Maxwell Fist Full Of Tears Video

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Morning and welcome back. During my small absence, a lot happened. First up is Maxwell‘s video “Fist Full Of Tears” from his recent blockbuster album “Blacksummer’snight”.  If you want to catch up on all of Maxwell’s videos check out this site.  I think you will be happy.  Also, while we’re on Maxwell.  Have you purchased your Maxwell and Jill Scott tickets?  That show is going to be wonderful.

Erykah Badu Releases “Window Seat” Video

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Erykah Badu just released the first video from her new album “New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh)“, which will be available in two days.  The Video is for the song “Window Seat“, which is a great song, which is my favorite from the album.  The video is revealing to say the least.  Check out the video, and let us know what you think. Be sure to pick up your copy of the album on Tuesday.  You’re going to love it.

It’s Vital that You Listen

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My friend and awesome artist, Natassja, let me know about a new artist Vital.  I could only find limited information on him, but what I did find was amazing.  Vital (Duranta D. Cook) is a songwriter and singer that was born in California.  As many other artists, he had his start at a young age in the church.  He has an free EP coming in early April.  Also the full length video to “Airport” will be released on April 2nd.  The video was directed by Takafumi Tsuchiya.  I love the music, and that the video is something that you don’t expect.  It was very refreshing, and pleasing that someone has some new ideas to expand the genre.  Yeah, it’s that good.  He also has a full length album that is arriving this fall.

Check out the video teaser below.  Also check out the songs from the EP, or download all five here ([Download not found])

Airport

Conversate

Going Back

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Saying

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Please Listen When Jill Scotts Sings “Hear My Call”

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At the 41st NAACP Awards, Jill Scott unleashed a powerful song from her upcoming album “The Light Of The Sun”.  Basically she breaks it down, and puts it in a way that no one else has been able to previously.  That’s powerful.  This song is also available for download via the NAACP for $.99.  All proceeds go to help Haiti.

Giovanca Releases “Drop It” From “While I’m Awake”

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Giovanca is back with the great single “Drop It”.  This is the first single to be released form her upcoming album “While I’m Awake”.  Which is due to be released March 26th.  Her debut album “Subway Silence” was wonderful album that was slept on, and didn’t get the exposure it deserved.  Soulified, wasn’t around at that time, but we’ll make sure that doesn’t happen, if we can help it.

Sade’s “Soldier Of Love” Released & Today Show Video

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Just in case you have been living under a rock, Sade has released her long awaited album, “Soldier Of Lover” today. It’s been ten years since her last release.  To also kick off the release, she appeared on the Today Show this morning.  She has a brief interview and then singes the title track to the album “Soldier OF Love”.  Enjoy.

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Behind the Scenes Of Sade’s “Soldier Of Love” Recording

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A rare behind the scenes look at Sade, during the recording of her soon to be released “Soldier Of Love”.  For me to see a recent video of Sade, relaxed and being herself is unreal.  To hear her voice, was the first thing that threw me.  Her voice is a lot deeper than I imagined.  Then to see her working on that orange iBook was the icing. A musical superstar being a Mac user, but using a 10 year old laptop.  Priceless.  Enjoy.

Artist Spotlight: Green Tea

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I have had the pleasure of being introduced to the artist Green Tea. Thanks SoulUK.  Green Tea is an artist that brings a true positivity to her music, along with voice that soothes her message into your ears.  Like many other well known singers, she has background singing in her church. One of the qualities that I enjoy about her music, is that it’s not complicated.  It’s not trying to do to many things, and there aren’t any gimmicks.  Just pure soulful music.  There is one thing to a great voice, and message, but the music behind her voice compliments her so very well.  Each track has been perfectly blended with the right instruments.

She has two albums released, and the upcoming “Beautiful Weirdo” Mixtape.  The two album consist of her debut “Have A Cup Of green Tea Dosage 1: Shades Of Green“, released in 2005. Then her second album was “Dosage II: Choices” which was released in 2008.  Her next release is tomorrow (January 22nd) of her “Beautiful Weirdo” Mixtape.  It’s her soothing voice mixed with the instrumentals of Outkast.  Just the thought of that, makes you wonder and count the hours.  Below are some videos for you to experience her music. Enjoy and check back tomorrow on details of her mixtape.

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Nicholas Kopernicus Release “Audiocentric Unplugged EP”

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The very unique and grounded duo, Nicholas Kopernicus, have released three acoustic tracks from their debut album “Audiocentric“.  The acoustic recording is called ” Audiocentric Unplugged EP”. This is the definition of home grown music, that sounds as pure as you can get it.  What I love about their style is that there isn’t any attitude or pomp, just music.  The acoustic recording of three of their album songs, boil their songs down further to their essence.  It’s a little brief, but with any good music you always want more.  You can download the here or here. Give them a listen, and decide for your self.  Once you listen, and love it, check our their entire album here.


“Commentariolus [Unplugged]” by Nicholas Kopernicus from Charles le Brigand on Vimeo.

Nicholas Kopernicus: a conversation from Charles le Brigand on Vimeo.

Sade’s Drops “Soldier Of Love” Video


Happy Monday.  I awaken and found that Sade has made the day brighter. She released the video to her first single “Soldier Of Love” album.  The album drops February 8th, so you still have time to preorder.  So, take a second with your coffee, and enjoy this treat. Oh, she is almost 50 and still looks good.

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Soulified’s Favorite New Male Artists of 2009

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Receiving Soulified’s 2nd award for 2009, is Nicholas Kopernicus.  They came out with their debut album Audiocentric, and really created a unique sound.  Nicholas Kopernicus is made up of Jason “classicbeatz” Minnis (Producer/Pianist/Songwriter) and Seon Gomez (Guitarist/Songwriter).  With so many new acts arriving on the scene, it’s refreshing to have music that sets it’s own mark.  Since the their debut release, the have a video to their song “Legacy” (video below), and they have “Audiocentric Unplugged EP” being released in January of 2010.  It’s being released in conjunction with Laid Back Radio.

Artist Spotlight: Lydia Rene

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Lydia Rene is a upcoming artist, writer and producer in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area.  She has a love of music, that she inherited from her parents, who have surrounded her in the warmth of music.  Her earthy and powerful voice, also has a softness that comes across very well.  It has a quality that seems it’s yielding to an innocence that emanates from her lyrics.  She has the range, and the skill to sing and write in a variety of genres.  So, she won’t be labeled as only one type of performer.  To help round out her voice, she has been classically trained to play the piano.  Lydia Rene also plays the bass drums and xylophone.  She has picked a great band to compliment her vocal and writing talents.  Her band is made up of Donald Scott on piano. Bass guitar is  John Dingle (JD).  Then on guitar is Oscar Strange.  Followed by Joseph Dingle on drums and on keyboards is Greg Bowens.

She released her debut album “My Love Is My Life” last October, that’s available on iTunes for $9.90.  I just started listening to the album, and right off the first song, I love it.  She has sultry deepness to her voice that draws you in, and envelops you.  There are ten songs to give you a great idea of her talent.  When I finish the album, I’ll post my review.

I think that Lydia Rene is a perfect example of the indie Soul artist that we are seeing more of today.  She is putting her talents, promotion, and career in the hands of someone who knows best….herself.  This is a very good time to be a fan of music.  The fan gets access to such great talent, without the filtering that larger record companies do.

Here are two live performances from her Blue Light Session last year.  It was put on by her recording company Blue Light Digital Sound.  They are “That Song” and “Such A Fool“.  Oh, if you are in the Philly area, and want to check her out, she is performing tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Blinkin Lincoln “Tuned In 6ABC” Recording, on October 28th.

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Inobe Releases Lyfe Into The World

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Inobe just let her fans know that she has released a new album titled “Lyfe“.  This was a surprise to me, but a very pleasant surprise.  The album is 14 songs, and is her third album.  It’s a great deal at $7.95 at CDBaby, but it’s not available anywhere else that I have seen. Now this album isn’t all brand new content.  It’s more like a greatest hits with some new songs added.  Her last two albums “I Am Inobe” was released in 2003, and “Spiritual Soul” was released in 2006. I did a little Artist Spotlight on her when I first started blogging. I hope to have a review posted in a few days. You can review the album at CDBaby or download some of the songs for free at Reverbnation.  There you can download “Come Home” and “Bittersweet”.  Keep checking Reverbnation since Inobe will be releasing a free song each week in November for her fans.  Also, she has a new website and updated design, so check that out also.

Inobe's Lyfe

She also did a video from the single “Come Home”, to celebrate the women and men who are serving our country overseas.  She has performed several USO tours for US troops around the world.  It’s a very touching song that really helps you understand the thoughts of the families, whose sons and daughters are overseas.

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Artist Spotlight: Chinah Blac

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Spiritual.  That is the one word that describes Chinah Blac.  You should know her, since you have heard her before, but may have not been aware.  She has been singing background vocals for Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and also Dave Matthews.  It’s great to find an artist like Chinah Blac.  She just released the video “Get Away”, which is a single form her recent debut album “Introducing Eugenia Shata“.  That album debuted this past summer, to very good critical review. My review is coming this weekend.

Introducing Eugenia Shata

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Chinah Blac also releasing an upcoming mixtape titled “Eargasmic”, in the upcoming weeks.  It was set to be released last month, but I guess it has been delayed a little. I really can’t wait to hear the mixtape.  I don’t know if it’s new material or samples from her current album.  The mixtape features the following artists on the mixtape, R.Devaughn, Musiq, Wes Felton, DJ Conscience and Black Ice.  It should be a very good mixtape, that should help fill the Fall slow period.

Eargasmic

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Ledisi Releases video for “Going Thru Changes”

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Ledisi has returned, to bring us a video of her latest single “Going Thru Changes”.  Which is from her latest album “Turn Me Loose“.

P.S. People in Memphis, don’t forget she will be here in December with Mint Condition and Eric Benet.

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