Raheem Devaughn Reveals Upcoming Fall Tour | New Single | More with @MFWERadio – @EssenceFEST 2015

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Fresh off the Essence Music Festival stage – R&B/Soul Recording Artist, Raheem Devaughn stopped by the press room to catch up with David Duane. Raheem currently just got off of tour Ledisi and Leela James but has revealed that he’ll be back on tour with another female R&B artist. Now we asked him if it was K. Michelle since she’ll be announcing her fall tour soon but he said it wasn’t – so who could Raheem be touring with ? Sevyn Streeter ? Guess we’ll have to wait for the official announcement. He also revealed with us that his next single is but you gonna check this interview for all the exclusive details.

Update (As of 12:34pm EST): Raheem will be back on tour with Leela James speaking of which and the tour will kick off in October 🙂

Stacy Barthe Discuss “BEComing” | Song-Writing | BET | & More with @MFWERadio from @EssenceFEST 2015

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Like only the most daring and gifted of musical artists, Stacy Barthe transforms her own hurt into songs that uplift, inspire, and fortify the soul. On BEcoming—Barthe’s full-length debut for Motown Records—the Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter boldly details her experience with suicidal depression, her troubles with drinking, and the triumph and struggle of her 180-pound weight loss. Throughout the album, Barthe graces that storytelling with her gorgeously powerful vocals and the sophisticated songcraft that she first revealed in penning tracks for the likes of Katy Perry (“Hummingbird Heartbeat”), Rihanna (“Cheers”), and Miley Cyrus (“Adore You”). Raw and uncompromising yet stirring and sublime, BEcoming proves both aching and joyful in its exploration of the complexity of the human condition.

To create the slow-burning, genre-bending blend of R&B and soul heard on BEcoming, Barthe worked closely with executive producer Malay. Also teaming up with producers such as Benny Cassette (Kanye West, Sky Ferreira) and DJ Camper (Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown), Barthe relied almost entirely on live, organic instrumentation rather than programmed beats, samples, and loops. With featured artists including John Legend (who also serves as an executive producer) as well as Common and newcomer Ro James, the album achieves a timeless spirit but bears an urgency that makes even its quietest moments steeped in intensity and passion. “The album’s about my old self dying and about becoming the new me,” explains Barthe, who likens the metamorphosis captured on the album to a larva shedding its cocoon and emerging as a butterfly. “I used to weigh 380 pounds,” she continues, “so I’ve been cocooning all my life—waiting to become.”

Checkout our latest interview with Stacy Barthe from the Essence Music Festival 2015 and checkout “BEComing” Available NOW !!!!

 

Tweet Reveals New Record Deal With E1 Music & More with @MFWERadio – @EssenceFEST 2015

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R&B Songstress – Tweet is about to change the R&B/Soul game with her upcoming album “Charlene” dropping January 2016 on E1 Nashville. Yes, that’s right deal – Tweet sealed her new record deal with E1 Nashville. As it was previously mentioned, she’ll be reuniting with Missy Elliot and Timbaland to give that great “Southern Hummingbird” vibe. David Duane catch up with her briefly to discuss the exciting news – Check it out !

Bilal Discuss “In Another Life” | Collaboration with Kendrick Lamar | & More with @MFWERadio @ Essence Music Festival

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It’s a simple query, famously crooned in 1971 by soul legend Marvin Gaye, amidst a continuing civil right struggle in a nation at war both domestically and abroad. It’s a question still being asked today. Yet Bilal, like Gaye, offers no answers, merely a deep pondering on the current times with his moody fourth studio LP, In Another Life . “I’ve always seen myself like a Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley or Curtis Mayfield,” the golden-voice singer says, pointing to three of his many musical inspirations. “They could speak politically, but still wanted people to have something to play at night, to make love.”

Bilal fully embraces that duality on In Another Life , informed by CNN headlines and producer Adrian Younge’s dusty melodies. On the uncanny lead single “Satellites,” he takes the perspective of an extraterrestrial visitor observing a world in ruin. “We’re making music that speaks to the times that we’re in,” says Bilal, who’s collaborated with everyone from Beyoncé to Justin Timberlake to Robert Glasper. “So we have to make something that people of the future can go back to and say, ‘This is the way it felt back then.’ There are beautiful, sweet moments on this album and there are dark moments.” Checkout our latest interview with Bilal from the Essence Music Festival 2015.

 

Sevyn Streeter Reveals Upcoming EP – “Shoulda Been There” | Debut Album | & More with @MFWERadio @ Essence Music Festival

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Music is emotional. Your job is to make people feel something. The best way to do that is to sing and speak from something they’ve personally been through. That’s where I write from,” Amber ‘Sevyn’ Streeter says. The 29-year-old has already lent her pen to tracks for an elite roster of R&B players including Chris Brown, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys and Estelle. As her single “Don’t Kill The Fun” featuring Chris Brown is blazing up the charts. Sevyn recently perform on the “Essence Music Festival” stage and also revealed to our boy – David Duane about her upcoming EP “Shoulda Been There” coming on July 17th !!!! Checkout the exclusive interview.

Elle Varner Talks “Birthday” With 50 Cent | LOVE | & More with @MFWERadio @ Essence Music Festival

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R&B/Soul Songstress, Elle Varner has been getting the world geared up for the highly anticipated sophomore album, “4 Letter Word” – had just released the new banger “Birthday” featuring 50 Cent. We caught up with out friend Elle to discuss working with 50 Cent, “Love”, and MORE exclusively with David Duane at Essence Music Festival 2015. Click the video below because this conversation is so EXCLUSIVE !!!!

 

Baltimore Ticket Giveaway: Bones Thugs & Harmony

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Baltimore – We have teamed up with our friends over at Baltimore Soundstage to give away a pair of ticket for Bones Thugs & Harmony. They  will be stopping by the Soundstage Friday, July 31st. We’ve got two ways for you to enter to win tickets for the concert – Here goes the details:

1) E-mail Info@MFWERadio.com letting us know your favorite record from BTNH record and favorite member with the subject: “BTNH Baltimore”.

2) Tweet + Follow @MFWERadio | @TheBizWithD | @DDuaneOfficial or simply re-tweeting our post about the concert

Contest Ends: Monday, July 27th 12:00PM EST

Good Luck :)

Baltimore Ticket Giveaway: Dej Loaf & Elijah Blake

 

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Baltimore – We have teamed up with our friends over at Baltimore Soundstage to give away a pair of ticket for Dej Loaf & Elijah Blake. They  will be stopping by the Soundstage Thursday, July 23rd. We’ve got two ways for you to enter to win tickets for the concert – Here goes the details:

1) E-mail Info@MFWERadio.com letting us know your favorite record from Dej Loaf or Elijah Blake record and favorite member with the subject: “Dej Loaf Baltimore”.

2) Tweet + Follow @MFWERadio | @TheBizWithD | @DDuaneOfficial or simply re-tweeting our post about the concert

Contest Ends: Monday, July 20th 12:00PM EST

Good Luck :)

RL Discuss “5:15″ Album ” | Songwritting | R&B Music | & More On @MFWERadio

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Establishing his career with the legendary R&B group, Next, RL has tallied achievements and awards for the past decade and is still keeping the numbers coming. With ground breaking hits like ‘Butta Love’, ‘Too Close’, and ‘Wifey’, Next topped the Billboard charts as well as receiving Soul Train Awards and American Music Award nominations. However, that was only the beginning. Venturing out and making his debut as a solo artist, the Minnesota native collaborated with Deborah Cox on her single “We Can’t Be Friends”, as well as a single on the Best Man Soundtrack entitled “Best Man” collaborating with Ginuwine, Tyrese, and Case.  Many may not know the significant influence RL has been continuously bringing to the table. Taking a break from the limelight, the songwriter has been working behind the scenes bringing you songs like ‘Bring Your Heart To Mine’ – Luther Vandross, ‘Come Here’ – J. Holiday, ‘Forecast’ – Jamie Foxx, ‘U R The One’ – Usher, ‘Just In Case’ and ‘Anything’ – Jaheim, and ‘Valentine’s Girl’ – Mindless Behavior.

Feeling like there’s no better time than now to re-emerge, RL is going harder than ever. He is now in the studio working on his solo album titled “5:15,” which he states will give a sexy and confident feel while telling the story of his journey; the ups, the downs, the good, and the bad. The singer/songwriter is also taking dates for his tour locally and overseas in order to promote his new project. Now, ladies and gentlemen, if you couldn’t tell, he’s here to stay.  Checkout our brand new interview with RL !

Jason French Discuss Tour w/ Nico & Vinz | Signing w/ Interscope | Rihanna | & More w/ @MFWERadio

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With Afro-Brazilian roots on his father’s side and Native American and Portuguese blood on his mother’s, French grew up singing in church (his dad was a preacher). He learned to play piano and guitar on his own around the age of ten. After teaching himself to play his dad’s long-neglected acoustic guitar, French tried his hand at songwriting, largely inspired by the soul singers, hip-hop artists, and reggae musicians he loved most. In creating his debut album, French is working to shape his sensitivity and imagination as a songwriter into music that’s uplifting in the most unlikely of moments. “I do try to be a positive force,” he says. “I truly think that music can help you get through the hardest times, and I want my own music to be something that helps people lean toward hope.”

“You Just Want My Money is a beachy slice of soul-pop built on French’s warm vocals and reggae-inspired sense of rhythm. With its sweetly carefree mood and an infectious energy that’s got much to do with French’s passion as a songwriter and performer, the song hit 5 million streams on Spotify within a month of its online release, boosted by a social-media frenzy that has prompted the #youjustwantmymoney hashtag to produce more than 80 million impressions on Vine.  The song now has over 7 million Spotify streams.  Teaming up with producers Tyler Duncan and Theo Katzman, French is now working on a full-length debut album that infuses that passion into songs with a daring emotional honesty and undeniably positive spirit. French will also set out on tour this summer supporting Nico & Vinz.  The 24 city tour kicks off May 4th in Anaheim, CA  making stops in NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles and more before wrapping up in Jason’s hometown of San Diego on June 8th.

Checkout our interview with our friend – Jason French while we were in LA on the second to last tour stop with Nico & Vinz.