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Bradd Marquis Sings Sam Cooke

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016


NYC area #Growns make sure you mark your calendar to make your way over to The Blue Note to check out Bradd Marquis as he presents his special tribute show to the one and only Sam Cooke.

Take a peek at the clip below to get a taste of what you will be treated to and make sure to spread the word.

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Live Shows/Reviews: A Night with Zo! + Carmen Rodgers in Atlanta

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

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Growns, imagine a concert with the comfort and intimacy of your living room. Well, that very comes close to describing the vibe at the Zo! and Carmen Rodgers‘ “Acoustic & Personal” show in Atlanta on December 12 at 800 East Studios.

Zo! and Carmen Rodgers made the ATLiens feel right at home by opening the set with an Outkast tune, and for the rest of the show audience was treated to songs from both Zo! and Carmen Rodgers’ catalogs. Some additional fun was mixed in by way of a sing-along to ’90s jams from SWV and Shai, and even Drake’s “Hotline Bling” made its way into the show for a quick moment. There were also special guest vocalists at both the evening’s shows. Gwen Bunn came through the 8PM show to rock “Count To Five” and Monica Blaire blessed the crowd with “Make Love To Me” during the 10:30 PM show.

Shows like this are an awesome way to experience artists. The warmth of the atmosphere brings the music to life. Sure, arenas are cool and there is something to be said about the energy that comes with that experience as well. But, something about the “Acoustic & Personal” show felt like the VIP treatment with an extra mint on the pillow.

Check out a little clip from the evening. Zo! and Carmen Rodgers performing “Stargazing”, from Rodgers’ current album Stargazer.


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.

Live Show Pics: Gladys Knight & The O’Jays in Atlanta!!

Sunday, August 30th, 2015
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Gladys Knight in Atlanta 8/25/15

When you have the opportunity to enjoy a live show from R&B Hall of Fame inductees, The O’Jays and Atlanta’s own Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Gladys Knight, that’s an opportunity you just don’t pass up. The O’Jays brought that familiar Philly soul with hits like “For the Love of Money”, “Let Me Make Love To You”, and “I Love Music” with an energetic groove that kept the crowd on their feet and singing with each song. The incredible Gladys Knight brought her beautiful spirit and flawless voice to songs like “I Don’t Want To Do Wrong”, “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination” and a touching tribute of Sam Smith’s, “Stay With Me” to her niece, Aaliyah on the 14th yr anniversary of her passing.

Overall, it was a real treat to see both acts. If you’re a fan of true R&B and Soul, you will not want to miss this show when it hits your town. Check out the cool pics from the show too… (more…)

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Events: ATL: Motown Christmas Concert: December 18 @ Impact Church

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014


Atlanta: Come and be blessed by Motown Christmas


Tasha Cobbs

VaShawn Mitchell

Micah Stampley

Anita Wilson

 Brian Courtney Wilson

also featuring  Gene Moore

Thursday, December 18, 2014

 Impact Church

2323 Sylvan Rd.

East Point, GA

Admission is free with the donation of a toiletry item, blanket or pillow which will go to the City of Refuge outreach.

Doors open at 6 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Motown Gospel and Radio One.


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.

Angela Johnson Set to Unveil ‘Naturally Me’ at New York’s Blue Note

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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When Angela Johnson takes the stage tonight at the Blue Note in New York City, she will do more than unveil material from upcoming album Naturally Me (due August 19th from Purpose Music Group), she will be revealing parts of her that she’s reserved for private spaces. That’s because Mrs. Johnson has poured more of who she is into this album, choosing this moment to make the album that more closely resembled who she is as woman and artist. It’s not a particularly bold step for the multi-talented artist, as her music has always mirrored parts of who she is, but she’s chose to use her platform this time around to be inclusive of a message of healing and awareness.

10505113_10202975905813335_423098836726908363_oSongs like “I Promise” and “Black Boy Lullaby” (which has taken on more meaning with the recent deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown) showcase the direction of the album, while “Say Yeah” speaks for the many without a voice, but the passion and want for something more, something different. Trust me, there’s love threaded all through the album, it’s just packaged differently than its delivered via the mainstream these days. There’s messages of self-love, unconditional love and the freedom love provides when you truly work and walk in it.

There are still a limited number of tickets available for Angela Johnson’s Naturally Me Release Show at the Blue Note Monday evening. Tickets can be purchased at the Blue Note box office (131 West 3rd St. New York, New York 10012) or via their website. Additionally, limited copies of Naturally Me will be made available following the performance, but the album can be pre-ordered via iTunes now.

As a special added treat, soul man Bradd Marquis will hold a special engagement beginning at 10:30 p.m., performing songs from his stellar album Thank You and his entire catalogue. Tickets for the late show can also be purchased at the box office or via the Blue Note’s website.

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Between rhetoric and reality is where you’ll find Al-Lateef Farmer; Black man, husband, social documentarian, and slinger of Soul by the pound. His brand of social commentary, rooted in independent thought can be found at and on Twitter @wrldacrdng2teef.

Hollis Brown @DROM July 17th

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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GFM Fam in the NYC area it’s all going down tomorrow night @DROM w/Hollis Brown (more…)

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Date Night Detroit: w/ Teresajenee, La Shaun phoenix Moore, Danni Cassette, Trey Simon & more! -The Elizabeth Theatre, July 11, 2014

Friday, June 20th, 2014

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GFM fam in The D get ready!!! It’s going down on July 11th 2014!

Date Night Detroit Info:

Join us for a night that is reminiscent of the perfect first date: music, spoken word, and comedy. To do this, we brought out the magic. Enjoy the sweet sounds and sultry voices of Teresajenee (STL) and Danni Cassette (ATL), add in some Detroit flavor with La Shaun phoenix Moore, Elle Crawford, and Trey Simon, ignite your sensuality with the spoken words of Dimonique Boyd and One Single Rose, and sprinkle in some good laughs with Lowe Dunnit. This is a night that you won’t forget and do not want to miss. This even is not just for couples though. You actually might meet an unexpected summer love if you allow yourself to be open. Either way, this is a Date Night event that will surpass beyond your wildest dreams. This night is about you having an intimate experience with the arts–a date of sorts with your favorite (or soon to be) artists. So go on an book that babysitter, put the kids to bed, slip on that red dress and high heels, and enjoy a night that will ignite all five of your senses at once.

Event: Date Night Detroit w/Teresajenee, La Shaun phoenix Moore, Danni Cassette, Trey Simon & more!

Date: July 11, 2014

Location: The Elizabeth Theatre (above Park Bar), Downtown Detroit

Time: 7:30pm doors, 8:30pm show

Ticket link:

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#BMM14 : An Evening with Kashif and Friends – A Black Music Month Celebration

Monday, June 16th, 2014

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GFM Los Angeles fam! We wanted to put you up on a fantastic event that will be happening on June 18th. Six time Grammy nominated songwriter/producer/artist/author/filmmaker Kashif will be presenting a very special evening of music with friends: Howard Hewett, Melba Moore, Howard Johnson, Dawnn Lewis, Siedah Garrett, Tommy Davidson, Greg Phillinganes and other surprise guests. The event will be hosted by Pat Prescott of 94.7 The Wave.

The event will take place at Sam Ash 7360 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. This special evening will serve as the kickoff to the Indiegogo crowdsourced fundraising campaign for the landmark ten part documentary series “The History of R&B Music” that is being produced by Kashif. The event is free and limited seating is available so make sure you get there early. The doors will open at 6:30pm.

Special Update: Evelyn “Champagne” King has been added to the lineup for Wednesday’s concert!