New Music: Brandon Williams “Now I Know” ft. Jesse Boykins III & Robert Glasper

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From the press release…

Detroit – Grammy Nominated Musician and Producer Brandon Williams is on a mission to be one of the ambassadors to usher in the return of great music. After releasing his successful first single, “Stronger” feat. Jean Baylor (formerly of Zhane), and his second single “Godsend” , both from his forthcoming album “XII” (Summer 2014), Williams is releasing “Now I Know” feat. vocalist, Jesse Boykins III & pianist, Robert Glasper. The single is available via and will be on iTunes, Amazon, and all digital outlets this week.
Produced & Arranged by Williams, “Now I Know” is a song about a love lost. Williams says, “Even if we’ve moved past it, most people have been in a place where they realize that they lost someone that they really cared about, and it was no one’s fault but their own. We end up in a place of reflection. A place of regret.”

“Williams also says”It was a huge honor to work with my brothers, Jesse Boykins III & Robert Glasper. They, along with the other musicians helped to bring my musical vision to life.”

Boykins says, “I am very appreciative to be able to work with two like minded men such as Brandon and Robert to express overall admittance of when you acknowledge the truths in a relationship between you an your loved ones, it’s needed at a time like now.”
Glasper says, “Brandon Williams (The Savior) is a great musical being! This fool plays every instrument on earth and plays it very well! It was great working with him on this song because he’s an amazing producer and always listens for what the music needs. Above all he’s a great person!”

Williams, a direct protégé of Grammy and Billboard super producer Michael J. Powell, is a powerhouse of musical knowledge and ability. His talents include production, arranging, engineering, and playing more than 15 instruments. He was named 2012 Entertainer of the Year and 2013 Drummer of the Year by the Detroit Black Music Awards, nominated for a Grammy in 2009 for Vickie Winans’ “How I Got Over”, and was also featured in the Who’s Who In Black Detroit as one of the “Men To Watch” in 2010.

As a producer, Brandon has lent his hand to such artists as Vickie Winans, Jadakiss, Janet Jackson, J. Dilla, Gene Dunlap, Bilal, Pharoahe Monch and more. As an artist, he has performed and toured with some of the industry’s finest including Robert Glasper, Kim Burrell, Jaguar Wright, Kelis, Talib Kweli, and Jay Electronica just to name a few. Along with national tours, Brandon has also graced the stages of all of Detroit’s premier venues and clubs including The Fox Theatre, Chene Park, Freedom Hill, Detroit Opera House, Hart Plaza, Music Hall, and Bakers Keyboard Lounge.

New Music: Brandon Williams – “Christmas Card”

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Throughout the entire year but now more than ever the team at GFM HQ take very seriously the notion that “Sharing is caring”. With his 5 song EP “Christmas Card” Grammy Nominated Musician and Producer Brandon Williams cares enough about the music to have assembled this stellar casts of musicians and musical arrangements to share just in time for this season of cheer. Christmas Card is a sonic appetizer of sorts, presented to become a new seasonal favorite as well as prepare the way for the third and final single “Now I Know” to be released ahead of Brandon’s album XII due out in the Spring of 2014. “Now I Know” features the talents of Robert Glasper & Jesse Boykins III and you can be on the lookout for it as we ring in the new year! The previous two single releases “Stronger” feat. Jean Baylor (formerly of Zhane) and “Godsend” have both been featured here on GFM and if you have not put your ears on these gems you need to, with the emphasis on need.

But for now… you need to press play in effect opening this lovely card to listen to these wonderful new musical expressions on the classics: “White Christmas” featuring Sherry Gay-Dagnogo (vocals) and Onaje Allan Gumbs (piano), “What Child Is This (Greensleeves)” featuring Sicilian guitarist Toty Viola, “Christmas Time Is Here” and “The Christmas Song” performed by Frank McComb (vocals), Farnell Newton (trumpet), and Perry Hughes (guitar) with an additional acoustic version featuring Allyn Johnson on piano. This is what’s happening right now in 2013, the sound the feeling of now firmly entrenched in what has been lost by many and that is the tradition of excellence that occurs when you respect the muse and her music.

Brandon Williams is offering and sharing a Christmas Card from himself and these exquisite musicians that he has assembled so that we might begin a new tradition. A new collection of old favorites re-imagined for us now, that we can add to our collective Christmas Playlists. But more than that, I believe that the music that Brandon Williams is creating and a few others is preparing us for the return to where the audience and creators of music need to be: At the corner of excellence and greatness. We’ve tried many different locations over the last decade and a half and quite frankly it’s left a lot of us lost. Now we have a card and a direction.

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Ivan Orr is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and writer. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia Ivan was involved with the forming and nascent days of The Music Resource Center as its first Program Director. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan currently resides in Richmond, VA where he maintains an active performance and production schedule while serving as the Music Editor for Grown Folks Music, a position he has held since 2010.

Official Video: Jesse Boykins III: “Zoner”

Check out the new video for “Zoner” by Jesse Boykins, III from the Way Of A Wayfarer EP.

From the release
There is a misconception when one is lost in themselves because society can miss the truth behind it. This video is a pure introduction to Jesse Boykins III’s soul and takes a piece of his mind and displays it for the world be a part of. There is the reality of being alone, but also the desire to lust for something that inspires and assists the creation of beauty, a Zoner.

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Review: Jesse Boykins III: Way Of A Wayfarer EP


Jessie Boykins III is a self-described “musical explorer”. Perhaps that’s why Way of a Wayfarer is hard to define, label or put into box. One thing is definite; it is different than what’s on the radio right now and listeners will dig it or… not.

For reference sake, if the music on this EP could be defined, then most of the tracks have a new age, vibe to them. He experiments with sound effects and irregular beats. One can only imagine the fun Boykins had creating this–throwing everything he could think of into the production pot and seeing what came out. “I Can’t Stay” has a pulsating beat mixed with a whole lot of other sounds, including the sound of an airplane taking off. The addition of a little more bass on a remix could make it a great dance or house music track. On “Light to Dark” the beat scatters and there is a continuous note running throughout the song that listeners will find either distracting or innovative and cool.

However, he does flip the script on a few tracks. He strips down the effects in the music and goes acoustic on “When Your Ready” and “Zoner” .

How Way of a Wayfarer is received or interpreted depends on who the listener is. But there is nothing generic here. Jesse Boykins III won’t get accused of blending in with all the rest. He drives in his own lane and it’s refreshing to see an artist who isn’t afraid to be… artistic.

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Jesse Boykins III Presents ‘Prototype 3010’, a short film

After the success of his cover of Andre 3000’s infamous ‘Prototype’, Jesse has released a pretty amazing video to go along with it:

In a time where life is often guided by misconception and tainted love its hard to truly find someone who is there for you for all the right reasons. No matter how you deliver your heart to a person, you still have to wait for them to open it up. I came up with this concept to inspire honesty. I’ve learned through life, communication is everything when you’re in a relationship. Take these visuals as an example of how something could be if there is no truth between two parties. She/He is your prototype and could be so much more if you allow it. Never Take The Love Of Your Believer For Granted. Much Thanks to Andre 3000
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Jesse Boykins III | Prototype 3010, a short film from LightUp Film on Vimeo.

The Performer

You may have recently heard another revamp of Mr. 3 Stacks aka Andre 3000’s song Prototype and wondered “who goes there, again?”
Well, in addition to Raheem Devaugh and Jazmine Sullivan, Jesse Boykins III has joined the likes of his r&b counterparts and revisited the song [Prototype] with his own eclectic flavor and finesse.

Featuring Melo-X and Trae Harris, the ballad is, in my opinion, definitely a match for his sound. This new soul artist has a style that is very unique in his own right however, I can hear and see a little Dwele, mixed with some Devaughn and topped with a sprinkle of Bilal (remember, this is my opinion). Yet, his style and lyrical ability is still individualized and (shrugs shoulders) good.

Check out the trailer/sneak peak to his up and coming documentary series, shot by Slick Jackson, entitled “Spot Dates”.

And if you haven’t heard “Prototype”, check that out too.


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