#NewMusic: K.Avett feat. Noel Gourdin - "Soldier"

Over the years here at GFM HQ we have had quite a few conversations around the water cooler about you. Yes, you. All of you. The #Growns. Often we try our best to predict what you will like and what you won't like. Upon listening to "Soldier" which pairs K.Avett whose track "Feelin' Good" we featured back in March and Noel Gourdin another GFM fave, the immediate thought was this is for the "#Grown in you.

"Soldier" is Soul Music and the blending of K.Avett and Noel Gourdin voices feed the soul. Taken from K.Avett's sophomore outing Lioness (out now) "Soldier" continues the trend of garnering deserved wider visibility and impactful feedback for this artist on the definite rise.

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Lyric Video: Noel Gourdin: "Foxxxy"

Check out the new lyric video for "Foxxy" by Noel Gourdin. "Foxxy" is from his current album City Heart, Southern Soul .


#GiftGrown: GFM's Certified Holiday Gift Giving Guide 2014

Hey Growns, as you turn from one radio station to the next it's easy to ask the question with disgust, "Where is the good music? Where is the music for GROWN FOLKS?"

Well, "wayment" (wait a minute).  Before you go dust off the jams from '77, '89 or '96, check out this list of artists who released an album THIS YEAR (2014).

You just may not have heard about it on the radio.

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

*Disclaimer: this list is NOT all inclusive. We know there's some artist/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.

Noel Gourdin: City Heart, Southern Soul

Ruben Studdard: Unconditional Love

Ledisi: The Truth

Syleena Johnson: Chapter 6: Couples Therapy

L. Young: ReVerb

Montell Jordan and Victory World Church Worship: Covered

Freda Payne: Come Back To Me Love

Goapele: Strong As Glass

Brandon Williams: XII

Tank: Stronger

Kindred The Family Soul: A Couple Friends

Anthony Hamilton: Home For The Holidays

Algebra Blessett: Recovery

Steven Russell Harts (lead singer of TROOP): The Wedding Singer

Wess Morgan: Livin'

Five Men: Champions

Fred Hammond: I Will Trust

Faith Evans: Incomparable

Dirty Loops: Loopified

Dave Hollister: Chicago Winds... The Saga Continues

Calvin Richardson: I Am Calvin

Kelly Price: Sing, Pray, Love: Vol. 1: Sing

Chrisette Michele: The Lyricists' Opus

Joe: Bridges

Marsha Ambrosius: Friends and Lovers

Daley: Days + Nights

The Floacist: Rise Of The Pheonix Mermaid

Kem: Promise To Love

J Moss: Grown Folks Gospel

George Tandy Jr.: The Foundation

Will Downing: Euphoria

Eric Roberson: The Box

Avery Sunshine: The Sun Room

Maysa: A Very Maysa Christmas

Boyz II Men: Collide

Jose' James: While You Were Sleeping

Saturday Soul Social - Nov. 1, 2014 feat. Noel Gourdin & Honey Larochelle


Fans of Soul the place to be this Saturday is RVA at the historic Hippodrome Theater in the Speakeasy Lounge where it's all going down. This special evening of music hosted by GFM fave Jarrard Anthony will be highlighted by a performance by two other GFM faves Honey Larochelle backed by J. Tucker & The Krewe and capped off by a special performance by Noel Gourdin and listening event featuring selections from his latest City Heart, Southern Soul . This should prove to be the hottest ticket in town, so any of the GFM Fam if you are in the RVA area on Saturday, don't meet me there beat me there for a Soul of a time.

For ticket and more info head on over to the Saturday Soul Social website: www.saturdaysoulsocial.com

Official Music Video: Noel Gourdin: "Patience"

Check out the official video for "Patience" from Noel Gourdin. "Patience" is from Noel's current album City Heart, Southern Soul.


New Music: Noel Gourdin Feat. Hil St. Soul - "No Worries" Remix


GFM Fam something new for you to get into!


From the press release...

R&B Singer/songwriter Noel Gourdin and the stunning UK R&B/Soul darling Hil St. Soul join forces for a shining new remix of Gourdin’s “No Worries.” The original version of the song is featured on Gourdin’s newest CD City Heart, Southern Soul. The dynamic young musician first took the music world by storm with his #1 hit “The River” which topped the Urban AC Radio charts for 15 consecutive weeks and was championed by Steve Harvey. Influenced by iconic voices like Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and Johnny Taylor, Gourdin has learned a thing or two about crafting songs that speak to the heart, mind and soul. His rich buttery smooth alto, flavored with a gritty and bluesy undercurrent and punctuated by agile gospel riffs, make him instantly recognizable. Gourdin’s lastest album, City Heart, Southern Soul, features the single “Patience,” the Top 25 single “Heaven Knows” and the free-spirited and heart-warming “No Worries.” When it came time to do a remix for “No Worries,” Gourdin had a specific vision in mind.” He shares, “The UK loves up-tempo feel-good soul music. I immediately thought about Hil St. Soul’s voice and knew her voice and chemistry would be perfect. She nailed it! It was an absolute pleasure to work with the lovely and talented Hil St. Soul on the remix. Her voice is incredible and she's so down to earth and easy to work with. She offered such a fresh feel and new life to the record and I'm so appreciative. I most definitely hope it's not the last time our voices grace the same record.” Hil St. Soul adds, “When I first heard ‘No worries,’ I was instantly hooked! I loved everything about the song - Noel's vocals, the lyrical content and uplifting production. I could totally relate to the subject matter so I gladly got on board! It's been a pleasure working with Noel and I will definitely be working with him again!”


New Music: Noel Gourdin - "Patience"

Some new audio goodness courtesy of GFM Fave Noel Gourdin guaranteed to make you want to get up and cut a rug with a partner using the classic style made for two!

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New Music - Noel Gourdin - I Can't Wait To Love You (ft. Avery*Sunshine) - Lyric Video

Fam we've got some of the new goodness from two, count 'em two GFM Faves! Noel Gourdin and Avery*Sunshine from Noel's latest: City Heart Southern Soul. Give it a spin and let your folks know!

GFM Spotlight Interview - Noel Gourdin Talks Creative Freedom and Collabos on His New Album

Grown Folks Music caught up with one of our faves, R&B/Soul artist Noel Gourdin, to talk about creative control and collaborations on his new album, City Heart, Southern Soul.  Get it now at iTunes and Amazon. Check out the video for his first single, "Heaven Knows" and listen to the interview below.



New Music: Brian Culbertson: "No Limits" f/Stokley Williams & "You're My Music" f/Noel Gourdin


Check out new music from Brian Culbertson featuring a couple of GFM faves, Stokley Williams of Mint Condition and Noel Gourdin.

From the Press Release:

Prolific R&B/Jazz musician Brian Culbertson invites you to close your eyes, open your ears, and fall deep into a lush world of musical fantasy with his breathtaking thirteenth album Dreams (Verve/Universal). With the help of lauded guest vocalists Vivian Green, Noel Gourdin and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition, Dreams masterfully melds jazz sensibility with an R&B flair in a wondrous mélange of enchanting grooves. The result is a stunning collection of 10 mesmerizing tunes, including the poignant lead single “Still Here” - featuring the soulful rapture of Vivian Green, telling the passionate tale of how taking a risk on love can have a happy ending. “Your Smile” the album’s lead jazz single, is an exquisite rhythmic excursion underscored with an undeniable buoyant groove. Brian recruited the R&B vocal prowess of singer Stokley Williams to enhance the melodic elegance of “No Limits,” whose romantic lyrics accentuate the thrill of actualizing an altruistic union. On “You’re My Music,” Boston-based singer Noel Gourdin pours his thick, soulful vocals over both Brian’s shimmering piano chords and bass guitar licks.

With Dreams, as with his previous efforts, Brian proceeds to keep the genre of jazz alive and viable by consistently injecting a fresh approach into his own unique sensibility. Dreams definitely proves that jazz and groove fit hand-in-glove.

Listen to "No Limits" f/ Stokley Williams of Mint Condition

Listen to "You're My Music" f/ Noel Gourdin