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Live Show Review: Nathan Sykes at the Sun Bizarre Gig in London

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

Photo Credit: Daniel Jones

While the web allows Grown Folks Music to be anywhere and everywhere, it’s always amazing when we actually have “boots on the ground” in different cities at the same time. This time, we not only had eyes and ears in a different city, but in a different country. Friend to GFM and guest writer, Victoria Clarke, was in the house at the Brooklyn Bowl at the O2 in London for Nathan Sykes‘ Sun Bizarre Gig charity performance for PACT (The Parents Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia) on Sunday, May 15, 2016. She graciously wrote this review for us to share with you Growns– because we feel Mr. Sykes is a young vocalist you should know. Read below and enjoy.

The path from boy band member to solo music artist is a notoriously tricky one and is always best approached with caution. How do you set yourself up as an individual artist? How do you win over new fans and ensure you keep your existing ones? And finally, how do you prove all the doubters wrong?

Well, if you’re Nathan Sykes you play an intimate gig in aid of charity at London’s 02 Arena and blow the audience away with your soulful vocals. Any artist will testify that acoustic sets are tough– there is nowhere to hide! However, Sykes took to the stage and performed a 60-minute acoustic set featuring singles from his upcoming debut solo album including “Kiss Me Quick”, “Over and Over Again” and the new release “Give It Up”. In addition, he performed covers of “Stitches” and “Thinking out Loud”.

What made his set unique was each song seem to cover a different musical genre and/or era. From the upbeat and big- band inspired “Kiss Me Quick”, to the ’60s sound of “More Than You’ll Ever Know” and “Famous”, to the early ’90s R&B sound of “Give it Up” (which contains an interpolation Blackstreet’s “Don’t Leave Me”).

A confident and engaging performer, it was clear he had the crowd (myself included) in the palm of his hand. He was clearly humbled by the reaction and had a witty dialogue with the crowd. In a Q & A session following the performance, the singer revealed that his solo album which is due for release later this year, is based on 2 or 3 life experiences and that he worked with producers such as Babyface and Diane Warren.

I am sure Sunday’s gig was only a snapshot into Nathan’s musical ability– he hinted that he would be back on the road with his eight-piece band this year.

If you do get the chance to see this singer, then I advise you to take it! If this man’s voice can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up in a small venue imagine what he can do in an arena setting.

To find out more about PACT and how you can help click here.

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Listen to “Give It Up” by Nathan Sykes

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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…)

About WestStyle Chronicles

My name is Hope West but you can call me WestStyle Chronicles. From video, photography, interviews and blogging, my music adventures always leave me juggling a lot but I wouldn't have it any other way. Whether being funny, opinionated or just plain entertaining, I always keep it 100% WestStyle. To see my wild ride in the world of music, catch my adventures at the one & only....Grown Folks Music!!!! 🙂

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

Blue Note

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.

About Al-Lateef Farmer

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

Date Night Detroit Final Flyer

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:

Here are some videos of the featured artists:


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Danni Cassette:

Trey Simon:

Dimonique Boyd:

One Single Rose:

Lowe Dunnit: