Grayson Hugh

Grayson Hugh

One of the songs from the 1980s that I can never get out of my head, even though it wasn’t a huge hit, is Grayson Hugh’s “Talk It Over.” You probably don’t remember it. Here’s the music video: At the time, it didn’t sound like other stuff on the radio. I loved the classic soul feel of it and still do. It was cleverly written and sung– it’s hard not…

Commissionaires

From Newworldson to The Commissionaires

It’s hard to keep music groups together. Things like marriage, kids, and egos get in the way. Then there’s the “different direction” thing– where one of the band’s members just wants to do something different and the others are like, “Ummm… okay?” And a life of touring instead of staying home can really take its toll on people. Joel Parisien made a big splash in the Christian music world through…

Mandisa

Mandisa is back with “Out of the Dark”

Mandisa is like most of us. She has battled being fat for the longest time– can you relate? She has been clinically depressed… another thing millions of people go through. She has had her fair share of ups and downs in life. You might remember Mandisa from her time on American Idol. She was the bold contestant to sing “Shackles” by Mary Mary, a Gospel song, which Simon Cowell called…

Roadcase Royale releases “Get Loud”

“Get Loud,” the debut single from Roadcase Royale, is now available on iTunes and all major digital outlets. I like it. The new band, featuring Nancy Wilson of Heart and Liv Warfield formerly of Prince’s New Power Generation, recently released the live performance video of “Get Loud” on their YouTube channel and on the band’s official website. Roadcase Royale’s musical talent shines in “Get Loud.” The song begins with a…

Get to know Nias and his song Without You

I really like listening to Nias’ song “Without You.” The lyrics speak to me. It’s about a man finding a love that nourishes him in all ways, including spiritually. He doesn’t want to be without this woman who has come into his life and made it better. This is the kind of song all boyfriends and husbands should play for their significant other. So who is Nias? He’s a Brooklyn-born…

BriaMarie gets groovy with Rather Be

If I can hum a song after I’ve heard it, then I consider it a memorable one. BriaMarie’s “Rather Be” is a hummable song. It’s got a slinky R&B/soul groove, and features the twentysomething singer keeping it smooth, cool and warm all at the same time. “Rather Be” is a song about the good feeling you get being right alongside your lover, no matter where you are together. In 2017,…

Forget Me Not from Kim Meeks

Kim Meeks counts Al Green, Marvin Gaye, and the Bee Gees among her influences. Her biggest influence, though, is Hall & Oates. One of her goals in life is to perform on “Live from Daryl’s House,” which is a web series people watch online featuring the soulful vocal stylings of Daryl Hall from Hall & Oates. Right now, Meeks calls Macon, Georgia home. It’s where her song, “Sleeping With The…

Sofasound remixes Justin Bieber

Sofasound (aka John Sofia) is an EDM/hip hop producer who has done something impressive: made quite the remix of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.” It’s available for free as a download from Sofasound’s Soundcloud: Sofasound is “undefined by genre,” though he tends to remix R&B and rap hits from his studio in Florida. His credits include several artists, including Mistah F.A.B , Emoney, Obvi, Trizz, R-Mean, HBK CJ, Rey Res, and…

Soul R&B singer Rob Hewz

Rob Hewz just got done performing at the Unity1 Summer Music Festival at Pierce Park in downtown Ennis, Texas, where the crowd loved him. He has a natural charisma and music in his bones. Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas as Robert Hughes, he began performing at age 9. Keeping it interesting, his stage name became Rob Hewz, which definitely sounds and looks more like a performer’s name than “Robert Hughes,” which…

Remember Regina Belle?

Remember Regina Belle? Belle’s most notable for her Grammy award winning duet with Peabo Bryson, “A Whole New World,” from the 1992 animated feature film Aladdin. It has been a while since we’ve heard from her…but she’s back with new music, and her voice is stunning. “I’m amazingly blessed. I will never ever say that I’ve lived the perfect life to be shown such favor with God or the people but here…

The second coming of Etta James?

Is she the new Etta James? Marsha McWilson is one of 12 kids. She’s also a wife and mother to two miracle sons. At one time Marsha weighed a whopping 400 pounds, but since then she has lost the weight despite a botched gastric bypass surgery. In life, Marsha has known much pain, dealing with the death of her brothers, sister, nephew and parents all in a short span of…

Eldeem Acoustic Soul

Eldeem is a thoughtful singer-songwriter from London, England, and you’ve got to hear his acoustic guitar song called “Coward’s Song.” It’s beautifully played and sung with passion. I also like “Kisses and Curses,” where Eldeem sings about falling for someone he shouldn’t of, but can’t let that love go…something many people experience, right? Eldeem is musically gifted in ways most of us wish we were. For instance, not only does…

Davide Pannozzo, Clapton’s heir?

One listen to Davide Pannozzo’s song, “You Got Me Floating,” and I am convinced he’s Eric Clapton’s heir. He has the voice and the musical chops to not only live up to the standard Clapton has set in blues-rock music, but also the youth to keep that style popular among younger guys and gals. With a name like Davide Pannozzo (instead of, say, Dave Pann), if you were to guess…

What Natalie Cole Meant To Me

This morning I awoke to news on the radio that singer Natalie Cole had died. At first I wondered if I was dreaming. Then I checked my phone to see Facebook and Twitter and it was confirmed: she passed away New Year’s Eve night at the age of 65. Natalie Cole meant something to me. I didn’t know her for her 1970s R&B hits, initially. As a child of the…

Make way for LaMenga

Mariah, Christina, and P!nk: make way for LaMenga. From Alabama to the world, this lady, who got her start singing in a church choir, is ready to sing and make people feel it! LaMenga Kafi has a hot new single out called “Need Love” that’s a tasty combination of disco, funk and dance. If you like Maxine Jones’ voice from En Vogue, as well as other smoky-voiced singers like Donna…