Born today in 1970, Ani DiFranco is a Grammy-winning songstress, guitarist and songwriter. In 1989, she started her own record company, Righteous Babe Records. Her music is raw, empowering and brilliant.
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What do you get when you combine one of the most prolific producers of hip-hop and pop with one of the most tortured musicians of this decade and then sprinkle it with one of the strangest artists of our time? A project that was lost and then found again by way of record label red tape and has all the essential elements to present a "Dark Night Of The Soul"......
The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards were held on September 12. Lady Gaga had an impressive 13 nominations and raised eyebrows by attending in an outfit completely made of meat. While she won a total of eight awards, Peter Gabriel still holds the VMA record with 10 wins for "Sledgehammer" in 1987.
Folk is a music of the people. While its history lies in the word of mouth conveyance of folklore, its present remains rooted in traditional music. Popularized in the 60s, Folk continues to thrive as new generations find their voice.
Gospel music blends bold harmonies, feature spiritual messages in their lyrics and may feature a choir of singers. #1 this week on the Billboard Charts is Here I Am by Marvin Sapp. Gospel inspires and gets you moving!
Born today in 1949, Gloria Gaynor is most famous for her anthem for the brokenhearted, "I Will Survive," released in 1978.
Gloria Gaynor started off in the group, the Satisfied Sisters, but eventually went on to a solo career in the 70s. The 90s had her back in the limelight doing cameos on shows like Ally McBeal and That 70s Show. Her hit, "I Will Survive," was covered by Cake on their album Fashion Nugget, one of my personal favorites.
Reunited again with original vocalist Skye Edwards, Morcheeba's Paul and Ross Godfrey have managed to recapture the band's classic sultry vocal trip-hop chill-out vibe that fans have been waiting for through two experimental albums.....effectively, the blood is pumping again and swirling in the lemonade.
Seven years is a long time to wait for an album but the titans of trip-hop have returned full circle to the marriage of the Godfrey brothers beats and the sly vocals of the lovely Skye much to the relief of their fans.
Sometimes it's the simple things in life that make the most sense. Once again the good city of Brooklyn has stepped up to give the world of the music industry a blast of what it might need right about now....a bit of simplicity. Take one part hammering drums & guitar and one part shoegazer female vocals and you have the latest "Treat" from New York in the form of Sleigh Bells.
The musical hurricane known as the Sleigh Bells (with Derek Miller serving as the chaos of massive drums with screaming guitars and his band mate Alexis Kraus dwelling in the eye of it with her sweeter than sugar vocals) started dropping demos on the Internet last year and in the few months that followed they had quickly earned their way into every conversation of, "What is new in music today?" Following up the goss
Compared to legends like Billie Holliday and Shirley Horne, Abbey Lincoln was born Anna Marie Wooldridge August 6, 1930 in Chicago, the 10th of 12 children. Heading to L.A. at the age of 19, she became a nightclub singer until she rose to stardom. Sadly, Ms. Lincoln passed away this weekend at the age of 80.
In addition to being an amazing singer, Abbey Lincoln was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 1969 for her role as the title character in For Love of Ivy starring opposite Sidney Poitier, who also wrote the story. This came as no surprise to those who had seen her in the 1964 film, Nothing but a Man.