Master producer Salaam Remi has crafted the sounds of some incredible artists of our time. Now coming out into his own, Salaam gives us One: In The Chamber featuring orchestral compositions as well as guest appearances from Akon, Ne-Yo, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jordin Sparks, Estelle, Stephen Marley, Lemar and CJ Hilton.
Hear "Makin' It Hard for Me" ft. Corinne Bailey Rae below to get a taste!
Having already written and produced songs for Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, and Smokey Robinson, Timothy Bloom is well on his way. Most recently, he's left swooning audiences eagerly awaiting his forthcoming debut album with his The Budding Rose EP. The EP's sultry lead single, "Til the End of Time" created much buzz, due in part to the ballad's tastefully provocative video directed by David Rodriguez.
Catch Bloom across stages nationwide this summer. The tour starts in Los Angeles on July 29th, and ends on the east coast with Philadelphia on August 30th and Vienna, VA on September 1st.
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."
26 year old sultry-voiced singer Chrisette Michelle bestows her sophomore recording Epiphany upon us today. The follow up to her gold-certified, double Grammy-nominated debut I AM, Epiphany marks a transition away from her traditional leanings to a fuller integration of hip-hop soul. Opening with spacey keyboards and girl group backgrounds, Chrisette's bold declaration of fly girl independence ("It's over," she sings) on "Epiphany (I'm Leaving)" featuring Ne-Yo sets the tone of most of the disc.
While angst and heartbreak is part of Chrisette Michele's persona on this project, the power and strength of her material gives it the sound of a future classic. Without a doubt, this is the first great album of 2009.