As a gift to fans on her birthday, Atlantic Records artist Sevyn Streeter has released her debut album GIRL DISRUPTED. The album includes recently released tracks- “My Love for You” and “Fallen” feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Cam Wallace, as well as soon to be chart topping features with August Alsina, Dave East, Dej Loaf, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign and more. “I am overjoyed for the release of my debut album, Girl Disrupted! It’s only fitting to celebrate the biggest love of my life…MUSIC on the same day that I was given LIFE! To my Street Team: This is our first birthday, with many more to come…Happy Girl Disrupted Day!” The premise of GIRL DISRUPTED is centered on a message every young woman can relate to, the journey from a young naïve girl to a grown woman. “This important time in each woman’s life forces them to take ownership of their past in order to become the most true version of themselves,” says Sevyn. Earlier this year Sevyn hit the road for an 18-city North American headline tour which kicked off in St. Louis and wrapped in Los Angeles. Throughout the tour Sevyn partnered with Karen Civil for a Civil TV Tour Diary which documented her time on the road. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview Sevyn Streeter now.
After fifteen Saturdays spent in a studio, surrounded by bad Chinese food and good times, Louis York was born. The musical creation of Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony, their first album is not one genre. Or influence. Or thought. Or message. It’s an exploration of it all. When stepping behind the mic for the first time in their careers, the Grammy nominated songwriter and producer decided to throw out every rule the business had told them to follow. It doesn’t matter how long, how many transitions or how many genres. Kelly and Harmony found themselves searching for one thing, and one thing alone – GREAT music. Music they’re proud to introduce to the world. Music they believe does their rhythmic predecessors proud. And the two have tapped into their eclectic backgrounds and respective New York and St. Louis upbringings to do just that. Every vocal you hear is straight from Claude’s pipes. And every sound a product of Harmony’s hands. Their music truly comes from their hearts, written for the love of music and nothing else. But words simply don’t do the justice a play button can. So enjoy ! Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Louis York.
Acclaimed R&B/Soul singer-songwriter, Leela James, follows up her #1 single “Don’t Want You Back” with a sultry, intense new single “Hard For Me”. This sexy, bass heavy ballad is guaranteed to give the fans the voice and sound they expect from her. Leela’s dynamically soulful new album, Did It For Love, is firmly positioned in the Top 10 on the R&B album sales charts. Leela James on currently on tour with Maxwell as she continues to promote her new album. Checkout our latest & exclusive interview with Leela James now.
Daley is a singer, songwriter and recording artist hailing from Manchester, UK. A British boy who grew up to the sounds of Prince, Chaka Khan, Sade, Radiohead and Oasis – Daley first became prominent after co-writing and featuring on the Gorillaz hit ‘Doncamatic’ under the wing of the band’s creator Damon Albarn in London. He has since become one of the UK’s most respected soulful exports, recording and touring on both sides of the Atlantic, working with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Miguel, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Maxwell, Jill Scott and Marsha Ambrosius.
His debut album ‘Days & Nights’ was released shortly after via Universal Republic Records to critical acclaim, boasting contributions from Pharrell Williams, Illangelo (The Weeknd) Bernard Butler (Suede) and Andre Harris (Usher, Jill Scott) and saw Top 20 singles in the UK charts – ‘Remember Me’ featuring Jessie J and ‘Broken’. The album also gave rise to Top 10 R&B radio single ‘Look Up’ and was followed by sold-out headline tours around the US and Europe. Daley described his debut album as a ‘diary of sorts’, showcasing some of his most vulnerable creative and carefully-crafted songs to date. With new single ‘Until The Pain Is Gone’ now Top 10 and climbing, Daley is poised to release his second album project ‘The Spectrum’ with which he draws on experiences professional and personal of the last two years, honoring the loss of close friend and manager Richard Antwi, and opening the door on the next chapter of his musical journey with renewed perspective and eagerly awaited new music. Checkout our latest and exclusive with Daley now !!!!!!
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.
Sir the Baptist, hip hop’s holistic lyricist, is proving himself to be a chaplain of the modern rap culture. He’s an internationally known artist signed to Atlantic Records, BET award nominated and acknowledged by Forbes, Jay Z, Billboard, CNN, Stevie Wonder, Late Night with Seth Meyers, People Magazine, BBC Radio 1, NPR, The Grammys, Sway and many others for his trailblazing cause of “Healing Hip Hop.Sir the Baptist delivered his first full form statement in an album format, with his debut album release via Atlantic Records, Saint or Sinner (released on May 12th, 2017). The congregation takes on an emotional rollercoaster as Sir weaves his way through tales of honesty, love, joy, pain, truth and enlightenment; listeners are left with ideas of hope and the possibility of change. Sir isn’t just a recording artist, he’s also the author of The Travelogue of a Visionary and is frequently called upon for his opinion on current events by major national and international news outlets. In his tireless advocacy for humanity, his urban church and charitable organization (Tymple and DeedPin respectively) have brought awareness, funding and care to countless foundations and over 100,000 music festival goers in the summer of 2016 alone at festivals such as Lollapolooza, Made in America and more. Sir was also honored by the Mayor of Chicago for his contribution to HIV/AIDS awareness. After over 5 million streams, 2 major films and 1 album, Sir the Baptist is well aware that there’s so much more work to be done. Checkout our latest interview with Sir the Baptist from the Essence Music Festival.
While making his seventh full-length album, SLP2 [R&B Money/Atlantic Records], Tank posed a crucial question. “What does cutting edge R&B sound like in 2016?” he asks. He answered that question by crafting the long-awaited sequel to his influential 2007 opus, Sex, Love & Pain. That album not only provided a blueprint for the likes of Chris Brown, Trey Songz, and more, but it also debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and earned a Grammy Award nomination for “Best R&B Album,” while its #1 single “Please Don’t Go” became nominated for “Best R&B Male Vocal Performance.” Following 2014’s Stronger, Tank once again captured a creative spirit that resembled the process behind his seminal third body of work.As far as sequels go, Tank knew he had to go even bigger to make SLP2 the blockbuster audiences desired. In addition to cameos from Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men and Yo Gotti, he assembled a new West Coast anthem in the form of the Tank produced “Birthday” with a little help from Chris Brown, Problem, and Siya. He also teamed up with TGT collaborator and producer Brandon “BAM” Hodge to “help set the musical tone,” of this new project. Checkout our latest interview with Tank now from the Essence Music Festival.
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.
On his full-length debut Connection (Jacobs Ink/Empire), Jacob Latimore delivers a soulful yet hook-heavy style of R&B that honors his deep musical roots. “As an artist the most important thing to me is connecting with my audience, especially the people who’ve been with me since I was a kid and first started making records,” says the 20-year-old Atlanta-based singer. “I wanted to give them something new and different and but still connect back to that core, which is where the album title comes from.” On tracks like his powerfully catchy single “The Real,” Jacob reveals a new dimension of talent to those who best know him through his acting work—a thriving career that includes co-starring alongside Will Smith in Oscar-winner David Frankel’s Collateral Beauty. He’ll also star in a yet-to be named crime drama from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and her “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker” screenwriter Mark Boal. The film chronicles a police raid in Detroit in 1967 which resulted in one of the largest citizen uprisings in the United States’ history. Also coming up is the film “Krystal,” with Latimore joining William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Kathy Bates and Rosario Dawson in a dramatic comedy marking the directorial debut of actor William H. Macy. A triple-threat who’s also made dancing central to his live show, Jacob created Connection with such producers as Mel & Mus (Chris Brown, Justin Bieber) and Christopher “Deep” Henderson (Jamie Foxx, Trey Songz). The album also showcases his carefree but impassioned vocal performance in the previously released singles “Remember Me” and “Climb,” which together have amassed nearly 7 million streams. Checkout our latest and exclusive interview with Jacob Latimore.
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.