Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Tamia Announces New Single "It's Yours"

Grammy-nominated R&B Songstress Tamia has issued the latest offering "It's Yours" from her current seventh album Passion Like Fire.

The Lil Ronnie produced mid-tempo track serves as the official follow-up single to her successful lead single "Leave It Smokin" which peaked at #2 and #16 on the Urban AC and R&B charts respectively. 

Tamia is currently on her last few dates of her Passion Like Fire Tour. See dates below:

10-17-18 Houston, TX House of Blues
10-20-18 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
10-23-18 San Francisco, CA Regency
10-24-18 Los Angeles, CA The Novo
10-26-18 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre

Interview: Grammy Award Producer & Recording Artist James Worthy Talks Transitioning In Music & New Project "Blu Leisure"

Grammy-award winning songwriter, producer, and Billboard charting artist James Worthy is one of the most influential and prominent musicians currently in music. He has worked with artists such as Men At Large, Silk, Future, 112, Fetty Wap, T-Pain, Lil Zane, 6lack, Blac Yongsta, J'honnie Blaze, Asian Doll, Justin Bieber, Bobby Brown, and Whitney Houston to name a few. Last year James Worthy and his group duo Kings X2 scored an instant hit with their single "Wine For Me," which debuted at #10 on the 'Billboard Hot Singles Chart.' After disbanding, Worthy set out to pursue a solo career with the release of his debut solo single "Blu Sunsets' this past spring, followed by his latest single "Move"  featuring Ecstacy of the legendary rap group Whodini. 'RnB Junkie Official' had the pleasure of interviewing James Worthy. We discussed his background, transition in music, having humility, his forthcoming album 'Blu Leisure,' plus more. Check out our interview with James Worthy below!

Can you tell us about your background and how you got your start in the music industry?
Well, initially I started as a ghost producer and ghostwriter. I was writing and producing for different acts whether it be major or indie. More so on the back end side of things, until I started placing with more notable artists getting more recognition in the industry which turned into me actually getting credited. You know, receiving publishing and all that good stuff. So, that’s how it started.
You’re a Grammy award-winning songwriter, producer, artist, and actor. Are there any aspects of the entertainment industry that you would like to tap into that you haven’t yet?
You know right now, I’m really perfecting every genre, so to speak of the entertainment industry. Just by whatever I feel. For example, I’m always trying to perfect music. I'm always trying to perfect production and writing. I’m always trying to perfect acting roles, whether it be television or film whatever the case is. So, it’s really nothing that I haven’t done, but it’s just all about perfecting everything.
You have accomplished things other songwriters and producers aspire to achieve, how do you remain humble?
Well, that’s just me. I’ve grown up a very humble child. I’ve had the support of my parents, whose definitely music lovers, so that really helped me out a lot. I have never been the one to be in everyone’s face and trying to get attention from everyone. I was always the quiet one or the laid-back one, so I think that had something to do with me just letting the music and product speak for its self.
What would you consider to be the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson [pauses]. Just like you said remaining humble, but also knowing who you are. Knowing what you want to be in life and never altering that. What I mean by that is you really have to have a strong mind and believe in yourself that much to know that you are worth it. [To know] that you bring something to the table that no one else does, and are just as good as anyone else. Once you have that mindset, you can do anything you want.
Do you find it hard transiting between artist and producer?
No, not really. I say that because coming from the production side of things and the writing side I’ve had time to sit back and really see how a record is made. Seeing how things are done behind the scenes whether it be mixing, mastering, writing, arrangements, crafting, production. You know, just everything that actually goes into making a record I’ve been in that process, so that was easy for me to implicate that into my own because I’ve done it for so long.
Earlier this year you released your debut solo single ‘Blu Sunsets,’ and recently released your follow up single ‘Move’ featuring Ecstasy from the legendary rap group Whodini. Can you talk a little about the concepts of each song and how they came about?
“Blu Sunsets” was just a debut single that I wanted to put out to show all the fans and the world that I can bring something to the table, as far as R&B is concerned. Anybody that knows my production [knows] R&B is my core. I thought that “Blu Sunsets” was just more of that uptempo, feel good, nostalgic vibe that I think we need in the R&B world now. The concept was more so just feeling good with the person you’re with no matter whatever you guys been through or whatever the case is. Anybody knows when you see a sunset it’s always that positive energy, that positive vibe, so I called it “Blu Sunset” because blue is a tranquil color. Blue is my favorite color also, and the two just go well together, so I called it “Blue Sunset,” which actually transitioned into “Move.” “Move” is more so a feel good nostalgic vibe too, more so maybe an island vibe in the production aspect. I just wanted to switch it up a little bit, and I just want people to feel good dance and move, which is why I called the song “Move,” something good for the summer time. I had to put Ecstasy on there because he’s just one of those legends. I grew up listening to Whodini, and I was just blessed enough for him to bless me with his verse.
You will be releasing your first album ”Blu Leisure.” How does it feel?
It feels amazing! This is my first go around releasing a body of work, so this is my way of introducing myself to the world as a solo artist, and it feels good. Anytime you really do something that you love, and you put your blood sweat and tears into, you always want it to be perceived well. The singles have been received well, so I am excited about putting out this project.
Is there a release date in mind yet?
We don’t have a release date yet, but it will be some time January 2019.
What can we expect to hear on your album as far as sounds, lyrics, and energy?
You can definitely hear a lot of arrangements. A lot of island, R&B, and Hip-Hop influences. It’s more so an infusion of sounds, just different vibes you’re going to find on there. The core of it, of course, is R&B, but it’s just good music, feel-good music. A lot of great melodies within the records. I really feel strongly that people will connect with.
Can you tell us where your music can be found and how fans can reach you on social media?
You can definitely reach me on social media via Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @kingjamesworthy. You can also go to my website at, and also we're everywhere streaming platform base Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal. Everywhere you can stream music, buy, download, and all that good stuff we’re there.

I want to thank you again for this interview. I really appreciate it.
Thank you for having me.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Mariah Carey Reveals Album Art + Release Date for New Album 'Caution'

Legendary and Grammy-Award winning Songstress Mariah Carey took to social media to announce the release date for her upcoming 15th studio LP Caution via Butterfly MC/Epic.

Caution is led by singles "GTFO" and the recently released DJ Mustard produced "With You".

Caution will arrive November 16th.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Video Premiere: Ruff Endz - Better Man

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RnBJunkieOfficial is proud to premiere the new video for R&B's dynamic duo Ruff Endz's latest single "Better Man" from their most recent album Soul Brothers released earlier in the year.
"Better Man" is the follow-up single to the lead single "Don't Leave" and is available on all music streaming services.
Earlier in the year, I caught up with Ruff Endz for an exclusive interview to discuss their new album Soul Brothers, hiatus from music, state of R&B and much more. See HERE!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Carvin Winans Interview: New Single “Once in a Lifetime”, Upcoming Debut Solo Album & More!

Five-time Grammy Award-winning Singer/Songwriter Carvin Winans who is best known as one-fourth of the Legendary family Gospel group The Winans (“The Question Is”, Tomorrow”, “Let My People Go”, “Ain’t No Need to Worry” with Anita Baker, “It’s Time”), returns as a solo artist with his groovy Urban AC/R&B-inspired lead single “Once in a Lifetime” from his upcoming debut album In the Softest Way. I caught up with Carvin to discuss the new music and what we can expect, career highlights, future tour and much more.


TERRANCE: First, congratulations on the release of your new single “Once in a Lifetime”. How are you feeling about it?

CARVIN WINANS: Thank you, Terrance. I feel good about it. I think it’s a good song. I think it’s a song that people will enjoy playing and moving to. It’s got a nice beat. The lyrics are nice. It was produced by The Jackie Boyz and so I think people are going to like it.

TERRANCE: It has an R&B/AC feel. Talk about it’s creation and how it came together.

CARVIN WINANS: Well, I’ve always wanted to do a solo project and I’ve worked with my brothers pretty much my whole career. I wanted to do an album and a song that dealt with love and dealt with perspective from the husband side or the wife side or even from God’s side on what love should be and how we should treat one another. I’ve always wanted to do an album like that and this is why I chose to go the Adult Contemporary and R&B area.

TERRANCE: Why do you think now is the time to release your upcoming debut solo album In the Softest Way?

CARVIN WINANS: I think that time with my brothers was a very crucial time, I think for all of us. We all needed to be together at that time. I’ve always felt God’s timing was perfect and I’ve had opportunities to do a solo record, but it was a time to branch off and do it. We wanted to stay together as long as we were needed and so when Ronald passed I felt like The Winans were pretty much over with because he was a very crucial part in the group and so after that happened I did something with BeBe and Marvin, but it was already heavy on me to go solo and let the world hear what God pretty had much given me as far as a songwriter and as a singer and let people kinda see that.

TERRANCE: Talk about what are we to expect on your album. Are there any special guest features?

CARVIN WINANS: In the Softest Way is an album project that like I said earlier had been kinda weighing on me to do and to come out and let people see the talent and the gift that God had given me and to tackle certain angles about love and about life itself. One of my favorite scriptures I would say in the Bible is ‘A soft answer turneth away wrath’ and a lot of times when it came to writing songs for The Winans, it was really tough (laughs), because Marvin was our principle writer. He was a great writer and it was really tough to get something on there, sometimes it would go into an argument, it’s not fair and this and that and all of that and after I wrote “Make It Like It Was” for Regina Belle and I done some other stuff with The Winans “When You Cry”, “Tomorrow”, but I think it was after I wrote “Make It Like It Was” for Regina Belle there was a respect level that my brothers started to give me and so from that point on I just said, you know what? I’m not going to argue about songs and do all of that, I’m just going to let the gift that God had given me do the work for me. I stopped the arguing and let my pen speak and be my voice and that was a softer way of doing it. I wanted to name this album In the Softest Way because you can get a lot of stuff done if you just know how to answer people and talk to people and to conduct yourself and so it doesn’t have to be outlandish and boisterous and all that. You can walk softly but carry a big stick, you know? As far as the album is concerned, we got together with some good writers and producers. Carlos Battey is a young producer out there, I think he’s produced for Charlie Wilson and some other artists. He’s an incredible young guy and he produced three cuts on this record. We also used Tommy Sims who I think is a genius. He produced three cuts as well. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis is on there. Greg Curtis. We also had some writers from Randy Jackson’s camp and so we sat down with all of these writers and told our story and what we wanted to talk about and they got it. My wife Cherie also helped with the writing and God really gave us some wonderful things to talk about and some great people to work with. I had such a blast with everyone on this record. We also got a chance to get Stevie Wonder on harmonica on one of the songs. We also got Kenny G on soprano sax on one of the songs. Marvin does a duet with me. My son Juan does background on one of the songs. We just had a good time and a fun time and I didn’t really have to look around and ask anybody, what should I do and all this kind of stuff or is this song good enough for the record. I didn’t have to do none of that so that was fun. We had a good time putting this together and God blessed us to work with some wonderful people.

TERRANCE: So Marvin had to sit back and let you do your thing this time around?

CARVIN WINANS: Yeah, he had no choice (laughs). He had no choice, Terrance, but to sit back and let me do my thing. I recorded a lot of it in Toronto and I just brought him in when I needed him to do his part (laughs), but he was great.

TERRANCE: How has the process been for you creating music that could evolve with time with the way the music industry steadily changing?

CARVIN WINANS: I think what we tried to do with this record was to record songs that would really stand the test of time. It kinda goes back to the ol’ skool stuff with strings, the horns, production, good lyrics, good vocal performances and we tried to create an album where you would not want to skip one song and that’s kind of rare these days from what I hear and I really believe we were able and blessed to achieve that.

TERRANCE: What was your reaction to Drake sampling The Winans’ “The Question Is” on his Views album?

CARVIN WINANS: Well, I think it’s nice when people recognize your work and when they want to include it in what they’re doing because they really feel and want that attention, so I thought it was nice. You can’t look at that and hold your head down on that, but I think they do it with a lot of older artists now because music was so good back then and it really had messages back then. I had the pleasure of meeting Drake before and he’s a nice guy and so it was flattering when we heard he had sampled us. It’s so funny, Terrance, my youngest daughter didn’t think I was famous until Drake did that with The Winans record. I got a call from my 21 year old who was I think 19 at the time and she called screaming, Oh my God you’re famous! Drake sampled The Winans, and I’m like, are you kidding me? (laughs). So it’s funny how people think, you know? When he did that I became famous to them.

TERRANCE: How have you embraced or utilized today’s tools like social media to promote yourself as an artist and your music?

CARVIN WINANS: Man, that’s a whole different world there, but you gotta do it, you know? You want to use every avenue you can. It was so much easier back in the day than now (laughs), and so I guess if it’s used right, your music will get out there faster and more people will get a chance to hear it, but it’s just staying on top of everything.

TERRANCE: Are there any talents outside of music you possess that people might be unaware of?

CARVIN WINANS: I love art. I love to draw and I love to paint. When it comes to songwriting, to me that’s very relaxing. I love to write songs. I love to do poetry. Drawing and painting gives me that same satisfaction of relaxation. One day when it will be all over and I don’t know when it will be all over as far as retiring or anything like that, but I would love to spend maybe the rest of my years once I’m done singing is drawing and painting and maybe putting stuff on Exhibit and sell it for millions of dollars (laughs). That would be nice.

TERRANCE: That’s very therapeutic.

CARVIN WINANS: Yeah, it is very therapeutic. Very.

TERRANCE: What’s a career highlight or highlights that stand out to you?

CARVIN WINANS: Oh man, I have several. When The Winans were on The Johnny Carson Tonight Show. When we did all the singing vocals for a Charlie Brown Special called, This is America, Charlie Brown. We also did background with Michael Jackson on “Man In the Mirror”. Those three really stand out. I mean, I’ve met so many wonderful people. I’ve been knowing Stevie Wonder for years and he’s just an amazing person. Kenny G, Michael McDonald, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston and I wrote a song for her. We were signed to Quincy Jones for years at Warner Brothers and he has been like a mentor to us and so I’ve been blessed to have a great career being in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, we’ve won five Grammys, NAACP, Soul Train, Dove and Stellar Awards. It’s kinda like starting all over again and this is going to be a lot of fun for me and I think we’ll be able to accomplish some more things by God’s grace in this music field.

TERRANCE: You mentioned Whitney Houston. Talk about how you were introduced to her and what that friendship was like.

CARVIN WINANS: We had the same booking agent at the time and I got a call that Whitney was coming to Detroit to perform and she wanted to meet me because she was doing a song that I had written for The Winans called “Tomorrow”. She was doing it in her set and I said, okay I will go see her. I just could not believe the voice that came out of a woman so small and so she had gotten me a pass to go back and meet her and she jumped right in my arms and just started crying because she was so happy to meet me. She was such a big fan of The Winans and I introduced her to BeBe & CeCe and the rest of my brothers. She kind of really clicked with BeBe & CeCe and did some stuff with them. She also worked with my younger sisters Angie & Debbie on “Light of Love”.

TERRANCE: Getting back to your album In the Softest Way, what are you hoping listeners take away from that overall experience?

CARVIN WINANS: I want them to just experience this album and experience the songs and kinda go into it, you know? To really see what they can get out of it because I wrote a lot of it from experiences. There’s one song on there I wrote when I married my second wife Cherie called “You Blow My Mind (A Song for Cherie)” and so when I sing that song and I hope that I can always sing that song without breaking down because it’s a very touching song for me. She meant everything to me when we met and as we developed our relationship and got married and it was just a great experience. I want people to put that record on and hear that and they might be able to apply it to their own situation or own life and fall in love like I did because I fell really deep and I hope that they hear that when they listen to the song.

TERRANCE: Are there any tour plans in the works?

CARVIN WINANS: Oh yeah, Terrance, I’m going to do it all man. We got the single out and it’s doing pretty well right now at radio and the album comes out the 15th of February and so we plan to tour, we plan to do a radio tour, we plan to do everything. I really can’t wait to perform these songs live because I think people will love it even better.

TERRANCE: Is there anything not discussed you would like to share with the readers?

CARVIN WINANS: Well, I just want to say that people always ask about getting in this business because there are very talented people out there in the world and have a gift to do and a lot of times people want to know what the next steps are and I always tell people that you can never give up on your dream. If you feel that you are gifted and God has given gifts to everybody but you have to take that gift and you have to work hard. First, you have to believe in yourself and you can’t let people tear you down because people will tear you down if they can and you have to trust what God has given you and you go for it and you don’t stop until you reach where you feel he’s taken you. So I just tell people to work hard man, trust God and believe and it will come to pass.

Follow Carvin Winans:
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Twitter @carvinwinans

Saturday, October 13, 2018

New Music: Raheem DeVaughn - That Way (Act 1)

Just a week before the release of Raheem DeVaughn’s sixth LP Decade of a Love King, the Grammy-nominated R&B vocalist has issued a new single “That Way (Act 1)”.
“That Way (Act 1)” follows after the previously released singles “Don’t Come Easy” and “What It Feels Like” for which he released the visual to last month.
DeVaughn’s Decade of a Love King album is due October 19th.

New Music: Keith Sweat feat. Candace Price – “Boomerang”, Announces New Album ‘Playing For Keeps’

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R&B Vet Keith Sweat has released the second offering “Boomerang” which features female vocalist Candace Price from his upcoming 13th studio LP Playing for Keeps due October 26th.
“Boomerang” follows after Sweat’s previously released single “How Many Ways” featuring K-Ci.
Playing for Keeps is the follow-up album to Sweat’s 2016 release Dress to Impress and includes 13 original songs with features from Teddy Riley, Tank, Akon, K-Ci, Alkaline and more.
Keith Sweat - 'Playing For Keeps' Album Cover Art
1. "Eenie Meenie Miney Mo" featuring RayFade
2. "Bae Bae"
3. "Cloud 9"
4. "Get Up In It"
5. "Big Ass Lie"
6. "How Many Ways" featuring K-Ci
7. "No Love Loss"
8. "Fuego" featuring Akon, Alkaline & RayFade
9. "Who's Your Daddy" featuring Teddy Riley & Tank
10. "Pull Up"
11. "Red Negligee"
12. "Boomerang" featuring Candace Price
13. "All About You"