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#GetIntoIt: Efficacy – Nola Ade

Posted on August 27th, 2016 by


#Growns we wanted to take a little time out of your weekend to put you up on the sound of Nola Ade! This Chicago based singer-songwriter just dropped her debut EP The Love Dance and after you check out Nola’s Efficacy episode (brought to you by friend to GFM Fiona Bloom) scroll down some more to check out her video for her single “Love”

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#JodeciFridays: Jodeci: “Every Moment”

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


It’s Jodeci Friday Y’all


Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

GFM Spotlight Interview: Anthony David Talks About the “Now” Moments That Inspired His New Album

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


Anthony David is set to release a new album called The Powerful Now on Shanachie Entertainment TODAY. The Powerful Now is a nice mix of soul, R&B, rock, jazz and afro beats. As he mentions in his interview with us, the album doesn’t stay in one mood for long and that’s its strength. “Charge” featuring Carmen Rodgers is reintroduced on this album and that’s a good thing ’cause we feel it deserves a second look. We caught up with David and he told us about the moments, or the “nows”, that inspired the songs on the album. Read below and enjoy.

GFM: You have a new album coming soon. I’d like to mention a few of the tracks from the album. Maybe you could talk a bit about them and the inspiration behind the songs.

Let’s start off with the title track– “The Powerful Now”. You say [in the song] “This is the one and only moment that matters.” Talk about the inspiration and the feeling behind “The Powerful Now”.

AD: [I was] just inspired by the track and inspired by the now for me– this particular time in history that we live in and [it is] also a lot about the specific moments we live in that transform. It’s kind of micro. I’m what you call a futurist and I’m fairly optimistic. There’s a word called protopian, not that you want to be living in a utopia or a perfect state, but I do think that things have continually gotten better, so it’s kind of coming from that perspective– a protopian viewpoint. But, in the specific moment… remembering to live in the now. The sport I watch is UFC. I get inspired a lot by watching people in sports and entertainment or whatever it is and you can see when they’re inspired or living in that moment and they’re in a state of flow.

GFM: The next song I’d like to ask you about is “Booed Up”.

AD: That’s just a little winter time joint. [laughs] I haven’t done an album in four years so I kind of took my time and wrote whenever I felt inspired and that kind of goes with the powerful now, because there’s a lot of different moments. That’s why I ended up naming the whole album that because it doesn’t stay in one place or one movement. That was a winter or two ago when I had the hook and did it on my laptop. I just wanted to have something simple and cool. You know how that goes in the winter time. [laughs]

GFM: It’s the cuffing season.

AD: Exactly. That is the cuffing season anthem.

GFM: I noticed a bit of sentiment in “Road To Baxley”.

AD: I’m from Savannah, Georgia, but the records state that our first ancestors here were over in Baxley, Georgia– on my mom’s side anyway. We go back there at least once every two years for our family reunion. I wrote another song a long time ago called “Kinfolk” about a family reunion. The mood hit me again. I was planning on going that year and I wanted to write about it. I wrote about the roads to it. It’s something about tradition and passing on “stuff” to generations.

GFM: The last one I want to ask about is “Ayodele”. What does that mean?

AD: It’s a Yoruba word and a Yoruba name that means joy comes home. That came from another moment. I put it right behind the other song (Road To Baxley”) because according to my DNA on my mother’s side, there’s a large percentage of Yoruba ancestory, which I didn’t know until a couple of years ago. Also, it came directly from friend of my named Ayodele who is not Nigerian, she’s American but her mother named her that. She had gone to Africa and had some complications. We had to have a GoFundMe (account) to contribute to her medical issues. It sounds a little somber, but it was inspired by the fact that so many people gave money. I was saying her name in the song mostly based off her smile because she has a really pretty smile, then I found out what the name means. I thought it was really interesting because she was coming from Mexico at the time, so we had to get her transported from Mexico back home to get the proper care. It just all fit. Again, I just kind of went off of different moments over these last four years.

GFM: You call your songs secular hymns. What do you mean by that description?

AD: Some songs. I throw a few in on every album. I’m non-religious and I guess you could say I qualify as a secular humanist. I actually took that from James Taylor who did an album full of those years ago. I thought that was pretty clever. [They apply] when as a secular person you want to deal with the larger principles. Religious people have that. That’s what songs do anyway. I think nearly all of them are odes to love, or you sing about a mountain. You sing about things bigger than you. Religion has a whole lot of those– a whole lot of things that talk to the hugeness of stuff. For those (who don’t have religion) they don’t have anything sometimes to deal with that feeling. I’m a writer, so I’ll fill it in.

GFM: You started out releasing your music as an independent artist. Do you think that allowed you to be your authentic self artistically coming out of the gate as opposed to some artists who start out immediately with a major label and sometimes have to conform to the vision of the label? Do you think that starting out independent helped shape your career the way you wanted it to go?

AD: I don’t really know. I’ve seen it done a few different ways. I think there must be something to it. I’ve been on majors. But like you said if you start it out a certain way, maybe people [labels] do  approach you. It must have something to do with it. Every artist that comes out– from Drake to whomever– he came out independent and I think if you just make money, then other people who come along to get involved in your business tend to think you know what you’re doing. Chance the Rapper– when I think about him he just gets to do what he’s doing and if you can prove that your model works then of course they don’t wanna obstruct that.

GFM: You talk about the different flavors and the different moods on the album. If you could describe or define it, what’s feeling that you want people to get from your album?

AD: Good question. I don’t know. [laughs] Whatever you want. I get a generally thing from music that I like and I don’t really want to pinpoint what it is, so I would just hope people get the same thing. The music that I grew up on and I listen to now there are so many different emotions I get from those. It feels kind of crazy to narrow it down so it’s whatever you wanna get out of it. I don’t think I say anything about killing anybody so obviously not that [laughs].

GFM: What is your definition of Grown Folks Music?

AD: Something you can lose yourself to and not worry about the content per se. You can close your eyes, throw your head back and not have to decipher what’s going on the whole time.

Anthony David’s new album, The Powerful Now is out NOW. Get it at iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.



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Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

#GetGrown: Jane Child: “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love”

Posted on August 24th, 2016 by


Get Grown: Jane Child, “Don’t Wanna Fall In Love” 1989


Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

#NowPlaying/Visuals: Joe: “So I Can Have You Back”

Posted on August 22nd, 2016 by


Now Playing: Joe: “So I Can Have You Back”

Growns, Joe is back and pouring his heart out for his new single, “So I Can Have You Back”. It’s not slick or complicated, just vocals going forth in a mighty way. Enjoy.


Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

#NowPlaying: Luther Barnes: “God’s Grace”

Posted on August 21st, 2016 by


Now Playing: Luther Barnes: “God’s Grace”. The song is the first single from gospel artist Rev. Luther Barnes’ new project, The Favor Of God, which is set for release in September 2016 on Shanachie Entertainment/

About the project [from the press release]:

“Although it has taken a minute for me to bring forth another musical project,” Rev. Barnes says, “I believe the delayed process was nothing less than God’s perfect will. The birthing of our church, Restoration Worship Center, has brought with it new life and purpose, which is extremely evident in these songs. The Restoration Worship Center Choir and musicians are awesome. We have truly been blessed by the favor of God.”

Indeed the diversity and all-around quality of the music on The Favor Of God, makes it well worth the wait. Ranging from rousing hand-clapping, foot-stomping tracks such as “One More Time” to the heartfelt, lush, orchestrated “God’s Grace,” The Favor Of God is truly a tour-de-force.


Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

#OneTimeForUrMind: Erykah Badu – “A.D. 2000”

Posted on August 17th, 2016 by


Solo opinion warning – If we look at life in terms of a game, it’s definitely chess, not checkers. Life dwells in the realm of the thinker. Examine every angle before you make a move and remember as you are moving you can always be moved upon. I’m taking a bit of poetic license with this song dedicated to the memory of Amadou Diallo (penned by Erykah Badu and Betty Wright) my takeaway is from the old adage of folks building you up to bring you down.

I’ve noticed in my time here that the “bring you down” is the game of life that has the most participants, many of whom don’t know that they’re scheduled to be next on the firing line as soon as that sheet is taken off, or light is turned on or closet door is opened. It’s not that we don’t have a responsibility to ourselves and our fellow humans to be accountable for all of our actions, we do, my word of caution is that care should be taken in the zeal and vigor exacted to point how wrong something or someone is, because the foundation of self-righteousness is always shaky ground.

DJ Polished Solid: No Turn Unstoned #274 – Lisa Coleman Tribute Mix

Posted on August 17th, 2016 by

Lisa Coleman

A special mix crafted with love and care for a very special lady for her upcoming birthday on August 17th! Thank you for your significant contributions to MUSIC! This mix contains songs where Lisa is singing lead primarily or background vocals.

Please note there are a couple of snippets of Wendy singing lead in this mix. I am aware. I’m also aware that Jill Jones often doubled background vocals with Lisa on some Prince songs so sometimes Jill’s voice comes through louder in certain parts. Read the rest of this entry »