Jason Peterson DeLaire - "Love Can Heal The World"


#Growns it is most crucial not only at this moment but at ever moment to embrace love. Saxophonist/Vocalist Jason Peterson DeLaire is giving us some wonderful and uplifting musical moments of love on his latest single release "Love Can Heal The World". As we know love is to be shared and in that spirit Jason has invited some friends (who are no strangers to GFM) along to help spread the love: Oleta Adams, Jarrod Lawson and Rockie Robbins In addition to the release of the single, Jason and Vanessa DeLaire (siblings) have partnered with Rock The Cause, a registered 501c3 non-profit based in the Twin Cities to further spread the message of love and healing. For more information, links are provided below.

From The Press Release...

Jason Peterson DeLaire, a member of the 3rd generation of Minnesota’s First Family of Music and Prince Alumni, releases heartfelt new single, “Love Can Heal the World”, featuring Oleta Adams, Jarrod Lawson, and Rockie Robbins, with co-production by Ricky Peterson (Fleetwood Mac, Prince, David Sanborn).

Love Can Heal the World was inspired by the civil unrest in Minneapolis during the summer of 2020. This song is a response to North Minneapolis resident and community member, Vanessa Peterson DeLaire asking, “What can we do to help our city heal?”. The song was written and performed by Vanessa’s brother, Jason Peterson DeLaire. The song features Grammy nominated, Oleta Adams, R&B legend, Rockie Robbins and international soul sensation, Jarrod Lawson. Love Can Heal the World also features The Steeles, the Capri Glee! Choir and the Peterson Family. Ricky Peterson (Fleetwood Mac, Prince, George Benson) co-produced the song with Jason and also played keyboards.

Support the movement

-Link to Rock the Cause 501c3:
-Link to Go Fund Me: https://bit.ly/3hpPiAa

Keep Up With Jason Peterson DeLaire

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/jpdelaire
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Jarrod Lawson is inspiring us to "Embrace What We Are"


#Growns who have frequented this site for a few years now should be familiar with the name and sound of Jarrod Lawson. If you aren't there's no time like the present to get familiar and in these times that are testing the soul of humanity, Jarrod Lawson is bringing a musical message to the fore.

Inspired by the long and heartbreaking lineage of police brutality in the US, this stirring song, intended as a hopeful message of peace and unity, reflects on such a story. Originally inspired by the brutal murder of Eric Garner in 2014 during which several policeman held him face down in a choke hold while Eric repeatedly declared “I can’t breathe”, the song draws correlation to the recent murder of George Floyd, an event which has ignited a firestorm of protests across the globe. The chorus of the song offers a peaceful appeal to our armed “public servants”, saying to them “Soften your heart. Lower your guard. Let your fears be vanquished by this simple truth - that you’re my sister, you’re my brother, let’s Embrace What We Are and stop killing each other”. The hope is to bring greater awareness to the issue of police brutality and use of excessive force toward unarmed men and women, and more specifically, men and women of colour.

Proceeds from the sales of this single will be donated to COLOROFCHANGE.ORG, an organisation whose goal is to empower and amplify black voices and their allies, make government more responsive to the concerns of Black Americans, and bring about positive political and social change for everyone.

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GFM Spotlight Interview: Jarrod Lawson Talks Soul Music



Grown Folks Music chatted with soul and jazz vocalist Jarrod Lawson. Growns, if you don't know him, then we'll just say "You're welcome," in advance. Read and enjoy the interview below and check out the videos of Lawson's performance of Stevie Wonder's "Knocks Me Off My Feet" with the London Jazz Festival Orchestra and his recording session at the legendary BBC Maida Vale studio.

GFM: For many of the Grown Folks this is an introduction to you. Tell us a bit about your journey to becoming an artist.

Jarrod Lawson: I was born in the Bay area of California. My parents moved us up to the state of Oregon when I was about eight years old. I was always around good music because my father had a band and he was always into old soul music. I had the benefit of a really great record collection that included things like Otis Redding, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway... you know ... stuff like that. That's the kind of music that I grew up listening to and really latching on to. That was kinda the music that sort of spoke to my soul and really moved me. That was the beginning of pushing me in the direction of becoming a singer songwriter.

The Stevie Wonder Prescription

Later on, I got involved in chamber choirs in high school and college and (I) eventually abandoned that-- not really liking the sound of my voice in that environment-- and gravitating back to soul music. I think that I took the Stevie Wonder prescription and applied it to my approach. He, to me, epitomized the best of what could be done in that particular genre of music. Of course for Stevie it was bringing other genres of music into soul music-- which I also really loved. I generally consider Stevie to be my greatest influence in terms of affecting my general direction as a musician. So, here I am trying to carve my own sort of path.

Opportunities Overseas and the Maida Vale Session

GFM: Speaking about your path... you have had a very warm reception overseas. Why do you think you've been such a secret here in the States?

Jarrod Lawson: I think there's probably a few different reasons. I released my first album in 2014. Because of the fact that it took off so quickly overseas I just had to go where the demand was and the demand was there. It's not that there isn't some demand for me here in the States. I'm finding out now that (there are) some places in Georgia and DC. There are some soul music markets that seem to be latching on to my music, which, it's good to finally see that happening. But initially, I didn't have a distribution deal in the United States, which also made it more challenging to get my music out to folks here in the States. I think those are the main reasons that it's been a little bit more challenging in the states, but it's growing.

GFM: Along the lines of the overseas reception and following the opportunities overseas, talk about the excitement and the significance of having a Maida Vale session.

Jarrod Lawson: Oh yeah. That was certainly one of the highlights of my life... let alone my musical life. On my first go around-- my first tour in Europe-- I was able to do some things that not a lot of people have done on their first go around and that was one of those things. It's a huge honor to get invited to go to a place like the Maida Vale studio-- which is a BBC studio of course-- a legendary place where everybody you can imagine has performed there and recorded there. To have been asked to do a session there was a huge honor for me and certainly an experience that I will never forget. The fact that I have a recording that will always be around as a memento of that experience is pretty amazing.

Message In Soul Music

GFM: In addition to the soulfulness of your music-- which is obviously on display-- I've noticed that your lyrics speak about humanity and spirituality. Talk about why it's so important to you to have those aspects in your music.

Jarrod Lawson: My roots are definitely planted in Christianity. I was raised in a Christian household with Christian values. Again, I'm gonna go back to Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Curtis Mayfield-- people who were writing lyrics that really meant something. That always to me was what made soul music so special. It's one of the things that made soul music really special... it was always talking about something that was relevant. I feel like somewhere along the way in the chronology it kind of lost its way and there's not a lot of that happening these days. It's almost as if people are afraid to speak about things that are relevant to the times and to what's going on in the world, which is sad, but in my mind I just always thought that was the one of most important components of this type of music. I wanted to be one of the people that was helping bring that back to soul music.

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

Jarrod Lawson: It's interesting, I was just having a conversation a couple nights ago with some friends about pop music. I kind of had an epiphany recently where I realized that pop music is really aimed at younger generations of people. It's music that is tailored made for young folks. On the opposite side of that there's grown folks music. It's more mature. It's more the type of music that I love. Well, going back to the previous question that you just asked me about the lyrics-- to me, the type of lyrics that I write and the type lyrics that I love to hear from other artists is more of a grown folks music type of thing. (It's) a little bit more mature and a little bit more evolved. It's a little bit more concerned about real stuff... about what's going on. To me that's what's grown folks music is. It's music that matters.

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GFM Spotlight Podcast: Promoter Craig Garrett of Next Level Events Atlanta


#Growns make sure to check out this great interview and convo with our own DJKKC and promoter Craig Garrett of  Next Level Events. If you're looking for the truly "Good and Grown" events in the ATL then you should definitely keep your eye on Next Level. During the conversation, Garrett shares the story of how he got into promoting events, talks about the challenges that sometimes arise and then we get nosy and ask him to share the secrets of his playlist.  Listen and enjoy!

Greg Dean Unconditional Love

#NewMusic: Greg Dean ft Chantae Cann & Jarrod Lawson - "Unconditional Love"

#Growns I want you to consider this lyric for a moment from "Unconditional Love" from Greg Dean ft Chantae Cann & Jarrod Lawson

I love you when it feels good, love you when it feels bad...

There's never a shortage of a call for more love in the public square, however how many are really willing to love and by extension live in this manner? While you ponder that, keep hitting rewind on this beautiful ode to real love.

Full of rich harmonies, vocal deliveries well-suited for real romance and backed by a musical accompaniment that is as bright and optimistic as a beautiful day in Spring this is the sound of "Unconditional Love" from Greg Dean ft Chantae Cann & Jarrod Lawson!

From the press release...

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