Posts By Samantha Hunter

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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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EXCLUSIVE: Erica Campbell Opens Up About Stepping Into The Solo Spotlight With Debut Album, Help

I would’ve been happy just to be a bystander in the Big Morning Buzz Live studio taking in the soulful sounds of Erica Campbell as she performed the title single off her new solo debut Help this morning. But Erica made my morning even more special by sitting down with me just before her live Buzz performance to talk about her transition from being half of the groundbreaking gospel group Mary Mary with her sister Tina, to living out her childhood dreams as a solo artist. We also talked about her musical children, her ongoing battle with her manager, her dream collabo, and even what she prayed about this morning!

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