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New Music: Miki Howard – “He Looked Beyond My Faults”

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

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When I was 10 years old, I remember hearing Miki Howard singing this incredible song called “Imagination”. At the time, I didn’t know the tune was a cover from back in the 40’s but truthfully it really didn’t matter. I was completely in love with the strength of her voice and the melodic melancholy she brought with each note – reminiscent of her idol, Billie Holiday. To me, even at my young age, Miki’s voice was timeless and always carried a distinctive statement.

In hearing Miki’s new single, “He Saw Beyond My Faults”, I have to say that I have some mixed emotions. While I’m all for going back to your gospel roots, I just didn’t hear Miki “at her best” and I was a bit disappointed because I am a huge fan of this woman’s voice. The chosen song is a classic gospel staple and with such a selection, I was truly hoping to hear the vocal landscape and power Miki is known to present. Despite the setback, I still stand as a supporter of Ms. Howard and look forward to hearing once again the voice and talent that has always inspired my “imagination”.

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!!!! :)

Music Video: Tamela Mann: “Take Me To The King” (Live)

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Tamela Mann has finally released a video for her truth telling, Grammy-nominated anthem, “Take Me To The King” The video features Tamela’s powerhouse live performance of “Take Me To The King,” which moved the audience to worship along with Tamela on the 2013 Stellar Gospel Music Awards. And, she looks stunning, to boot. Enjoy.

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.

Dottie Peoples Partners with Ebony Magazine and Amazon on “Ebony Moments” Digital Sampler

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

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Grammy® Award nominated, Dove, Stellar, GMWA, NAACP Image Award-Winning Singer Dottie Peoples has partnered with Ebony Magazine and Amazon for the “Ebony Moments” digital sampler available for free on Amazon through March 15. Dottie’s single “I Got This” is among the songs available for download along with artists JOE, Solange, The Lee Boys and more.

“I Got This” is the debut single from Dottie’s CD, I Got This – Live! It is released by Dottie’s independent label DP Muzik Group with sales and distribution through Thirty Tigers/Sony/RED and Provident. The collection of 13 tracks features Dottie at her finest – praise and worship, contemporary and traditional gospel music delivered through her signature powerhouse vocals. Recorded at Siloam Church International in College Park, Ga., I Got This – Live! includes songs such as the classic “Everything Must Change,” and praise and worship songs “Welcome” and “Manifest Your Glory.” I Got This – Live! is available through Amazon and other digital retailers and in stores now.

Download “I Got This” from the “Ebony Moments” sampler for free at Amazon.

For upcoming tour dates, the latest news, photos, stream of songs from the upcoming CD and more, check out her website, www.dottiepeoples.com

“Like” Dottie Peoples on Facebook at facebook.com/officialdottiepeoples

Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/dpmuzikgroup.

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: United Tenors: “Here In Our Praise”

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Don’t know what motivated Fred Hammond to ask Dave Hollister, Brian Courtney Wilson and Eric Roberson to join him for an ensemble project, but thank God he did. But it’s just not enough to assemble a “supergroup” and think it will succeed on the names of the group members alone. The product must be impressive. Not only is “Here In Our Praise” impressive– it’s just about perfect. The melody, the harmony and the lyrics make this song instantly likeable and memorable. When a good song like this is released (gospel or secular), it seems so simple (although it isn’t) and makes one wonder, “Why can’t all artists do this?” So refreshing.

Download “Here In Our Praise” at iTunes. Pre-order the United Tenors’ forthcoming album at Amazon.com

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.

Shirley Murdock Talks The True Meaning of Her Songs and Critics of Artists Who Sing Gospel and Soul Music

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Grown Folks Music had the exciting opportunity to speak with the legendary Mrs. Shirley Murdock. Listen in to hear the true stories behind some of your favorite songs, including “As We Lay” and “Go On Without You”. During the interview, Mrs. Murdock also speaks about everything from her most recent release, “Live: The Journey” to the experience of singing at the MLK memorial dedication to touring with the legendary Luther Vandross. Mrs. Murdock also speaks on how she addresses critics who question an artist’s ability to vacillate between the worlds of gospel and soul music. You will also hear about the new genre of music that she is proposing to start.

Shirley Murdock Interview by GrownFolksMusic

“Live: The Journey” is available in both cd and dvd formats at Amazon.com.

For more on Mrs. Murdock, you can visit her Facebook page or her official website. When you get the chance, follow her on Twitter. Tell her that Grown Folks music sent you!

About Soul Sister

Soul Sister is a truly passionate about her music. The right song can instantly uplift her mood to turn a not so great day into a party. Her passion for music has also caused her to verbally come to the defense of some of her favorite artists. Don't worry- it was a peaceful defense, and the transgressors were uninjured. The love of music has led to the wonderful opportunity to share her thoughts with the Grown Folks Music family. When not blogging, Soul Sister is either engrossed in a book, discovering new music or revisiting classic music. Even though her vast cd collection spans decades, the music of the 1990's holds a special place in her heart. She resides in the Southern US.

Anthony Brown Talks Writing the #1 Hit “It Ain’t Over”, Dream Production Collaborations, and “Group Therapy”

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Gospel songwriter and artist Anthony Brown has decided to emerge from behind the scenes to lift his voice in song. He has written hits such as “It Ain’t Over” for Maurette Brown-Clark, and now he has debuted his artist collective “Group Therapy”. Listen in as Anthony discusses how “Group Therapy” came to be, writing “It Ain’t Over”, and his favorite artists. You will be surprised at his list of dream producers.

Anthony Brown Interview by GrownFolksMusic

Catch Anthony Brown and Group Therapy on tour now with Mary Mary. For more on Anthony Brown and Group Therapy, check out the official site, Facebook page, or you can follow the group on Twitter. The critically acclaimed, self-titled cd “Anthony Brown and Group Therapy” is available at Amazon.com and ITunes.

About Soul Sister

Soul Sister is a truly passionate about her music. The right song can instantly uplift her mood to turn a not so great day into a party. Her passion for music has also caused her to verbally come to the defense of some of her favorite artists. Don't worry- it was a peaceful defense, and the transgressors were uninjured. The love of music has led to the wonderful opportunity to share her thoughts with the Grown Folks Music family. When not blogging, Soul Sister is either engrossed in a book, discovering new music or revisiting classic music. Even though her vast cd collection spans decades, the music of the 1990's holds a special place in her heart. She resides in the Southern US.

Rance Allen Talks”Music Majors”, “Amazing Grace”, Acting Roles, and When Gospel Music Becomes Too Secular

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Grown Folks Music recently had the pleasure of speaking with the legendary Mr. Rance Allen. During our conversation he talks about the release of the “Music Majors” collection, which commemorates over 40 years in the music business for the Rance Allen Group. He also discusses the interesting story behind the writing of “Miracle Worker” and why it took almost 20 years for the song to actually be released. Mr. Allen also reveals his favorite artists. Listen in to learn more about this iconic inspirational musician.

Rance Allen Interview by GrownFolksMusic

Aspiring and established songwriters: You may submit your music directly to Mr. Allen at:

PO BOX 3297
TOLEDO OH 43607-0297.

**All submissions must be copyrighted prior to being submitted to Mr. Allen.**

The cd/dvd combination of “Amazing Grace” is available at Amazon.com. You should also check out Rance Allen’s amazing “Stax Profiles” cd. You won’t be disappointed.

Check out a preview of “Music Majors”:

About Soul Sister

Soul Sister is a truly passionate about her music. The right song can instantly uplift her mood to turn a not so great day into a party. Her passion for music has also caused her to verbally come to the defense of some of her favorite artists. Don't worry- it was a peaceful defense, and the transgressors were uninjured. The love of music has led to the wonderful opportunity to share her thoughts with the Grown Folks Music family. When not blogging, Soul Sister is either engrossed in a book, discovering new music or revisiting classic music. Even though her vast cd collection spans decades, the music of the 1990's holds a special place in her heart. She resides in the Southern US.

New Music: Tim Dillinger: “Baton”

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

If you like that old-time Gospel singing, then check out “Baton”, the new single from Tim Dillinger, produced by B. Slade and dedicated to Gospel music legends Albertina Walker and James Cleveland.

 

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.