Category Archives: R & B

Bill Banfield’s Jazz Urbane: Playing With Other People’s Heads – Songs

Bill Banfield’s Jazz Urbane is a musical collective creating some of today’s most innovative and accessible jazz. They feature musicians of all ages who blend classic and modern jazz and R&B influences with contemporary lyrics and singing. Playing With Other … Continue reading

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Devon Allman: Turquoise

Devon Allman’s first solo recording, "Turquoise," takes a long look at his 20 year-long career. A descendant of one of rock’s founding families and veteran of many touring bands, Allman showcases his soulful vocals and tight arrangements in songs that … Continue reading

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JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound: Howl

JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound’s third album, "Howl," is a leap for the Chicago-based band and its fantastic lead singer, Jason ‘JC’ Brooks. The CD features group compositions, more personal songwriting and a wider sonic palate than its earlier … Continue reading

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Gordon Chambers: Sincere

Gordon Chambers career as a fantastic and celebrated singer-songwriter has taken off in recent years, showing that it is more than possible to transition from writing hits for other stars. On "Sincere," Chambers delves into the nuances of relationship struggles … Continue reading

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Goapele: Break of Dawn

Goapele is a modern soul singer and songwriter as talented as she is expressive. Her latest CD, "Break of Dawn," may be her most introspective and intimate yet. Goapele has a true poet’s touch. Her real-life writing, passionate delivery and … Continue reading

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Crystal Nicole

Crystal Nicole is a talented singer and songwriter whose career has finally brought those two threads together. She started singing and writing as a young woman, but found success and acclaim writing for major artists such as Monica and Rhianna. … Continue reading

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Bernie Worrell: For You – For Us – For All

Keyboardist and arranger Bernie Worrell has been at the cutting edge of soul, funk and rock music for decades. The founding member and musical director of Parliament Funkadelic, and later a collaborator with many notables such as the Talking Heads, … Continue reading

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Danny Chaimson and the 11th Hour: Young Blood and Old Soul

"Young Blood, Old Soul" is the debut recording by Danny Chaimson, a Chicago-based keyboardist and songwriter who spent years fine-tuning his considerable skills as a session player in Los Angeles and a member of the city’s funk and soul scene. … Continue reading

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Jana Mashonee: New Moon Born

Jana Mashonee’s "New Moon Born" is a modern R&B-inflected collection of finely crafted songs that showcase her vocal gifts and writing on themes of reflection, renewal and rebirth. Mashonee has won many Native American Music Awards and a Grammy nomination … Continue reading

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Maiysha: This Much Is True

New York soul singer-songwriter Maiysha received a Grammy nomination in the "Best Urban/Alternative Performance" category for "Wanna Be," one of the more personal songs from her debut CD, "This Much Is True." Maiysha is a trained jazz singer who is … Continue reading

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