LISTEN: Angel Taylor “Weak” and “Still God” New Music Reviews

photo (1)Angel Taylor former member of the hit gospel group Trin-I-Tee 5:7 is gearing up to release her debut solo project “Love Angel”.  After many months of quietly working behind the scenes, Angel has released her first single titled “Weak”.  Angel has also taken to social media and is giving listeners her second single “Still God”.  I am totally excited about Angel’s new project. It’s been a life long dream of Angel’s to be a solo artist.  Not discrediting her work and partnership with Trin-I-Tee 5:7, however, I as a fan of T57 am very happy that Angel is embarking on a new future and journey with her music.  “Love Angel”  is a project that incorporates Angel’s eclectic taste in music and exposes the different aspects of love.  Of the project Angel says,

“Being a solo artist and having the freedom to explore different styles and genres of music, allows me to express myself in a more well rounded fashion. There’s so many aspects to life and I now can express that without any barriers.”

First up, “Weak”: With a nod to the fresh R&B sounds of the 90’s, Angel effortlessly sings the cries of a confused heart, that knows it should leave a relationship, but still clings to the feelings its grown to know and love, and feels, well, Weak without it. It is refreshing to hear something different to take us out of the mundane sounds of mainstream radio today.  The instrumentation is simple and pure.  I like the sound of the turntable scratch and the familiarity of the drum beat, just really takes you back to when you and your crew would be at the lunch table banging out the latest rhythms.  Angel has great tone to her voice. When you hear her sing, she sounds like the girl next door, but then she’ll just GO THERE and you’re like “Did she really just do THAT?!”  I love to hear Angel sing.  She’s technical, random, skilled and free flowing all at once.  She sings from her heart, with lots of emotion and passion.  You believe her when she sings!  “Weak” is a great jam with lyrics all people can and will relate too.  I’m happy that with a background in gospel music, Angel isn’t overtly trying to be “mainstream” and is just giving us something very simple, the transition here is smooth. Produced by GRAMMY nominated Andrew “Druski” Scott and written by Carla Carter, “Weak” is something ALL experience, whether you’re a saint or an ain’t!  “Weak” is available for download on iTunes and Amazon.comTake a listen below and let me know what you think!

 

Next we have “Still God”:  Now I will try not to be biased here.  I first heard “Still God” in its baby stages.  I LOVED IT!! Of all of the songs that may possibly find a home on her “Love Angel” EP, “Still God” is my FAVORITE!! And let me say, only because I know Angel will read this (hey girl), that I really love the unmixed, unmastered version of “Still God”.  LOL, yes, I just loved the organic sound of it. But the songs still BANGS and makes me anxious for a live version!  The lyrics remind us that despite the negative situations we are going through, God is still God, “so even if the sun didn’t shine, you would still be God/and even if the wind doesn’t blow, I still know, you’re God”.  What I like most is how the song builds in emotion with each passing phrase.  By the end of the song you feel super charged to carry on through the journey God is taking you on.  I love how Angel just belts out the last refrain towards the end of the song!! It’s like she’s crying out to God on my behalf.  This track is usually on repeat!! It carries me through my Sunday mornings! I thoroughly get my life! The song is produced by Christian Anderson and Hugh Anderson III and written by Angel, herself.  It doesn’t sound like anything else on gospel radio today and as the first gospel track from Angel, I like that it doesn’t remind me of a Trin-I-Tee 5:7 song.  Though I worry that this track will sonically go over some folks heads, Angel has found her sound, it’s eclectic and she is freely and confidently sharing that with us through the song selections that will be on her “Love Angel” EP.  “Still God” will be available in the next couple of weeks on online markets for purchase.  For now you can listen below and let me know what you think!

Connect with Angel via her social media outlets:  Twitter- twitter.com/Angel_Taylor || Facebook- facebook.com/loveangeltaylor || Instagram- instagram.com/LoveAngelTaylor.

LISTEN: Chaka Khan “It’s Not Over” feat. Lecrae

ChakaKhanNewPRShotMay2012RegularMultiple GRAMMY Award winning diva Chaka Khan is back celebrating 40 years in the music industry.  With a new single, “It’s Not Over”, Chaka Khan teams up with new GRAMMY Award winning christian rapper Lecrae.  “It’s Not Over” is a straight up urban/pop song.  Inspirational in it’s lyrics, but sounds like something from a movie (Honey, Step It Up, etc) soundtrack.

Now I have much respect for Chaka Khan, but I’m not that big on her music. Not that I don’t like her, she was just before my time some and I haven’t fully ingested her catelog.  For me “It’s Not Over” is about the big names, more than the actual song.  Kind of like those movies that have an all-star cast, but the film lacks substance…yeah that’s how I feel about “It’s Not Over”. It’s not bad, just may need some time to grow on me.  I do like dance/pop type songs, just didn’t see this coming from the legendary Chaka Khan.  Check out the single below for yourself. What do you think?

BET Music Matters Showcase Feat. Mali Music and PJ Morton

feature-mali-music-02-572x290Ayee!! Shout out to the man Mali Music! You know he made a huge impact as part of the 2011 BET Music Matters class.  Mali performed during the 2011 BET Awards taking to the big stage with “The Job Experience.” Leaving mainstream artists and the like with mouths open, he also caught the eye of Akon and later signed a marketing deal with Akon at the helm.  Mali Music has since been working on his next release ‘Mali Is’ with the released date still locked away.  He has hit BET’s 106 and Park to perform, been on tour with B. Reith and has recently worked in the studio with Jennifer Hudson.  Keep ya eyes and ears open for more from Mali Music!

pj mortonPJ Morton, son of Bishop Paul Morton Sr. (whose new album Best Days is available now in stores) side steps his duties as the new keyboardist for the hit group Maroon 5, and takes his talents over to the BET Music Matters stage this year.  PJ Morton, who caused small waves of concern and confusion among the saints with his signing to YMCMB (Young Money Cash Money Billionaires), has been steadily doing his thing with Maroon 5 and even releasing an EP “Following My First Mind.” I don’t have word yet when PJ will be releasing his national YMCMB debut album, but I’ll let you know once something surfaces.

The BET Music Matters Showcase will be presented on 12/11/12 at the famous SOB’s NYC. Other performers include Jennah Bell, Stacy Barthe, Jessy Wilson and Kevin Ross.  It will be hosted by Buttahman and Vanessa Fraction. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the first performer will begin at 8:30 p.m. You must be 21+ to attend the event. For more information check out BET.com/MusicMatters

Deitrick Haddon Does Usher “Climax” ReMix

So Deitrick is bout to drop a free album?!  Yea! Coming soon Deitrick will release “The Re-versed Mixtape.”  Check out his re-versed cover of his interpretation of Usher’s “Climax” below!

“Climax” is my favorite song that I’ve heard from Usher’s “Looking 4 Myself” album.  I love Usher’s vocal performance and his lyrics on the track.  Upon first listen, I wasn’t to into Deitrick’s interpretation, I really like what Usher offered as far as the meaning of the song.  Slowly however, I’ve come to feel the groove of what Deitrick is doing.  What I appreciate the most, is someone of Deitrick’s stature doing something like this.  Already there are tons of folks weighing in on how they feel about the re-versed tune.  I like this from Deitrick and can’t wait to hear what else he tackles.  What are your thoughts?

Artist Interview | Shawanda Lynette Talks “30 Years Later” New Album Release

A few months ago, I attended an event at a local church.  One of the featured artist was Shawanda Lynette.  She took to the stage and I was thoroughly impressed.  She rocked that stage and yet, came off so humble and genuine in her performance.  I mean Shawanda wasn’t up there for show.  She was there because this is the gift God gave her and so she is going to use it to give Him glory, while serving up some great music!  Shawanda has this youthful neo-soul groove about her and her music.  Embedded in elements of R&B/Soul are messages that inspire and encourages others to let go of your inhibitions and be the best you God created you to be!  I must admit, that I wasn’t expecting Shawanda to be as good as she was that night!  Truly capturing me, I had to learn more about Shawanda, so I was able to connect with her and grab an interview.

Shawanda Lynette released her album “30 Years Later” on August 4, 2012.  I was able to attend her album release concert on that same day and was wowed yet again!  The energy in that room was amazing, we really enjoyed ourselves! It is with no reservations that Shawanda Lynette is well on her way to being a great artist! Check out the interview below and get into the footage from the release concert.

|| Artist Interview ||

1. Who is Shawanda Lynette and why should she be on our radar?
I am authentic, sincere, honest, motivated, determined, helpful. I love God. I love my family. I love to write and sing and I believe that my music inspires and will help people to be all that they were created to be.

2. What was the inspiration for the title of the album?
The title of the album came to me one day while we ( My brother and I) were at the studio.  I though it sounded cool at first but when I really thought about it, the songs that I was writing and the stuff that was coming out of my heart was a reflection of how I really felt in my 30th year of life. The lyrics have become what I know to be true and what I believe.

3. Who are you musical influences?
I love Ledisi, P.J Morton, Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind & Fire and Mary J Blige, to name a few :)  My Dad and my brother have influenced me a lot musically as well.

4. How would you describe the sound of 30 Years Later?
I’d say that it’s a fresh, motivating type of sound. It’s inspirational with a neo- soul vibe. It’s a lot of things fused into one but basically, it’s just good music!

5. What was your experience like creating this album?
It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. The process really caused me to mature. It was really a point where I had to decide if this (music and writing) was what I really wanted to do. I put my all into it. I was intentionally honest when writing and I didn’t hold anything back. Working with my brother was really cool. He created all of the music and helped with some vocal arranging. Throughout the process he was hard on me but that’s what I needed.  As a result, we put together a cool album. We are proud of our accomplishment. :)

6. Favorite song/most personal song from the album?
I think it depends on the day, all of the songs are personal. I wrote each of them and they are all an expression of my heart. If I had to choose I would say Beautiful and Here I Am.

7. What would you like the listener to come away with after hearing your album?
I’d like for the listener to be inspired, reassured that everything is ok. Be prompted to live out their dreams, follow their heart and live life to the fullest.

Please support and purchase “30 Years Later” available on ShawandaLynette.com Connect with Shawanda Lynette and let her know your thoughts! Twitter: @ShawandaLynette | Facebook: ShawandaLynette | Youtube: Shawanda Lynette

Angel of Trin-i-tee 5:7 Performs Aretha Franklin’s “Call Me”

I’m just a groupie for Trin-i-tee 5:7!  I can’t deny it and nor am I ashamed of it!!  Angel of Trin-i-tee 5:7 was out in the Dallas, TX area this weekend in a special performance at Andria’s Cajun Cuisine.  Check out the clip below of Angel going IN on Aretha Franklin’s “Call Me.”  I so wish that I could have been there! I’m so happy for her and it’s so good to see her in this element and be so in the moment (cause she was feeling that).  I’ve always loved hearing Angel serve us saints a good dose of R&B/Soul in her gospel songs, but to hear this, WOW!  And it’s just a clip, can you imagine what the whole show was like?!!  Angel is here to snatch wigs hunnie!!  Loved her look and she seemed so free, and again so in the moment!  Those vocals and those squalls, YES, Get’cho Life Angel!! LOL!  Shout out to the band cause that groove had some extra funk on it!  Home girl on the keys was getting it!! Yes, I got my life and I am just so giddy over what the future holds for Angel!  She’s super dope!  Check out the clip below and make sure you connect with Angel and let her know what you thought!  Twitter: @Angel_Taylor | Facebook: AngelT57 | Instagram: LoveAngelTaylor

Keyondra Lockett Releases “Soul Couture” Free Download

You will want to download this mixtape! Really nice vocals from Keyondra Lockett! With her first solo effort, “Soul Couture”, Keyondra takes on the task of reworking some of mainstream music’s most popular tunes (i.e. Elle Varner- Refill, Jessie J-Domino, and Chris Brown-Turn Up The Music).  If you’re wondering who Keyondra Lockett is, well she is a member of the Stellar nominated gospel group Zie’l.   Keyondra has shared platforms with various artists including Bishop Paul S. Morton, Karen Clark-Sheard and Micah Stampley; to name a few.  Of “Soul Couture” Keyondra says,

“This mixtape embodies the reworking of five mainstream songs assimilated into Christian songs to edify the soul. I’m always excited about music, but what’s most exciting at this time is that this is my first project without Zie’l. I definitely miss hearing our voices together and can’t wait for our next album. Moreover, it was a pleasure working with Jor’dan Armstrong and Ted Williams of “The Good Guys” production team. They’re great at what they do and I can’t wait to hear more from them in the future.”- (VRE7.com)

Get Your Free Download of  Soul Couture- visit: noisetrade.com/keyondralockett | Connect with Keyondra on Twitter @KeyondraLockett