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Sisters Of Soul feat. Angie Stone, Tweet & Phillippia

The Sisters of Soul concert featuring Angie Stone, Tweet & Phillipia was held a the newly renovated Variety Playhouse in Little 5 Points. The entire evening was a wonderful show of Sisterhood!

I’d like to begin by giving a shout out to the band which backed all the artists….they were phenomenal! Members of the band were….Jonathan DoubleJ Jackeson on keys, Chad Collins on drums, Reggie Mitchell on bass and Brandon A. Thomas on guitar.

The show was hosted by Miss Y’Anna Crawley who was the 2010 winner of BET’s Sunday’s Best. Y’Anna opened the show with a few songs.

Phillippia performed next and immediately invited the crowd to fill the dance floor. Audience members quickly responded. She performed a few of her best know songs. Phillippia ended her performance with an emotional thank you to those who have supported her over the years.

Tweet was up next. She serenaded the audience with many of their favorite songs. She even took requests from those who were up front. Guests sang and danced along. Her background singers sounded great as well.

Soul legend Angie Stone closed the show out with many of her top hits. She also sang a couple verses from D’Angelo’s songs. She took a moment to mention that she was suffering from an ailment which affected her vocals. In my opinion she did her best and I feel gave it her all considering the circumstances. Angie allowed each of her background singers to showcase their talent by performing a brief solo each. Poet Red Storm joined her on stage and performed part of one of his spoken word pieces.

Phillippia will be hosting a new showcase called Groove Lounge at Suite Lounge beginning on April 3rd. Talented indie artists will be featured.

Photos & Re-Cap: Carolyn Grady


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GFM Spotlight Interview: Dave Hollister Talks about Getting Back to Love on His New Album, Collaboration Projects and Blackstreet

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Grown Folks Music caught up with R&B crooner Dave Hollister and he generously spoke with us about the intent behind his forthcoming new album, The MANuscript, disappointment in the lack of marketing for his last album, collaboration projects with Angie Stone and Fred Hammond and the United Tenors and touring with Blackstreet.

GFM: Prior to the last album in 2014, it had been a while since we'd heard from you on the R&B recording side. Was it important to you to keep the momentum going by not letting a lot of time pass between this new album and the last.

DH: It was definitely important being that the last record company jacked that last record up. Myself and my manager, Walter Millsap, we didn't want to [let time pass] because it's almost to the point that nobody knew that record was really out. The single did well, but nobody knew an album was out. So, we just wanted to come right back on the heels of whatever they remembered and jump right back in.

GFM: I have that last album, and I'm sorry that it didn't do better than what it did because "I'm Different" is a masterpiece.

DH: Wow. Thank you. That's funny because that was actually going to be the next single.

GFM: It was a very good one and I'm sorry. I almost want you to repackage some of that.

DH: I'm thinking about that. We've actually been talking about that. A lot of people are doing that-- taking the album and repackaging it and putting it back out. Like I said, the last company didn't push the record. eOne is a one and done situation anyway. They feel like if they get you to the top ten, then they've done their job with the single and that's what they did to me. I've never, ever, sold 20,000 copies in my life. It was very embarrassing. The album had some good music on it. It had some real good music on it, so I'm thinking about doing that because it's too good of a record to just let it die like that.

GFM: A lot of the songs on the new album sound like a celebration of women. Let's talk about the new album. Let's talk about The MANuscript.

DH: I've been kind of just sitting back thinking, 'What are we missing? What really are we missing?' We're really missing love. We've gotten away from love. Nobody's really talking about love anymore. It's all about having sex and doing stuff that doesn't even matter. Half of the stuff you can't even understand what people are saying. I ain't gonna call no names, but you get out here and mumble on a record and it goes to the top. What is that? A lot of people say that they can tell what I'm going through by what I release, and I am in love with my wife. I haven't been in love in a long time. What's in me is what's going to come out. We as men... especially when we get older... [should know] it's nothing wrong with loving your girl, or loving your woman, or loving your wife. That's what we're supposed to do. That's what we were put on this Earth to do. I just wanted to get back to love.

GFM: Where did the song "Let Him" come from?

DH: [laughs] You know what, that's funny 'cause I was waiting [for someone to say] 'What about this one?' That is a song that I really felt. As much as this album is for women to give their men, it's men to give their women. A lot of men, like the record says, they're just going to bark and sniff. They ain't really going to leave the yard. Especially when they know they've got a good woman. Basically, stop complaining. You're going to complain and make the man miserable. If that's what you're going to do-- leave. If you're going to stay, let him cheat in peace. If that's what's going to happen, leave the man. I've been through this. I can't stand the fact that if you think I'm cheating, and you have no proof, then let me cheat in peace if that's the case. If you're going to stay-- be quiet. If you're going to stay, stay with the man and get what you're going to get. Let him get what he's going to get. Y'all must have an arrangement. Let him do his thing, because I know you're probably doing yours. It's just one of those records that make you think, 'Okay, either I'm going to leave, or I'm going to deal with it.' Basically that's it. .

GFM: You mentioned Walter Millsap. Is that how the collaboration with Ms. Angie Stone came about?

DH: Well Angie and I have been friends for years. We've always wanted to work together. As a matter of fact back in 1999 we started working together in New Jersey on something that never came to fruition. He was managing Angie and Angie told him that she wanted me on the record. They called and he was like, 'Man, you've got to do this record for me.' Walter and I go back to Chicago '85... he had a couple of records on that album. We both go back, so it was almost like a natural thing for them. They made the call and Angie and I did the first song. We did the duet on her album first called "Begin Again", then we said, 'Okay, this could be something.' So, we followed up on mine and I'm just letting you in on something new-- Angie and I will be working on a duet album together. It's gonna be fun... all original stuff. We might do one cover, but everything is going to be original.

GFM: Speaking of other collaborations, I really enjoyed the United Tenors album. Talk about working with Fred Hammond, Brian Courtney Wilson and Eric Roberson.

DH: It was one of the best times I've had in my career. Again, I've been knowing Fred for umpteen thousand years coming from the church background. I knew him when he was playing bass for The Winans and even Vanessa Bell Armstrong. I was singing background for Vanessa Bell Armstrong. She was my first professional entry into the music business and I started singing background with her at the age of sixteen. I traveled with her, toured with her for some years and that's how I got to know Fred. So, when Fred wanted to do something different he called me. We talked about it. We courted the idea for like two years. We even talked about the different line up that was going to happen. It was always Fred and I, but the line up ended up being Brian Courtney [Wilson] and Eric Roberson. At first it was myself, Tank and Kenny Lattimore. When Kenny and Tank didn't work, we were going after Anthony Hamilton. Anthony pondered it, but for some reason it didn't happen and then Brian and Eric just kind of fell in. It was it. Once we got together it was magic.That was the best time we had recording. It was so much fun. We went out on tour for about three weeks. The crowds were amazing. We played to packed houses every night. It was amazing. We've talked and Fred wants to do it again, but of course he's doing his Festival Of Praise tour and all that kind of stuff. We're all out doing our own separate things as well, but there will be a second United Tenors record.

GFM: That is an anointed CD. That is my go to CD. When stuff is going on, I put that CD in.

DH: Thank you so much. Yeah, Fred is the mastermind behind it all. He's such a gifted writer. He's just amazing. Even though we came into this knowing each other beforehand, I've always been a Fred fan. I've always been a original Commissioned fan... the original Commissioned members. I've been a fan for years.

GFM: Do you plan to record any more gospel music as a solo artist in the future?

DH: I don't know. God would have to come sit on my sofa and I look him into his bright face and he'd have to tell me. Because what I am is... I'm a messenger. Somebody asked me earlier today was it hard for me to transition to gospel. No, because that's actually where I came from, but I don't let people put me in a box. I'm not an R&B artist. I'm not a gospel artist. I'm a messenger. I'm an artist who is a messenger. Whatever is on my heart to sing, [then] that's what I'm going to sing. If God puts it on my heart to do a gospel record then I'll do another inspirational album. I don't see it in the near future.

GFM: Am I correct that you've done some performing with Blackstreet here and there? Are there any reunion plans?

DH: I actually been back with Blackstreet since 2009. We've been together since 2009 performing. We've been touring pretty heavy since 2009.

GFM: But no recording yet?

DH: Oh we've recorded. We've got like 40 songs recorded. It's just [that] Ted [Teddy Riley] is the type of person who likes to take his time. He's a perfectionist, but the 40 songs have been done for like two years... three years.

GFM: What's your definition of Grown Folks Music?

DH: Music that'll be around forever. Legendary music. Music that you can put on or make today that'll be around until you die. Grown folks music, soul music... they're all synonymous to me. They're all one and the same. Anything that will be around for years and years-- I call grown folks music. I won't call no names out, but most of this mess that's out here now, you ain't going to hear two years from now.

Dave Hollister's new album, The MANuscript , is scheduled to drop in September 2016 on Shanachie Entertainment. Check out the video for the first single, "Definition Of A Woman".

Dave is also involved in Baby Hold On To Me, a stage play inspired the music of the late, great Gerald Levert. Dave plays the role of Gerald Levert. Find out more about Baby Hold On To Me here.

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Now Playing: Angie Stone: "Think It Over"

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Growns, check out "Think It Over" from Angie Stone. She's letting her man it's decision making time with a touch of '70s and '80s flare on this new single from her current album, Dream.


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#GiftGrown: GFM's Certified Gift Giving Guide 2015

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Hey Growns, we are back with a list of artists who released albums THIS YEAR (2015) to let you know where to lay to ears and spend your grown currency. Did you know that new music, new GROWN FOLKS Music abounds? We're here to put you up on game. Don't get disgusted. Get Grown. Gift Grown!

In addition, this year Grown Folks Music had the pleasure of speaking with many of the artists on this list. (Check out our interviews).

*The GFM Disclaimer: this list is NOT all inclusive. We know there's some artists/albums we've missed. This list is just to guide you in the right direction as you consider giving the gift of music to someone or even yourself this Christmas.

Jazmine Sullivan: Reality Show

Johnny Gill: Game Changer

Avant: The VII (The Eighth)

Case: Heaven's Door

Brian Courtney Wilson: Worth Fighting For

Lyfe Jennings: Tree Of Lyfe

Tyrese Gibson: Black Rose

Russell Taylor: War Of Hearts

Angie Stone: Dream

Tamar Braxton: Calling All Lovers

Vivian Green: Vivid

Tamia: Love Life

Jeff Bradshaw: Home: Jeff Bradshaw and Friends: Live at the Kimmel Center

Allen Stone: Radius

Janet Jackson: Unbreakable

Kenny Lattimore: Anatomy Of A Love Song

Raheem DeVaughn: Love Sex Passion

All Cows Eat Grass: Self Help

Bilal: In Another Life

Charlie Wilson: Forever Charlie

Hiatus Kaiyote: Choose Your Weapon

Teedra Moses: Cognac & Conversation

Adele: 25

Jodeci: The Past, The Present, The Future

Jose James: Yesterday I Had The Blues

Marshall Knights: The Marshall Knights Experience

Lalah Hathaway: Lalah Hathaway Live!

Maysa: Back 2 Love

ConFunkShun: More Than Love

Monica: Code Red (12/18/2015)

The Internet: Ego Death

Babyface: Return Of The Tender Lover

Jef Kearns: Soulfisticated

Foreign Exchange:Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey

Will Downing:Chocolate Drops

Carmen Rodgers: Stargazer

Jill Scott: Woman

Prince: HITNRUN Phase One

Black Violin: Stereotypes


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GFM Spotlight Interview: Angie Stone Talks New Album, Reinventing Herself & Reality TV

 

Grown Folks Music caught up to the R&B and Hip-Hop veteran, Angie Stone. She chatted with us about reinventing herself with her new music, her definition of being "Grown" and if she would do a reality TV show ever again. Read and enjoy.

GFM: You got a new album coming titled Dream. Tell us about the new album-- the writing, the producing, if you have any features or things like that. What can we expect?

AS: The new album is titled Dream. It came about by way of Walter Millsap having a dream to work with Angie Stone. Of course I was about done and about to throw in the towel and he said, 'Wait, wait. One more. One more.' And the birth of the album began to take shape. Walter was very, very involved from start to finish. He hand picked everybody that worked on the project--Candace Nelson being one, Balewa (Muhammad) being another, and of course Walter himself. There is one feature with Dave Hollister that I'm really, really excited about.

GFM: I've heard some of the tracks, and I really like "Magnet". Who wrote "Magnet"?

AS: That's my favorite! Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. [laughs] That is my favorite song so I'm glad you like it. It's haunting right? You can't stop singing it. Once you've heard it one time, it kinda grows on you. That song was written by all of us actually. It's a feel good record. What's your next favorite?

GFM: I like "2 Bad Habits", but I'm hoping" Magnet" might be the next single. You didn't ask me, but that's what I'm picking. It didn't even grow on me... I liked the way it sounded immediately upon hearing it.

AS: That first line, "It's like I got fool written on my forehead..." I believe that everybody can relate to that. One of my other favorites is "Did You Forget About Me" and also "Dollar Bill".

GFM: The tracks, to me, have a current yet retro feel about them. Is that intentional?

AS: I think they do. It's a cohesive weaving of thread with me being seasoned, experienced and having all of that and the Hip-Hop flair. The tracks have a very youthful, yet vintage sound about them that kind of grabs you between the seams because it does have a thread of that vintage life-- that vintage world. But at the same time, when you hear these songs you can go back twenty years and say, 'This reminds me of this song.' It's kind of that thing that keeps Angie Stone reinventing herself. I wanted to do something that I've never done before. I think in this project you didn't just get a vintage Angie Stone. You got that cross between a great vintage and an up-to-date sound in the music as well.

GFM: What's your definition of Grown Folks Music?

AS: Folks that have been through life [and] who have lived a little longer than some and the experiences of life have grown them up. I have to say that because I think young people nowadays just don't get it. They don't get the fabric that is necessary to survive in life does not come with being so dependent on parents and friends. You have to walk through the fire, so to speak, to come out as a grown up and appreciate and relate to life in general.

GFM: Do you miss R&B Divas?

AS: R&B Divas was a life lesson for most, and a reflection to some I'm sure that can be viewed as good, bad or indifferent. For me it was a life experience, because it's one of the first times that I've actually been put in a position where I really am genuinely trying to help as many as I can, and throughout I felt like they were trying to hurt me. In doing so, I don't think they thought a moment about what it was doing to me as a human being. I think being a celebrity is one thing, but being a human being is far greater than just being a celebrity. Some of the things that were being said-- shade that was being thrown-- even for TV, it didn't make sense.

GFM: With that said, would you ever consider another reality TV offer?

AS: It all depends on what it is. I would definitely do a reality show that did not teeter or borderline on being ridiculed. Something dealing with health or something dealing with strengthening the body. I don't say that I would never do another one. It's just that I wouldn't do anything that would depict women as catty, or that we're irresponsible or ignorant in any way. I don't think that's a good look for any of us.

GFM: You mentioned earlier being seasoned in this industry and reinventing yourself as an artist. Today, who is Angie Stone?

AS: Angie Stone is a grown woman that has the very fiber of my past being Hip-Hop. I've come through the seams of a lot of situations. I've experienced and walked through life-- now that I know how to play dodge ball very well. So, Angie Stone is a grown and sexy woman who knows how to play dodge ball.

Angie Stone's album, Dream drops November 6. Pre order it now at iTunes.

Connect with and follow Angie Stone on Twitter


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#NewMusic Angie Stone - " 2 Bad Habits"

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#Growns get up on this new goodness from Angie Stone! This is the lead single from Angie's latest project Dreams due out in November.

Also, we thought you might like a sneak peek at the fun that went on while creating the upcoming visuals for this song. Click on the "behind the scenes" video and enjoy.


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Angie Stone Readies for New CD November 2015

From the press release...

Angie Stone is one of those artists with a Midas touch. Her buttery smooth honey-toned pipes, undeniable gritty soulfulness and epic songwriting talents have been called upon by everyone from Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, D'Angelo and Lenny Kravitz to Moby, Erykah Badu, Ice Cube and Alicia Keys, to name a few. Rolling Stone Magazine once declared, "When soul music was in the lost and found, she came along to claim it." It is this belief that has made Stone the go-to woman for three different record labels when they were creating a new sound and vision. In the 70s it was Angie Stone who helped to define the sound of the now legendary Sugar Hill Records, when she was one of the first recorded female rappers/singers in the ground-breaking trio Sequence. Their hit "Funk You Up" is a classic that gets folks moving to this day! Fast forward, Clive Davis tapped Stone's iconic sound in the early 2000's, when he launched J Records. She recorded her gold-selling Mahogany Soul for the label and Stone Love. The in demand Renaissance woman moves seamlessly from the studio and stage (she's starred on Broadway) to television and silver screen without missing a beat. A legend in this tough business, Angie Stone stands in a class by herself. November 2015 Stone will release her new CD Dream on Shanachie Entertainment in collaboration with Conjunction Entertainment Inc. Music Executive/Producer Walter W. Millsap III (Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez) and TopNotch Music. The album's first single, "2 Bad Habits," is soon to ship to radio. At last Angie Stone's story will fully be told as she will be a featured artist later this month in an upcoming episode of BET/Centric TV's Being, which profiles notable artists and personalities.Read more


Anthony Hamilton with the Blind Boys of Alabama - Soundtrack for a Revolution

Soundtrack for a Revolution tells the story of the American Civil Rights Movement through its powerful music. Featuring music from: THE ROOTS, MARY MARY, JOHN LEGEND, WYCLEF, RICHIE HAVENS, THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, ANTHONY HAMILTON, JOSS STONE, VIVIAN GREEN, AND ANGIE STONE

In stores 2/14.

Preorder it on iTunes here ow.ly/8sS8E
Preorder it on Amazon.com here ow.ly/8NcA6


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GFM Weekend Mix from DJ Phaze

It's spring time, the snow is finally melting across the country.... you're cleaning up, working out, chillin' and preparing for those summer festivities. Well, the 'ladies favorite dj', DJ Phaze has blessed you with a wonderful mix to get your weekend started. Check the tracklist after the break and enjoy!

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GFM Spotlight Interview: Angie Stone Does the "Unexpected"

Photo courtesy of Kevin Goolsby and Stax Records
Photo courtesy of Kevin Goolsby and Stax Records

Hola mi amigos!!! It’s your girl WestStyle Chronicles with GFM bringing you the exclusive!!! From hip hop, R&B and neo soul, Angie Stone has done it all. We had the great opportunity to catch up with Ms. Stone on the release of her upcoming album, Unexpected.

She shared everything from the inspiration for her new album to her dream musical collaboration – and no, it’s not D’Angelo people. So pull yourself up a seat and join the conversation with the 3 time Grammy nominated, Stax recording artist,………….. Angie Stone.

WestStyle Chronicles: I have to say I’m really excited and glad to get a chance to talk to you. How are you doing? How you feeling?

Angie Stone: I’m feeling pretty good right now - just doing a family thing. I’m good with the anticipation of the album, I’m good with the artwork and I’m good with how we’ve structured and prepared for this project.

WStyle: Now you have a new single out on your upcoming album “Unexpected” called “I Ain’t Hearin’ You”. Now I was just talking to my partner the other day about how hard it can be to find simple “feel good” music. Was that the feeling you were going for in this song because it has that feel.

AStone: Yeah, I was actually reaching back for the Evelyn “Champagne” King days. Trying to get that music that when you heard it, “Baby, you make my love come down” (singing) - I was thinking about that time period and where everybody was mentally. You heard that record. It was a feel good record. You felt good when you heard it.

WStyle: And that’s something you don’t hear too often.

AStone: Right, and that’s exactly what I was going for.
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