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.
Sure, the platinum-selling singer and songwriter is the architect behind ubiquitous smashes such as “On the Way Down”, “True”, and “Shine On” as well as albums including 2004’s Take It All Away, which hit #8 on the Billboard Top 200, You Stand Watching , and The Moon Underwater . However, you’ll get to know Ryan like never before on his forthcoming 2014 EP and fifth full-length album. Stardom aside, it’s never ever been about image, media, or pomp and circumstance for Cabrera. It’s always come down to one thing: the music. It’s where everything starts…
In 2009, he began writing songs for what would eventually become record number five. However, the inspiration didn’t quite click right off the bat. So, he continued cataloging his thoughts and emotions over the next few years. He immersed himself in other artistic pursuits such as painting—actually decking out his home with all original work enjoying his own personal renaissance. He also spent meaningful time at hospitals around the country, brightening up the day for countless sick children and young adults. Inspired from this, Cabrera also took the opportunity to launch a live music series entitled Live From Ryan’s Living Room, which airs bi-monthly. Utilizing stageit.com, he broadcasts live performances from his living room and all proceeds for “online tickets” benefit different charities. Everybody from Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw to Billy Ray Cyrus and We The Kings has joined him in the Living Room for unique live jams.
“It’s organic pop music,” Cabrera declares. “Justin and I hit it off immediately. We were in a room together, jamming on everything. We weren’t trying to be anything or fit any kind of mold. It was just music we dug. I started writing all of these fun, positive, and uplifting songs. My whole perception had changed. Every song tells its own story.” “House On Fire” shimmies from a percussive tribal intro into an incendiary refrain. He smiles, “It’s about burning everything down and being crazy while you can. You’re living in the moment and enjoying everything you do. A lot of people are afraid to let themselves go, be passionate, and express their feelings. You’ve got to burn it all down—even if just for one night. Let loose and go nutty! It feels great.” Ultimately, this is the real Ryan Cabrera. He doesn’t hold anything back, and he’s created his most uplifting and powerful music to date. “I want the music to speak for itself,” he leaves off. “My career has been about a lot of things from the outside. The focus unfortunately shifted to what my hair was like or who I was dating. That’s not why I started playing music. It’s always been about the music. That’s it. It’s not about being a pop singer. It’s about being an artist. I want people to think of the songs before they think of me. It starts now. This is going to be a fun ride.” Checkout our latest interview with Ryan Cabrera now !
Grammy-nominated singer, actress, and model V. Bozeman disrupts conventions, burns expectations, and emanates extreme energy in its purest form. Take one glance at her, and you’ll see strikingly natural beauty augmented by runway-ready features and edgy modern style. Musically, she doesn’t flip the script so much as rewrite it altogether. After one listen, you’ll hear feral intensity, focused vision, and unnervingly dynamic talent that turned musical innovators like Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds’, CeeLo Green, and Timbaland into fans, creative collaborators, and supporters. V. is best known for her recurring role on FOX’s Golden Globe nominated hit drama series “Empire,” where she had the distinction of opening the Empire series premiere (2014) with the heart-wrenching ballad “What Is Love”, captivating both viewers and listeners, and garnering the most downloaded and streamed soundtrack on the original Empire Pilot EP. The first episode was viewed in more than 20 million households. The official soundtrack, also containing the single, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and has since been officially certified Gold. V. once again stunned fans with her performance of her single “Hourglass,” written by Terrence Howard, on the season 2 series finale of “Empire” (2016). V has recently teamed up with Lincoln Motor Company (June 2016) for a commercial and release of her single “GO” off her upcoming debut album. In addition to the album you can catch V. and her incredible vocals at the 2016 BET Experience kick off concert as well as the 2016 Essence Festival later next month. In addition to her music and recurring role on “Empire” she can be seen staring in 2 international Heineken commercials and is working on several other TV projects, which are currently in development.
Born to church choir directors on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Bryan Sledge, aka BJ the Chicago Kid, relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 19, when he became a backup singer for contemporary gospel stars Mary Mary. Over the next several years, he appeared as a vocalist on Stevie Wonder’s A Time to Love and wrote material for a mix of R&B and gospel artists, including Crystal Aikin, Shirley Caesar, Lalah Hathaway, Joe, and Kindred the Family Soul. Major strides as a solo artist were made in 2012. In February, he released Pineapple Now-Laters — a hefty introductory showcase for his streetwise mix of vintage and modern styles. Two tracks, including an update of War’s “The World Is a Ghetto,” featured Kendrick Lamar. That August, he announced that he had signed to Motown, which released the Pineapple track “Good Luv’n” as a single in October. A mixtape, The M.A.F.E. Project, was released in November 2014, while one of its tracks — “It’s True,” featuring ScHoolboy Q — was issued as his second Motown single. In 2015, he continued to work toward the release of his first proper album with singles “That Girl,” “Church,” and “The Resume,” and he was featured on tracks by Joey Bada$$, Kehlani, Jill Scott, and Dr. Dre, among several others. In My Mind arrived the following February.Checkout our latest interview with BJ The Chicago Kid now !
Michael Francis Seander, Jr., better known as Mike Stud is a Duke educated, former All-American baseball player who unexpectedly turned to music after an injury robbed him of his lifelong dream to play pro ball. Now, Mike Stud can be seen at the top of the Billboard and iTunes charts as he continues to build his brand in the most unconventional way — as an unsigned artist, heavily relying on social media to build awareness, sell tickets and engage with fans around the world. In just five short years, Mike Stud has garnered over 60 million views on YouTube, released three #1 Hip-Hop Albums on iTunes, and headlined three notoriously ‘wild’ national tours. His music first received notice with the rap single, “College Humor,” in 2010, which he recorded as a joke. The video was a huge viral success, racking up over 1.5 million views. Mike’s music career took off quickly: He released his first mix tape, A Toast to Tommy, in October 2011. In May 2013, Stud’s debut studio album, Relief debuted at 109 on the Billboard 200 chart and peaked at 55. But the biggest move from the former pitcher-turned rapper came when Mike Stud hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Rap charts with his 2014 2nd album, Closer, which received over 1.4 million YouTube views for the title track. His YouTube channel has passed 135K subscribers, and he recently dropped his third album, “These Days” which landed him #1 on iTunes Hip Hop charts. Checkout our latest & new interview with Mike Stud !
R&B/Soul Recording Artist Mario is back once more ! We caught up with Mario at the 2016 Essence Music Festival about his new single “I Need More” and upcoming album “Paradise Cove”. Checkout our exclusive interview with Mario below !
Grammy-nominated singer, actress, and model V. Bozeman disrupts conventions, burns expectations, and emanates extreme energy in its purest form. Take one glance at her, and you’ll see strikingly natural beauty augmented by runway-ready features and edgy modern style. Musically, she doesn’t flip the script so much as rewrite it altogether. After one listen, you’ll hear feral intensity, focused vision, and unnervingly dynamic talent that turned musical innovators like Kenneth “Babyface”Edmonds’, CeeLo Green, and Timbaland into fans, creative collaborators, and supporters. V. is best known for her recurring role on FOX’s Golden Globe nominated hit drama series “Empire,” where she had the distinction of opening the Empire series premiere (2014) with the heart-wrenching ballad “What Is Love”, captivating both viewers and listeners, and garnering the most downloaded and streamed soundtrack on the original Empire Pilot EP. The first episode was viewed in more than 20 million households. The official soundtrack, also containing the single, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and has since been officially certified Gold. V. once again stunned fans with her performance of her single “Hourglass,”written by Terrence Howard, on the season 2 series finale of “Empire”(2016). V has recently teamed up with Lincoln Motor Company (June 2016) for a commercial and release of her single “GO” off her upcoming debut album. In addition to the album you can catch V. and her incredible vocals at the 2016 BET Experience kick off concert as well as the 2016 Essence Festival later next month. In addition to her music and recurring role on “Empire” she can be seen staring in 2 international Heineken commercials and is working on several other TV projects, which are currently in development.
Alt-pop/R&B duo Chloe x Halle are self-produced singer/songwriter/instrumentalists signed with Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment. They recently appear in a memorable scene from Beyoncé’s HBO special Lemonade. On April 29, Chloe x Halle premiered their five-song EP, Sugar Symphony, shortly after debuting their cinematic “DROP” video while gracing the pages of Elle. The duo is currently featured on Michelle Obama’s charity single, “This is for My Girls,” and are working on their first full length album. Checkout our interview with Chloe x Halle from Essence Music Festival 2016.
Andra Day uses her songwriting and voice as vessels to freedom and redemption. The lyrics on her debut album Cheers to the Fall highlight the lessons learned through trial and error while rising to the occasion in the wake of those setbacks. For this woman with a throwback voice in a modern era, it’s her truth that may set you free.
The chanteuse has since gone on to bless audiences with show-stealing performances at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, 2015 BET Awards, Cannes, ESSENCE Music Festival, McDonalds 365 Black Awards, the Closing Ceremonies of the 2015 Special Olympics, Good Morning America, LIVE with Jimmy Kimmel, Live with Kelly & Michael, Wendy Williams, A&E’s Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America with Nick Jonas, the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, and more. With its universal and uplifting message, her current single and the album’s crown jewel “Rise Up” continues to resonate with listeners from all walks of life. Apple Music’s Jimmy Iovine called her “the latest thing” in an interview with WIRED after revealing the song “stopped me in my tracks.” Moved by the empowering anthem, Beats By Dre selected “Rise Up” to appear in a new campaign that aired during the U.S. Open featuring tennis superstar Serena Williams.
The singer/songwriter was nominated for “Best R&B Performance” (“Rise Up”) and “Best R&B Album” (Cheers to the Fall) at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, as well as “Outstanding New Artist” for the 47th NAACP Image Awards. She also ignited the stage during a duet with Ellie Goulding, pairing “Rise Up” with the latter’s “Love Me Like You Do” for one of the evening’s standout performances. With a vintage flair and a voice for the ages, Andra Day is ready to take her place in the pantheon of soulful vocalists and deliver her truth to the world. Checkout our interview with Andra Day from Essence Music Festival 2016.
Considering his roots and upbringing, it is no wonder that Eric Bellinger has become an R&B sensation. An LA native and grandson of Jackson 5 hit songwriter, Bobby Day, Bellinger has been engulfed with music his entire life. His love for music drove his decision to turn down a football scholarship at USC to pursue his real passion. Bellinger began his musical journey recording and touring with the R&B group, AKNU (A Kind Never Understood) and soon signed to Epic Records by legendary executives, Max Gousse and Tommy Motola. His natural talent for songwriting became apparent and he returned home to hone his abilities under the guidance of his childhood friend and mentor, Erika Nuri of “The Writing Camp”.
After signing a publishing deal with Sony ATV, Bellinger hit hte ground sprinting with stellar contributions to major R&B and pop artists such as Chris Brown (“Fine China”, “Love More” featuring Nicki Minaj), Usher (“Let Me See” featuring Rick Ross), Selena Gomez (“Intuition”) and Justin Bieber (“Right Here” featuring Drake) to name a few. Bellinger’s music continues to gain prestige through illustrious awards from ASCAP (“Lemme See”), BMI (“Lemme See”), iTUNES (“Lemme See” 2012 Song of the Year) and the coveted Grammy’s (for multiple contributions to Chris Brown’s “Fame” album, voted “Best R&B Album” in 2012). In the midst of writing smash hits for other artists, Bellinger continued to create exciting music for his loyal fans, releasing multiple mixtapes (“Born to Sing Vol 1-3” which reached #3 on iTunes, and his most recent and widely loved “Cuffing Season parts 1 & 2”). Bellinger is now focusing on his highly internationally-anticipated album, “Eric Bellinger” set to release the first half of 2016. Checkout our latest interview with Eric from Essence Music Festival 2016 !