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Kem | Love Always Wins


 
KEM
Love Always Wins
(Motown)
An Album Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
Singer/songwriter KEM (Kim Williams) returns with his first album in 6 years since Promise to Love in 2014. As one of Black music’s preeminent love troubadours, the artist continues his richly textured pledges of the heart in a set that fans will surely find well worth the wait.

Paulette McWilliams Digs Deep Into Introspection On Career-Best Project, “A Woman’s Story”


 
Paulette McWilliams
A Woman’s Story
(BluJazz)
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
Singer Paulette McWilliams has proven herself an invaluable presence in Soul and Jazz beginning in the `70s as the original lead singer of Rufus, preceding Chaka Khan. She then came to Los Angeles at the personal request of Quincy Jones to be officially “introduced” on his LP, Mellow Madness, after which she released her debut album, Never Been Here Before.

Kelly Rowland | Coffee


 
Kelly Rowland
“Coffee”
(KTR)
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
Apparently, the best part of waking up for original Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland is a piping hot combo of coffee and come hither! Rowland just dropped a steamy new video/single “Coffee,” the video for which celebrates the beauty of Black women in their all-natural glories of shade, complexion and hue, while the song capes for starting the day with a level measure of morning sex that makes you feel grrrrrreat all day until you return home for a nightcap.

Sophisticated Soul Singer Will Downing Salutes Baritone Vocal Classics On Romantique Part 2


 
Will Downing
Romantique: Part 2 (EP)
(Sophisticated Soul)
 
A Record Reflection by A. Scott Galloway
 
Marking his awe-inspiring 22nd release since he began recording as a solo artist back in 1988, Will Downing focuses his attention on favorite songs originated by baritone vocalists such as Larry Graham and Barry White along with two original compositions to comprise his latest 6-song EP, Romantique Part 2.

Fantasia | Sketchbook


 
Fantasia | Sketchbook
 
Album review by Brent Faulkner
 
Releasing her first independent album, Grammy-winning, gospel-infused, contemporary soul singer Fantasia doesn’t miss a beat on her sixth studio album, Sketchbook.
 
“You see I’ve waited all my life for this moment to arrive / And finally, I believe.” Ah, those were the moving lyrics that Fantasia Barrino sung on “I Believe,” the future Billboard Hot 100 number one single that would win her the third season of American Idol.

Raphael Saadiq | Jimmy Lee


 
Raphael Saadiq | Jimmy Lee
 
Following an eight-year hiatus between albums, the legendary R&B musician, Raphael Saadiq, drops an album for the ages with Jimmy Lee
 
Raphael Saadiq is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most notable musicians when it comes to R&B music. His style of R&B often incorporates elements of the past, embracing retro and neo-soul sub-styles, while also exhibiting freshness and progressiveness.

Jéssica Pina | Essência


 
An already established international jazz talent, trumpeter/songwriter/vocalist Jéssica Pina is now being introduced to North America with Essência
 
Amongst the countless independent musicians that are waiting in the wings, it is refreshing for new blood in offering their special artistry to the contemporary jazz landscape. Portuguese trumpeter Jéssica Pina, born of African descent, blends her roots with various urban flavors from U.K. soul/jazz, R&B and funk.

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