Exclusive Interview: PJ Morton Discuss New Album “Gumbo”, Musical Concept, Upcoming Tour, & More on @MFWERadio

There’s no place like home, especially for New Orleans natives…

This magical city gave birth to jazz music, and its streets breed inspiration like no other. After traveling the world as a successful solo artist and keyboardist for pop powerhouse Maroon 5, GRAMMY® Award- and Dove® Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist PJ Morton gained a new perspective on his old stomping grounds that would inform his 2017 solo offering and debut for his own Morton Records, the aptly titled Gumbo.

By the time he moved back in 2016, Morton had built an unbelievable career. In addition to boasting collaborations with Adam Levine, Lil Wayne, and Busta Rhymes, his critically acclaimed 2013 offering, New Orleans, earned a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best R&B Song” for “Only One” [feat. Stevie Wonder]. Pitchfork called it, “a smooth and soulful pop/R&B hybrid,” and the record dramatically expanded his influence. In addition to figuring prominently on Maroon 5’s multiplatinum Overexposed and V, Morton has written and produced for everybody from BJ The Chicago Kid, Jermaine Dupri, and Jazmine Sullivan to Monica and India.Arie, winning a GRAMMY® for collaborating with the latter in 2008. His music has also popped up in films such as Couples Retreat and more. Among many other accolades, he has received Dove® and Stellar® Awards, published his literary debut Why Can’t I Sing About Love? in 2009, and become music director for Solange following the release of her critically acclaimed opus A Seat At The Table. Relocating from Los Angeles, he returned home with a pronounced fire and hunger.

PJ holed up in the Parlor Recording Studio, stirring up what would become Gumbo as he personally composed on vintage keyboards, Moog bass, and more. Evoking heroes such as Stevie, Marvin Gaye, and Al Green, he enlisted a rotating musical cast of longtime friends and collaborators to join him such as Mutemath’s Darren King [drums], Keyon Harrold [trumpet], Chris Payton [guitar], DJ Raymond [bass], Brian Cockerham [bass], Matt Jones [arranger], and Big Ed Clark [drums]. With a dash of R&B groove, hip-hop bounce, and a whole lot of his signature soul, the ten tracks immediately simmer. The handclap shuffle of “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” [feat. BJ The Chicago Kid & The Hamiltones builds into one of the album’s most powerful hooks, nodding to Marvin’s “What’s Going On.” For PJ, Gumbo spans the entire spectrum—from his soulful remake of the classic Bee Gees’ song “How Deep Is Your Love” to the ponderous “Religion.” It represents the musical diversity at his core and a larger mission statement. Ultimately, it’s also a new beginning for PJ. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with PJ Morton.

Exclusive Interview: June’s Diary Discuss Creative Direction, New Music, Touring, & More @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: La’Porsha Renae Discuss Debut Album “All Ready Already”, American Idol, Motherhood, & More on @MFWERadio

La’Porsha Renae was introduced to the world via the stage of the 15th and final season of American Idol.  Although American Idol is the medium that introduced La’Porsha to the world, she has been signing since the tender age of six.  She vividly recalls singing “Fallin'” by Alicia Keys in her mother’s beauty shop.  La’Porsha grew up singing for her mother’s clients but had no idea that she would one day share her talent with the world and become the runner up on one of the most popular talent discovery shows of all time. Since American Idol, La’Porsha has been signed to 19 Recordings/Motown Records.  La’Porsha’s single “Battles” was tapped as the theme song for the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. LaPorsha shares her highly anticipated debut album Already All Ready via Motown Records. Since the release of “Good Woman,” LaPorsha has made appearances on shows such as The Harry Show, Good Day LA, Good Day NY where she also gave heart-pouring performances, increasing the profile of the single which currently sits at #7 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart.   The album features production from mega-talented producers Ne-Yo, Harmony “H-Money” Samuels, Edgar “JV” Etienne, and more.  Already All Ready showcases LaPorsha’s powerhouse and multi-faceted vocals through genre-blending tracks that shows LaPorsha’s versatility as an innovative star that is definitely here to stay. Checkout our new & latest interview with La’Porsha Renae.

 

 

 

Exclusive Interview: Sevyn Streeter Talks “Girl Disrupted” Album, Tour, & More on @MFWERadio

Sevyn Streeter cemented herself as a rising singer/songwriter with the success of her solo EP “Call Me Crazy, But…” which debuted at #5 on Billboards’ Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. “It Won’t Stop,” the lead single from the EP, topped Billboard’s “Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay” chart for nine consecutive weeks, while climbing both Billboard’s “Hot 100” and “R&B/Hip Hop Songs” chart. In addition, the “It Won’t Stop” companion video – directed by and co-starring GRAMMY® Award-winner Chris Brown, with a special guest appearance by Portland Trail Blazers forward Dorrell Wright – earned more than 43 million views thus far at her official YouTube channel. In addition to making her mark as a solo artist, Streeter is also a GRAMMY Award Winning songwriter, having written six songs from Chris Brown’s GRAMMY winning album, “Fame” as well as two songs from Alicia Keys’ GRAMMY winning album, “Girl on Fire”. Her songwriting credits include Chris Brown’s “Fine China,” Tamar Braxton’s “All The Way Home,” Alicia Keys’ “New Day,” and Ariana Grande’s chart-topping hit, “The Way.” Streeter is also a three-time ASCAP award winning songwriter who has been called upon by a roster of top studio superstars, including Diplo, Polow Da Don, Swizz Beats, Babyface, and many others, with Streeter’s co-writing credits on albums by Chris Brown, Alicia Keys, Jessie J., Fantasia, and Estelle. Checkout our new & latest interview with Sevyn Streeter !

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: Paloma Ford Discuss “Nearly Civilized” EP | Independent Artist Freedom | & More on @MFWERadio

 

Long Beach California native and tantalizing R&B/Hip Hop artist Paloma Ford is back with the release of her second single, “W.E.T,” off her ‘Nearly Civilized’ EP that is dropped Friday, October 7th. Paloma is certainly keeping her fans appetite “W.E.T” for more with her latest release and the track is the perfect add to your ‘cuffin season’ playlist. With past hits including her first chart topping feature on Meek Mill’s summer single “I Don’t Know,” and smash “Summer In California,” featuring Snoop Dogg and Fellow Cali native Iamsu; it’s no surprise that Paloma will be ending 2016 on a high note with the release of her debut EP, Nearly Civilized. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Paloma Ford !


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: Eric Benét Discuss New Album, Record Label, Touring, & More on @MFWERadio

 

From barefoot dreadlocked troubadour to suave standard-bearer for contemporary R&B. Eric Benét may have changed his look, but one thing has remained consistent: his dedication to crafting authentic music that engages the soul.“I’m not chasing any current whatevers,” says Benét, a four-time Grammy Award nominee. “It’s about music that gives me goose bumps and touches my soul. That’s always been a good barometer for me.”

Case in point: the singer-songwriter’s latest top 5 Urban AC single, “Sunshine.” The pure soul/R&B track provides the perfect backdrop for Benét’s heartfelt reflections on a relationship that has lost its spark. The hit has since sparked a remix version featuring Tamia—the singer’s memorable duet partner on his career breakthrough hit, 1999’s “Spend My Life with You.” “‘Spend’ is almost like the national anthem vocally,” notes Benét. “You’ve got to have so much in your arsenal to successfully sing it. Not many singers can do that. But Tamia is all that and more. So it was such a joy to reunite with her on the ‘Sunshine’ remix.” Both tracks are featured on Benét’s eighth studio album. The self-titled, 13-song project, available Oct. 7 from Jordan House/Primary Wave Music, once again showcases the depth of the singer-songwriter’s musical scope. “Sometimes it’s almost like artists pick a color and stay with that for most of an album,” says Benét. “I don’t like to do one-note albums.” Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Eric Benét.


 

Exclusive Interview: Willie Taylor Discuss Upcoming Album | Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood Season 2 | Possible Day26 Reunion | & More on @MFWERadio

 

Former member of R&B group Day 26 and Chicago-based group Kwiet Storm, Willie Taylor is a singer, songwriter, producer, actor, author and CEO of Noivak Music Group. Forging forward with a solo career. Catapulted into the spotlight after starring in Sean “Diddy” Comb’s hit MTV show Making The Band 4 for 5 seasons, Willie along with his former R&B group, Day26, which received national success with back to back Billboard #1 album’s featuring their hit singles “Got Me Going” & “Imma Put It On Her” featuring Diddy and Yung Joc. Willie then launched his solo music venture in 2009 with the release of his fan-favorite project “Sextape”, which received over 2 million downloads. Adding to his list of accomplishments, Willie has worked with numerous artist including Diddy, Rick Ross, Babyface, Tank, Jeremih, Avant, Syleena Johnson, and several talented artists. The stage has been set and Willie is showing no signs of slowing down. He has returned for season three of VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Hollywood as well as a host of other projects coming soon. Willie will also star as Pretty Boy in “Chocolate City 2” due to be release January 2017. Checkout our latest and EXCLUSIVE interview with Willie Taylor !


Interview: Lorine China Talks “Introduction To Sweet Noise” Project & More on @MFWERadio

 

 

 

Life often presents us with tests and trials just to bring us full circle to meet our destiny. It is within these tests and trials that we form our testimony and discover our life’s purpose. 22-year-old Cameroonian-born, Atlanta-based singer/ rapper/ songwriter Lorine Chia may have taken the long and winding road to her luminous destiny. But soon the world will know her name upon the release of her eclectic and highly anticipated EP Sweet Noise, produced by Rami Beatz (Kid Cudi, Big Sean, Juicy J). Her deep, velveteen vocals have been praised by the likes of Complex, Fader, and Billboard.

Born in the West African country of Cameroon, Lorine Chia was reared in an environment that instilled the importance of survival skills early on. “Being a child there, you’re raised so much quicker,” she recalls. “Because the main focus is survival and making sure you’re independent. Every morning, you’d have to get up and walk two miles to school.” Spending her early years in Cameroon informed Lorine with a strong sense of self sufficiency and determination that would prove integral in her future. Checkout our latest interview with Lorine Chia.