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From The Sorry, Not Sorry Files of Judgement: Minnie Riperton – “Inside My Love”

Posted on September 29th, 2016 by

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So… I was driving home from a rehearsal last evening and was too lazy to plug my phone into the aux jack. Yeah I know. So I had to deal with what was being programmed on the radio. I had just spent two hours playing music that was far from what normally constitutes a commercial radio playlist these days so my ears were definitely tuned into some very different frequencies. You can only imagine the “shock and awe” of hearing Minnie’s “Inside My Love” on a station that sells ad space to business owners so that they might market to the station’s purported demographic of grown and sexy persons all with a hug and kiss. *Cue Nell Carter*

Anyhoo there it was (on a syndicated broadcast no less) like actual music, actual classic music. As you know from my writing time does not hold a premium with me. Music is either good or bad regardless of when it was recorded. However, I must let you in on the first thought that went through my mind and whether you want to believe it or not it played out just how I imagined in my brain. Probably karma. I heard strings. I heard tasteful and technically perfect melisma. Of course because it was Minnie I heard the whistle register. I heard chords other than 7th chords. I heard a story. I heard the warmth and balance of masterful mixing. I heard humans in every aspect of the performance. For a few minutes my faith was restored in humanity. I forgot I was commuting. What car? What highway? This was an experience. I felt love. I nodded in agreement. I knew this would have to end and I would be forced again to mix with the banality of commercial radio and at that very moment when the fade began on the vamp… a thought crossed my mind.

I wondered aloud what would happen when this song was gone from the atmosphere? What would be the next thing to hit my ears? For decades I make a point to listen to great music before I go to sleep and when I wake up because it benefits my psyche. I wish I was kidding when I said to myself what a gross injustice it would if I had to go from listening to this masterpiece to something by oh I don’t know something by a group that rhymes with Ragged Reg. The station I was listening to went to commercial and I pushed the dial and yeah, there it was..

My face

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Now in Ragged Reg’s defense it’s not just them, it could have been any number of mix and stir solo acts or groups they just happened to be the first to come into my mind because of all one of their classic hit.

Ok let me go to my happy place and perhaps this is your happy place too. Just press play below.

P.S. To Ragged Reg, your fans and all of the other powder groups I may have alluded to in this post: I’m sorry/Not sorry.

#GetGrown: Glenn Jones: “I’ve Been Searchin’ (Nobody Like You)”

Posted on September 27th, 2016 by

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Get Grown. Glenn Jones: “I’ve Been Searchin’ (Nobody Like You)” 1992.

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.

In Memoriam: Kashif

Posted on September 27th, 2016 by

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2016 seriously has been one of the worst years in recent memories when it comes to the news of some many great (not only artists) but human beings beyond their art leaving this earthly realm.
The news this morning of passing of the legendary singer, songwriter, producer, educator and humanitarian Kashif has definitely cast a somber mood over GFM HQ. For you see Kashif really and truly was a friend to GFM.

In early 2014 I received a call from our resident sensei here at GFM inquiring about my availability to potentially get on a video chat with none other than Kashif. I of course inquired if this was some sort of prank, because I reminded him that Kashif had produced a song that I believed was a perfect blend of R&B and Pop and it was my go to on how to construct a three minute masterpiece. That song is “You Give Good Love” the debut of none other than Whitney Houston. I was assured that this was no joke, but serious business.

Have you ever had that moment in life when you meet or even just talk to someone and you feel like you’ve known them all along? That’s what it was like for me and all of us here who came in contact with Kashif. We were tasked with helping to re-introduce Kashif to the cyber crowd in preparation for the unveiling of his labor of love the 10 episode documentary series The History of R&B Music. Massive in scope, highly detailed and insightful this was a project in my opinion had the right personal at the helm. Kashif personified a bridge builder and I cherish the numerous conversations that we had and counted it an honor when he would consult me for my opinion.

What I want to/need to do at this moment as we process this loss is to leave you with a clip of one of the promos we worked on together in 2014. This spirit, this passion for music and humanity touched so many around the world and it is my hope and desire that Kashif’s dream of sharing this documentary series will come to fruition as he had hoped.

Rest well!

New Music: Brian Culbertson: Funk! Album & Tour

Posted on September 26th, 2016 by

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After achieving 28 #1 Billboard singles, Brian Culbertson is back with his new album Funk! a throwback to the Funkadelic era featuring the lead single “Been Around the World” (#3 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Songs) and a 64-show tour.

About Funk! (from the press release):

Brian Culbertson sets his sights on a new canvas as he embarks on yet another exhilarating sonic excursion with Funk! A 14-track opus dedicated to a venerable and indisputably influential genre, Funk! finds Culbertson stretching beyond the boundaries of the jazz world while paying homage to a litany of funk pioneers from yesteryear. Buoyed by the lead single “Been Around The World” the new album features Culbertson lending his superb jazz chops to a dynamic stew of cover tunes and original compositions certain to make Funk! one of the most feted albums of 2016.

Born in a crucible of George Clinton’s patented hyperbolic wit, James Brown’s super syncopated soul, and the unmistakable groove of the Minneapolis sound, Funk! is a praiseworthy journey into sound that raises the roof at every turn. Furthering his mission to the masters, Culbertson approached the recording process in a way that stays true to the warmth and resonance of hits from a bygone era.

As the album’s lead single, “Been Around The World” is a celebration of funk’s international influence and undeniably vast reach. The single is currently sitting at #4 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts. Culbertson says, “In our travels, we realized that funk music has traveled the globe as well. Anywhere you go around the world, they know about funk. From China and Korea to Mexico and across Europe, everyone loves funk.” Culbertson and the crew also put their foot into a brilliant rework of the late Marvin Gaye’s 1976 classic “Got To Give It Up.” Funk! was recorded at Culbertson’s own newly reconstructed BCM Studios in his native Chicago with the help of his band members Marqueal Jordan, Tyrone Chase, Eddie Miller, Rodney Jones, Jr., Chris Miskel, Michael Stever and Chance Howard.

Culbertson says, “The concept for Funk! was to make an old-school, throwback Funkadelic record in the style of P-Funk meets Prince and to tour with the same band that appears on the album – my band plus Chance (Howard). The show we will be taking out on the road is unlike anything anyone has ever seen from me before. It’s on an entirely different level.”

Tickets are currently on sale for The Funk! Tour. For more information, visit http://www.brianculbertson.com/tour

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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.

#MJMondays: Michael Jackson: “Another Part Of Me”

Posted on September 26th, 2016 by

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It’s MJ Monday y’all!

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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: Teena Marie: “Portuguese Love”

Posted on September 24th, 2016 by

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Get Grown. Teena Marie: “Portguese Love” 1981

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.

From The GFM Archives: Eric Roberson Talks Early Career, Blogging and Favorite Artists

Posted on September 22nd, 2016 by

Grown Folks Music had the honor of catching up with our “Artist of the Month” Eric Roberson. Erro (as his most ardent supporters know him) spoke about everything from his early career and unreleased music to his most recent project. He also revealed his own personal favorite artists. Eric is known for his blogging about his style, so is there a clothing line in the works? Listen in as we get the answer to that question. If you are new to Eric’s music or die hard fan, there is probably some great information revealed in the interview that will make you love the man and his music even more.

Eric Roberson’s most recent release “Mr. Nice Guy” is available on Amazon.com. To show your support, stop by his Facebook page Blue Erro Soul and hit “like”. To learn more about his amazing career and to check tour dates in your area, check out his official blog/website.

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.

Visuals: HI-FIVE: “Kit Kat”

Posted on September 21st, 2016 by

Legendary R&B group HI-FIVE releases steamy music video in support of their new single “Kit Kat”. HI-FIVE is preparing to embark on their national promotional tour in support of the new single. The promotional tour kicks off in New York City on Wednesday, September 21st at SOB’s as part of the SOL VILLAGE showcase. Additional stops includes Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Birmingham, Montgomery, Chicago, Virginia and Washington DC, just to name a few.

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.