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New Music: Crystal Nicole: “I Don’t Belong To You”

Posted on October 25th, 2014 by

“You can’t control what you don’t own, and baby, I don’t belong to you.” Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Crystal Nicole is making a declaration of her self worth set to a reggae beat in “I Don’t Belong To You”, produced by Jamal Pompey

From the press release:

“I Don’t Belong To You” is a stark expression of Crystal’s journey and how negative forces worked to impact her trek over the years.

“The whole song is about anything anybody ever said to you and how you have to dodge the verbal attacks you get from people in life,” she said. “I realized that people speak lies to you and about you and it’s my job to decipher between what’s a lie and what’s the truth.”

Throughout the track, the Decatur, GA bred native derails the power of words such as “stupid” and “ugly,” reclaiming her own happiness and simultaneously sets a definitive tone for the album.

Not only am I introducing my album, I’ll be introducing myself,” she said, admitting how far she’s come personally and professionally. “I had to get to know who I was and who I belonged to and for so long I thought I belonged to the opinions of other people. Now I know that my identity is not based on what other people think of me, it’s not even based on what I think of myself. It’s solely based on who God says I am, that’s who I belong to!”

Clearly in a place where she has conquered misperceptions, Crystal Nicole is among the most accomplished and dynamic songwriters in the music industry today. In addition to winning five ASCAP awards, she contributed to four Grammy nominated projects, wrote a song on Beyonce’s Grammy award winning album I Am Sasha Fierce and won the Grammy for Best Dance Record of the Year for writing Rihanna’s “Only Girl In The World.”

Nothing short of iconic, she has composed chart-topping hits for Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Monica, and Natasha Bedingfield, as well as additional writing credits for Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Lopez.

The new single and forthcoming album will be available on ITunes, Google Play, Amazon MP3, and Xbox Music.

Connect with Crystal Nicole: www.iamcrystalnicole.com.
Twitter: 1CRYSTALNICOLE
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/1Crystalnicole
Instagram: 1crystalnicole on Instagram

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: Carl Thomas: “I Just Thought You Should Know” feat. Lalah Hathaway

Posted on October 25th, 2014 by

Because if Ms. Lalah Hathaway’s involved you can’t go wrong and you can be sure it’s grown.

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.

New Music: Merna – “A Little More”

Posted on October 25th, 2014 by

Simply, simply beautiful is this latest track from Merna (the Palestinian vocalist formerly known as Ayah) “A Little More” which is culled from her sophomore studio release entitled The Calling which find Ali Shaheed Muhammad handling the Executive Producer duties. 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.

Official Music Video: Noel Gourdin: “Patience”

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by

Check out the official video for “Patience” from Noel Gourdin. “Patience” is from Noel’s current album City Heart, Southern Soul.

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.

New Music: Glen Goldsmith: “London Skies” (Soul Talk Remix)

Posted on October 24th, 2014 by

Click and enjoy this smooth groove called “London Skies” (Soul Talk Remix), the latest single from UK soul artist Glen Goldsmith. Goldsmith first found world fame in 1987 with his hits “I Won’t Cry” and “Dreaming”. He went on to have smash hits as a songwriter with “Mysterious Girl”, “I Feel You” and “Natural” performed by Peter Andre. He wrote for many other stars such as Mica Paris, Danni Minogue Ultimate Kaos, Rozalla, and MN8. Glen Goldsmith made his come back in 2012 with his Soul Chart No.5 “Jammin in the Place” and has since enjoyed 3 No.1 hits on the Official UK Soul Chart with “So @ Ease”, “Sunshine” and “Don’t Delay”.

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.

Why Grown? Because I/We/You Said So

Posted on October 23rd, 2014 by

There’s been a movement afoot for quite a longtime. What’s programmed is not reality, what you experience is… we all experience different things at different times and through those experiences we can speak on those things. If through your experience you’ve formed an opinion of the best route to take, speak on that. However, if someone else through their experience has a direction they want to move in, allow them to speak as well knowing that it does not diminish what you’ve said one bit, nor does it diminish what they’ve said either. If you can’t agree, no need for conflict: move on. Why? Because what you have to say is not only important but it is so (as in it matters, it is happening, you feel it) it is realer than real to you.

This is not a question of right or wrong but more a realization of what is and isn’t to you. Say what is so to you not necessarily what’s popular, but what’s important, what’s meaningful. It does reside in the similar space of the parental. When the parental was right, they said so to save you from hurt, harm and danger and not to control you. We’re afraid now to protect because it has been confounded with control by the actions of the unjust because their actions are magnified 1000 fold in this media era. The focus is in the wrong place. The art reflects it.

So say so not only in your home, your relationships, but also say so in your choices of music and media that you take in and share… perhaps the game is to bombard you with messages and images designed to show us at our worst and glorify that and by extension that becomes the new normal. Maybe it’s time for some Grown Folks to stand up because we say so!

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.

Now Playing: Michael Jackson: “A Place With No Name”

Posted on October 23rd, 2014 by

From MJ’s Xscape Album

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.

New Music: Lion Babe (feat. Childish Gambino) – “Jump Hi”

Posted on October 22nd, 2014 by

Wanted to post this one here to get your thoughts… Lion Babe (who you may remember from 2013’s “Treat Me Like Fire”) is back with their unique blend of Soul and Electronics, this time with a guest from Childish Gambino. Hit us up and let us know what you think of this audio flow.

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.