Musiq Soulchild teaches kids importance of persistence at ‘Musiq Room’ opening

NAACP Image Award-winner Musiq Soulchild opened his first “Musiq Room” to Utopian Academy for the Arts on March 10, in partnership with the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation. The artist plans to open more music rooms around the country, with the next one being in Baltimore, Utopian Academy’s founder Artesius Miller told rolling out.

Kindred the Family Soul proud to own the honorable title of ‘Auntie and Unc’

Kindred the Family Soul is a Philly originated, neo soul duo. They consist of husband and wife, Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon. This duo is widely known for its beginning hits, “Far Away” and “Stars” from their debut album Surrender to Love. The couple has been hard at work releasing hits since 2003 and has […]

Avery*Sunshine ready to share her gift at Riverfront Jazz Festival

As a proud Spelman College graduate and an entertainer in and around the city for more than two decades, Avery*Sunshine is about as Atlanta as red clay. Interestingly enough, the Chester, Pennsylvania-born songstress pondered leaving soon after claiming her bachelor’s degree. With an opportunity on the table that presented an alternative outlook of sunny skies, […]

Neo-soul artist SoulStress defines life music

The SoulStress, Sonya McGuire, knew at an early age she appreciated music. This PK (preacher’s kid) was surrounded by music and learned to sing, act, and play a host of instruments. The SoulStress emphasized, “With music playing such a dominant role in the home, I felt that there was no other path to follow other than […]

Ro James serenades crowd to kick off NAIAS media week; talks being genre-less

You probably know him best by his unique, soulful R&B sound that often gets him compared to the late, legendary artist Prince. However, according to him, he has a style that’s distinctively all his own. His name is Ro James, and he’s a millennial artist that’s on a mission to bring back the soulful and […]

Musiq Soulchild explains why his music shouldn’t be called neo soul (video)

Musiq Soulchild was the special guest for the kick-off press conference for rolling out’s technology conference in September. In addition to joining owner Munson Steed at the Lenox Square Mall Microsoft Store to speak about digitally introducing music in this new age, Musiq provided a preview of his newest album, Feel the Real, for everyone in […]

The Internet’s Syd shines confidently on solo album, ‘Fin’

For an album titled Fin, the music on the debut solo album by Syd, frontwoman for Grammy-nominated group The Internet, seems to suggest everything except for an ending. If anything, Fin represents a rejuvenation; the super chill neo-soul album is the type that begs a follow-up effort in a few years, and during those years […]

Listen: Maxwell releases 1st single in 7 years

Maxwell’s last album was the well-received and soulful BLACKsummers’night in 2009. After a long hiatus, his signature falsetto and soul-stirring lyrics are back with a new single, “Lake by the Ocean.” His album is projected to be released in the summer. What do you think of the song? [jwplatform Tqa8uzGV]

Kam Corvet set to bring real music to Early Risers in Atlanta

Neo soul artist Kam Corvet is looking to connect with early risers this weekend in Atlanta. “The title of my latest EP, Early Riser was inspired by that 4 a.m. vibe you get when the moon becomes the sun and you’re driving on the highway with the road all to yourself. And then secondly, being an […]

Founder Jeremy ‘JD’ Hill gears up for ATL Soul Life Music Fest

After serving in the military for 19 years, Jeremy “JD” Hill used his project management experience as a commissioned officer to start his own music festival. Hill serves as the founder of ATL Soul Life Music Fest and the CEO of JD Entertainment LLC in Atlanta. With only six years in the business, he has […]

Carmen Rodgers and Anthony David collaborate on sultry love song and video ‘Charge’

[jwplatform EkdkSDNU] Carmen Rodgers and Anthony David, two of Atlanta’s most soulful voices, have joined to create “Charge,” an irresistible love song, coupled with a refreshingly simple music video. “Charge” is on Rodgers’ third studio album, Stargazer, which was released this year. She and longtime Timbaland collaborator Daniel Jones co-wrote the song, and he also […]

A night with D’Angelo and The Vanguard

On an unseasonably warm late spring evening in Atlanta, hundreds of fans stood in line awaiting the doors of the famed Tabernacle to be opened. The most eager of fans stood in line hours before the 7 p.m. call time just to get a good spot inside. But for them it would be worth it, because behind those […]

Why is mainstream media sleeping on soul?

Over the past few months, there have been rumblings that indicate that soul music is not only alive—but primed for a major resurgence. But the media seems to gloss over great music by artists like Jazmine Sullivan and Raheem DeVaughn

Chicagoan Kiara Lanier shows audiences ‘American Idol’ quality

Kiara Lanier’s cousin encouraged her to try out for American Idol.No stranger to performing on the big stage, her music is a blend of soul with a twist of jazz, electronic, neo-soul and alternative. And judging from her success on the top-rated television show, this is only the beginning. –tony binns Tell us about your American […]