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  • Funkee Boy's Soul Purpose

    International Recording Artist, Songwriter, Producer Funkee Boy has amassed an impressive amount of credits throughout his music career. He has scored numerous chart hits across multiple music genres, as well as, several top Billboard chart hits/Top 5 Smooth Jazz hits, and licensing deals on television networks such as ABC, FOX, NBC, CBS, SHOWTIME, VH1, etc. 

    He's released his newest CD "Soul Purpose" just as he received a cancer diagnosis. "It's been a whirlwind to say the least after being diagnosed with cancer in April, however, I'm remaining very positive as I face my last cycle of chemotherapy (3 more weeks)" says Funkee Boy. "Also, I'm dedicating a percentage of radio royalties, downloads, and sales of my latest single "Bonafide" to the American Cancer Society/Harold Lever Cancer Center - Connecticut".

    For more information on Funkee Boy's treatment, and to share your positive thoughts, please follow him on Facebook. Or purchase his album here.

  • John Legend Has Marketing Advice!

     

    We know John Legend's musical talents are immense. As it turns out, his business prowess is highly sought after as well! Last week, none other than Forbes Magazine featured John's Top 5 tips to marketers for improving creativity. Originally given a conference, Legend's tips included "study the greats" and "be intentional". Get details and the whole list HERE!

  • Don't Miss Jonathan Butler Tonight on PBS's Tavis Smiley!

    Grammy-nominated guitarist and singer Jonathan Butler will be a guest on tonight's Tavis Smiley Show on PBS! You won't want to miss his inspirational story! He overcame great odds as he grew up in South Africa during apartheid and eventually became an international music star. As you can see in the picture provided by Great Scott Productions, Jonathan will treat us to music too - including something from his latest Living My Dream! Get details HERE.

  • Brian Culbertson's new video

    Brian Culbertson recently directed the music video for his new single "Horizon" featuring Patches Stewart. "Horizon" is from Culbertson's "Another Long Night Out" CD in stores & online NOW!  Watch the video now on YouTube.

  • Legendary Jazz Bassist Charlie Haden Has Passed

     

    One of the most influential bass players in jazz, Charlie Haden, has passed away after a prolonged illness. He was 76. The music industry and fans alike are remembering his impact and influence. Get a glimpse of his incredible career and a video of his amazing playing HERE  

  • Sax Man Kim Waters Celebrates 25 Years With "Silver Soul"

     

    It's been 25 years since Kim Waters put out his first release "Sweet & Saxy" and he'll celebrate this "silver" anniversary with an awesome new release "Silver Soul" on September 2nd! Waters says it's a "thank you to his audience" that he took time and dedication recording. It's a family affair too with contributions from his wife, Dana Pope and his daughter, Kayla. Look for Waters on tour to support the album with smooth stars like Maysa, Nick Colionne, Brian Simpson, Marion Meadows and Phil Perry. Get details at kimwaters.net!

  • A Sneak Peak at Don Cheadle as Miles Davis!

     

    Don Cheadle's obsession with Miles Davis began as a child, and he just gave Entertainment Weekly a first look at himself starring as the late great jazz trumpeter. Read more about the upcoming movie which Cheadle will both star in and direct HERE

  • Get A Free Download of Idina Menzel's Moving Rendition of The National Anthem!

     

    The National Anthem is especially inspiring on the 4th of July, right? Well, not only can you hear a very moving version by Idina Menzel and the Diva Jazz Orchestra tonight on the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks, you can get a free download of the song! The show airs tonight at 8 on NBC, and as usual, it will be star-studded! The extravaganza will be hosted by Nick Cannon with musical guests including Lionel Richie! Here's a LINK to download your song and get more info!

  • EWF's Philip Bailey Braves the Elements

    Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailey is releasing "Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth, Wind & Fire", a revealing and heartfelt memoir from the lead singer of the legendary group.

    With more than ninety million records sold and eight Grammy awards throughout its forty-year history, Earth, Wind & Fire has staked its claim as one of the most successful, influential, and beloved acts in music history. Now, for the first time, its dynamic lead singer Philip Bailey chronicles the group’s meteoric rise to stardom and his own professional and spiritual journey. 

    Purchase the book at Philip's website, here.

    Visit the EWF website for complete details about their summer/ fall tour.

     

     

  • Lionel Richie's Lifetime Achievement Award and Performance on BET!

    A great moment in music history was made at the BET Awards last night as the legendary Lionel Richie was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award! The star-studded tribute was introduced by Pharrell Williams (one of the night's big winners) with performances by John Legend, Ledisi, Yolanda Adams and, of course, Richie himself! Check out the video and get a list of the night's winner's HERE

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