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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Jody Watley and Shalamar--Reloaded

I want to thank God for creating me in 1960, so I can enjoy real talent. By that, I mean music artists that could sing and write lyrics with meaning, unlike the some of the artists nowadays who auto tune their voices to make it sound audible. Whenever I hear "Second Time Around,” "For the Lover in You" and "A Night to Remember,” it takes me back to 1979, 1980 and 1982--the years of my young adult life. I remember Jody Watley and Howard Hewett singing these songs, OMG!  their voices. Good ole voices from a good ole times. Music that still lives and plays on and in the hearts of many.

  Well enough of all that, this blog is about Jody Watley. Did you know she used to dance on “Soul Train” in the 70s when she was 14 years old? She also sang in the group Shalamar from 1977 to 1983. When Shalamar broke up, I was sad because the musical chemistry was so good. During Watley’s solo career she put out nine albums from 1987 to 2006. Now at the age of 56,  she’s still doing what she loves. In May of 2014 she registered the Shalamar trademark. This was a big controversy with Howard Hewett, you can read all about it in this link Watley is now singing and booking shows with Shalamar reloaded with Nate Allen Smith and Rosero McCoy. They have a single out called “Slow Dance,” which I have listened to many times and still love it. I have always been a fan of Shalamar but for me it was Watley who made the group and of course the one who had an incredibly successful solo career (including Grammys). Watley not only looks amazing, she still has it. I look forward to the new album. Jody Watley and Shalamar reloaded will be playing Yoshi’s in Oakland California on December 30, 2015 thru January 1, 2016 and SAP Center in San Jose on February 12, 2016.

Here are some other places you can also catch Jody Watley and Shalamar reloaded:
Nov. 6-8 Blues Alley Washington DC,
Nov. 14 – special guests of Jody Watley 94.7 The WAVE Presents Freestyle Explosion Anaheim Honda Center
Nov.21 – CenturyLink Center Bossier, LA
Jan. 18-19 Billboard Live Tokyo
Jan. 21,   Billboard Live Osaka, Jan. 29 – The Roxy Theatre Los Angeles Feb. 13 Las Vegas Orleans Arena special guests of Jody Watley Freestyle Classic

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tyrese, Black Rose Album

I was listening on the Steve Harvey morning radio show about a month and half ago, on my way to an appointment. I caught the tail end of his interview with Tyrese. Tyrese was talking about his latest and last album Black Rose and that it was personal. Black Rose demonstrates Tyrese's growth as an artist and his maturity as a man. This album has a classic R&B feel to it. The kind of music that you just want to kick back and mellow out with a glass of wine. The reason why I love R&B music, it tells a story of what people are going through in their life. Tyrese has captured it, in this album.
It is definitely music for grown folks. It gives you a glimpse into his life and past loves. It’s real as real can get. This artist from the streets of South Central Los Angeles that sung on a Coca Cola commercial in the late 1990’s, is one class act. I put two links with Tyrese talking about his final album, his Ex and much more. Check it out. My favorite song is “Shame”, but the other songs on this album are just as good. Tyrese is one amazing talent check out his album and songs on Streetwise Radio.


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, August 14-15, 2015, Jackson, MS

Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival, August 14-15, 2015, Jackson, MS

111 East Capitol Street, Suite 102 Jackson, Mississippi 39201 • 800-354-7695 • 601-960-1891
2015 Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival: Is it true to its “ROOTS”?
JACKSON, MS- “City with Soul”

The 2015 Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival roster is set for its third year! The festival is August 14th & 15th at the MS Ag Museum. Keeping with the grounds and its natural rustic setting, is the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival being true to its “Roots”? Yes! “Nappy Roots” that is, has been added to the roster!
Festival organizers started the festival to celebrate Jackson’s rich contribution to the foundation of
rhythm and blues, but are not married to just those genres. The festival is postured to explore and
introduce new genres to expand its offering. This year is no different; they have added a
Gospel/R&B/Urban Contemporary Artist, Mali Music, who made his debut on the BET Music Awards. R&B Divas star Leela James; Percussionist, Adib Sabir; A cappella group, Street Corner Symphony;
and Southern Soul/R&B Artist, T-Baby round off the line-up. Altogether now….. It’s Boomin!
Nappy Roots is a Southern rap quartet that entered the music scene in 1998 and the guys have remained real, humble, and talented with inherent, undeniable southern swagger. After the international success of
their album Watermelon, Chicken, & Grits, selling over 3 million albums, the members of Nappy Roots were flying high while still acutely aware of how far it could be to the bottom should they fall.
After his seismic performance at the BET Music Awards’ “Music Matters” stage, Mali Music found
himself meeting with major record label executives, and finally settled in at RCA Records-the home of Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Miguel. After another earthshaking BET Music Awards performance and a performance at the Essence Festival, the mainstream wholeheartedly embraced Mali’s undeniable and uplifting blend of soulful R&B, invigorating hip-hop, and inspiring lyricism.
What sets Leela James apart is her fearless approach to making music. She travels the gamut of
emotions from self-doubt to self-confidence, and reminds her audience of what it is to be human – to
love, to regret and to dream. Constant requests have been pouring in for James to reemerge at the
Festival, which may be attributed to her popularity on reality show, R&B Divas. Where else could she perform, but in the “Diva’s Den”?
Just in case you’ve been hibernating for the winter, the Jackson Rhythm and Blues Festival is a premier two-day music festival offering a stellar music mix and line up guaranteeing a good Jackson, Mississippi time with over 30 Artists on 5 stages, including 4 indoor, air-conditioned venues, transformed into Juke Joints- It’s Boomin!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also check out our website at for updates on the line-up and other Festival information.
CONTACT: Yolanda Clay-Moore, Manager, Public Relations
(601) 960-1891, ext 310 or

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

B.B. King (September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015)

Another Blues legend as gone home to glory. Yes, B.B. King is gone but his music will live on. I was bless to have seen B.B. King live two times in my life. The first time was in the late 1990’s at the Monterey Blues Festival in Monterey California. The second time was in the mid 2000’s, at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mt. View California. When I heard of his passing, I became teary eyed. Just thinking about the times I had seen him live and what an amazing man he was. He sure could tell a story through his guitar strings. Whenever I hear his songs, "The Thrill Is Gone", “Lucille”, “Three O Clock Blues”, "Rock Me Baby" and “Sweet Sixteen” I will remember him with a smile on my face. B.B. King carried an entire style of music on his back for half a century or more, he was a national gem. R.I.P. B.B. King you will be missed but never forgotten. Tune into Streetwise Radio and listen to songs from the Best Blues Man I ever seen. You can also listen to Streetwise Radio on Pandora, iTunes, MyGen365, Live365 and Athena365.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Melvin Davis

Hey! All you lover’s  of soul music, a flash from the past is back and doing his thing. I’m talking about Melvin Davis. He was the lead singer with the 70’s group “The 8th Day”. He’s a singer, songwriter, drummer, and bandleader from Detroit. Melvin was born in 1942 and was around in the Motown era. Melvin worked with artists such as Smokey Robinson, David Ruffin, Wayne Krammer and Dennis Coffey. Their hit song was “You’ve Got To Crawl Before You Walk.”

Now decades later he is still singing. He released an album call “Double or Nothing” on April 17, 2015. Melvin Davis at the age of 73 is still going strong. His song “Double or Nothing” still has that soul favor Melvin Davis is known for. Some the other songs I like on the album are “Cherish Each Moment”, “Something I Just Don’t Do”, “WCTP”, “Why We Can’t Communicate” and “Let Love In Your Life”. Check out Soul City on Streetwise Radio to listen to songs from Melvin Davis. You can also listen to Streetwise Radio on iTunes, Live365, MyGen365, Athena365 and Pandora.



Sunday, April 19, 2015



Sat-Mon, June 27-29 at Yoshi's Oakland

One of the leading purveyors of unapologetic, unabashed romantic music

Will Downing
Women love Will Downing. And men love the women who love Will Downing. In his two decade recording career, the Brooklyn native has carved for himself a solid career as one of the leading purveyors of unapologetic, unabashed romantic music. And while this has not translated to crossover success – or even to broad urban radio success – it has gained for Downing a solid musical legacy and a rabidly loyal following of, well…women.

Celebrating his new release Euphoria, Downing had his first national exposure as a popular backing vocalist in the 80s before signing with Island Records. He recorded two modestly successful albums and had a minor hit with a cover of "A Love Supreme" before releasing his breakout 1991 album A Dream Fulfilled. It was a marvelous disc that showed Downing not only possessed a fine baritone voice but that he was also was an excellent song stylist, deftly handling such diverse songs as War's "The World Is A Ghetto" and Paul Davis's "I Go Crazy" and providing a stunning, definitive version of Angela Bofill's "I Try." Both the "I Try" single and the album hit the Urban top 25, and critical acclaim for the disc abounded.

A Dream Fulfilled began a period where Downing found his musical identity and was the first of a string of successful albums that focused on smooth, romantic music, mostly ballads. Sometimes unfairly lumped with his friend Luther Vandross, Downing was actually creating his own brand of love music that was less urban and much jazzier. And though Downing's songs were also more sensual than Vandross's, he shared Luther's sensibilities, singing to women on a truly romantic level that clearly went beyond the physical.

In the 90s and early 00s, Downing recorded frequently on multiple record labels. He became a regular at the top of the contemporary jazz charts and released a number of solid albums (perhaps the best of which was his album of duets with saxophonist Gerald Albright, Pleasures of the Night) with only one miscue (All the Man You Need, his lone album on Motown and an ill-advised attempt at an "urban" sound).

In early 2007, Will contracted a rare muscular disease, Polymyositis, which sidelined him for most of the year. It was a devastating attack, forcing Downing into a wheelchair for most of the year, and causing him to lose nearly 100 pounds. Despite the setback, he was determined to complete his debut album for Peak Records, After Tonight, for which he had recorded four songs prior to his illness. During the Spring of 2007, Will worked from his home putting down vocals despite severe weakness and fatigue. He would say it was "the hardest thing I've ever done," occasionally moving from chair to bed to complete a vocal piece. But out of this situation came another five wonderful songs, including the album's gem, "God Is So Amazing," a simple, melodic testimony of faith during difficult times. After Tonight became another fine addition to Downing's growing discography, and "God Is So Amazing" stood as one of the year's best songs.

In 2009, fully recovered, Downing began work on Classique, a new album of originals and three cover songs, with producer Rex Rideout at the helm. The disc was released in June 2009 to positive reviews. And in 2010, he issued one of his most ambitious projects, an "audio novel" called Lust, Love and Lies, that detailed a relationship going through various stages, with spoken interludes between a very strong batch of songs. It was released to enthusiastic reviews.

Looking back over the last two decades, Will Downing has established himself as one of the most consistent, soulful singers of his era and arguably, with the unfortunate death of Luther Vandross, as today's leading provider of romantic, soulful music.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Aretha Frankln Oakland Oracle Arena Aug 10th 2015

Aretha Franklin schedules Oakland concert, first Bay Area show in 30 years
Legendary vocal diva Aretha Franklin, who is famously afraid of flying, will be performing her first show in the Bay Area since the 1980s when she plays Oakland's Oracle Arena on August 10. According to a press release, tickets for the show start at $42.50 and go on sale on Friday, March 13.
Franklin's shows will feature an A-list opening act in R&B producer and singer Babyface. The concert will support the Queen of Soul's latest album, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, which features covers of Adele's “Rolling in the Deep,” Sinead O'Connor's “Nothing Compares 2 U,” Etta James' “At Last” and Gladys Knight's “Midnight Train to Georgia.”
The Oakland concert is her third on the West Coast planned for the month of August, following shows in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara earlier in the week. Expect more dates to be announced in the future, since it would make sense for Franklin to perform as many shows as possible while she's out there.
Though Franklin refuses to fly, she does travel around the country frequently via bus. A few years ago, when there was speculation that she could become a judge on American Idol, Franklin insisted that she could take the gig despite her refusal to fly. “I’ve been to California from Detroit four times this year and Florida,” she said at the time. “I go wherever I choose to go comfortably on my custom bus.”
Franklin has performed at the Grammys and other functions in Los Angeles many times over the years, so she doesn't seem to have a problem getting around in America. She did miss out on an opportunity to perform at Queen Elizabeth's 50th Jubilee years ago because she wouldn't fly to England.
Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics was the singer's highest-charting album since 1985's Who's Zoomin' Who? Her remake of “Rolling in the Deep” reached the Top 50 on the R&B chart, giving Franklin her 100th career hit on that survey, the most ever among female artists. The dance remix of that track went all the way to No. 1, marking her first chart-topper on that countdown in 16 years.
Franklin has always been a great live performer and has made a remarkable comeback since her unspecified illness in 2010 had some tabloid outlets reporting that she was near death. She came back with a strong performance the next year at the Chicago Theatre, firmly establishing that she was back at the top of her game.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Portia Monique

It amazes me that true musical talent is so hard to find. It astounds me that Portia Monique is not being playing on the On-Air Radio Stations. She sure should be. Well DJ Michael Ealey is playing her on Streetwise Radio. He told me to check her out and I must say I’m glad I did because this young lady has talent. While listening to her music, I have become a fan. Portia Monique was singing at an early age, and it shows through the music she sings and writes about. Portia has a soulful neo-soul sound. I like her lyrics they have meaning. Here are the songs that I like, “Grace”, “Nobody” and "Get To Know You". If you never heard of Portia Monique, you can listen to her on Streetwise Radio you will become a fan. You can listen to Streetwise Radio on iTunes, Pandora, MyGen365, Live365 and Athena365.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Passing Of A Soul Legend Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack has and will always be one of my favorite singer-song writers. Every time I hear "That's The Way I Feel About Cha", "Woman's Gotta Have It", “Across 110th Street", "If You Think You're Lonely Now", “I Can Understand It”, “I Wish He Didn't Trust Me So Much”, “Harry hippie” and “I'm Looking For A Love”. I get chills! Bobby Womack’s career spanned more than 50 years. This R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, and country singer gave the world beautiful music that has and will live on forever. For all of you who did not know Bobby Womack, he made one more album at the age of 68 called “The Bravest Man In The Universe” released in 2012. It has a modern day sound with the electronic rhythms, synthesizers, and keyboards but it also stays true to Bobby Womack sound. That raspy voice and those deep lyrics. Here are a list of my favorite songs on this album “Please Forgive My Heart”, “The Bravest Man In The Universe”, “Dayglo Reflection (featuring Lana Del Rey)”, “Stupid”, “Love Is Gonna Lift You Up” and “Nothin' Can Save Ya (feat Fatoumata Diawara)”. Bobby Womack was one true artist that could write significant lyric’s that told you what was going on in the world at the time. R.I.P. in peace Bobby Womack your music will live on forever. If you don’t know who Bobby Womack is. You can listen to Bobby Womack’s music on Streetwise Radio and become a fan. Also listen to Streetwise radio on iTunes, Pandora, Athena365, MyGen365 and Live365.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Carla Paige

There is one word I can say about Carla Paige and that is talented. She’s a poet, singer and actress. Carla did an open mic night on September 24, 2013 the poem was called “Words of Encouragement” and killed it! Her single “The Usual” is playing on Streetwise Radio it is awesome for her first single. This 17 year old from Georgia is a freshman at Valdosta State University's in Georgia. Carla Paige is a Musical Theater Major, who has the brains and talent to go as far. All she has to do is stay true to herself. Keep your eyes and ears open for Carla Paige, this young unrecognized star will surprise you. You can tune into Streetwise Radio, Pandora, MyGen365, Live365, Athena365, iTunes and Gilroy Radio to listen to talent like Carla Paige.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Now Playing The Stylistics, "Whatever It Takes".

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Sunday, March 9, 2014


New Album from Brooklyn Soul Group
The Cost of Living set for release April 29th
First single "Why When Love is Gone" available now as free download

The Revelations are set to release their fourth studio recording entitled The Cost of Living (Decision/Red River/Sony RED Music) on April 29th.  The new record displays the Brooklyn, NY band's trademark postmodern take on the classic soul/blues/rock sound, something The New York Times' Jon Pareles called "old fashioned soul songs for twenty-first century hard times."

Led by vocalist and songwriter Rell Gaddis, The Cost 
of Living was recorded at Willie Mitchell's legendary Royal Studios in Memphis, TN and features five 
original songs and three cover tunes.  From the first single a throbbing cut of a 1960's Isley Brothers tune "Why When Love is Gone", to the Memphis soul drenched original "Game of Love", The Cost of Living captures listeners very quickly. 

NPR says the group "blends the sounds of the bluesy rural South and gritty urban streets" and "crafts a sound that's timeless and undeniably energetic."

Produced by Bob Perry and Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell the album also features the bass driven "Mama", written by Rell and the band, about a single mother scrounging to raise her children, alongside the jaded optimism of  the reggae tinged rocker "It's Okay."  With the hard funk groove of "Money Makes The World Go 'Round" to the heart-broken disillusionment of the soul classic "Got To Use My Imagination" , The Revelations continue their tradition of presenting blues topics with soul music's urgency, weaving tales of perseverance despite hardship.

Alongside Gaddis (a former Roc-A-Fella signee), The Revelations feature Wes Mingus on guitar, Gintas Janusonis on drums, and newcomer Ben Zwerin on bass. The album also features  Stax and Hi Records session legends Bobby Manuel (guitar), Lester Snell (keyboards), and Charles Hodges (organ). 

Since they first came on the scene in 2008 with their Deep Soul EP (Decision), The Revelations have made a significant impact on the blues/soul scene. Jim Farber of the New York Daily News wrote, "The (Revelations) songs' melodies often recall the work of '70s soul stars, but they're played with a '60s fury". Adds Soul Tracks "... rich music where nothing's artificial, nothing's counterfeit, and everything's just pure, all natural soul."

The Revelations have provided musical backing for icons such as the Wu-Tang Clan and Lee "Scratch" Perry, as well as soul royalty Otis Clay, Willie Clayton, Benny Latimore, and Swamp Dogg. Their engaging and energetic live performances have won over audiences from Brooklyn to the Mississippi Delta to California as well as Europe, and helped them create fans such as A-listers B.B. King, Bobby Womack and Stevie Wonder in the process. 

This is new, true soul music with a sharp, modern edge. 

1-Mama  03:44   

2-Why When Love Is Gone  03:12 

3-Higher  04:09   

4-It's Okay  03:28   

5-Money Makes The World Go 'Round  04:49   

6-The Game of Love  04:23   

7-This Time  03:33   

8-Got To Use My Imagination  05:28   

Free Single Download Link: Why When Love Is Gone

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Karyn White: Carpe Diem

Karyn White is one of my favorite singers-songwriters. In 1988, her self-titled debut album launched her career. She had three songs on this album to hit number one on the R&B charts. They were “Superwoman,” “The Way You Love Me” and the duet single with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, “Love Saw It. White released two more albums: “Ritual of Love” in 1991 and “Make Him Do Right” in 1994. Now almost 20 years later, she’s back! The songbird from the 80s and 90s is doing what she does best--ringing her fans the gift of her voice. White’s 2012 album “Carpe Diem,” has grown woman music on it. The songs “Sista, Sista,” ”Seize The Day,” “Unbreakable” and “My Heart Cries” are picks. White has an amazing vocal range. She is truly seizing the day. You can listen to Karyn White songs on Streetwise Radio. Also listen to Streetwise Radio on MyGen365, Athena365, Live365, iTunes, Pandora and Gilroy Radio.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Lyfe Jennings

Lyfe Jennings is talented, amazing, story teller with that true R&B soul sound. As I’m sitting here listening to all of his music, I am truly astonished how his lyrics tell a story. This forty year old singer-songwriter, record producer and instrumentalist from Toledo, Ohio has had his struggles throughout his life. He served for 10 years for felony arson that was in 1992. He was released from prison in 2002 and his debut album was out in 2004. It was called “Lyfe 268-192”. It went platinum. I really like this album, it is soulful and he is singing about his life struggles. Even though he has put out 4 more albums since his debut he seems to still struggle in his personal life. In 2008 he got into an argument with the mother of his child. The singer kicked down the door of a house in Smyrna, Georgia, in an attempt to find Joy Pound and later fired a gun outside. Smyrna police reported a 2005 Corvette fleeing the scene, and Jennings was caught after a high-speed chase that ended when the singer smashed the vehicle. He refused a sobriety test. Jennings was handed misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass, discharging a firearm near a public highway and refusal to take a DUI test, in addition to two felony counts of attempting to elude an officer and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He served 2 years (2010-2012). Even though with all his challenges Lyfe Jennings is an amazing talent that is so underrated. It was hard for me to choose my favorite songs from Lyfe Jennings but I put together a small list and here it is, “Hypothetically”, “Must Be Nice”, “Never Never Land”, “Let's Stay Together”, “Stick Up Kid”, “Will I Ever”, “Cry”, “If Tomorrow Never Comes”, “Goodbye”, “I'll Always Love You”, “ABCs”, "Haters", "Hero", “It Coulda Been Worse”, “26 years, 17 days”, “Made Up My Mind” and “She Got Kids”. Streetwise Radio is playing the gift to the music world, Lyfe Jennings! You can listen to Streetwise Radio on iTunes, Pandora, Athena365, Live365, MyGen365 and Gilroy Radio.