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R&B and Soul Legend - Brian McKnight
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One of the most consistent and versatile adult contemporary R&B artists, Brian McKnight placed seven albums across 15 years -- from the early '90s through the first decade of the 2000s -- within the Top Ten of Billboard's R&B albums chart. Whether he wrote and produced for himself or collaborated with the likes of Diddy, the Underdogs, and Tim & Bob, he enjoyed moderate commercial success without ever quite becoming a superstar. This, along with a down-to-earth personality and a catalog heavy on mellow material, may have helped McKnight for the sake of longevity; he made his first mark during the tail-end of the new jack swing era and, nearly 20 years later, shared chart space with singers half his age. He holds a Grammy record for 16 nominations without a win.
 

McKnight, a native of Buffalo, New York, grew up in a family where music came naturally. He was a member of the church choir along with his immediate family; his grandfather was the director. With a gospel upbringing, McKnight explored other genres of music. Still in his early teens, he exercised his writing ambitions by penning instrumentals (soft jazz, easy listening); he learned to play several instruments. He formed a band and began performing his originals at local venues. By the age of 18, McKnight had secured a publishing deal. His calling to the national scene manifested itself when his older brother Claude and the group he was a member of, Take 6, signed a recording contract with a major label.

After sending out numerous demos to various record companies, McKnight's tape drew the interest of Mercury Records president Ed Eckstine (son of Billy Eckstine). Eckstine was so impressed with McKnight's sound that the young artist was signed to a deal within two weeks. McKnight's first release on Mercury was 1992's "The Way Love Goes," peaking at number 11 after 19 weeks on the Billboard R&B chart. His two follow-up singles barely cracked the Billboard R&B Top 60, and included "Love Is," a duet with Vanessa Williams featured on Beverly Hills 90210. Ironically, that single peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100, introducing McKnight to a crossover audience. His self-titled album made a minor splash.

I Remember You

Though there was a fair amount of buzz around McKnight as a promising up-and-comer, nearly three years passed between his debut and his second album, I Remember You (1995). His first Top Ten R&B album, it contained a pair of Top 20 R&B singles: a cover of Van Morrison's "Crazy Love" and the relatively contemporary "On the Down Low." A very young Robin Thicke, whose admiration ran so deep that he was jokingly nicknamed "Brian McWhite" by friends, co-wrote one of the album's other songs. On Anytime (1997), McKnight shook up his sound by collaborating with Diddy and Trackmasters; the former produced "You Should Be Mine (Don't Waste Your Time)," which crossed into the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 and featured Mase. A Christmas album, Bethlehem, followed in 1998 -- the first of five albums he released on Motown. A year later, McKnight returned with Back at One; its title track reached the top of the Hot 100. Superhero, from 2001, kicked off with the surprisingly rock-ish title track and a list of featured guests -- Justin Timberlake, Nate Dogg, Nelly's St. Lunatics -- made it look like a rap mixtape. Released in 2003, U Turn was a fairly straightforward and ballad-filled affair.

Gemini

Some time playing basketball for the ABA's Ontario Warriors helped keep McKnight out of the musical picture for a couple years. Gemini (2005), his final set for Motown, was released in 2005 and contained some of his most overtly sexual songwriting. Ten, a Warner Bros. release, followed quickly the next year, sporting a handful of Tim & Bob collaborations among otherwise self-produced material. A second Christmas album, I'll Be Home for Christmas, was released in 2008. Evolution of a Man, for the most part a self-sufficient collection, was released in 2009 on E1 (aka Koch). This wasn't merely one of McKnight's most productive phases from a musical standpoint. He hosted a radio program on a Los Angeles radio station, performed on Broadway in Chicago, and competed on the second season of Celebrity Apprentice. The following decade, he released the split live/studio set Just Me (2011), as well as More Than Words (2013).

Source: AllMusic

Soul, love, and Inspiration is what you get when listening to Nicci Canada Tags: attraction video underground urban music network nicci canada word life production

Refreshing sound has hit the music scene and it is none other than jazz, soul singer Nicci Canada. Since the release of her debut album "Twenty Twelve", Available NOW on all digital media and select stores, you literally cannot get enough of the jazzy scatting and soulful Singing that comes from the heart of this songstress. Within The first few months of her album release, the project landed on the UK Soul Chart's Top 30 for 10 straight weeks and continues to embrace listeners throughout the world.

“I love to create and express who I am through music." Says Nicci. I'm a walking melody and it’s a gift that I want to present to the world.” Nicci’s messages of love, passion and worship create the musical canvases on which she paints her voice. Through various genres – Jazz, Soul, R&B and Gospel – she communicates with listeners in a way that can only be described as magical.

Nicci was born into a family of vocalists in Charleston, West Virginia, and she has been surrounded by music since birth. In 2001 Nicci decided to make music a career after moving to Charlotte, NC. Realizing the possibilities of pursuing her passion professionally, she worked with Paul Whitley to release a three-song demo in 2005. In 2009, Nicci teamed up with business mogul Mitch Vaugn, and founded Jevenity Music Entertainment, LLC.

 

Through her warm, sultry vocals, the influence of Billie Holiday, Jill Scott and Nina Simone is clear, but Nicci Canada’s amazing sound is all her own.

Nicci Canada has done it again with this excellent video, “Attraction”. The song is the second single released from album Twenty Twelve. This is a must hear album. If you have not picked up a copy yet, please visit her website at: http://www.niccicanadamusic.com for more detailed information.

Nicci Canada has done it again with this excellent video, “Attraction”. The song is the second single released from album Twenty Twelve. This is a must hear album. If you have not picked up a copy yet, please visit her website at:
http://www.niccicanadamusic.com for more detailed information.

 

 

 

Barbados native Hoszia Hinds is recognized as one of the new breakout artists from the Caribbean. Tags: Hosaiz hinds bridgetown barbados christian urban gospel word life production feature

Hoszia released his first Album, “THE COMING OUT” and produced his first Music Videos for I’m Calling and The Coming Out. Hoszia won the Gospel Flame Award for “MOST IMPROVED ACT” and was nominated for Gospel Music Channel Awards USA - SOUL Category where he was a top 5 finalist along with artists such as Marvin Sapp, Dewayne Woods, Blind Boys of Alabama and Kevin Lebar.

His musical versatility covers such genres as Urban, Contemporary Gospel/Reggae, Pop, Alternative and R&B. Hoszia’s music videos have aired on the Gospel Music Channel, Tempo, MTV, BET Gospel, JCTV, among other TV & Radio Stations around the world, including an appearance on the TCT Television Network.

In 2012 Hoszia lead the Flame Gospel Awards with nine nominations, of which he won Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Best Rap song of the Year.In the summer of 2012 Hoszia signed with Sonorous Entertainment Inc. Canada, an independent Christian recording and entertainment label.

 

CHECK OUT SOULFUL R&B SENSATION ULYSSES GRANT Tags: ulysses grant r&b talent cleveland ohio florida soulful urban talent

 Cleveland Ohio is where UL was born and raised but certainly not where he discovered his talents. He embarked upon his ability to sing while in prison as he had been convicted of burglary. Stealing bus tickets Ulysses left Cleveland and headed somewhere warm; Living in Florida had its ups and downs. The up part was that he no longer was being a slave for his parents; the down he had no experience on living on the streets. What was he to do in such a situation? He stole basic living necessities, and slept on the beach until he began to feel as though he could no longer spiritually survive living the way that he was living. At the age of 18 UL turned himself in to the police for felony crimes in which he received twenty years in a Florida Correctional facility. When UL saw the prison cell close in the front of his face and heard the jolting lock echo in back of his ear drums, life for him became oh so real, and he had to make do with any necessity that could help keep him sane. A perfect stranger gave UL a guitar while serving his sentence and that was the most rewarding encounter that could have ever happened to him. He began playing the guitar in the prison band room where he also graduated to keys, drums, and other sophisticated instruments. “I was out before I got out”. And indeed he was. Music gave UL the ability to relieve his anger; and when the anger left, God stepped into his life and revealed to him that he would be a successful bumbling ball of fire ready to share his story with the world. Shortly after his revelation and 10 years into his prison term, a guard walked up to him and told him that he had to leave, for his time was served. Since his exit he has produced twin urban albums Gospel Anthony 1 & 2 which encourages people to acknowledge the lord God, and My Personal Worship, an album that heals and inspires hurting individuals. Road tours, gospel shows, and international concerts are all additional ways of which he has been able to confirm his revelation from God. He has also appeared on number of media networks such as TBN, Atlanta Live, and has performed alongside Fred Hammond, Dc Talk and Kirk Franklin.

CHECK OUT THIS PHENOMENAL EMCEE ED-G Tags: ed g urban hip hop emcee gary indiana word life production feature

 Ed-G (Eddie Gehrmann) is an artist based out of LaPorte Indiana. Born in Gary Indiana, Ed-G came to Laporte to live with a new family and receive a new outlook on life. He escaped a situation most kids don't survive. He is here today to share his words and stories with the whole world. Music was always a big part of his life; mostly an escape.  He grew up with many musical influences within both his biological and adopted home.  Artist like Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Led Zeplin, Rage Against the Machine, N.W.A, Public Enemy, and Tupac were played in his early childhood.  Artist within gospel, hard rock and metal were later influenced. He has been involved in music since the age of 11 showing interest in the church band and choir while learning how to play the guitar. He taught himself the guitar, bass guitar, drums, and piano. His production career really started to pick up within 2011 after competing in his first beat battle. His production influences are 9th Wonder, RZA, Kanye West, Bronze Nazareth, Exile, Dj Premiere and Just Blaze. As he furthered his interest and started to write, opportunities came and he is now currently signed to Lake Effect Records. His first debut Ep, “Transition In Time” is now available, and his follow up “Raised in the Dragon Age” comes out in May 2012 on iTunes and pressed copies.

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