Wednesday, April 19, 2017

musiq soulchild at yoshi's 7.21.17

It’s hard to imagine a performer working today with more heart and soul than Musiq Soulchild. With over a decade on the scene, the multiplatinum singer/songwriter brings a new depth to his meditations on life and love with his sixth studio album, Musiqinthemagiq. Could he be the hardest working man in the business? At the very least, he’s got to be the most soulful.

“Soul music is something that you can’t fake. You’re just expressing yourself. That’s the magic in my music.” —Musiq Soulchild

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

j holiday at yoshi's 4.28.17

J. Holiday was born Nahum Grymes, a named derived from a biblical figure because he is the son of a preacher. Holiday was raised alone by his mother in Washington D.C. after his father died when he was just 11. Frances, was the type of mother who sticks to conventional rules like completing education and attending church. Holiday was sent to a local High School where he acknowledged a talent in singing during a showcase night. By then he was a frequent listener to Boyz II Men, Tupac Shakur and Jodeci records.

Although he had the passion to go deep in music path, his mom sent him back to school to complete the education first. Upon the graduation Holiday skipped college option and headed straight to studios where he began recording demo tapes.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

spoken word: caramel interlude by ahsek novel

Caramel is the third (vol3) poetry book from The Passion Fruit Syndrome collection written by Ahsek Novel (Kesha L Johnson-Clark) published by Brown Sugar Promotions LLC

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I WALKED OUT/of my mothers womb/speaking poetry and/whispering curses/i drink hennessey/and watch sunsets/my skin is brown/and melts like peanut butter/in a 365 degree heated oven/my voice is soft and/my words cut through barbwire fences/my heart is caged and/is also strong like Isis/i roll dices each day/because i'm still taking a chance/with each breath that i take/tempted and full of lust/he suddenly became my everything/as i became his flame/i became twisted and knotted/fully becoming aware/that i was under/his spell


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

angie stone at yoshi's 2.9.17

Grammy nominated singer Angie Stone is one of those artists with a Midas touch. Her buttery smooth honey-toned pipes, undeniable gritty soulfulness and epic songwriting talents have been called upon by everyone from Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, D'Angelo, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few. Rolling Stone Magazine once declared, "When soul music was in the lost and found, she came along to claim it." It is this belief that has made Stone the go-to woman for three different record labels when they were creating a new sound and vision. In the 70s, it was Angie Stone who helped to define the sound of the now legendary Sugar Hill Records as a member of the first recorded female rap group, Sequence. Their hit, "Funk You Up," is a classic that gets folks moving to this day! Fast forward, Clive Davis tapped Stone's iconic sound in the early 2000s, when he launched J Records. She recorded her gold-selling Mahogany Soul for the label and Stone Love. The in- demand Renaissance woman moves seamlessly from the studio and stage (she's starred on Broadway) to television and silver screen without missing a beat. A legend in this tough business, Angie Stone stands in a class by herself. In September 2015 BET/CENTRIC made Stone the focus of their acclaimed Being artist profile series, capturing just how amazing this dynamic’s life and career has been.