January 21, 2015

Do you know what today is: Soul You Know Turns 2 Today!

January 21 represents birthdays for some (happy b-day), but for me this day marks two-years that Soul You Know started! It was all a dream, but I made it a reality when I decided to share my two loves music & writing to the world! I'm honored to say THANK YOU for showing Soul You Know major love (on the site and social media)! 

Since its my anniversary, I want to share some special news... Soul You Know is going through a complete makeover! New design and web address.. Yes, it's going down! More details about the make over will come soon! For now, enjoy the classic track from Tony! Toni! Tone!- Anniversary (it's my special day)! 

January 20, 2015

Get "Shook Up" on Case new RnB/Soul single

While "soul searching" for new music (via Vevo), I came across R&B/Soul crooner Case new music video! Before I discuss his new single, let me revisit the 90's real quick so you can see why I am super excited about Case reemergence! 

Do you remember Case's debut track Touch Me, Tease Me featured Foxy Brown and Mary J. Blige (circa 1996)? Or how about Happily Ever After that featured a young Beyonce portraying his love interest in the video? I do, I do, and many more R&B/Soul love songs from Case (oh how I miss the 90's)! 

January 19, 2015

Preview the acoustic version of I Blame You + Like This from Ledisi's new EP The Intimate Truth

Talented songstress and actress (she portrayed Mahalia Jackson in Selma) Ledisi is releasing new music (kinda sorta) tomorrow. The upcoming EP titled The Intimate Truth features seven acoustic versions of her songs from her latest album The Truth!

What I like about The Intimate Truth is how clear and precise Ledi (that's my nickname for her) vocals are on the EP!  No music, no auto-tune, just a few instruments and a Ledisi showing why people love her music!

Powerful music: Common x John Legend - Glory

Martin Luther King Day represents a day of honoring a man who changed America with his powerful speeches and marches for equality! MLK Day also represents the day Soul You Know went from a dream to reality (almost 2 years ago)!

In honor of MLK Day and Soul You Know's inception (blog anniversary two days away), I decided to play the 2015 Golden Globe winning Best Original Song for a Motion Picture titled Glory by Common & John Legend. Hip-hop artist/actor (former GOOD Music musician) Common's powerful lyrics and John Legend's (GOOD Music's alum) soul stirring vocals gives the backdrop to the compelling all- star cast movie Selma (directed by Ava DuVernay)!

January 18, 2015

3 reasons why you need to tune into Jazmine Sullivan's Reality Show

Jazmine Sullivan might have been gone for a minute but she came back with the jumpoff (shout out to Lil' Kim, I had to say that phrase).  The songstress/songwriter came into the new year with her latest album The Reality Show. The twelve track album a mixture of R&B, Soul (and some Dance) music that you need in your life! I got three good reasons why you have to cop Reality Show and have a glass of Merlot (it rhymes right) while listening to the album:

1. The girl can sing:  One thing you can never deny is that Jazmine can sang! Years ago, I saw her perform live at World Cafe Live in Philly, PA for the Haiti Benefit concert and I was memorized by her vocal talent. Jazmine don't have to be the modern "cookie cutter autotune dependent" R&B singer as her unique vocals are a good combination of Gospel, Soul, Jazzy and RnB (with a minor raspy register) that commands your ears and mind as you listen to her music.

2. No filters, she tells it like it is: For the Reality Show, Jazmine is giving you all that she got, expletives and all... Following in the foot steps of the classic dames of R&B/Soul genre that gave it to you straight with no chasers - Betty Wright, Milie Jackson, Sherrle Murdock (pre-gospel), Jazmine also has that same technique, but with a modern flair! One of my top tracks from the album, Silver Lining Jazmine gets real and paint a lyrical picture about a women doing what she has to do to survive and feed her family. Another real track, I love from Jazmine is Brand New (love the jazz intro). The song reminds me the last verse of Kayne West Gold Digger! Sticking by your dude side as he rise to ranks of being a major player in the music industry to only get sidelined by the fame and glitz!