When I first heard Krystle Warren and Solomon Dorsey‘s cover of the 1968 Beatles record, “Blackbird,” I had to pause it midway through and say a quick prayer. I thought the Lord was calling me home because this rendition felt like heaven. The deep, rich resonances from Solomon’s double bass paired with Krystle’s jaw-dropping, husky vocals and hints of scatting will leave you mesmerized.
Watch Krystle Warren and Solomon Dorsey’s rendition of Blackbird below.
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Elle Winston discusses life, love, and race on her soul-stirring, sophomore EP entitled Uncertainty. She describes this 5-track project as her “heart, so take your time with it.” With intimate lyrics performed over flowing vocals, how can you not.
Stream/purchase Elle Winston’s Uncertainty below.
Soulful crooner Chris Turner dropped his latest project titled LOVElife is a Challenge, a free mixtape that delves into all things love-related, from breakups to makeups to strong romances, while combing edgy/throwback musical elements with his oh so smooth falsetto.
The Bay Area-singer who has graced the stage with Jesse Boykins, Bilal, and Esperanza Spalding and lists the likes of Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, and Curtis Mayfield as his musical influences had this to say about LOVElife is a Challenge,
“I am merely a middle man trying to bring you and true love together. LOVElife is my melodic contribution that highlights the significance of loving yourself, sharing growth, and learning to forgive.”
This 17-track mixtape features collaborations from rapper Moruf and singer Jesse Boykins III, as well as covers of Sade’s “Kiss of Life” and Stevie Wonder’s “Seems So Long.” Be on the lookout for Chris’ forthcoming LP, titled LOVEchild.
Stream Chris Turner’s LOVElife is a Challenge below. [FREE mixtape download]
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is an audiobook and soundtrack album narrated by Michael Jackson for the 1982 Steven Spielberg-directed blockbuster film of the same name. Produced by Quincy Jones and distributed under MCA Records, the album’s production brought Jackson together with several former collaborators and acquaintances such as Rod Temperton, Freddy DeMann and Bruce Swedien.
The album was released in November 1982, the same month as Jackson’s sixth studio album Thriller (1982). Court action taken by the pop star’s record label (Epic Records), subsequently forced the album to be withdrawn. During its limited release, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial reached number 82 on the UK Albums Chart. It was well received critically and earned Jackson a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children.”Someone In the Dark”, a song recorded by Michael Jackson and written by Rod Temperton, was a Grammy-winning track from the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial storybook.
Watch the Spielberg’s E.T. Short Film narrated by Michael Jackson below.
Tamar Braxton has finally put some visuals to her hit single, “Love and War,” and all I can say is yes ma’am! The video was shot at El Matador State Beach in Malibu, California by Walid Azami. You may remember him from his appearance on the WE TV reality show, Tamar and Vince. He shot Tamar’s promotional photos at her home. Azami sure has an eye for great angles and silhouettes.
Watch Tamar Braxton’s “Love and War” below.
Spoken word artist Missterious Janette…ikz, hailing from California, addresses the issues of sexual abuse by revealing her personal account in this powerful video for Pure Path‘s series called 13 Floor.
When you enter the elevator of a high rise building you will seldom find the button for the 13th floor. It’s because of fear, superstition, or ignorance, that we pretend it doesn’t exist. The “13th floor” issues of abortion, sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and the sanctity of human life have become a widely unrecognized reality, accompanied by a basic fear of people, to honestly address these issues.
Watch Missterious Janette…ikz’s poem on sexual abuse below.
Belgium soul singer-songwriter/guitarist Selah Sue released the visuals for her latest single “Fade Away” a month ago. I don’t know how this one slipped past me, seeing that I’m a fan of her work. Better late than never, right? This record is from the US edition of the soulstress’ self-titled, debut LP.
Watch Selah Sue’s video for “Fade Away” below.
Am I the only one that didn’t know there was a video made for this song? *looks around*
Marvin Gaye‘s “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” is one of my favorite tracks from his classic 1971 LP, What’s Going On. After all these years of listening to this song, I decided to see if there were visuals that went along with the record. Lo and behold!
(Somewhere, Marvin is shaking his head at me).
The video is a black and white montage of everything inner city-related, shot in Harlem. Sadly, the record’s lyrical content still remains relevant today.
Watch Marvin Gaye’s video ”Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” below.