Posts By Samantha Hunter

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Concert Review: 5 Reasons We Love Elle Varner

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Since she burst onto the music scene in 2012 with her debut album, Perfectly Imperfect featuring the bubbly single “Only Wanna Give It To You,” Elle Varner has proved that she belongs in the musical spotlight. Just when we thought we couldn’t adore this 25-year-old starlet any more than we already do, she appeared at her old stomping grounds: New York City’s popular B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on December 7th. Elle sang her heart out and gave us five more reasons to love her.

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Luke James Gets Crazy.Sexy.Cool On Debut Album And Talks About Being Compared To Legends

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Luke James has released two brand-new music videos in just about as many weeks in anticipation of his debut album’s release but the New Orleans native has had an industry buzz for far longer than that. It all started with the 2012 release of the hit single “I Want You,” which earned James a Grammy nomination in 2013. James followed up its success with a series of concert dates opening up for the Queen B herself, Beyonce, garnering more fans along the way. With the steady release of steamy and sultry singles and accompanying music videos for “Make Love to Me”, “I.O.U.”, “Options” and “Dancing in the Dark” James has succeeded in impressing the masses as much with his vocal prowess as with his fierce good looks, but there’s much more to this music man.

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CONCERT REVIEW: The Floacist’s Hustle Is Her Purposeful Flow

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The positive energy and good vibes were in full effect on July 2oth at SOB’s, thanks to Natalie Stewart‘s two-hour performance. You may better know her as The Floacist, half of the now-defunct dynamic duo, Floetry. With her musical partner Marsha Ambrosious (the Songstress), Floetry exploded onto the music scene in 2002 from London by way of Philly with their debut album Floetic, followed by the 2005 release Flo’Ology. But by 2006, the group had broken up, leaving us all to wonder what had gone wrong? The question was like the elephant in the room as we waited for the Floacist to start her set.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Falling For Leela James at B.B. King’s

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Leela James wants you to feel something. If you ever see the VH1 Soul You Oughta Know artist perform live, she’ll ask you to your face. “Can ya’ll feel that right there?” she shouted to the crowd in the midst of her performance at New York City’s B.B. King’s earlier this month. They responded with an Earth-shaking affirmative. Any advertisement for a Leela James show should come with a warning, Ms. James turns it up and takes you there, so we hope you can stand the fierceness and the fire! 

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R&B Diva Kelly Price On Her New Album, And Why It’s Her Time To Shine

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Kelly Price‘s heart appeared as ginormous as her voice as she spoke last Tuesday during her album listening party at S.O.B.’s. With the release of her seventh album, Price ensures that when tales of R&B lore and legend are told, her name will be called. For her album listening party however Price did very little singing, choosing instead to spend her time in her hometown of NYC sharing about the epiphany she experienced this past year on the brink of her 40th birthday, and her newfound intention to open up and show the world her vulnerability. Price’s personal metamorphosis is chronicled in her new album, Sing, Pray, Love Vol. 1: SING, featuring 11 songs that were strategically ordered so as to take its listeners on a soulful journey with messages of hope, faith and determination. The album may be named Sing, Pray, Love Vol. 1: SING (and will be followed up by Volumes 2 and 3, Pray and Love), but for her listening party Price presented to the intimate crowd her musings about what fans should THINK, FEEL and KNOW about this latest project.

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You Oughta Know: VH1 Soul Artist Avery*Sunshine Discusses New Album And New Attitude

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Soulful singer-songwriter Avery*Sunshine is back as bold, bright and blessed as ever. This latest VH1 Soul You Oughta Know artist stopped by recently to chat about the wonderful year she’s had since we last saw her, complete with a new attitude and a new album, The Sunroom. She literally glowed and glistened thanks to the glitter she added to her now trademark shorn head, but it takes mere moments in her presence to realize that her gift and glow radiate from her inside out, and brighten the days of all who witness it. In fact, she’s on a mission to shine bright like a diamond, and allow others permission to do the same. Capable of crying with all emotion one moment and then cracking up at herself the next, the artist born Denise White is a “Little Miss Sunshine” who shares the key to her new album, and to living life like it’s golden, in this latest interview.

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Concert Review: Ledisi Proves She’s “The Truth” At The Beacon Theatre

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Ledisi made it onto my radar late in the game, but it’s been a love at first listen ever since! We do all kinds of things for the sake of love, so I thought almost nothing of the brisk and rainy weather I braved on Wednesday to see Ledisi perform at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. I knew it would be worth it, and I was right. From the moment she strutted onto the stage to perform the single “That Good Good” off her seventh album, The Truth, Ledisi showcased an undeniable confidence and vibrancy that lit up the Beacon for the entire evening. The “Truth” theme for the night -and the 29-city tour- was solidified with her second song “Bravo,” featuring the lyrics: See it’s the same pretty woman with a brand new style/Same Ledisi but she ain’t walkin’ she flying/A new day making big moves. We were witnessing the same Ledisi we’ve always adored, only bolder and better.

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