Artist To Watch: Grace


Need a soulful, newcomer to spice up the playlist on your iPod? 19-year old Australian pop singer Grace should be a prime candidate.

Thoughts: Fantasia, Ugly – Single


Not to relive the American Idol Series finale, but among new singles trapped in an overstuffed two-hour concert was Fantasia’s new single, “Ugly.” Yes, “Ugly” had to compete with a catchier, if ‘soon-to-be-forgotten’ new single from Jennifer Lopez (“Ain’t Your Mama”) among others, but arguably, “Ugly” might be worth a second look, even if it…

Adele Makes Pitch Perfect Return With “Hello”


  Adele • 25 • XL/Columbia • Release Date: November 20, 2015 (album) One of the most arduous tasks following an extended hiatus is returning with the same vigor and fire that you once had. For Adele, it’s understandable that she not follow up 2011 diamond-certified effort 21 quickly – there was no reason to….

Jazmine Sullivan Picks Up Where She Left Off on ‘Reality Show’ 


Jazmine Sullivan • Reality Show • RCA • US Release Date: January 13. 2015 Things don’t feel right when there’s a void do they? Throughout R&B music, voids are felt quite frequently. How about the extended hiatuses that both Maxwell and D’Angelo partook of between albums? When both artists reasserted themselves, they fulfilled something that…

Review: Big K.R.I.T. Delivers A Gem On Cadillactica


Big K.R.I.T. • Cadillactica • Def Jam • US Release Date: November 10, 2014 On his debut Live From The Underground, Meridian, Mississippi MC Big K.R.I.T. kept things old school – a good look for the rapper/producer. That said Live From The Underground didn’t exactly rack up the sales or RIAA certifications. Still, despite its…

Rory Partin’s ‘Classicism’ is Refreshing


I’ll admit that over the course of 2013, I have reviewed a number of albums and both praised and criticized numerous artists.  What is unfortunate from my standpoint is that many of those artists who received my blessing or my chastisement were confined to pop, rock (alternative), R&B, rap, and occasionally other genres such as…

Review: Jaheim, ‘Appreciation Day’


Jaheim maintains the upmost consistency on his sixth studio effort.   Jaheim⎪ Appreciation Day⎪Atlantic ⎪⎪ US Release Date: September 3, 2013 Face it, R&B has seen it’s brighter days.  It’s been cooling off considerably for years and 2013 marks some of the lowest commercial numbers for one of my personal favorite genres of music.  Just…