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With Second Chance, El DeBarge, one of R&B's most distinctive and celebrated voices, returns to the spotlight after more than a decade and a half away. In stores now, the album - which features the work of such legendary producer/songwriters as Babyface and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, alongside tracks by new hitmakers Mike City, the Avila Brothers and Michael Angelo - tells the story of DeBarge's redemption following a period of personal turmoil. Second Chance took on its full meaning when he began recording the title track, which became the first single. The new single "Lay With You" features Faith Evans.
El DeBarge's triumphant appearance at the 2010 BET Awards, which instantly lit up the international soul blogosphere, was just the first step in a remarkable story of personal and creative transformation.
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After 50 years in the recording business, Ron Isley of the legendary Isley Brothers has released his first solo album ever, Mr. I, including duets with the great Aretha Franklin and relative youngster T.I. So it's no surprise to see the variety of people in this video, all affected by the Isleys' music, from Erykah Badu to Wolf Blitzer to Steve Harvey.
Ron Isley - "No More"
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SVEDKA Vodka Sessions: Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme; Plus Blaqstarr, and the art of Alec Monopoly – December 4November 30th, 2010
The annual Art Basel festivities take place every December in Miami, FL bringing together art enthusiasts from around the globe. Keeping with the spirit of the event Giant Step is presenting a very special SVEDKA Vodka Session with live performances by Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme plus Blaqstarr. Renown LA street artist Alec Monopoly will be bringing his art into the popular realm and for your sonic pleasure we welcome DJs Nick Cohen, Jaime Biden, and Alexandra Richards. Doors open at 9:00pm on Saturday, December 4th, at Sunset Lounge at Mondrian in Miami Beach. As always, entrance is free but strictly RSVP, and you must be 21+ with a valid ID.
Seven time Grammy-nominee, 23-year-old Philadelphia native Jazmine Sullivan delivers beyond expectations on her new album, Love Me Back - a vibrant, musically diverse collection that sets soulful R&B melodies to inventive, hip-hop-inspired beats. Her 2008 debut album Fearless bowed at No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and spawned three Top 10 singles.
Love Me Back is a rich showcase for Sullivan's powerhouse vocals and unique storytelling gifts on songs like "Redemption," "Good Enough," the Missy Elliott-produced "Holding You Down (Goin' In Circles)," and "Don't Make Me Wait," which boasts an '80s-style rhythmic backdrop that wouldn't sound out of place on a Prince album. Once again, Sullivan co-wrote every song, collaborating with her early champions Missy Elliott and Salaam Remi, as well as Ne-Yo, Toby Gad, Chuck Harmony, No-ID, Anthony Bell, and Cainon Lamb, who bring out the best in this self-assured performer whom Vibe has called "every inch the soul star."