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This rainy day is perfect to listen to some mellow, but moving music from soul singer, Abiah (formerly known as Jeremiah).  His sophomore album, “Life As a Ballad” is simply beautiful. 

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MidWeek Mixx

Hello Everyone!

I was so excited to view the video “Be Good” the title track from Gregory Porter’s new album.  It tells the story of unrequited love.  However, with the help of cupid, the lion eventually gets the girl! :-)  

In a great interview with Okayplayer’s The Revivalist, Porter reveals that the song “Be Good” was inspired by someone he was hanging out with who wasn’t his girlfriend, but he wanted more in the relationship.  (We all have been there! :-) )  When he went to a party she was having, by the end of the evening, the “relationship” was over.  To soothe his heart, he said he needed “a grown man’s lullaby”.  He states “I’m still able to be strong; I’m a strong man. But I can express the vulnerability by singing this lullaby and express the pain that I had from this relationship not coming to fruition.”  And this is why I love Gregory Porter.

With all of the recent excitement surrounding jazz artists, I believe Gregory Porter should be mentioned in the same breathe as his fellow jazz artists  Robert Glasper and Esperanza Spalding.   This is an OUTSTANDING album that needs to be in your collection.  And this video is just as outstanding featuring DC artist Holly Bass showing off her dance moves. :-)  Pick up a copy of “Be Good”.  You will not be disappointed.  Enjoy! 

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Music Monday

Hello Good People!

So if you are like me, you are eagerly awaiting Robert Glasper’s Black Radio to drop tomorrow.  This is going to be epic!  This album merges jazz, hip hop, rnb and funk into a soulful and organic experience.  He also has a great line-up of featured artists: Erykah Badu, King, Lalah Hathaway, Bilal, Ledisi, Yasiin Bey, Meshell Ndegeocello, Lupe Fiasco, Chrisette Michele, and Musiq Soulchild. If that doesn’t get you excited, then I can’t help you. 

If you want a sneak peak of the album, get a First Listen here at NPR

And until you can make the album your own, check out this awesome Bossa Soula Remix from Ahmed Sirour of Robert Glasper’s song  “Move Love” featuring KING.  Download for free here. 

DJ’s are remixing Robert Glasper’s song “Move Love” for a chance to win $500 and a royalty-free one of a kind piano sample from Robert himself. You can listen to all the submissions and vote for your favorite remix here.  

So far, I can’t get away from Lalah’s cover of “Cherish The Day”.  She truly made this Sade classic her own.  “Ah Yeah” comes in at a close second…beautiful and heartfelt lyrics.  Let me know what’s your favorite single off of this awesome album. 

Have a great week!

Peace and Blessings, ThatKellieGirl

Music Monday

ThatKellieGirl and Robert Glasper

Check out the brilliance of the Robert Glasper Trio this evening (10/10) at Blues Alley.  I had the pleasure of seeing him perform at Bohemian Caverns, and I was just awe-struck.  Glasper is known for his work with hip-hop and neo-soul artists such as Bilal and Mos Def as musical director, Q-Tip (The Renaissance), Kanye West (Late Registration), Meshell Ndegeocello (The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams), J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Talib Kweli,Common, Slum Village and Maxwell.  However, Glasper is committed to jazz.  Glasper melds modern genres while preserving the jazz tradition.    Get familiar with Robert Glasper.

Also download this free Robert Glasper Beat Tape by Dela.



Monday, October 10

Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Ave NW

8PM & 10PM performances

Get tickets here

Soul Survivors

Photograph by D-Nice

D-Nice has done it again!  Off the heels of his popular “True Hip-Hop Stories” web series, D-Nice debuts a new show called “Soul Survivors” that will spotlight soul artists.  This is an intimate and insightful interview with one of the best singers out there, Bilal.   I am very geeked to get his upcoming joint, “Airtight’s Revenge” coming out on September 14th.

Leading up to his release, Bilal has been putting out some GREAT stuff.  I am still in love with his feature on “All Matter” with Robert Glasper, which was Grammy nominated.

It’s been out for a minute, but check out his most recent collaboration with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble singing Donny’s  “Someday We’ll All Be Free”.   I am rooting for you Bilal! :-)

In the Mix…

This just made my day. Enjoy.

Get you music fix here. Thanks Lunchbox Theory (via Frolab).

Another Great Weekend…

I must admit, I love the weekends!  Now don’t get me wrong, I live each day to the fullest.  Yet, it is so great when I have two days without 8 hours taken out of my schedule.  So, I really take advantage of the uninterrupted time and craft a fun-filled weekend.

So beginning on Friday night, I saw the Robert Glasper Experiment perform at Bohemian Caverns.  All I can say is “amazing.” If you are ever blessed with the opportunity to see these brothers perform, please do so.  The Robert Glasper Experiment consists of Robert Glasper (piano), Casey Benjamin (saxophone &  vocorder), Derrick Hodge (bass) and Chris Dave (drums).  Each of these gentlemen were superb in their own right.  As I watched them, I actually felt blessed to witness brilliance.  Each of them played with passion, creativity and skill that truly inspired me.  To see these artists be so dedicated to their craft only motivated me to do the same with my passions.

And I was elated when they played the GRAMMY nominated “All Matters”.  I thought I would only hear the instrumental version, but was pleasantly surprised when Casey Benjamin stepped in for Bilal on the vocorder.  Speaking of Casey Benjamin, this brother is B-A-D on the vocorder and the saxophone.  I will be on the look-out for this brother on other projects.

Casey Benjamin Courtesy of c. thomas huisman

After covering Floetry’s “Say Yes” to J. Dilla to Radiohead, the audience didn’t want the evening to end.  The groups seems to be touring right now, so you can check their schedule here.  Now next on the concert schedule is Janelle Monae.  Yes!!!!

Enjoy your Sunday. :) Go check out the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.


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