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Classic R&B Artists - H-Town
Category: The Golden Era
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H-Town is an American R&B vocal group. It was originally founded by twin brothers Keven “Dino” Conner, Solomon “Shazam” Conner, and longtime friend Darryl “G.I.” Jackson. Growing up in a family of singers, brothers Keven and Solomon Conner began their careers singing in talent shows and plays before a local producer sent their demo tape to onetime 2 Live Crew rapper and record label executive Luther "Luke" Campbell. After an impromptu audition, Campbell signed the group to his label, Luke Records. They took the name of the group, "H-Town," from the local nickname for the city of Houston, Texas, in which they grew up.

H-Town's debut album Fever for Da Flavor was released on April 15, 1993. The group achieved hit status in the United States with "Knockin' Da Boots," which became H-Town's biggest hit and also their signature song. "Boots" was a #1 hit on the R&B charts, and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Lick U Up," the bands follow-up single, was less successful on the charts. H-Town won the 1993 Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist. That same year, they signed on as a part of the Coca-Cola Summerfest tour, which also included Shai, SWV, Jade, Naughty by Nature, LL Cool J and Silk.

In 1994, H-Town returned to the studio to record their second album Beggin' After Dark . It was released on November 8, 1994. The most popular single from this album was "Emotions." It became a #11 hit on the Billboard R&B chart and reached #51 on the Hot 100.[5] Other tracks from the album included "Sex Bowl," "Full Time," "Much Feelin' (And It Tastes Great)," "Buss One," featuring reggae singer Papa Reu, and "Baby I Love Ya," featuring Roger Troutman.

By the time H-Town returned to the studio to record Ladies Edition, they had undergone some changes. They recorded a cover version of The Persuaders' "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate" for the 1996 film of the same name. The song became H-Town's first Top 40 pop hit in three years, peaking at #37.

They then cut ties with Luther Campbell, underwent a spiritual awakening of sorts, and became more aware of women's issues on their third album Ladies Edition, Woman's World. It was released on October 28, 1997. The album's general theme centers on a man's penitence for his past transgressions with his woman, a theme conveyed in songs such as "Don't Sleep on the Female," "Julie Rain" (a sobering account of spousal abuse), and "Jezebel." According to the liner notes, the album was dedicated to Nicole Brown Simpson and "all the women of the world." Twenty national women's telephone helplines were also listed on the back cover.

On September 28, 2004 H-Town released their fourth album titled "Imitations of Life" under their own record label H-Town Music. Track 2 - "Nothing in Common", was the only official single release from the Imitations of Life album. There was also a video released but, it did not contain deceased frontman, Keven "Dino" Conner. Despite its display of wide vocal abilities from the late lead singer Dino, this album did not reach many H-Town fans. It also failed to receive marketing or promotion throughout the United States. Its availability has been mainly through online music stores and other various music stores outlets.

In July 2000, Solomon "Shazam" Conner released a solo album entitled Bringing the Heat. Selected tracks from Shazam's solo effort were included on H-Town's 2004 album Imitations of Life. n mid-2009, after the loss of band member, Dino, the remaining two members, Solomon "Shazam" Conner and Darryl "G.I." Jackson released the single "Knocking Your Heels" from their upcoming album Child Support.  On January 28, 2003, Dino was killed in an automobile accident in Houston, Texas. According to police, Dino had just left a recording studio and was a passenger in a car being driven by his girlfriend, 22-year-old Teshya Rae Weisent. Their vehicle was struck by an SUV that ran a red light, and both Dino and Weisent were killed.

Three people were in the SUV, all of whom fled after the accident. One of them, Juan Diaz, was later apprehended, however, and faced a felony charge of failure to stop and render aid.

At the time of Conner's death H-Town was said to have just finished what would have become their fourth album. They eventually released their reunion album Imitations of Life on October 12, 2004.

Source: Wikipedia

 

 

Angela Winbush is one of the greatest soul artists of the 80's
Category: Voices of Jazz
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Singer/songwriter/keyboardist/producer Angela Winbush's credentials include her own solo hits such as her number one R&B hit, "Angel"; hits as one-half of the singing duo Rene & Angela and their hits "Save Your Love (For #1)" and "Your Smile"; and her hits by Stephanie Mills and the Isley Brothers. One Rene & Angela hit, the 1983 ballad "My First Love," was covered by Avant on his spring 2000 debut CD, My Thoughts. Winbush's own albums are Sharp, Angela Winbush, and It's the Real Thing. Besides Rene Moore, Winbush's early collaborators were Moore's brother, Rufus, bassist Bobby Watson, engineer/producer Bruce Swedien, and George Duke.

Born in St. Louis, MO, Winbush grew up singing gospel music in the church choir and learned to play piano as a child. She had no intentions of pursuing a professional music career when she began attending Washington, D.C.'s Howard University majoring in architecture. To earn money to pay expenses, she began singing on recording sessions and formed a singing trio that opened for Van McCoy and Al Jarreau. She became interested in the music business and changed her major to music education.

Around 1977, Winbush sent a demo tape to New York DJ Gary Byrd. He played it over the phone for his friend Stevie Wonder. He called Winbush and invited her to Los Angeles. While singing in Wonder's backup band Wonderlove, Winbush learned about writing and producing by sitting in on sessions with Wonder. In 1980, she met singer/songwriter Rene Moore through Wonderlove vocalist Carolyn Dennis and they began writing songs together, eventually forming the duo Rene & Angela. In 1978, former Tower of Power lead singer Lenny Williams recorded one of their songs, "Changes." A friend introduced the duo to Dr. Cecil Hale, a Capitol Records executive who signed the duo to the label. Two LPs were issued, Wall to Wall and Rise. Another Rene & Angela song, the ballad "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love," was recorded by Alton McClain and Destiny on their self-titled 1978 Polydor LP. It can be found on Polygram's Power of Love: Best of Soul Essentials Ballads. In 1985, Rene & Angela signed with Polygram and were assigned to their Mercury imprint. Their label debut, Street Called Desire, went gold, yielding the number one hits "Save Your Love (For #1)," which featured a rap by Kurtis Blow, and "Your Smile." An earlier Rene & Angela song would resurface in a big way. The first single from Stephanie Mills' 1985 Stephanie Mills album was "Stand Back"; on its flip side was her passionate cover of "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love." Because of its massive radio play as an album track, Mills' version, produced by Philly Soul keyboardist Ron Kersey, was reissued as an A-side and held the number one spot for two weeks in spring 1986.

By 1987, Winbush was solo and got her first production job on the Isley Brothers' Smooth Sailing LP after the group's lead singer, Ronald Isley, mentioned to Warner Bros. records executive Benny Medina that he wanted to work with the group who did "Your Smile." After working together, Isley became the singer's manager. Becoming romantically involved, Winbush married Ronald Isley on June 26, 1993. She produced and wrote the bulk of his solo debut, Spend the Night, credited as the Isley Brothers Featuring Ronald Isley. Winbush's other credits include the platinum Isley Brothers album Mission to Please, Body, Lalah Hathaway, the 1982 self-titled debut of Plush, Klymaxx, Sheena Easton's The Lover in Me, and the 1993 Warner Bros. various artists set, A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi

Source: MTV http://www.mtv.com/artists/angela-winbush/biography/

WHO IS DARUDDEST JONES Tags: Daruddest Jones spoken word artists word life production future entertainment blog

DaRuddest Jones is a LGBT Spoken Word Artist, Event Coordinator, Blogger, Producer, Director, Personality, Manager, Writer and Host from the Bronx N.Y. She is the CEO, Founder and Artistic Director of Rude T.ee V.ee Productions LLC. She is also a part of Street Poets NYC, a collective of underground artists with the vision of making a difference through art.

DaRuddest has been in performance since the age of 4. She's done everything from African dancing with Laraque Bey to singing background for Jerome Brooks. She's worked with the great George Faison for a number of yrs with a group called the Respect Project where she would sing, rap, act, and dance and of course do spoken word.

DaRuddest has also been honored with the opportunity to work with the highly honored and highly favored Dr. Maya Angelou as well as many other well know and established artists.

DaRuddest competed in a VIBE Magazine Spoken Word Artist competition and was crowned with second place and she has every desire to acquire the number one spot when given the chance again.

She  has performed at the National Black Theater Festival in North Carolina as well as local venues such as the 5spot, Brooklyn Exposure,  HK lounge, Karma, Billie’s Black, The Street Poets Den, Moca, Marfa, Voodoo lounge and many other locations. She has also been the Host for Centric Spotlight at the Voodoo lounge located in Brooklyn NY and for Private Affairs monthly erotica showcase at Amarachi Lounge also located in Brooklyn NY.

DaRuddest Jones had her first showcase entitled, DaRuddest Jones presents Rude T.ee V.ee, introducing her vision to support and promote spoken word artist and their dream to make it. As an extension of that, she started a monthly open mic/showcase that she held in the heart of Harlem. At the showcase she focused on bridging the gap between Poetry and Hip Hop.

DaRuddest is the creator and director of an annual artist showcase entitled, Memoirs of a Starving Artists. Moasa was created to give new artist leverage and experience. Being a part of Moasa exposes all artists involved to free stage training, free promotion, and an opportunity to make money and media exposure. Moasa is opened to all art forms. She is determined to penetrate the entertainment industry and show the world that poetry is not intended to only be underground.

DaRuddest Jones is a character that cannot and will not be held back. She lives by her words and guarantees that you will feel her poetry.

Source: Official Website: http://www.daruddestjones.com/

 

Sisters With Voices AKA SWV was a major part of the Golden Era
Category: The Golden Era
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With their 1992 RCA debut, It’s About Time, the all-female trio SWV scored a string of top ten R&B hits such as “I’m so into You”, “Right Here”, “Downtown”, “Weak”, and “You’re Always on my Mind”. This established the trio as a commercial force early in 1993. Teddy Riley helped the group craft their sound further with the remix to the hit “Right Here” that featured samples of Michael Jackson’s hit, “Human Nature”, which also went #1 on the R&B charts and #2 on the POP charts. SWV gained enormous attention with their auspicious debut. Among their list of honors were 11 Billboard Music Award nominations, and nominations for a Grammy, American Music Awards and The Source Award in 1993. Additionally, they won a Children’s Choice Award and a BET “Best of Video Soul” Award.

SWV’s “Anything” contribution to the sound track for the movie Above the Rim became a top R&B hit in the spring of 1994. The entire soundtrack released a number of top 10 smash hits, resulting in the multi-platinum status of the soundtrack’s debut. In the spring of 1994, SWV released the remix version of “Anything”, which went gold.

In 1996, SWV returned with another platinum album, New Beginning, which was preceded by the number one hit “You’re the One” and The Neptune’s hit “Use your Heart”.

In 1997, SWV released their third album Release Some Tension, which spawned several top ten hits, such as “Someone” with Sean Puffy Combs, who produced the track and who was a featured artist on “Lose My Cool”, a rhythmic duet between SWV and rap artist Redman; “Rain” a trademark torch ballad written and produced by the first album collaborator, Brian Alexander Morgan; and “Can We” featuring Missy Elliot and produced by Timberland, which was also featured on the Booty Call soundtrack.

SWV has appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show, New York Undercover, and Showtime at the Apollo, and their music has been included on several movie soundtracks such as Waiting to Exhale, Have Plenty, Booty Call, and Above the Rim.

Since SWV’s hiatus, Cheryl “Coko” Clemons has married Michael Clemons, given birth to two sons, and has released one R&B album entitled Hot Coko that spawned the smash hit “Sunshine”, produced by Rodney Jerkins and Trifling. Coko has also released two gospel projects the Grammy nominated “Grateful” and recently “The Winner in Me”, which appeared 4th on the Gospel Music Billboard charts.

Tamara “Taj” George is married to former NFL player Eddie George and also has two sons. Taj starred in her own reality series, I Married a Baller, alongside husband Eddie. Taj, an accomplished writer, is the author of Player Hate Her, How to Avoid the Beat Down and Live in a Drama Free World. Taj’s recent appearance in the hit CBS reality series Survivor gained national attention; she finished in fourth place.

Leanne “Lelee” Lyons has two children, started her own production company, and is currently working with several artists, producing new music. Lelee is currently attending school, majoring in accounting with a minor in communications. Lelee is a sought after speaker and advocate for the prevention of teen pregnancy, recently speaking at Syracuse University and high schools.

Taj, Lelee, and Coko are all big advocates for children’s rights, and teen pregnancy prevention.

SWV reunited in 2005 and have been performing non-stop ever since. They have tour dates with Dru Hill, Salt-N-Pepa, Silk, Jon B, Kelly Price, and Carl Thomas, traveling extensively all over the world.

In 2008, SWV was also an honored guest at the BET Awards performing with Alicia Keys, En Vogue and TLC.

SWV is gearing up to release their fourth studio album in over 15 years titled I Missed You.

SWV will hit the road this summer with Keith Sweat, KC-JOJO, and Guy for the “Fresh Music Festival Tour”.

SWV is one the world’s top selling female R&B groups, and is indeed striving continuously to be one of the hardest working female groups in the entertainment industry today! George is married to former NFL player Eddie George and also has two sons. Taj starred in her own reality series, I Married a Baller, alongside husband Eddie. Taj, an accomplished writer, is the author of Player Hate Her, How to Avoid the Beat Down and Live in a Drama Free World. Taj

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Inobe's music is a rootsy blend of southern soul and acoustic R&B Tags: Inobe soul artists word life production online television network feature

"I sped down Robertson, my Inobe CD playing as loud as I could stand and as soulful as I wanted to become." - Eric Jerome Dickey, from the NY Times Best Seller Naughty Or Nice

Inobe has a soul-shifting voice and sings with a transparent honesty that engages listeners in intimate dialogue. Crafting a soulful blend of acoustic and electric funk/jazz, her songs and performances convey an understanding of life's situations that makes you feel she's singing directly to you.

Inobe has performed 5 USO tours to lift spirits and entertain American troops around the world. She has played her music in 17 countries across North and Central America, Europe, Greenland, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Pacific Rim and the Caribbean. Her world travel experiences have added a heightened consciousness to her songs that were already rich with hope and compassion for others.

She has drawn audiences at many premier music venues including the Viper Room; King King Hollywood; Temple Bar; Hard Rock Café Atlanta; Cotton Club; Café Fais Do Do; Blue Café; EarthLink Live, Room 5 Lounge and Apache Café. She appeared before an audience of 400,000 viewers on Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta.

Inobe has been a featured performer at several regional festivals and conferences including Atlanta's Music Midtown, National Black Arts Festival, Heritage Arts Festival, African Festival of the Arts and Atlantis Music Conference.

Her music and persona have received larger-than-life attention. The real-life entertainer and her music inspire the lead characters in the New York Times best sellers “Naughty or Nice” (2003) and “Chasing Destiny” (2006) by Eric Jerome Dickey.

“I write about things God has brought me through, but I also write to others’ pain,” says Inobe. “People like your music if they can stretch to identify with it, but they don’t fully appreciate it unless your music stretches to identify with them first.”

© ® 2013 Inobe

 

 

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