GFM Exclusive Video Premiere: Carmen Rodgers - "Again and Again"

Carmen Rodgers has gifted us with the sultry, breezy visual we all really need going into this weekend. Grown Folks Music is beyond pleased and proud to premiere the visual for "Again and Again" from Carmen Rodgers produced by another GFM Fave Nicolay.

Talk about a Summer Sound, "Again and Again" will take you to you to a destination that will blow the jasmine right through your mind.

"Again and Again" is a part of Carmen's Hello Human, Vol. 1 EP which you can purchase and stream right here.

Kudos to Carmen and her entire team in their production of this stunning visual.

From the press release...

Don't call it a comeback. Although it's been almost six years since her last release, the work never stopped for Carmen Rodgers and that "sweet soul" voice. Between touring as a Solo Artist, on the road with producer and multi-instrumentalist Zo!, on stage and in the studio as Featured Vocalist and Songwriter with the wildly popular and dynamic Grammy-nominated band THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE, or writing music on multiple projects and having her own music featured on hit shows such as CBS' All Rise and the Netflix film Nappily Ever After, Carmen has kept our attention with her music and talents during the wait.

Now with the release of her highly-anticipated EP Hello Human, Vol. 1 produced on her own label Candigirl Music, Carmen will walk you through the human experience with keen self-awareness through love, intimacy, wonder, regret, and the quest for healing and wholeness. And with the release of video for her lush first single "Again and Again" produced by bandmate and frequent collaborator Nicolay of The Foreign Exchange, steady fans and newcomers to Carmen's world are in for a visual treat. Soul Bounce called the song "rapturous" and Soul Tracks refers to it as "sensual" while able to still "leave something to the imagination," and the video perfectly compliments these remarks. The viewer will be taken through stunning and scenic Negril, Jamaica, enticing them to escape with a lover or just their own imagination. Carmen has found her sweet spot with this sexy love anthem that has already taken listeners by storm.

Carmen Rodgers performing live in Atlanta

Live Shows: Zo! + Carmen Rodgers: Acoustic & Personal 2016 in Atlanta

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Carmen Rodgers Performing in Atlanta, GA December 2016

Zo! and Carmen Rodgers backed by Collective Peace came through the "A" for their third-annual Acoustic & Personal show. Just like previous years it was an intimate experience with special guest vocalists D Maurice and Jermaine Hardsoul and tributes to music greats Maurice White, Rod Temperton and Prince. The Acoustic & Personal show is planned but unscripted, so fun banter and spontaneity always find their way in and it makes for an interactive and fun time every time. Check out the short video clip below.


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Visuals: Zo!, Carmen Rodgers, Sy Smith: The Triptych


Zo!, Carmen Rodgers and Sy Smith each have ties to the Foreign Exchange, but as a group, they'd never taken the stage together before. Thus, they concluded their performance at the E. Spot Lounge (owned and operated at that time by the legendary Sheila E.) in Los Angeles should be captured on film. The result is a long-form music video called The Triptych, directed by filmmaker, director, actor, and Smith's husband, Shawn Carter Peterson.

Peterson saw an opportunity to capture this performance in the form of a trilogy of single music videos, to be viewed as one body of work - a short film of musical sorts. The film includes not only the performances themselves, but it also shows the behind-the-scenes work that goes into putting a show together, with intimate rehearsal footage taking the viewer right into the home of Shawn & Sy. Individual shots of each artist in his/her element (Zo! at the piano "shedding", Carmen writing lyrics in her journal, Sy taking a break to enjoy her favorite pastime of reading) make this experience more than just a live concert video - it's an experience akin to "kickin' it" with your folks.

Watch and enjoy The Triptych, starring Carmen Rodgers, Sy Smith & Zo! and directed by Shawn Carter Peterson.

Zo! and Carmen Rodgers

Live Shows/Reviews: A Night with Zo! + Carmen Rodgers in Atlanta

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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.

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#NewMusic - Carmen Rodgers feat. Anthony David "Charge"


#Growns get up on this latest from Carmen Rodgers a hot and steamy single from her StarGazer project feat. Anthony David: "Charge"!

Also... Carmen is featured on the new Foreign Exchange Album Tales from the Land of Milk and Honey out Aug 21st which she's a featured vocalist and songwriter on some of the tunes.

Catch Carmen out on tour...

Upcoming Tour Dates:

8/6 - Memphis, TN with Zo! - Brinson's
8/8 - St. Louis, MO with Zo! - Kranzberg Arts Center
8/21 - Alexandria, VA with Zo! and Anthony David - The Carlyle Club
8/22 - Baltimore, MD with Zo! and Anthony David - Baltimore Soundstage
8/29 - Akron, OH with Zo! - The Akron Art Museum

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Carmen Rodgers - 10 Year Anniversary of Debut Project "Free" (Free Download)

Time certainly does fly when you are making great music! Such is the case with Carmen Rodgers whom we've had the pleasure of posting her work of the years here on GFM. To mark the occasion of the 10 year anniversary of her debut release "Free", Carmen is offering the project(above) as a free download <--- see what she did there? As we say around these parts: "Sharing is caring" and make sure you tell a friend of two thousand.


Zo! Coming to Atlanta on the ManMade Tour - Saturday, August 10th


Hola my fellow concert travelers!!!

I am here to let you know about a great show coming to the Atlanta area! On Saturday, August 10th at The Vinyl @ Center Stage, you will experience some true artistry from songwriter and producer, Zo! on his ManMade Tour. Special guest will be the soulful songstress, Carmen Rodgers and our host will be my girl, Jodine of Jodine’s Corner!!! Tickets are going fast so be sure to get yours at Moods Music or Center Stage Box Office TODAY!!!!

Carmen Rodgers: The Cocktails and Conversations Tour w/ special guest Jon Bibbs ATL 6/16/12

GFM ATL Fam make sure that you are in the place at Smith's Olde Bar - Atlanta Room on Saturday for the final stop on Carmen Rodgers' Cocktails and Conversations Tour. Doors are at 7pm and you don't want to miss the musical fireworks of this grand finale with special guest Jon Bibbs.

Carmen Rodgers Readies "Intermission"

Coming off the critically acclaimed Bitter Suite which spawned the hot single/video “It’s Me” - Carmen’s been writing and getting her creative juices pumping for the eagerly anticipated Intermission that will be available world-wide in the Fall. In the meantime, Carmen is doing something special for the fans which will allow a sneak peak before the project is advanced to media or anywhere else!

"The Cocktails and Conversations" tour which kicks off in NY - debuting at the fabulous Nu-Soul Series which is a monthly showcase of seriously new and incredible talent on Saturday, May 19th at Frank’s Lounge. Stops along the tour currently are: D.C, Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis and more to be confirmed.

[Pic & Video Recap] DJ Salah Ananse Talks On "Afrique Electrique" at 1st Hit Listening Lounge!

Earlier this month we had the opportunity to catch the 1st Hit Listening Lounge with the incredible DJ Salah Ananse and our beloved host Jodine Dorce with Jordine's Corner. If you missed this event,  here is the FULL interview with an insightful look at the making of his new project, Afrique Electrique Volume 1 and a few live performances. So sit tight and enjoy the recap from this "grown" affair. Special thanks as always to Harmony in Life, Music Addikts, Jodine's Corner and Moods Music.Read more