With over 40 years of making music under their belt, Earth, Wind & Fire has sold over 90 million albums worldwide and inspired the likes of Prince, Alicia Keys, and Jay Z. Now, the soul-funk-fusion act has come full circle with the release of a new album, Now, Then & Forever (in stores now). We spoke with original EWF member Philip Bailey about collaborating with other EWF original members Verdine White and Ralph Johnson to create their latest project, and got his take on the state of music today, how EWF continues to make music that is adored my millions around the world, and his love for Maroon 5, John Mayer, and Janelle Monae.
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With parts in films like The Secret Life Of Bees and Red Tails, not to mention his significant role as Michael on HBO’s The Wire, Tristan Wilds has been able to consistently display charm, chemistry and charisma on-screen. However, now that his role as Dixon Wilson on The CW’s reboot of 90210 has come to a close, Wilds is looking to make the always-tricky transition from acting to music with his debut LP, New York: A Love Story (out Sept. 30), and a new moniker: Mack Wilds.
No doubt Love and Hip Hop Atlanta stars Kirk and Rasheeda are still basking in the baby glow of their recent family addition, but a few weeks ago Kirk took a collective public bashing from the likes of Nicki Minaj, countless bloggers, and LHHATL fans worldwide for his raunchy onscreen encounter with some “loose” females. The incident had quite a few folks fluffed at R&B singer Bobby V. as well, since the one night stand occurred at Bobby’s house. Since the steamy episode aired, both Kirk and his partner in crime Benzino have gone on record to try to assuage the situation and conduct damage control.
R&B music has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence as of late thanks to artists like Donell Jones, Raheem DeVaughn, Avant, Lyfe Jennings, Monifah, and Erica Campbell, who came together Sunday, August 4th at the Central Park Summerstage to perform in the WBLS R&B Fest. And what a show it was!
Affectionately known as “the little show that can,” Soul Factory’s monthly showcase featuring “Souled Out” live music at Drom features a variety of soul/neo-soul/R&B artists. For three months, I was the woman who couldn’t get her act together and get to a show – until Noel Gourdin hit the bill, that is.
I just love when I’m able to share a music appreciation moment with someone; those moments are even more dynamic and enriching when seemingly unlikely fans connect and bond over a particular artist. I had one such moment about a year ago, when my officemate and fellow music lover Dan Tucker (who’s a talented musician in his own right) heard the sounds of RES blaring through my headphones. “That was a great, album. What happened to her?” he commented and questioned, and for several moments we mutually expressed how much we loved and missed RES.
The first thing that struck me as I settled into my seat at B.B. King last night and waited for the Mary Mary performance to start was how many children —tots, teens and tweens— were out in full force with their families. The sight put a smile on my face and made me wish I had brought my own 15-year-old son to the show to experience the joy and jubilation that is Mary Mary. After all, he’s watched enough episodes of Mary Mary’s self-titled WE tv show with me to know that I love me some Mary Mary. I’m right there, watching and joining in on their triumphs as the Grammy-winning, Billboard-charting sisters continue to bring gospel music to the masses and break new ground. It’s no small accomplishment that they are the first gospel group to grace the main stage at the Essence Music Festival, have been featured on iconic magazine covers like Ebony, and have singers like VH1′s own K.Michelle performing their music. Like those who came out last night to see Mary Mary perform at B.B. King, I love Mary Mary because they love the Lord, and they make no apologies for singing his praises, sharing his word, and giving him the glory in all things — in good times, in bad times, and most certainly in great times.
With the temperature consistently in the 90s all last week, I was ready to embrace a different kind of “hotness” by the time Saturday rolled around. The kind of hotness that didn’t require me sweating my brains out, but one that would stimulate my eyes, ears… You get my drift. Well, my wishes were granted in the form of Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank —collectively known these days as the R&B supergroup TGT—at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.
R&B veteran Joe is enjoying a nice renaissance of late, thanks in large part to his well-received new release, Doubleback: Evolution of R&B. The album debuted in the Top 10 when it dropped a few weeks ago, and its single “I’d Rather Have A Love” is getting some strong airplay. We caught up with Joe during a recent trip to New York City, and asked him if he’d sit down with us for a session of The Scoop. Thankfully, he obliged.
I was quite nervous when I got word that Donell Jones agreed to my interview request. I’ve been a fan of his music for years, and have even had the pleasure of seeing him performance live years ago at Madison Square Garden, but he’s always struck me as the heady, serious type. But I was determined to meet and master the challenge, and I made it my personal mission to try to make Mr. Jones smile. I shared my intent with Jones via Twitter the night before the interview, and found myself giddy with glee when he flipped the script on me with the following @reply.