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Morris Day and Sheila E. Bring the Funk to Kiss 104.1 Flashback Festival

The Kiss 104.1 Flashback Festival is always the place to be for Growns who are "Old School For Life".

It's even better when members of the Minneapolis funk family show up. At 61 years young, Sheila E. tore up the stage. You already knew she's the baddest on the percussion, but did you know Ms. Escovedo throws down on the guitar too?! She paid tribute to the Purple One [Prince] by performing some of his songs, but perhaps we delighted most when she pulled out a jewel from her own catalog-- "The Belle Of St. Mark".

The Godfather of Cool Morris Day brought up the rear. With him were Monte Moir and Jellybean Johnson, two original members of Time, and of course his signature mirror. Day's swagger and schtick never gets old. He will always be beloved for it. Besides, it makes for a great time when combined with all the jams we love. He too paid tribute to his friend Prince with a picture montage between costume changes.

Enjoy our pictures from the show.


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Review: Tori Kelly Brings The Hiding Place Tour To Atlanta

 

Tori Kelly kicked off her Hiding Place Tour in Atlanta, and while she entertained the crowd for two hours her show went beyond entertainment. It was a relationship experience between her and her fans. Honestly, she could have sat and talked for two hours and the show would have been just as fulfilling to those who came. That's the influence Tori Kelly has with her generation. Not the fleeting social media "likes and follows" that fuels some of these "artists", but the kind of influence achieved through connection and authenticity.

What about the singing, you ask? Come on now. Y'all know already there was a whole lot of singing going on [shout out to her background vocalists-- they came to wreck the microphone too] as Kelly sang songs from both her pop catalog and her new gospel album Hiding Place. It's worth noting that her secular and inspirational music blends naturally throughout the show because integrity and truth has always been a part of the fabric of Tori Kelly's music-- that's why Hiding Place does not come off as a reach or change of lanes for the nominee for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

Beyond the impact of Tori Kelly's soaring vocals is the influence of her voice-- what she says when she has the mic and the message she sends out from her platform. The crowd held on to every lyric and note she sang. It appeared to be affirmation or inspiration to them... or both. Social media has given almost all of us the opportunity to have a voice, look, or even a build following, but Tori Kelly has built trust and relationship through her artistry.  Her show was a reflection and extention of that. Although the album and tour is called Hiding Place, at the beginning of her show she declared the room a "safe space". She didn't just come to sing songs, but for an intimate exchange of love and light. In fact, if you attend a show on this tour, then we highly recommend that you stay for the encore. It's a moment of singing and worship that will bless your entire being [don't cheat and look for videos on the internet].

Check out "Psalm 42" from Tori Kelly's new album Hiding Place


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The return of Jonathan Butler with his 23rd album, a tribute to Burt Bacharach & Hal David: Close To You

Jonathan Butler's new album, 'Close To You', is an 11 song collection featuring reinterpretations of 60's & 70's classics from Burt Bacharach. Covers include, "Walk On By", "I'll Never Fall in Love Again", "This Guy's In Love With You", "The Look of Love" and the timely single, "What The World Needs Now Is Love". Also featured are instrumental versions of "I Say A Little Prayer" and "Do You Know The Way To San Jose." One original composition, the autobiographical "Cape Town" is also included.

The connection between Jonathan Butler and Burt Bacharach actually stems back to his childhood in South Africa. He was 12 years of age when recorded Bacharach's "Please Stay", which was originally recorded by The Drifters in 1961.

Following several monumental decades of moving from South Africa to America, building a worldwide audience for his music while also raising his children to adulthood, Jonathan Butler arrived at a crossroads in his marriage which ended in divorce.

“I realized then this was not the season to write about me or my relationship,” Butler shares. “It was a season for me to listen to what is in the atmosphere. The music of Burt Bacharach is what I was hearing. The next day I called my manager and told him I wanted to do a Bacharach songbook album and reinvent myself in the process. I am honored to become a student of this music. To recognize the precious, golden ‘origin era’ of great songwriting. I did my homework then sprinkled South African spice on top with my chanting and rhythmic approach to playing the guitar. This is music I could really dig into.”

The highlights of Close To You are bountiful, beginning with the title track that features the touching violin introduction of Nadira Kimberly (Hidden Figures, The Voice). There is “A House Is Not A Home” which Butler sings solely to guitar/bass accompaniment – “a lyric I just felt I needed to pay attention to.” Then there is the existential musing, “Alfie.” “I had to reach a level of maturity to sing this one,” he states. “The lyric is so profound. At the start, I am having a chat with the listener. Then at the end where it says, ‘Without love, we just exist’…what a revelation! We all have many things to sort out in life but this is said in such a beautiful way. ‘When you walk, let your heart lead the way / Then you’ll find love any day.’”

The most poignant cover, "What The World Needs Now Is Love" is intended to be as impactful today as it was when it was initially recorded in 1965.

“People are ready to go to a higher place. At my concerts, I’ve seen them standing together, holding hands. Starting with me, I hope this song will start a new love
movement.” Reflecting upon his roots in poverty and apartheid in Cape Town, Butler adds, “What I am seeing today in America truly hurts my heart. I know what it is to see a ‘whites only’ sign. There are three things that are important for a Black man to know: Who you are; Where you are, and; When you speak, be bold, loud enough for everybody to hear. Many people that come to my concerts, I can see, are still conflicted. When I am among them, I am very open and real. I tell them my story.”

Check it out and let us know what you think!


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Now Playing/Visuals: Bruno Mars: "That's What I Like"

So glad Bruno Mars released this song as a single, because it was an instant favorite from his current 24K Magic Album. Upon hearing the track we immediately thought about Bobby Brown. We hear his flavor in this song.


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#MJMondays: Michael Jackson: "Thriller"

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It's MJ Monday Y'all: The Halloween Edition