Category Archives: Soul

Mary J. Blige To Receive Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Mary J. Blige will receive her star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame January 11th which is also her birthday.  Her longtime friend and mentor Diddy will attend the ceremony and help Hollywood Chamber president and CEO Leron Gubler introduce the star. Blige became the voice for so many women of her generation after the release of her debut album What’s The 411?  As the Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul, she channeled sadness and joy into a sound that defined the ’90s and has crossed over the current generation. Her acting credits include last year’s Mudbound which has earned her Critics’ Choice, SAG and Golden Globe nominations. On January 7th she will attend the Golden Globe Awards.

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Jermaine Jackson & Sons Perform The Christmas Song For Max Proms 2017

Jermaine Jackson sings “The Christmas Song” with his sons Jaafar and Jermajesty for the annual Dutch show Max Proms. Jermaine recorded the song for The Jackson 5 Christmas album in 1970. The current performance is his first time being on stage with his sons.

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Listen: Denaun Porter Shares The Christmas Song

Denaun Porter is one of the writers and producers on Eminem’s Revival album. The D12 alumni surprises with his cover of “The Christmas Song” and reveals his soulful singing voice. He posted a statement about “The Christmas Song”:

“I grew up hearing Christmas music throughout the year, not just at Christmas time. I always loved the nostalgia of the songs, the feelings they bring back, the memories of family and friends gathering. My family encouraged me to share my own spin on a couple of the classics with you. My influences have always included Marvin Gaye, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder and Musiq Soulchild and you won’t surprised to hear a little of that here. Thank you for listening and allowing me to now be a part of your Christmas memories.”

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Throwback: Donny Hathaway-This Christmas

Donny Hathaway wrote “This Christmas” with Nadine McKinnor hoping to create the ultimate Xmas song for African-Americans. “This Christmas” wasn’t received well after its initial release in 1970 but by the ’80s it was customary to hear it on Black radio around holiday time. Listeners knew when they heard the beaming horns intro it was time for the holiday.  The presence of the song each year on those radio stations, its re-release in 1991 and cover versions from Patti LaBelle and many others instituted classic status for “This Christmas.” Hathaway and McKinnor’s intention to capture the spirit of a soulful holiday achieved its goal of becoming the most popular Black Christmas song. Hathaway’s daughter Lalah recently covered “This Christmas” for a Spotify Singles recording session. When she was asked by Essence magazine whose version of the song did she like most she replied:

“Donny Hathaway’s is my favorite. I know it’s Christmas when I hear daddy’s version. I would like to hear more of [it].”

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Johnny Popcorn Preparing To Release Totem 2.0 & Video For Cold World

Johnny Popcorn’s Totem 2.0 is the answer to Totem Pole that was released last year. The Totem 2.0 EP comes out officially on January 1st and can be streamed now. The video for “Cold World” is an eye-catching colorful visualizer.

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