Tomorrow is Beyonce’s highly anticipated video premiere of “Run The World” on American Idol
I love seeing an artist come onto the scene with their own persona, and soul. I can do without someone becoming another Luther, Marvin, and Stevie. One of the things I like about R&B and Soul newcomer,Chris Turner, is that he easily can get in the hearts of music lovers. Through his falsetto and scatting, you can sense that he eats, sleeps, and breathes jazz, hip-hop, funk, and soul. Hailing from Oakland, CA, Turner was a classically trained since childhood. He fine tuned his craft at School of the Arts High School in San Francisco, CA and New School University for Jazz and Contemporary Music. This past February, he was selected to perform as an “Artist to Watch” by BET Music Matters and shared his talent on the hit show 106&Park. Turner took the time to answer some questions with The B&G Society to talk about his music training, inspiration, and upcoming album. Continue reading
Jesse Boykins III has something what other “musicians” don’t have…passion and intelligence. It’s more than just having love of music that keeps him going. While you have your occasional songwriters, Boykins gives you a journey into sound with lyrics by creating a visual of your second life. His talent was influenced by the likes of soul musicians Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Donny Hathaway; enigmatic artists such as Bjork, Sade, and Pink Floyd; and the writings of Shakesphere and Langston Hughes. Boykins fine-tuned his musical craft while studying at The New School University for Jazz and Contemporary. Through it all, he learned from the best; classical music trainer Kenneth Kamal Scott and soul artist Bilal. I first learned of Boykins through my favorite blog “Street Etiquette” and I fell in love immediately with his voice when I got to learn more of him.
I caught sight of Día de los Muertos (translation: Day of the Dead) when blogger Jasmine Rodriguez (VintageVandalizm.com) wore it as her 2009 Halloween costume and often follows the culture on her website. Lately, I am starting to seen an increasing trend in talented photographer portfolios and music videos of Lady Gaga (Born This Way) and Lil Wayne (newly released 6 ft 7 featuring Cory Gunz). Many people have often referred the tattoos of Rick Genest aka Zombie Boy to the culture of Dia de los Muertos. Is this becoming an increasing trend of 2011???