Daily Archives: October 25, 2017

Rachel Kerr Shares Debut Single Alive

British R&B singer Rachel Kerr is somewhere between secular and gospel in her approach. The big-throated singer is preparing for her solo album and “Alive” is the first single. “Alive” is sung with such power because Kerr says the song is an,

“Overcomers anthem for written for everyone who has survived what was meant to take them out.”

Kerr has already won a MOBO Award in her native England and has toured the world as an opening act for Lauryn Hill and Brandy. Her Back To Music EP was released in 2012 and “Alive” is poised to be placed in a big movie next year as well as her debut album.

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Miles Bonny Releases Let It Out EP

Trumpeter Miles Bonny and beatmaker Ta-Ku have collaborated on the Let It Out EP. Bonny recorded the laidback project in Kansas City while contemplating the challenges of being a young father. The six-song collection is a relaxed composite of jazz and hip-hop elements with lyrics about the fragility of the human condition.

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Moses Sumney Performs Plastic On Later…With Jools Holland

Moses Sumney just wrapped up the North American tour for his debut album Aromanticism. He made a trip to the BBC’s Later…With Jools Holland and performed “Plastic” with nothing but his voice and guitar. On Monday he will begin his European tour in the United Kingdom.

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Watch Living Colour Perform On Late Night With Seth Meyers

Living Colour just released their sixth studio album Shade. They made an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers and performed “Come On.” It is their first full-length album in eight years. Last year they released a cover of Biggie Smalls’ “Who Shot Ya” with a host of remixes. Reid states on the band’s website that,

“Shade is the sound of a band coming to terms with its shadows and light, From the blue pulpit of Robert Johnson to the mean red streets of Brooklyn to the golden lure of Hollywood, Shade is the next chapter of a unique American journey.”

Living Colour is currently on a tour of the United States.

 

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R.I.P. Fats Domino

Rock and Roll pioneer Fats Domino died at his home in Harvey, Louisiana yesterday at age 89 of natural causes. Domino was one of the biggest stars of the ’50s and ’60s with only Elvis Presley as a rival in terms of record sales. Domino’s boogie-woogie influenced R&B took over the national airwaves with songs like “The Fat Man”  “Blueberry Hill ” and “Ain’t That A Shame.” The singer’s warm smile and demeanor made it easy for Black and white people to connect with his music during segregation. His concerts are one of the things cited for building integration before the end of Jim Crow laws. Domino’s music was one of the centers to pave the way for rock and white artists like Pat Boone and John Lennon studied his style and covered his songs. In 1986, he was one of the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. He has received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2016 he was inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall Of Fame. There was a rumor that he had passed in 2005 when he was not heard from during Hurricane Katrina but a national news report showed him being rescued from his flooded home. He made his last stage appearance in 2007 at Tipitina’s in his native New Orleans. Last year PBS aired Joe Lauro’s 2016 documentary American Masters: Fats Domino and the Birth Of Rock and Roll. Watch below:

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