Video: Natalie Imani – An Introduction

 

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We love to see when talented backup singers decide to go solo. Former Erykah Badu backup singers, Yahzarah and N’Dambi are great examples of fiery solo talent with a history in high profile background singing gigs. New Jersey based singer Natalie Imani is paving her way to be yet another vocal force. Touting John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Jazmine Sullivan, and Nicki Minaj as lead acts she’s backed, her resume is definitely quite impressive.

Above, Natalie speaks candidly about her journey from a 9-to-5 to embracing singing as a career. Below, you can take a listen to Natalie’s debut EP, Passion Mark, where the rich toned lady showcases a comforting classic R&B voice. If you like Jazmine Sullivan, you’ll appreciate the parallels these two share.

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Remembering Whitney Houston, RIP

 

At only 48, one of the most prolific voices of our time has been lost. Having paved the way for so many soulful pop divas to follow, Whitney Houston came to become a truly unforgettable figure in our culture.

It is heartening to hear that she was reported to be in good spirits in the days preceding her passing. And that’s the Whitney we’ll remember: radiant.

In between jamming to old tunes and videos, also consider taking a look at a set of Whitney’s ‘most memorable interviews’ as per The Huffington Post.

Below you can view Jennifer Hudson’s heartfelt tribute to Whitney at the 2012 Grammys.

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New Orleans: Essence Music Festival – July 1-3 + Giant Step Discount Tickets

 

The highly anticipated Essence Music Festival is back and features everything soulful – from old-school to new-school to pop sensations; See Boyz II Men, Jennifer Hudson, Miguel, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Dwele, Usher, Mint Condition, Charlie Wilson, Timothy Bloom, and Fantasia, amongst others. The music is enough but add in that New Orleans grub, though? No question that this is a trip that needs to happen. Essence has partnered with Giant Step to offer our members special 10% discount tickets; The offer expires June 30th, so jump on it!

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Top Artists & Producers Get Together To Celebrate Quincy Jones on Soul Bossa Nostra

Some of today’s biggest recording artists and producers have joined together to celebrate the music of multi-Grammy winning producer, composer and arranger Quincy Jones by recording contemporary versions of his popular recordings on a new album called Soul Bossa Nostra. A “family celebration,” Soul Bossa Nostra will be released on May 25th, 2010.

Among the artists to pay tribute to Jones’ massive catalog are Usher, Ludacris, Akon, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, T-Pain, Robin Thicke, LL Cool J, John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Wyclef Jean, Q-Tip, Talib Kweli, Three 6 Mafia, David Banner, Bebe Winans, Mervyn Warren, Jermaine Dupri, DJ Paul, and Scott Storch.