Say A Little Prayer For You Natalie Cole & Whitney Houston

Ahh, the gems I find on Youtube.
Sometimes I think I was born in a wrong era. Felt this in my soul.
If you would like to get more videos like this, please like and comment!

Thanks ya’ll!

You could purchase the single here:
I Say a Little Prayer

“Enough” by Fantasia 2019

Ahh, so Fantasia has been shown’ up lately have what seems like taking a small hiatus. She recently released her new single “Enough” and I’m so glad to see her back in the business doing what she does best, making music. As Fantasia says, the song was inspired by Anita baker “Sweet Love”. It’s always refreshing to have new music, soul old-school music, back in the mix. This song is a reminder of how much music has changed and how much more great music artist can make. So excited for her continuing success!

To celebrate the oldies music, feel free to purchase this single here:
Enough

The Voice: Top 13

So sad that my favorite Matthew Johnson did not make it to the Top 13! I thought he did amazing, but as always, these shows are so unpredictable.

Here is the video of Matthew Johnson, for those who have missed out or simply would like to replay his performance.

But on the flip side, I am so glad that my other favorite Shawn Sounds made this round! He never fails! Coming through with Luther Vandross vibes. I swear, he got that Vandross blood running through his veins!

Could purchase the originals of both songs here:
Ordinary People
A House Is Not a Home

New Series: More Music Mondays

Hey guys, as you know, I am always trying to come up with new ideas for my blog for you guys because I believe in the quality of the content I create. I always want to make sure that it is something that my audience enjoys and finds some value/ worth in. So this time around I thought that I introduce a new series, called “More Music Mondays” one where I share my love of writing through song-writing— a skill that I plan to hone in on now and in the years to come. Though I do not practice song-writing as much as I’d like to, I do recall moments in time when I had the itch to do so. I remember the first time I discovered my love for poetry was 3rd grade. I want to say the title of the poem was something along the lines of “bright stars”. It was a poem about the stars and how natural it is for a star to stand out from the rest. I really don’t know what came into me or what I was really thinking when I wrote it, but it just kinda flowed out from my little 7 year old brain. My teachers took notice of this poem, and had me recite it in front of the class. I believe that was the very first time I realized I had some sort of skill in writing. Though I did find joy in writing, I didn’t truly believe I had some talent in it. If that makes sense. Fast forward to high school, and I turned in another poem for one of my theology course assignments. My teacher, who happened to be a graduate of Yale University, guess saw something in my writing and ended up praising me for it in front of my classmates. I would like to thank my 3rd grade and my teacher Mr. Grindon for taking notice in something I subconsciously loved, even when I didn’t believe in myself.

For me, poetry is something that I find very sacred and intimate and now that I have rediscovered my passion for music, I thought that I could somehow combine the two together. And what other way than through songwriting? I think I was around 11 when I attempted to write my first song with the guitar. I remember sitting on my bed as words floated around in my head to match the melodies I had in mind. Though I did find joy in it, I stopped half way and never finished it. Fast forward to college, and I carried that song-writing itch with me. I think the biggest regret I have is never finishing what I started. There’s this song-writing/ singing/ rapping challenge called “Gone”. The challenge is to rap and/or sing over the beat of the song “Gone” by Monica. I took to my notebook and drew inspiration from what I knew I love best, poetry and writing. Most people wrote about heartbreak over their ex or past relationship on the beat, but I thought I’d put my own spin to it. Because to me, there is much more important things (not that heartache isn’t one of them, just that there is more to life than boys and lust). I wrote this almost two years back in December of 2017. And came up with this. Probably not as catchy without the beat, rapping, and all but looking back, I forget how much writing means to me. Here it goes:

“I know what you’re thinking, no I ain’t lyin
this rap bout to fire
just me, a pen, some rhymin’
I got some things to say
penny for your thoughts
here we go, let’s get it, bout to drop some bars
I’m young, 21, with a future so bright
with some ride or dies, family so tight
we got our fights, but we come out alright
we good, hood, chill like a Saturday night
let’s talk dreams, your vision, one of a kind?
I’m talking’ what got you feeling’, what says on your mind
is it the money, the lamb, them yeezy boost shoes
is it the protests, president, what you hears on the news?
hard to find real in a world of fake
where we got disbelievers, lurkin’ ass snakes
our system corrupt killing’ those with guts
who inform, who teach, who inspire the rest of us
we take, we get but don’t remember their names
we think lust, drugs, the glory, the fame
but that really enough to fulfill us inside?
to focus on love, all distractions aside?
Imperfect’s perfect, but where’s the line
we fools sit-in’ here, pretendin everything’s fine”

Again, rough work. We all start somewhere.
To me this is only the beginning. Here’s to the music.

 

 

Billboard Music Icon Award: Living Legend Mariah Carey

At a loss of words. Mariah Carey’s speech just left me… speechless.
As an aspiring singer, I am extremely grateful for the power of music. How music can simply lift spirits in times of despair. How music can takes us to a different time, and place. How music can simply move us.
For me, Mariah Carey was one of the few who I drew great inspiration from.
Although, I know she is incomparable as a vocalist, I also know that great music is possible. It’s amazing how a series of notes can make one feel. How a few notes can get one to break out of the ordinary state and start.. singing. And if the music is great, it can take one to a state of nirvana. Music is pure beauty and I think anyone who identifies as a singer at heart truly feels this sense of nirvana through Mariah’s music. I also love how she referenced the concept of highs and lows, because to me, that’s all it’s really about. Hence my choice of name for this blog. Nonetheless Mariah’s drive is immeasurable. As she makes evident in her speech, it is the purpose and passion one finds in music that keeps great music alive, and living.

Her speech at the Billboard Music Awards was definitely one I needed to hear. Hope ya’ll find some inspiration in it as I had.

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You can find the video of her speech here.

Below is the script of her speech:

“I’m so nervous! Seriously, thank you Billboard for letting me grow up on the charts with you and for this incredible honor. Icon? I really don’t think of myself in that way. I started making music out of a necessity to survive and to express myself. And I just wanted to create something so I could feel worthy of existing. And if I’ve learned anything, anything at all in this life, it’s that truly all things are possible with God.

Without getting into all the drama, all the ups and downs of my career—we’ve all seen them, we all make mistakes—there’s been a few memes [laughs]. I guess I’ve always felt like an outsider. Someone who doesn’t quite belong anywhere. And I still feel like that lost interracial child who had a lot of nerve to believe I could succeed in anything at all in this world. But, and this is the truth, but I did believe because I had to. The truth is I’ve dedicated my life to my music, my saving grace, and to my fans who are unlike any other entity that I’ve ever known. They’ve lifted me out of the depths of hell and brought me back with their devotion and love. I want to thank all the people who’ve been with me on this journey, through the highs and lows, through the struggles. Through your struggles and mine. And to anybody who doesn’t allow themselves to be broken. And keeps getting up, and keeps holding on, and keeps standing tall, keeps on believing and keeps rising—I celebrate you tonight. And to anyone who’s ever told me that a song I wrote helped save your life, I thank you because you saved mine. And I’ll be eternally grateful for that. I love you. Thank you so much.”

You could purchase Mariah Carey’s Albums here:

Mariah Carey
Daydream
The Emancipation of Mimi
Caution [Explicit]

“Listen” by Beyonce

♫ Listen, I am alone at a crossroads
I’m not at home in my own home
And I’ve tried and tried
To say what’s on my mind
You should have known
Now I’m done believing you
You don’t know what I’m feeling
I’m more than what
You’ve made of me
I followed the voice, you gave to me
But now I’ve gotta find my own
You should have listened 

Artist: Beyonce 
Song Title: Listen
Release Date: June 22, 2009
Record Label: Music World; Columbia

You could purchase the single here: Listen (From the Motion Picture “Dreamgirls”)

❦ Happy Birthday to Ledisi ❦

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Ms. Ledisi… her music brings light and warmth. So happy to have discovered her.

“I’m not focused on radio or whether I’m going to get all the audiences… all I wanted were great songs that were universal to any listener – Black, White, Green, Yellow; any kind a age difference.” – Ledisi

♪  When they look at me
What they fail to see
Is the love you got me feeling
Like I’m dancing on the ceiling
I can hardly breathe
‘Cause you’re all I need
So when they ask me why I’m smiling like a fool
I blame you ♪

 

Purchase Luther Vandross’ “My Sensitivity”:
My Sensitivity (Gets in the Way)

Purchase Ledisi’s “I Blame You” Here: I Blame You

Matthew Johnson “I Smile” The Voice 2019

Man can this guy can blow!
It makes me incredibly happy to see his family supporting and grooving with him.
Johnson can brighten up the whole room as soon as he opens his mouth!
His runs are soo smoothly executed. He definitely belonged up there. Can’t wait to see Legend take him up under his wing.
Appreciated every bit of this performance. Hope ya’ll do too!

You could purchase the original single here:
I Smile

Shawn Sounds & Matthew Johnson: Luther Vandross “Never Too Much” The Voice Battles 2019

These guys are too much, my goodness!
Super excited to be keeping up with The Voice this season.
No shade or anything but definitely, got some real vocalists coming out hahaha.
Thanks to Legend! Look forward to seeing more from his team.

That range, agility, tone.. SEEEESH. Felt every part of this performance in my soul.
I have so many favorite parts! 1:40 & 2:59 should be a crime, MY LORD.
Can’t nobody get legend moving like that, haha.
Issa battle alright, but they just sounded so amazing together! Can’t even choose!
Like to this to see more of these two and many other talented singers! Enjoy, ya’ll xox.

Buy the original single here: Never Too Much

Donna Summer

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“I don’t really try to predict what you can and will happen with things. Sometimes you think something’s gonna be a huge success, and it isn’t. And sometimes you pay no attention to something whatsoever, and God just makes it into everything.” – Donna Summer

Song Title: What You Won't Do for Love
Artist: Bobby Caldwell
Release Date: December 1978
Record Label: Clouds

Oh man, oldies really puts me on a high. As an artist, sometimes I envision myself sampling old school songs in my own music. I always thought that would be fun. The idea of bringing old school music back to today’s generation sounds refreshing. Definitely something new but something to consider. In the meanwhile, hope ya’ll enjoy this.