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: 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.

 

Exclusive Interview: Tweet Teases New Music, Essence Music Festival, & More w/ @MFWERadio

Her undeniable talent, incredible voice, and striking beauty are the reasons she stands out from the rest and the reasons why she’s had staying power in the fickle, precarious music industry. Since emerging on the scene, songstress and songwriter Tweet, born Charlene Keys, has been a favorite for R&B music lovers. Now, after a six-year hiatus, she is back with her third studio album Charlene, a testament to her professional, personal, and emotional evolution. Charlene is more than just what some might call a “grown and sexy” album.  It’s a soulful, beautifully candid album that showcases Tweet’s dynamic vocals, and her artistic writing ability.  Charlene is food for the soul that will feed Tweet’s loyal fan base hungry for her return, and also pique the appetite of new fans with its powerful, expressive tracks delivered with passion and fervor, and a different, more mellow and poised sound than her previous hit albums, Southern Hummingbird and It’s Me Again. It’s been quite an exhilarating and enlightening journey for Charlene Keys, who has carried the nickname Tweet since childhood. Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Tweet grew up in the church, sometimes attending service seven days a week, and it was in the pews that her love for music began.  She sang in the choir for years as a child, played the drums in the church band, and even became part of a gospel group that performed all over Rochester. She signed with eOne in 2012and got back into the studio with her longtime friends and producers Craig Brockman, Nisan Stewart, John “Jubu” Smith, and Charlie Bereal to record Charlene. From the first single “Won’t Hurt Me,” an anthem for women completely over a bad or ungratifying relationship, to the alluring “Magic” where Tweet croons in her angelic voice, “It must be magic/ Cuz what you do to me, I can’t understand it,” to “Neva Shouda Left Ya,” where Tweet sincerely regrets ending a relationship, lovers of pure R&B music will find themselves in sonic heaven. Missy also makes an appearance on the new album and the musical chemistry that she has with Tweet on the Timbaland-produced track “Somebody Else Will,” is quite evident and nostalgic. Because of the many gems on Charlene, it is the type of album that can be listened to all the way through, over and over again. Checkout our latest interview with Tweet and go get your copy of the new album “Charlene” now.


Exclusive Interview: June’s Diary Discuss New Mixtape “Male Edition”, Essence Music Festival, & More w/ @MFWERadio

Ashly Williams is the soul. Gabby Carreiro is the free spirit. Shyann Roberts brings the youthful sass. Brienna DeVlugt is the go-getter. And Kristal Lyndriette is the heart. Together, they make up R&B vocal group June’s Diary. Formed while competing on BET Network’s “Chasing Destiny,” the five women were picked by Kelly Rowland and director/choreographer Frank Gaston to shape a dynamic quintet. Hearkening back to the beloved era when TLC, En Vogue, Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child reigned supreme, June’s Diary embodies the revival of sisterhood in a time when girl groups are scarce. The limelight is ablaze with solo artists, but the women of June’s Diary believe in camaraderie. They revive the luring and fun qualities of the ‘90s and early ‘00’s R&B while also creating the new wave of the genre. Finding inspiration in everything from gospel to hip-hop and trap, June’s Diary pay homage to genres they love while making each track their own. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with June’s Diary.

Exclusive Interview: SoMo Talks “The Answers” Album, Tour, & More on @MFWERadio

Selling out shows across the country and achieving multiplatinum success by paving a path of his own, SoMo has quietly emerged as R&B’s most successful underground superstar. Now, it’s time for the world to properly meet the Dallas, TX singer and songwriter born Joseph Somers-Morales on his second full-length album, The Answers [Republic Records].

It’s been nothing short of a whirlwind for the artist since the 2014 release of his self-titled debut, SoMo. The record clinched #1 on iTunes Overall Top Albums Chart, and the hit single “Ride” earned an RIAA double-platinum certification. Between sold out headline tours and collaborations with everyone from Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign, The-Dream, and Trey Songz to Kirko Bangz, Vigiland, Rebel, and Tricky Stewart, SoMo put impressive numbers on the board, selling 393K albums and counting and 4 million singles in addition to amassing 290 million streams. His 2015 mixtape, My Life II, went Top 10 on Billboard’s Top R&B albums chart as he appeared on VH-1’s Big Morning Buzz, The Arsenio Hall Show, and BET’s 106 & Park. Along the way, he carefully assembled what would become The Answers, recording in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Texas, Toronto, and Florida. SoMo found new influences that encouraged him to embrace his core.

Exclusive Interview: Marsha Ambrosius Talks M.E Tour w/ Eric Benet, Upcoming Album “NYLA”, Independent Artist Journey, & More on @MFWERadio

Shortly after the end of her gold-selling R&B act Floetry, singer, songwriter, and producer Marsha Ambrosius — whose biggest claim to fame as a writer is Michael Jackson’s Top 20 hit “Butterflies” — signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label. Nothing came from the short-lived alliance. While in creative limbo, Ambrosius — a Liverpool, England native who moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — was nonetheless active, issuing a handful of mixtapes and collaborating with Alicia Keys (“Go Ahead’), Mario (“Why”), Jazmine Sullivan (“Music [All I Need]”), Jamie Foxx (“Freak’in Me”), and Wale (“Diary”). Ambrosius eventually signed with J Records, where she finally released her first official solo album, Late Nights & Early Mornings, in 2011. The set debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, while the Top Five R&B single “Far Away” was nominated for Grammy awards in the categories of Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance. J closed shop, and Ambrosius was shifted to RCA, where she released her follow-up, Friends & Lovers, in 2014. One of the album’s most notable singles was “Stronger,” on which she was joined by Dr. Dre. Checkout our latest and new interview with Marsha.

Exclusive Interview: Kissie Lee Talks “Rules For Girls” EP | Upcoming Tour | & More on @MFWERadio

 

Phenomenal talent is something that is rarely discovered in today’s music world, which is filled with cookie-cutter artists and sounds. Kissie Lee, A global superstar in the making who’s infectious voice and exceptional writing abilities have resulted in appearances on Making the Band Season 3, hosting on BET red carpet, song placements on multiple artists in the industry ; Tiny Harris, OMG Girls, Cyhi the Prynce, Big Krit, Mistah Fab,  Jacquees, Keke Wyatt, Jessica Mauboy, Jacob Latimore, the list goes on.  Kissie has done modeling for Kontrol magazine and other brands, as well as acting in a web-series titled “The Label”. She has been featured on sites such as XXL, Singersroom, ThisIsRnb, Vibe and many more. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Kissie Lee.


 

 

Exclusive Interview: Lecrae Discuss “Destination Tour” | New Music | Brand Development | & More on @MFWERadio

 

Lecrae is a two-time GRAMMY Award winning hip-hop artist whose RIAA gold-certified 2014 album, Anomaly, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Rap, Digital, Christian, Gospel, and Independent charts. His seven studio albums and mixtapes have sold more than 1.9 million copies and he has co-headlined some of the best-selling tours in the U.S., according to Pollstar. Lecrae has been nominated for five GRAMMY Awards, including Best Rap Performance 2014, a win for Best Gospel Album in 2013 and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song in 2015, as well as won seven Dove Awards, a Billboard Music Award, two Soul Train Music Awards and garnered BET Hip Hop Awards and BET Awards nominations. Lecrae’s call for redemption through positive change has placed him at the forefront of causes close to his heart. Referring to himself as a ‘social anthropologist,’ Lecrae seeks the most authentic connection possible with fans around the world who embrace his music. Lecrae resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and three children. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Lecrae.


Exclusive Interview: Charmaine Johnise Talks Black Ink Chicago: Season 2 | 9 Mag | Cooperate Work | & More on @MFWERadio

 

Charmaine Johnise is a television personality and entrepreneur with traditional roots, stemming out of Rural Louisiana. Johnise attended Howard University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology. Following her graduation in 2012, Charmaine took her talents to Chicago in pursuit of aspiration goals. Her southern hostility and charm led her to tattoo artist and 9Mag owner, Ryan Henry. The two hit it off instantly and Charmaine wasn’t long before offered the position as the shop manager. Johnise made her television debut on “Black Ink Crew” Chicago edition in 2015 and is making a name for herself. Checkout our exclusive and latest interview with Charmaine Johnise!


 

Exclusive Interview: Timeflies Talks “Party In The Basement Tour” | Teases New Music | & More on @MFWERadio

 

Music speaks to the soul. Los Angeles’ alternatively minded “electro hip-pop dub-something” duo Timeflies—Rob “Rez” Resnick [producer] and Cal Shapiro [vocals]— embrace that ethos with their latest release “Once In A While.” Their music combines unique elements of dance, pop and hip-hop. The witty rap verses and intoxicating melodies entwined with the infectious xylophone make this record an undeniable summer smash. “Once In A While” has garnered a huge organic early response online and is quickly rising on the pop and dance charts.

Cal and Rez formed Timeflies in 2011 while attending college. Since then, they’ve built a diehard following, amassing steady fan growth online while selling out historic concert venues across the US. To date, Timeflies has sold over 150k albums and 800k singles, combined with 175mil video views and 125mil Spotify streams worldwide. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Timeflies !