Daily Archives: October 1, 2018

Marsha Ambrosius: Nyla Album Stream

Marsha Ambrosius returns after a four-year break with her Nyla album. Her passionate vocals are still intact but this time she is married and a mother which is reflected in the music. Ambrosius handles the bulk of the singing with only one guest appearance from PJ Morton. The soul chanteuse is currently on tour as the opening act for Maxwell. 

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John Legend Releasing His First Christmas Album

John Legend announces his first Christmas album today after recently becoming the first African-American man to achieve EGOT status. Legend already had 10 Grammys, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award when he got an Emmy this year for being a producer of the television special Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert. Raphael Saadiq is the executive producer of A Legendary Christmas and there are guest appearances from Stevie Wonder and Esperanza Spalding. The album will be released October 26th. 

                                                              A Legendary Christmas Tracklisting

                           1.What Christmas Means to Me (feat. Stevie Wonder on harmonica)

2. Silver Bells

3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (feat. Esperanza Spalding)

 4.No Place Like Home

 5. Bring Me Love

 6. Merry Christmas Baby / Give Love on Christmas Day

 7. Christmas Time Is Here

 8. Waiting for Christmas

 9. Purple Snowflakes

 10. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

 11. Please Come Home for Christmas

 12. Wrap Me Up in Your Love

 13. By Christmas Eve

 14. Merry Merry Christmas

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Throwback: Sting-If You Love Somebody Set Them Free

 Sting released his first solo album The Dream Of Blue Turtles in 1985. It was two years after the Synchronicity album with The Police which was their last and most successful collection. He started his career outside the group with the single “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free.” The pop hit took its influence from Sting’s original muse of jazz and the critics were aware of the lineup of exceptional players that contributed to the sound. Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland and Omar Hakim were some of the musicians to share their jazz backgrounds on the album. The song was the beginning of his collaborations with Marsalis which continued for his next three albums. The Godley and Creme-directed video was different and featured Sting, the band and the singers moving around like shimmering ghosts and it became one of the more memorable ones on MTV’s playlist. The Dream Of Blue Turtles presented Sting’s voice outside of The Police with a vigor that still exists in his music today. Earlier this year Sting released the reggae joint album project 44/876 with Shaggy. 

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