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New Music: Lorine Chia dedicates song to Stacy and Tripp Halstead #forRMHC -“Lift Me Up”

Posted on October 31st, 2014 by

Music with a message of hope and inspiration from Cameroonian born Los Angeles based soul/alternative vocalist & rapper Lorine Chia who was recruited by Ronald McDonald House Charities for a song dedicated to Atlanta based Stacy and Bill Halstead whose two year old son Tripp eventually recovered after a life threatening brain injury during Hurricane Sandy when a 100-pound branch from a tree fell on his head at daycare. After almost six months in the hospital Tripp returned home to his parents in April 2013. Lorine Chia’s song, “Lift Me Up,” is in dedication to the Halstead family and the strength they found through RMHC.

Lorine has been praised from Rolling Stone to Pitchfork as having a unique voice reminiscent of Nina Simone, even catching the attention of Phillana Williams of Red Light who sought her out and is now exclusively managing her after shaping the careers of artists like Ciara, Miguel and Outkast. Lorine is preparing her forthcoming EP Sweet Noise and will be releasing the first official single from the EP next week. So keep it locked here to GFM to keep up with the sounds of Lorine Chia.

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About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

What Grown Folks Do – (Finale)

Posted on October 31st, 2014 by

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This has been an enlightening personal journey over this past month to explore many facets of what term “Grown” actually means and how it applies to the music we know and love. I want to personally thank everyone here at GFM HQ for allowing me the freedom to explore this topic and I want everyone to be on the lookout for a follow-up where I tie all of the “What Grown Folks Do” posts together in a comprehensive way.

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About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

New Music: Siji: “This Must Be Love”

Posted on October 31st, 2014 by

Check out the video for smooth and soulful song “This Must Be Love” by Siji. About the song Siji says, “The hopeless romantic that I am rarely ever wears my heart on my sleeve, yet I count myself blessed and fortunate enough to have tasted and basked in the warmth of one of the most powerful of all human emotions, LOVE. For time and again I have been floored, crowned, emancipated and empowered by its might and majesty. Thus, I feel compelled to boldly sing, “This Must Be Love”, for it has truly found a way into my heart.”

“This Must Be Love” is from Siji’s forthcoming Sunchild EP.

About DJKKC

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.

#Now Playing: Ledisi: “Like This”

Posted on October 30th, 2014 by

Watch Ledisi get down “Like This”. “Like This” is from Ledisi’s current album The Truth.

About DJKKC

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.

DJ Polished Solid: AFROPUNK FESTIVAL 2014 Mix (No Turn Unstoned #250)

Posted on October 29th, 2014 by

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Another great one from friend to GFM DJ Polished Solid… did I mention that she always, always brings the goodness? Well, she does and is always willing to share these audio treats with the fam! Press play and pass it on along.

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This year was the 10th anniversary of the Afropunk festival, http://afropunkfest.com/, and it was one of the best festivals ever (and I have been to a lot over my lifetime). So, we’re doing a special mix for the artists who performed this year. Some being my favorites of all time, most notably, Fishbone, Alice Smith, and Bad Brains. Read the rest of this entry »

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

New Music: Syleena Johnson: “Perfectly Worthless”

Posted on October 29th, 2014 by

Ms. Syleena Johnson gets deep with the video for “Perfectly Worthless”. At first it seems like just another “somebody done me wrong song”, but the video gets serious at the end (viewer discretion advised) and provides info for those who may be struggling. “Perfectly Worthless” is from Syleena Johnson’s new album Chapter 6: Couples Therapy.

About DJKKC

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.

Get Grown: Deborah Cox: “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here”

Posted on October 29th, 2014 by

Shout out to Montell Jordan and Shep Crawford for this gem.

About DJKKC

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.

Saturday Soul Social – Nov. 1, 2014 feat. Noel Gourdin & Honey Larochelle

Posted on October 28th, 2014 by

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Fans of Soul the place to be this Saturday is RVA at the historic Hippodrome Theater in the Speakeasy Lounge where it’s all going down. This special evening of music hosted by GFM fave Jarrard Anthony will be highlighted by a performance by two other GFM faves Honey Larochelle backed by J. Tucker & The Krewe and capped off by a special performance by Noel Gourdin and listening event featuring selections from his latest City Heart, Southern Soul . This should prove to be the hottest ticket in town, so any of the GFM Fam if you are in the RVA area on Saturday, don’t meet me there beat me there for a Soul of a time.

For ticket and more info head on over to the Saturday Soul Social website: www.saturdaysoulsocial.com

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.