Being an artist is about fearlessly breaking the boundaries. K. Michelle takes pride in that part of her job.
Her first full-length album, 2013’s Rebellious Soul [Atlantic Records], flipped the script for R&B and enjoyed staggering success in the process. Arriving at #1 on Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums” chart and #2 on the Top 200, it made history as it became the highest Top 200 entry for a female R&B singer’s debut since 2001. In addition to yielding the hits “V.S.O.P.” and “Can’t Raise A Man”, the record spawned the Rebellious Soul Musical directed by Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba. She also solidified her place amongst music’s elite, garnering a Soul Train Award for “Best New Artist” and an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding New Artist”.
Still, when it came time to work on her sophomore effort #AWBAH, K. Michelle wanted to pave a new path once again. On this Throwback Thursday, We share our interview from K. Michelle from 2013 as she discussed her debut album, “Rebellious Soul”. So check it out now !
It’s Throwback Thursday and we’re gonna kick it off with our favorite R&B/Soul group – Mindless Behavior. Now the line-up has slightly changed in the re-brand process but we’re excited the new look of them. In this previous interview from February 2013, David Duane talked to MB about their sophomore album and movie “All Around The World”. Check it out now !!!!!
In our desire to succeed and strive for perfection it is often difficult to take a step-back and truly exist in a space, to feel its energy and connect with those around us. This energy is what the beautiful songstress, RYLI, real name Reilly Stith, is
trying to foster with her debut EP, Enter . “I want to create a place where people can channel their inner vibe through music. I want people to live in my music and leave with sense of calm and understanding,” said RYLI.
A soulful exploration of love, relationships, heartbreak and the world around us, Enter, fuses progressive-rhythmic RnB with sultry vocals to create a rich auditory landscape. “It tells a story,” said RYLI. “I have been songwriting for a long time, however, it never felt quite right. With this release, I have been able to explain who I am as an artist. It gave me the opportunity to be a storyteller.” Checkout our interview from RYLI from the Capitol Records office in NYC.
Dee-1 honed his lyrical skills while balancing two careers, teaching middle school children by day and performing at rap shows at night. The New Orleans native’s love for hip-hop was born while attending Louisiana State University during a year filled with grief and heartbreak. 2005 was a very tumultuous year for Dee-1. First, his world was shaken to the core when his best friend was murdered during a robbery following a flag football game. Second, he experienced the pain of ending a five-year relationship with his high school sweetheart. Third, he watched his hometown of New Orleans endure the catastrophic flooding of Hurricane Katrina. Finally, his life flashed before his eyes when he was the victim of an armed robbery at gunpoint. Despite the difficult year, Dee-1 interpreted these events as a wake-up call to reaffirm his Christianity.
Dee-1 has also enjoyed the recognition from many of his peers in the music industry. Dee-1 has toured with chart topping and Grammy award winning artists, such as Macklemore, Lupe Fiasco and Lecrae. His online buzz sparked interest from various record labels, including New Orleans based Cash Money Records, however, Dee-1 opted to sign with RCA Inspiration in 2013. Featuring stand out singles, “Against Us” and “I’m Not Perfect,” the 3’S UP EP will be available everywhere digital music is sold on February 17, 2015. Checkout interview with Dee-1 from the Essence Music Festival.
Avant is a name that has been used in the context of being original or innovative but the singer/songwriter from Cleveland has transformed the word into a powerhouse brand. Since breaking out on the music scene with his first platinum hit singles, “Separated” and “My First Love”—he has been on a non-stop journey having released seven albums in the last 15 years.
His new album, The VIII (eight)is sure to capture true fans and R&B music lovers with his magnetic voice and beautifully, interwoven lyrics. Each song on the album is a labor of love and reflects different observations around him. He is preparing for the new album release, The VIII in September 2015. This spring he released the debut single from the album, “Special” which is romantic song that breathes new life into love and commitment.With the anticipation of a new album on MO-B Entertainment being distributed through Capitol Music Group, he is preparing to hit the road and introduce followers to his new music. Avant sums up his love affair with his fans on the song “Doesn’t Matter”. “I’m letting you know if I fall in love with you, my love will never change. I don’t exactly know where we are but my life will always remain the same. That’s real—that’s relationships.”
Checkout our interview with Avant from Capitol Records in NYC from last week..
This album is fresh and spirited, sassy, and funny at times. Says Vivian Green of Vivid, her fifth studio album set to release in 2015 under Producer/Artist Kwame Holland’s label: MakeNoise/Caroline. ’It’s different from my other albums because of the energy; but very much still me.’ The title is certainly fitting. Green’s prior work established her as a balladeer and this album will add to that; proving her ability to deliver feel-good upbeat records. Totally produced by Kwame, ( it is the first of Green’s to entice you to dance; colored with ballads that showcase her effortless vocal prowess. The stand-out first single ‘Get Right Back To My Baby’ features a sample from Maze ft. Frankie Beverly’s classic ‘Before I Let Go’. It has a current bounce that makes you want to move. Green’s voice is powerful, alluring, and beams over the track.
Green has never followed trends, so don’t expect to hear her trying to mimic any. The music is hers and it’s the kind of record you want to take with you on a road trip, to the gym, and to the office. ‘Vivid gives the audience the fun, bubbly, and vibrant side of Vivian,’ says Kwame, ‘A side that her family and circle of friends know well, but the listener rarely gets to witness.’ Vivid is undoubtedly full of zeal. ’Broken’ gives a strong adult approach to loves disappointments, while ‘Work’ expresses energetic desire.
Price’s double-platinum debut, Soul of a Woman, featured the record-breaking single, “Friend of Mine.” She returned to center stage three years later with the platinum-plus seller, Mirror, Mirror, led by her remake of the R&B classic, “As We Lay,” and followed up with the gold-selling holiday collection, One Family: A Christmas Album in 2001. Three years after releasing Priceless, she returned to her roots for This Is Whom I Am, a live gospel album recorded at her church home in Long Island. The album included the uplifting single, “Healing,” which not only reached the top of the gospel charts, but was also credited and awarded at the 2007 ASCAP Awards as one of the top five songs played across both R&B and Gospel genres during 2006. Along her journey, she’s collaborated with the likes of Mariah Carey, George Michael, Elton John, The Isley Brothers, Brian McKnight and Sean “Diddy” Combs as well as Faith Evans, Whitney Houston, Donnie McClurkin, Eric Clapton, the late James Brown, Shirley Murdock. She’s also taken her talents to the screen and stage with roles in Soul Food, the series Bringing Down the House and the stage plays Why Did I Get Married? and The Bible Experience. In 2005, she added the title of ‘self-published author’ to her resume with the release of the inspirational tome, Inscriptions of My Heart. Checkout our latest interview with Kelly Price from the Essence Music Festival.
Teedra Moses was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana to a gospel singing mother, Shirley Moses. She later moved to Los Angeles, California with her mother and three siblings after her parents’ separation. Prior to becoming a recording artist, Moses worked with her best friend Nonja McKenzie as an assistant wardrobe stylist for artists such as Will Smith, Kelis, R. Kelly, and No Doubt. Never once approaching any of the clients, it wasn’t until after the death of her mother that Moses decided to follow her heart and begin making music. With over 10 years of live performance, selling out intimate venues around the world, and a stream of mix-tapes, Moses will release only her second commercial release in a decade. Cognac & Conversations scheduled to be released 3rd quarter 2015 thru Shanachie Entertainment. Check out our exclusive interview with Teedra from the Essence Festival.
New Orleans Rapper – Mystikal is best known for his hit singles “Shake It Fast” & “Danger (Featuring Nivea)” back his back on the scene. Mystikal is currently featured on the Mark Ronson track “Feel Right”, which blazing up the charts. Not only has he worked with Mark Ronson but Mystikal is said to be working with Bruno Mars and Pharrell on his upcoming music projects. Checkout our exclusive interview with Mystikal from the Essence Music Festival 2015.
UK R&B/Neo-Soul Duo – Floetry is back and the ladies are currently selling out on their worldwide reunion tour. Both Marsha and Natalie haven’t performed together in 9 years since they decided to embark on solo endeavors. On their second stop in NYC – David Duane and Tabitha Williams spoke with Floetry exclusively to discuss their reunion. David Duane briefly asked the duo about releasing R&B music as an independent. Check out the conversation now and check them out in a city near you (Tour dates below).