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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,…

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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…

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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?

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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 produced the…

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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…

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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…

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