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Now Playing: Musiq Soulchild: “Start Over”

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Growns, check out “Start Over” from Musiq Soulchild. He rarely… if ever… disappoints in this soul game. “Start Over” is from Musiq’s forthcoming 2017 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.

Now Playing: Christopher Williams: “All My Love” Feat. RahRizo

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Growns, check out “All My Love”, the new single from Christopher Williams. We have to admit that we are used to Chris showing his vocal prowess from the beginning to the end of a song– even on an upbeat track. But, he is much more laid back here. We are glad he’s back and we look forward to hearing more– particularly something that gives us a bit more vocals and a little less production. The updated sound is on point, but Mr. Williams’ timeless voice deserves front and center. Always. Let us know what you think.

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.

Now Playing: Daley: “Until The Pain Is Gone” feat. Jill Scott

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Growns, check out the smooth new single from Daley, “Until The Pain Is Gone”, featuring Jill Scott.

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: Stokley Williams: “Level”

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Growns, check out the visuals for “Level”, the lead single from Stokley Williams’ forthcoming solo album– Introducing Stokley.

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.

Music News: Norman Brown Set To Release New Album & Label Debut Project

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Grammy award winning guitarist/singer Norman Brown is set to release Let It Go, his new album and his debut release for Shanachie Entertainment on April 14th. 

Let It Go is a sonic canvas of 12 mostly original soul-stirring and thought-provoking compositions that celebrate the spiritual and personal journey within each of us. About the CD Brown says, “This CD expresses a chapter of a spirit being’s journey in creation on earth as a man/woman. Through events, challenges and problems as well as the peaceful joys of happiness and love, these moments are our spiritual classroom!”

Norman Brown fans will take delight in knowing that he showcases not only his sublime guitar playing but his simmering soulful vocals as well. Let It Go opens with the ethereal and majestic “Lessons of The Spirit,” which transitions into the breezy and melodious “It Keeps Coming Back.”  Brown’s crisp, clean and bluesy riffs set the tone for a thrilling and revealing ride ahead. Dropping not only musical but universal laws of wisdom and understanding, Brown explains the message behind “It Keeps Coming Back.”  “If we don’t learn and live by the Laws of the Spirit (Truth) then the myriad of problems that we face in our lives will return. It’s not a choice.” The album’s title track is a lovely R&B flavored ballad that shines a spotlight on Brown’s sailing agility, utterly gorgeous tone and impeccable phrasing. The intent of this song is simple as Brown explains, “Listen to the teacher within your spirit.” Let It Go also features Brown’s delightful reworking of the 1970s Five Stairsteps Top 40 Pop Hit “Ooh Child.” “This is an all-time favorite of mine and sums up the thoughts that should dominate our minds especially in the face of obstacles and set backs,” says the guitarist. “In knowing that things will get brighter, that knowing becomes a force that aids us in the letting go process.” The track highlights Norman Brown along with TrayCar on vocals and keys who Norman Brown calls “a very special spirit.” TrayCar also mixed the entire CD. 

Let It Go is also a family affair as Norman Brown, the father of six, shares the spotlight with his talented daughters, S.O.U.L. (Sister of Unbreakable Love). “They have all had the gift of music flowing in them,” says Brown of his vocalist/keyboardist daughters LaNika (a graduate of Musicians Institute of Hollywood), Rochella (a graduate of Berklee College of Music) and bassist/vocalist Kesha (a West Point Military Academy graduate). According to Brown “Conversations” is about the two voices we all have within us; our true self, conscious and spirit, verses the animal part of our spirit. “We must learn to control and distinguish the influence of each voice and the influence on our spirit,” he states.  S.O.U.L is also featured on the funky and kinetic fountain of musical wonder “Living Out Your Destiny.” Norman Brown reunites with Chanté Moore for the sultry duet penned by  James Poyser/Carvin Huggins/Troi Lauren, “Holding You.” Our spirit as well as our bodies have the desire to be held and to hold. It’s a faculty that follows the laws of truth. No one succeeds in life alone, it takes two or more,” shares the guitarist/vocalist. The brilliant “North Star” features Marion Meadows on soprano saxophone. The synergetic interplay between Brown and Meadows is a high point as the two radiate joy. Brown’s buttery guitar lines and smooth vocals caress the laid back fat groove of “Very Woman.” “When the one that you choose is all that! It’s very plain… Live out your destiny with them,” advises Brown.  The ear-catching and soulful ditty  “Liberated,” finds Norman Brown joining forces with his brothers in music and BWB members, trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Kirk Whalum (who also guests on “Remember Who You Are”). Let It Go closes with a memorable cover of the Glenn Ballard/Siedah Garrett Michael Jackson hit produced by the King of Pop and Quincy Jones, “Man In the Mirror.” Brown is showcased on acoustic guitar and is joined by Sounds of Blackness for a emotive performance fitting for a close to a transformational journey.

Listen to “Holding You” featuring Chante’ Moore

With the release of Let It Go, Norman Brown not only delivers an uplifting musical tribute to life but he reminds us of our own instinctive divine light. Brown also affirms that the innovation, virtuosity and musical vision that we fell in love with years ago is full throttle ahead He concludes, “Our being is two parts and the only way for success in life is through the proper balance of the two.” So sit back, listen, open your heart, mind and soul and Let It Go.

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.

Now Playing: La’Porscha Renae: “Good Woman”

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

La’Porsha Renae brings an anthem for the ladies with “Good Woman”. Get grown and click on it. “Good Woman” is from La’Porsha Renae’s debut album, Already All Ready.

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.

Now Playing/Visuals: Joe: “Lean Into It”

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Joe keeps the smooth R&B coming with “Lean Into It”. Check out the visuals featuring actress Denise Boutte. “Lean Into It” is from Joe’s current album #MYNAMEISJOETHOMAS

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.

#NowPlaying: Leela James: “All Over Again”

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Leela James released another song from her forthcoming new album, Did It For Love, which is set for release on March 31. It’s a lovely ballad called “All Over Again”. We think it would be great for any upcoming weddings, but we ain’t trying to get all in your GROWN business.

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.