in middle school, the budding talent hit the road for the first time at just 12-years-old. As part of the World Changers church choir, he performed in front of a sold-out audience at Madison Square Garden. Inspired on his path by 2Pac, R. Kelly, and Michael Jackson, mom homeschooled Algee so he could focus on his art, while dad produced countless songs for him to sing over. 2011 saw him begin releasing originals on YouTube as part of a regular “Music Mondays” feature before landing roles in films such as Earth To Echo and Let It Shine. After grinding for nearly a decade, BET chose him to star in the acclaimed 2017 series The New Edition Story as lead singer Ralph Tresvant. “It was dope because we spoke to three generations: the people who grew up with New Edition, my generation the Millennials, and little kids discovering them for the first time,” he says. “For me, it was amazing to be part of something that placed black culture at the forefront.”

As the series took off, he unveiled his independent Listen EP. Driven by his powerhouse voice, he brings fresh flavor to old school R&B with a twist. Without any traditional promotion, the six-song set soared to #11 on iTunes Overall R&B chart and earned praise from BET and more. Over a nineties bounce, his falsetto takes flight on the first single “Girl,” which became a sensation straight out of the gate and racked up 275K YouTube/VEVO views in under a month. The track figures into an overarching theme.

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Exclusive Interview: Zonnique Talks “The Great Xscape Tour” | GUHHATL | New Music | & More w/ @MFWERadio

Growing up in a prominent hip hop family in the south, Zonnique Pullins has always considered what her own legacy would be. Being the daughter of an R&B female pioneer, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and the stepdaughter to the King of the South, T.I., Zonnique is adjusting her crown and awakening the girl boss within her. At 21 years of age, the singer/songwriter has already assembled quite an impressive resume after achieving success as a member of the girl group, OMG Girlz. Credited with two chart topping singles, their star power landed them on tour and television. In 2015, after much contemplation, the group decided to part ways and pursue personal passions. As a trendsetter, Zonnique continues to push an initiative the trio was behind, female empowerment. Inspired by the birth of her litter sister, Heiress Harris, Zonnique decided to pursue her desire to launch the Heiry Cosmetics line, for young girl bosses everywhere, to feel good while looking good. In continuing her musical legacy, Zonnique released her first solo single, featuring Young Thug. True to her nature as a Pisces, her new sound showcases her duality.After the success of her solo single, Nun For Free, Zonnique went on to release her EP Love JonesThe Love Jones, EP displays a mature side to Zonnique’s music and showed her growth as an artist. With a 4.5 star customer rating in the iTunes store Love Jones, proved to be a ground breaking body of work.

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Exclusive Interview: Mic Lowry Talks Debut EP “Mood” | Branding | Touring & More w/ @MFWERadio

 

From singing on the streets of their native Liverpool to touring arenas with Justin Bieber, MiC LOWRY have made it their mission to win over fans the old-fashioned way – with their voices and heavenly harmonies. Chuck in spades of Scouse charm, below-the-belt lyrics and a sound that updates the music of their youth and the result is less boy band than R&B gang. Having conquered YouTube with their captivating covers of songs as diverse as Adele’s Hello and Drake’s One Dance (racking up tens of millions of plays on the way), scored their debut hit last year with the steamy, Phil Collins-sampling Oh Lord and sold out shows from the U.K. to the States before being handpicked by Bieber to support him on tour in Europe, the MOBO award-winning quintet are poised to bring male harmony vocals back to the charts.

Mood, their second EP – and first since signing to Polydor – sees MiC LOWRY (pronounced Mike Lowry) expand their soulful sound with forays in to funk, hip hop and even garage, while their lyrics have grown ever more explicit. Co-written by the band, Mood was recorded in Liverpool, London and L.A. with an array of A-list producers – among them MNEK (Beyonce, Disclosure), Stereotypes (Bruno Mars, Bieber), Harmony Samuels (Ariana, Chris Brown) and Shift Key (Stormzy, Tinie Tempah). Led by sultry new single Don’t Tempt Me, Mood contains six tracks, plus interlude 2U, that explore a variety of sounds, tempos and, well, moods. What they have in common is a band who are tighter than brothers and whose innate understanding of each other’s talents and how their five voices best blend is practically telepathic.

In 2012, MiC LOWRY – their name stolen from the Will Smith character in the ‘90s film Bad Boys, another shared love – posted their first DIY video on YouTube, a cover of The Temptations’ My Girl. Over the next few years, with the aid of their mentor Esco Williams, their former tutor at the youth group, the band built up a huge online following with their reinterpretations of hits by everyone from Luther Vandross and Bruno Mars to Clean Bandit and Calvin Harris. Their cover of Beyonce’s Drunk In Love was the first to hit the million mark, by which time MiC LOWRY were selling out shows through word of mouth. In London’s Euston station, they were ordered to leave over the tannoy for singing – or rather, for stopping too many commuters in their tracks. In Liverpool, they caused chaos by filming out in the streets. In 2015, they won the MOBO UnSung award.

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Exclusive Interview: Maurice Moore Talks “The Amber Room” EP | Songwriting | Relationships | & More w/ @MFWERadio

The story all begins in the cold canadian capitol of Ottawa,

Born an interesting mixture of ethnicities including African American, Caucasian, Native American, and Cuban – Maurice embodies the true meaning of diversity, in his background and in his musical creations.   At only 6 years old, Maurice’s parents endured a harsh divorce, forcing him to take the role as man of the house and take care of his baby sister while mom worked multiple jobs to provide for them. Growing up in the projects didn’t hinder his tunnel vision state of mind towards his goals. He initially found solace in athletics—American football in particular, being recognized as an All-American running back and one of the top recruits of his class— but with music tugging on his heart it became increasingly hard to pursue both and Maurice decided to leave his scholarships behind to follow his passion in music.

Well before his time and all before his first day of High School, “MM” formulated a major business plan and applied for a ‘Summer Company Grant’ through Ottawa’s City Hall; a grant he was ultimately awarded. This award not only gave the growing star the opportunity to build his own music studio from scratch, but it also allowed the then 14 year-old to seriously enter the music industry as the brainchild of a production and musical engineering business.

Maurice Moore established his solo career in the summer of 2013 as a singer, songwriter, producer & engineer. A member of Kehlani’s Tsunami Mob collective, the Ottawa-native’s music can be heard on airwaves across North America, Australia and Europe, while his verses and hooks are sung by some of your favourite major artists.

The impressive noteworthy list the Black Canadian award nominee has worked with, includes the likes of: KehlaniTrey Songz, OmarionWale, R&B group Immature, 2x Grammy Nominated T-Town Productions (Chris Brown/R.Kelly, “Drown In It”) and Grammy Nominated Jerrin Howard (Miguel/Wale, “Lotus Flower Bomb”) to name a few. Moore’s viral single ‘LOL‘ was also tapped as a sample for Chris Brown’s hit single ‘Liquor.’

Barely 19, the young artist announced as “8 R&B Artists To Add To Your 2016 Playlist” by Karen Civil and predicted by MUCH alongside The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, Nicki Minaj & Beyonce for “11 Predictions For This Year’s Coveted Song Of The Summer.”  has received many offers from major labels, while being coined as “Canada’s Next R&B Star” by CBC Television.

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Exclusive Interview: Ledisi Chats “Let Love In” Album | Musical Direction | Upcoming Tour & More w/ @MFWERadio

Soulful singer/songwriter and New Orleans native, Ledisi, is a celebrated R&B recording artist who caught the attention of Verve Music Group in 2007, while recording her third album, Lost & Found. The album earned her two Grammy Award nominations, including “Best New Artist” in 2008, receiving nine total Grammy nominations to date.

An occasional vocal coach and frequent “Artist in Residence” at The Berklee College of Music, Ledisi also served as Governor and Board Member at The San Francisco Chapter for two terms before given a new role as a Goodwill Ambassador, a role that had only been held by herself and Verdine White, at the time. Ledisi has been a welcomed guest at the White House, performing on multiple occasions during the Obama administration, earning her a place in the pantheon of the best soul singer of her generation. “Ledisi is one of our favorite people,” said President Obama. But Ledisi is much more than a singer — she is an advocate of the arts, an educator, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, songwriter, producer, and innovator.

As an advocate for, and participant in, former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Turnaround Arts Program, Ledisi donates her time to encourage students to explore the possibilities through the arts, inspiring them to explore their minds creatively. The Turnaround Arts Program‘s main objective is to transform priority schools through the strategic use of the arts, engaging students in well-rounded education and exude confidence, critical thinking, and creativity as a result. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Ledisi:

Exclusive Interview: Bridget Kelly Talks @LoveHipHopVH1 #LHHH | New Music | Relationships | Cheating | & @MFWERadio

Bridget Kelly earned her stripes in music sharing the global stage Jay Z, collaborating with Kendrick Lamar and Kelly Clarkson, and riding radio airwaves with “Street Dreamin” & fan favorites, “Special Delivery” and “Run After You”. Bridget Kelly launched into television as an on-camera talent on daily shows and broadcast events for top entertainment networks including VH1, Fuse TV, and BET. Born of Irish x Bahamian background, Bridget Kelly epitomizes of cultural mash up with music styles that blend genres, a persona that clashes New York edge with carefree LA cool and style that mixes street with chic. Her diverse music and television audiences eagerly anticipate Bridget Kelly’s latest reflection of her relatable lifestyle on the upcoming 2018 album, Reality Bites. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Bridget Kelly.

Exclusive Interview: Mike Classic Discuss “Woosah” Single | Independent Artist Branding | Upcoming Project & More w/ @MFWERadio

Michael Williams Aka Mike Classic is a Haitian American lyricist who is gradually pushing his way to notoriety, in hopes of revealing to the world exactly why he considers himself ‘Classic”. With the accolades obtained from the release of his most recent project, “Where Amazing Happens”, Mike Classic gained recognition while working Billboard Chart topping artist such as French Montana and Jadakiss. The project led the talented multi-artist receiving airtime on NYC’s popular radio stations Hot 97 and Power 105.1 plus music placements on VH1’s “Love & Hip-Hop”.

Mixing his high-energy with a subtle confidence on stage, Classic repeatedly delivers striking live performances, highlighted when he opened for Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group Tour in 2014. Aside from radio airplay Mike was also featured on Source.com, XXL. and mTV as a breakout artist. After a brief hiatus Classic returned to the scene with a new record called “Low-Key”.

The release gained lots of love and traction with a comfortable 30,000 views in 2 weeks and dozens of downloads from fans awaiting his comeback. “Woosah”, the follow-up to “Low-Key” is on pace to be the seasoned recording artist’s most successful release to date, amassing over 500k+ stream via SoundCloud; largely impart due to Bryson Tiller reposting the record and Ebro premiering it to the masses via Beats 1 Radio. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Mike Classic.

 

Exclusive Interview: Parachute Discuss Intimate Acoustic Tour | “Wide Awake” Album | & More w/ @MFWERadio

 Back when they were in high school, PARACHUTE’s Will Anderson (vocals, guitar), Johnny Stubblefield (drums), and Christopher “Kit” French (saxophone, keyboards) spent nearly every afternoon in Anderson’s basement, dreaming up songs showing a deep affinity for classic pop, heart-felt rock, and tuneful blue-eyed soul. Now, after a decade of touring internationally and turning out hit singles like the platinum “She Is Love” (#1 at iTunes), the gold “Kiss Me Slowly,” ‘Forever And Always”, “Can’t Help” (from the album Overnight, which debuted at #15 on the Billboard Top 200), PARACHUTE’s last album reclaimed the spirit that first sparked their love of music. They quickly followed up this successful opening slot with their sold out “Getaway Tour”, in the spring of 2017, returning to some of their favorite venues from over the years. Parachute will play a series of intimate acoustic shows this Fall, while continuing to work on new music to be released in 2018. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Parachute NOW.

Exclusive Interview: Sammie Discuss Comeback In R&B | “Coming Of Age” Album | & More w/ @MFWERadio

The world watched Sammie grow up from a 12-year-old sensation into a record-breaking and multiplatinum-selling singer, songwriter, and performer. Now, they can hear him fully come of age in 2017. Sammie’s third record and first independent full-length LP, Coming of Age [Star Camp Music/EMPIRE], sees him confidently evolve into the artist he’s worked towards becoming for the past 18 years. 2016 set the stage for the new album. Sammie delivered a bona fide hit with the I’m Him EP. The Shade Room touted the title track and it transformed into a viral smash with over 2.7 million Spotify streams and 1.9 million YouTube/VEVO views, between garnering praise from HipHopDX, AXS, Revolt, YouKnowIGotSoul, and more. He continued to constantly record, engaging his audience by personally previewing the writing process on Instagram. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Sammie.

 

Exclusive Interview: Tina Campbell Discuss “It’s Still Personal” Album | Final Season of Mary Mary | & More w/ @MFWERadio

Known to much of the world as one-half of the gospel duo Mary Mary, Tina Campbell is wife, mother,  an accomplished and multi award-winning singer/songwriter and producer.  She is an author and inspirational speaker.  Tina Campbell has already achieved a lifetime of success with numerous awards won: (Grammy Awards (4), American Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, Stellar Awards, Dove Awards, ASCAP’s acclaimed Golden Note Award, The BMI Legends of Gospel Music Honor, etc.), millions of records sold (5 million and counting), graced the covers of multiple high profile magazines, appeared and performed on major national and international award, news and variety and talk tv shows, and has established herself as a contender in TV land through five seasons of her hit WE tv reality show, “Mary Mary,” with the sixth and final season about to launch in September, 2017,  and recently co-created with husband Teddy the popular web series called, 10 Minutes with Tina & Teddy.   Her career in music and television alongside her sister, Erica Campbell, the other half of Mary Mary, has spanned more than a decade and has been unstoppable!  And now, Tina is fully emerged as a solo artist.

In the coming weeks Tina returns with her newest solo album, It’s Still Personal, the follow-up to 2015’s solo debut, It’s Personal. A re-working of the NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Inspirational Album in 2016, It’s Still Personal features three new original tracks—the heart felt new single, “Too Hard Not To,” a beautiful Gospel/Pop ballad premiered on sister Erica’s nationally syndicated radio show Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell, and now available on all digital platforms,  plus a rousing soulful Southern Gospel tune, “Evidence,” and the rap/hip hop tinged “We Livin.”  The singer also includes a re-production of the previously recorded track “Woh, Oh, Oh.” Never one to avoid facing and sharing her truth, Tina chose to fully reveal her challenges throughout season 3 of her hit WE tv series Mary Mary.  And just as boldly, Tina shared her healing, faith renewal and even her wedding vow renewal in subsequent seasons.  Her fans remained at her side as the singer continued the journey to healing. Throughout her challenges and rewards, Tina has shown great strength and power, emerging with a burst of creativity and confidence. Check out our latest and exclusive interview with Tina Campbell.