Beep, beep, beep – An alarm sounds. Lights flash. Everyone is on alert. Emergency protocol in effect. It’s a Code Red state of emergency. Soul music is in trouble and one of the greatest R&B singers of a generation is sounding the alarm. Whispered voices have been expressing their concern for some time. Industry insiders talk of a change in the musical direction at radio. Critics blame millenials. Millenials blame the music. Artists blame each other. And everyone blames the Internet. But that’s not the whole story. Soul music is alive and well and “people love it when introduced to it properly,” R&B/Pop icon Monica explains. However, concerned about the future of the genre she loves so much, Monica returns with her seventh studio album appropriately titled Code Red.
“As an artist and real genuine soul/R&B lover, I felt that it’s a state of emergency for the music. Its important for this generation to know and understand how important the music was and is to the world and we are best when we can bridge the sound between the old and the new,” Monica says. The Grammy Award winning singer knows this better than anyone. Due in-stores and online Friday, December 18th: Code Red is indeed a jubilant return to form for the iconic star. The lead single, produced by hitmaker Polow Da Don is an updated take on a Smokey Robinson and the Miracles classic (Much Better Off); “Just Right For Me,” featuring Lil’ Wayne, serves as a perfect introduction to the album and is a bridge between Monica’s love of classic soul music, 90’s R&B and the sound of today. Another standout on the album is the uber-personal tune, “I Miss Music.” It is somewhat of a tribute to the memorable music of the 80’s and 90’s and the rare artists that created it. “I Miss Music,” is an infectious record. It was an instantaneous attraction for Monica. “I was born in the midst of the most incredible age of music. This song speaks to that era and reflects on how important the music was to me,” Monica explains. When I mention Whitney’s name in the song, I still get chills through my body. She wasn’t only my mentor. She was my friend. This song is all about substance and feel and that’s what means the most to me.”
Checkout our latest interview with Monica and pre-order “Code Red” NOW !!!!!!
For Throwback Thursday, We’re taking it back to our interview with R&B super-star and actress, Brandy Norwood. We spoke with her back in the early Spring of 2013 to discuss her album “Two Eleven”. The album featured the singles “Put It Down” featuring Chris Brown and “Wildest Dreams”. Currently: Brandy is working with her new management team, MBK Entertainment to help assist her with the next era of her career as a recording artist and actress. Now speaking of actress, Brandy has a new sitcom with BET “Zoe Ever After” premiering January 2016 with new music soon to come. She also starred in the Chicago Musical in New York City as Roxie Hart this Spring. We’re so proud of Brandy and looking forward to the NEXT BRANDY era.
Philadelphia – We’re excited to announce our ticket give away for Sevyn Streeter live in Philadelphia, PA. Sevyn will be stopping by The Fillmore on Monday, November 2nd. We’ve got two ways for you to enter to win two tickets for the concert – Here goes the details:
1) E-mail Info@MFWERadio.com letting us know your favorite record written by Sevyn Streeter or on her latest EP “Should’ve Been There (Part 1)” with the subject line: “Sevyn Streeter Philadelphia”.
2) Follow @MFWERadio + @OnAirWithDavidD on Twitter and simply tweet us with the hash-tag #SevynPhiladelphia
Tiffany Evans’ powerhouse vocals will command the attention of anyone in her surrounding area. The South Bronx native got her start in 2003 as a contestant on the hit singing competition show, Star Search, hosted by comedian Arsenio Hall. Tiffany’s victory sparked the interest of major labels including Columbia Records. After performing for executives, Tiffany was offered a recording contract on the spot in 2003. In between working on her debut album, Tiffany explored her acting skills as she picked up roles in CBS’ The District, Tyler Perry’s film Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2008, Tiffany released her self-titled debut album, which included hit singles “Promise Ring” featuring Ciara and “I’m Grown” featuring Bow Wow. Executive produced by The Clutch and Ciara, TIFFANY EVANS debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.
The 23-year-old singer is now gearing up to release her new EP titled ALL ME, due on Thursday, October 30th, 2015. ALL ME contains a mix of R&B, hip-hop and pop sounds that are simply infectious. The highly awaited EP consists of seven tracks, including the lead single “On Sight” featuring Fetty Wap. The fun and flirty track has received over 600,000 digital streams to date. Thanks to the buzz behind “On Sight,” Tiffany was selected for iHeartRadio’s Digital Artist Program for September 2015. The partnership included daily spins of “On Sight” across all of iHeartRadio’s urban stations. Tiffany’s social media presence continues to grow daily as eager fans and supporters await ALL ME. With over 1.6 million followers across her platforms, Tiffany hopes to keep building her bond with her fans as she begins a new chapter. Checkout our brand new interview with Tiffany now !
Baltimore – We’re excited to announce our ticket give away for Sevyn Streeter live in Baltimore, MD. Sevyn will be stopping by Baltimore Soundstage on Thursday, November 4th. We’ve got two ways for you to enter to win two tickets for the concert – Here goes the details:
1) E-mail Info@MFWERadio.com letting us know your favorite record written by Sevyn Streeter or on her latest EP “Should’ve Been There (Part 1)” with the subject line: “Sevyn Streeter Baltimore”.
2) Follow @MFWERadio + @OnAirWithDavidD on Twitter and simply tweet us with the hash-tag #SevynBaltimore
Luke Christopher isn’t about to wait around for anybody. Instead of relying on singers or producers, the Los Angeles rapper can belt out a hook with the best of them, and he remains an accomplished producer and beat maker in his own right. On his two new EPs YSTRDY and TMRW for ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records, his singular vision only starts to unfold, encompassing airtight rhymes, cinematic storytelling, keen wit, and a little bit of wisdom.
Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, music surrounded Luke. At a young age, his father turned him on to the likes of Elton John, U2, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder. However, hip-hop found him one Christmas when 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me sat under the tree. In high school, he converted the bottom bed of his bunk beds into a makeshift studio. There, he taught himself how to rap, sing, and compose beats. By his seventeenth birthday, he was ready to be properly heard, and major labels clamored for this strangely soulful and emotionally expansive style. Checkout our new interview with Luke.
Mimi Faust has been charming the audiences of VH-1’s highest ranking reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta for four seasons. Mimi’s confidence, style and wit is what keeps the viewers coming back for more, as she tries to balance both motherhood and new business ventures.
Mimi is currently dabbling in interior designing/ remodeling homes and has hopes of expanding her expertise into a stylish, yet affordable home goods line. In addition to Mimi’s current obligations she has ventured into the hair business with her new line, The Maya Collection, which features a variety of wigs and hair extensions. Checkout our latest interviews with Mimi Faust.
Being an artist is about fearlessly breaking the boundaries. K. Michelle takes pride in that part of her job.
Her first full-length album, 2013’s Rebellious Soul [Atlantic Records], flipped the script for R&B and enjoyed staggering success in the process. Arriving at #1 on Billboard’s “Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums” chart and #2 on the Top 200, it made history as it became the highest Top 200 entry for a female R&B singer’s debut since 2001. In addition to yielding the hits “V.S.O.P.” and “Can’t Raise A Man”, the record spawned the Rebellious Soul Musical directed by Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba. She also solidified her place amongst music’s elite, garnering a Soul Train Award for “Best New Artist” and an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding New Artist”.
Still, when it came time to work on her sophomore effort #AWBAH, K. Michelle wanted to pave a new path once again. On this Throwback Thursday, We share our interview from K. Michelle from 2013 as she discussed her debut album, “Rebellious Soul”. So check it out now !
New to the Love & Hip Hop Atlanta cast, Margeaux (Margo) Simms has been a secret from both fans and from her estranged huband’s ex, Mimi Faust, for two seasons! This multi-talented stylist/recording/visual artist of Canadian-Jamaican heritage grew up surrounded by farmland, but by the time she was 14 was pursuing music. She sang on hip-hop tracks while attending Ryerson Polytechnic University to study fashion design, adopting the brand moniker “HOFM” (Houseofmargeaux). Even though she moved to the U.S. to pursue a career as a fashion designer, she soon realized she wanted to be a professional musician. In our brand new interview, Margeaux talks about reality television life, Relationship with Nikko, and more.
Grammy Award Nominated Recording Artist/Songwriter: Elle Varner has been extremely busy these past 2 year touring and recording her upcoming anticipated album, “4 Letter Word”. Earlier in 2014, Varner was very eager with wanting the album to release but has now decided to keep creating more music. We sat down with her in December and she revealing news on the status of the project. She also discussed working with A$AP Ferg on the latest track “Don’t Wanna Dance” and teases the sound of upcoming album single. Check it out our exclusive interview now !