Thursday, July 19, 2018

New Music: VanJess - ‘Control Me’

Increasing the anticipation for their debut album tomorrow, Silk Canvas, VanJess has released another single "Control Me" off of the project. "Control Me" a sultry bop, exposes another side of the sisters. Jess's deep voice perfectly compliments Ivana's sweet tone to make this track perfectly feel good.

The visuals to compliment the track will be released this month and it stars dancer Nicholas “Slick” Stewart—who just graced the cover of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Everything Is Love cover art.

Their first single “Addicted” has all the makings of a summer anthem. Within a few months, it has already eclipsed 1.1 million Spotify streams and counting.

Stay tuned for the video’s premiere and more soon!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

New Music: Ciara 'Level Up'

After the 2015 release of her sixth studio album Jackie, Grammy-Award Winning singer and songwriter Ciara is officially back on the music scene with her latest single 'Level Up'. Fans have been waiting for new music since she announced last year she signed with Warner Bros. Records. We can always count on CiCi to give us an upbeat summer dance anthem! You can download or stream Ciara's new single 'Level Up' here. Check out the video below! 

"Okay, remember what I told you. Be your own boss, love yourself, get up and dance. Level Up!" 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Interview: Glenn Jones Discuss Regina Belle Duet, Upcoming Album, “Love By Design” Tour & More!

After more than 30 years in the music industry, Grammy-nominated R&B vocalist Glenn Jones is still one of the most sought after live performers today with Top 40 Billboard hits including his signature songs, “We’ve Only Just Begun (The Romance Is Not Over)”, “Here I Go Again”, “Show Me” to name a few. Glenn Jones returns with his latest single “Love By Design” a duet with R&B songstress Regina Belle for his upcoming album of the same name. I caught up with Glenn to discuss new music, his career and career highlights and much more…


TERRANCE: Your new single, “Love By Design” which features Regina Belle is out now. Give me some background on the song and how it came together.

GLENN JONES: “Love By Design” is a song that was written by a friend of mine, his name is James Day. He’s a great writer and has been in the business for quite a while. He sent me this song and I loved it and I immediately thought of Regina Belle and I called her. I’ve known Regina for many years and I worked with her brother Bernard Belle who used to work with Teddy Riley. I sent the song to her and she loved it and so we met, had lunch and talked and we decided to do the song together. We booked some studio time, cut it and it just happened. I love Regina’s performance on it for her tone and the scatting in a jazzy kind of way that she sings through the melodies in the song. It’s a great track, so I’m excited about it and it is the first single release from the album that’s also titled Love By Design. It will be ready in the next few weeks and you can go to any of the digital music sites to download it like Amazon, CDBaby, iTunes, Spotify or any of those places and see for yourself.

TERRANCE: What made you go with Love By Design for the project’s title?

GLENN JONES: Well, down through my career most of my music has been of that content. It’s always been about love. Love between a man and a woman. Love for higher power. Love for humanity period and that’s what I like singing about. I like being in a positive mode and that’s always been easy for me to write about too. I made the transition from Gospel to R&B years ago when I met Norman Connors, so that’s always been my forte and I’ve been consistent with that and that’s what you will hear when you buy the new Glenn Jones CD entitled, Love By Design.

TERRANCE: Are there any other guest features on the album we can look forward to?

GLENN JONES: Another friend of mine Kim Waters is on there, we did a song called, “All In My Heart”. Nick Colionne is featured on another song and he’s a great jazz guitarist. My wife is singing a duet with me and her name is Genobia Jeter-Jones. Dave Hollister is singing background vocals on another one of the songs. I got my niece Y’Anna Crawley who was the 2009 Sunday’s Best winner on there croonin’ and killin’, so it’s just a great collaboration.

TERRANCE: Did you approach this album any differently than you have previous efforts?

GLENN JONES: Well, probably so because with this album I’m spending my own money (laughs). I just approached this from the point of view that I’m doing the kind of record I wanted to do. There’s nobody telling me what kind of project I should have. It’s taken a year and a half or more to finish it, but I’m just happy with the way it came out.

TERRANCE: Reflecting back, what circumstances led you to get your first major record deal with RCA?

GLENN JONES: Well, like I said I had been singing Gospel before that. I had a record deal with a record company called Savoy Records and I did two albums for them and Norman Connors heard my second album and he was getting ready to do another project and he had this song called, “Melancholy Fire” that he needed a male vocalist to do. He heard my Gospel music and loved what he heard and so I flew to D.C. to meet with him and talk about the project and next thing I knew I was on a flight going to LA to do the record with him and once I did that I started touring. “Melancholy Fire” finally came out as the second single from his Take It to the Limit album and when it came out, it hit the charts and started moving up the charts and so next thing I know I had a couple offers and RCA threw an offer at me and I decided to go with them and that’s how it started.

TERRANCE: The industry has changed a great deal since your inception. What’s your take on it at the moment?

GLENN JONES: I mean, there are positives and negatives. The positive side is that artists get to really be free creatively. On the negative side, you have to find ways and different resources to market the music to try to get a shot and bring some visibility to it.

TERRANCE: Thus far what’s been the biggest highlight of your career?

GLENN JONES: There are moments that I’ve enjoyed just admiring certain people that I never thought I would get a chance to work with, so probably when I worked with Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin. I did a song with Dionne called “Finder of Lost Loves” which Burt Bacharach and his wife Carole Bayer Sager wrote and that was the first song Dionne had done with Burt I think about in 11 years. They both wanted me to do the song. I was living in New York and they called my manager and asked if we could have a meeting and so next thing I know I’m on 57th Street going up to the Penthouse. Dionne was there and she was so nice and sweet and that was a great moment. We got a chance to perform the song on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. The song was the theme song for a TV show on ABC called Finder of Lost Loves. Then I started doing some things with Aretha. She started off by bringing me into Detroit with my band to perform for her birthday parties. She always had these big, extravagant birthday parties. From Lou Rawls to Nancy Wilson to whoever you could think of would be there, so I started doing that and I started doing shows with her and performing songs and duets with her. We played Radio City, we did Caesars Palace and I did a Grammys Legend show that paid tribute to her, Johnny Cash, Billy Joel and a bunch of other legendary artists. So those were the moments, it’s been good and I have no complaints.

TERRANCE: Talk about the excitement around your upcoming Love By Design tour and what we can expect.

GLENN JONES: Well, we’re getting geared up for that because it is an independent project, so there are a lot of avenues as you grow, at least for me because I’ve always been on a label and really just putting the marketing plan together for the record so we can be able to tour. We want to go out and tour behind a successful record, so we want to get some nice dates and ride it out.

TERRANCE: Anything else you would like to add?

GLENN JONES: I would just like to encourage everyone to go to the digital music sites and download the new single “Love By Design” by Glenn Jones & Regina Belle and look out for the new album in the next few weeks which is titled Love By Design. I have an Unsung program that’s going to be airing soon. I just want people to know that we’re still doing it so when you hear us coming your way, come out to the show and encourage a friend to come to the show.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

New Music: Estelle - Better

Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Estelle has dropped the second single “Better” from her forthcoming Reggae-inspired fifth album. The Harmony Samuels-produced cut is a mixture of Dancehall and R&B.

“Better” follows after 2017’s “Love Like Ours” which features Jamaican artist Tarrus Riley.

On the album, Estelle adds:
“When I told some friends about doing this album, they were like ‘finally!’ Everyone who knows me, understands the deep connection I have to reggae music.”

Jamar Jones Interview: Patti LaBelle’s signee discuss Debut Album “Fatherless Child”, Touring with Jill Scott & More!

Award-winning Composer, Producer & Pianist, Jamar Jones, who hails from Philadelphia has collaborated alongside some of the great superstar artists in the industry from Usher, Boyz II Men, Patti LaBelle, Robin Thicke, Angie Stone, Musiq Soulchild, Jill Scott to Vickie Winans, Bishop T.D. Jakes to name a few. More recently he received the 2018 ASCAP Award for Top Cable Television Series for The New Edition Story, serving as the underscore composer. I caught up with Jones for an exclusive interview to discuss his debut album, Fatherless Child, getting signed to Patti LaBelle’s imprint label GPE, touring with Jill Scott on her Live In the Moment Tour and much more...


TERRANCE: How did growing up in Philly shape you to who you are today as a musician?

JAMAR JONES: Philadelphia has an incredible music heritage, music legacy. Philadelphia is known for soul music and the fact that I grew up in a place with that kind of music heritage and legacy, that probably had a direct impact on everyone from the music of Gamble & Huff to the Gospel music and Jazz and so on and so forth. We do a little bit of everything there and so it definitely intrigued me I guess into being a well-rounded musician with a world view, but at the same time I’ve always had this thing I call “The Philly Edge”.

TERRANCE: After establishing yourself as a composer and producer for other artists for the past two decades, how does it feel having your own official project, Fatherless Child, out there?

JAMAR JONES: It’s an intense, exciting moment for me personally. Sometimes when you play for other people as you just mentioned, you hide behind what they do, but for the long time I wasn’t certain that my voice mattered and for me to now get to this point in my life when I become not just comfortable with my voice, the message and music that I have means something to people. It was meant to be made, so the only way I can really explain the feeling is it’s intense, but it’s an overwhelming sense of gratitude that I have at the moment and for those who have walked the journey with me and all of those that are going to join on this journey as I go forward.

TERRANCE: The project is on Ms. Patti LaBelle’s imprint label GPE Records. Can you share how you both linked up initially?

JAMAR JONES: Sure. Years ago, maybe about 15 years ago at this point I was asked to do a string arrangement for Patti LaBelle on a song for an album that she was preparing and not only that, but I was able to develop a relationship with her management team at the time and the rest is history. I’ve worked with her in several different venues over the years up to her most recent musical works which was producing Bel Hommage, her Jazz album that came out in 2017. That was her first record release in ten years, so I had that privilege and then we did a Christmas album and now we have this album and then we have some new music that we’re about to start working on too as well. Again, I said about 15 years but it may have been longer because it feels like she’s always been a part of my life. She’s like the mother of Philadelphia.

TERRANCE: Talk about how you came up with the title and was there a theme built upon as you were creating this project?

JAMAR JONES: The title came out of a personal experience that I had where I was just searching for some answers and definition in life and for me as a black man, one of the things we often don’t do is, sometimes we don’t go to therapy or those types of things. I ended up going to therapy and it was in a therapy session where I was led to realize, I never really, really dealt with the underlying emotion that I had from losing my father. Essentially after successfully going through the counseling sessions I decided that I wanted to really not only just have expression to talk about the emotion but really to help others and Fatherless Child is where the title came from. It started off with my life story at the age of 3 years old and then it takes you through a musical biography for me that leads you to where I am now as a man. A Fatherless Child who has become a father in life.

TERRANCE: What did each artist featured on Fatherless Child bring to the project you appreciated?

JAMAR JONES: Great question. Okay, let me talk about my childhood friend Vivian Green. That’s my homegirl man. We actually kind of grew up together and I’m kind of giving you a little backstory on her. The first song I ever co-produced and co-wrote was “Dear God” by Boyz II Men and she also co-wrote that with me, so of course there’s relationship. Viv brings to the project an innocence and of course her amazing vocal skills. She does “Blackbird” originally by The Beatles. It’s a really important lyric to me. Because she really knows me, I’m not a singer, I’m a musician and she actually sing it as if I could sing. That’s exactly how I would sing it. That’s what she brought. Another singer Glenn Lewis brought the passion of the lyric that Montell Jordan wrote on “Searching for Answers”, but he delivered it somewhat like Stevie Wonder. That’s the only way I would like to classify it. I could’ve got Stevie Wonder to do the song and we probably would’ve been having a different discussion, but I got something just as equal to Stevie and again Glenn added passion as if it was me. He took on the same passion as I had about the song. Patti LaBelle brings to the project of course an innocence and what’s unique about the song that she sings which is “Promise” which is written by Tracy Chapman is it’s very opposite of what we’re used to from her. We’re used to her kind of coming in and knocking out people and kicking shoes off (laughs), but “Promise” is really a part of the story where Ms. Pat brings an emotion where only a woman of her maturity could bring to a project like that. One other singer that I featured on the project is Elgin Johnson. He’s a very good friend of mine and I did a Seal remake called “Touch” and Elgin again, amazing vocalist and just like all of the other singers, he translated vocally what I was just trying to tell in my heart, in my spirit and in my mind and soul and you’re probably going to hear more from him in the future as we work on more music. So they all brought the same thing without even directly knowing each other which made this project so incredible.

TERRANCE: If there’s one song on the album that resonates with your current state of mind, what would it be and why?

JAMAR JONES: There’s an instrumental piece called, “Beauty for Ashes” and at the current state of mind, it’s just that life can be filled with ashes, you know? But you gotta take a look at whatever beauty God has given you in spite of those ashes. For me, the piano was given to me so that’s the beauty amongst the ashes. I have an amazing wife who is in the military Sergeant Alicia Jones and she’s the beauty for the ashes. I love her. I’ve been blessed with three incredible kids. So for every negative experience that I’ve gone through that’s definitely my current state of mind. I’m trying to recognize all of the beauty like the fact I get to be talking to Terrance right now from RnB Junkie, that’s the “Beauty for Ashes”, you know what I mean? That’s my state of mind.

TERRANCE: You’re currently on the road with Jill Scott for her Live in the Moment tour. Talk about the role you play in the show.

JAMAR JONES: With Jill, I’m in her band which I’ve been on and off for probably the last 12 or 13 years or so. I play keys primarily but when we talk about the ‘Live In the Moment’ tour we actually have all been given a very specific position inside of what she’s trying to do musically. I think my position comes somewhere between providing minstrelsy and therapy from the keys, so every night at the end of the show there’s about a five to seven minute space where I get to take the audience on whatever so journey I so choose and whatever I’m feeling in the moment and that kind of prepares her and prepares us for “He Loves Me”. It’s been an incredible experience because I think in that moment in some way I provide some type of therapy for people and a release. The response has been overwhelming, so much so that I’ve had hundreds of people wanting to meet with me after the show. It’s been an incredible experience and moment.

TERRANCE: What do you hope listeners take away from the Fatherless Child experience?

JAMAR JONES: I hope that they take away an enlightenment. I hope that they take away understanding I guess the power and nature of emotional expression. I hope that they take away the fact that we need piano’s and not prison for our children. I hope that it leads to people recognizing that even though we might not all have the same experience, we all experience the same emotion and if you were in an emotional prison then there is hope. You can go somewhere and get help. Those are my main takeaways from this one.

TERRANCE: Any final words you would like to share with the readers about yourself or your music?

JAMAR JONES: Well, something that people should know is that I have an incredible interest in sharing with those that were like me that didn’t have. I teach Music at University of Texas at Arlington, so I’m like a College Professor and at the same time I grew up in Church, so I’m still heavily involved in Church. In terms of the music itself, when you listen to the music, please listen to it with an open mind. Every song on there at some point in time I’m going to talk about I guess what it means and where it came from and really kind of tell the story of the music even as it evolves and how we evolve and how we grow. I think Fatherless Child represents the fact there’s a child in all of us that’s yearning and seeking expression.  

Fatherless Child is available on all physical and digital platforms where music is purchased.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Deborah Cox’s Top 10 Best Songs Presented by RnBJunkieOfficial

In honor of Grammy-nominated singer and Broadway actress Deborah Cox birthday today, @RnBJunkieOfficial has compiled her top 10 songs in our latest edition of Top 10 Best songs. As one of the premiere voices in Contemporary music, Deborah Cox has racked up 13 #1 Dance hits including her 2017 single, “Let the World Be Ours Tonight”.


This standout remix collaboration was issued as the second single from Cox’ third album, The Morning After.


A standout power ballad that’s often overlooked from Cox’s self-titled debut album.


Produced by DJ Kay Gee of Naughty by Nature fame, this highly underrated cut was released as the second single from Cox’s sophomore album, One Wish.


This upbeat but powerful message theme song was released as the second single from Cox’s fifth studio album, The Promise.


From the Money Talks Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The original version of this song is often overlooked and standout as one of Cox’s greatest songs on record.


This Dallas Austin-produced song was released as the lead single from Cox’s self-titled debut album. It became a top 5 R&B hit peaking at No. 4.


Cox teamed up with legendary and Pop icon Whitney Houston for Whitney’s first-ever compilation album, Whitney: The Greatest Hits. While the song was released as a radio-only single and no video was made, it managed to peak at No. 14 on the R&B chart and No. 4 on the Dance chart.


This groovy uptempo standout cut was released as the second single from Cox’s self-titled debut album, becoming the first of 13 No. 1 Dance hits throughout her career.


Released as the third single from One Wish in the Fall of 1999, Cox’s dynamic signature duet with R.L. held the No. 1 spot on the R&B chart for two-weeks and became a top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit at No. 8.


Deborah Cox’s breakthrough single from her sophomore album One Wish. This song further solidified her as one of the greatest vocal powerhouses of our time. Peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100’s chart where it stayed for 8-weeks and topped the R&B and Dance charts respectively and drove the single to Platinum-status.


“Hurt So Much”
“Absolutely Not”
“More Than I Knew”
“I Never Knew”
“Did You Ever Love Me”
“It Could’ve Been You”
“The Sound of My Tears”

New Album: Jade Novah - All Blue

Rising singer, actress and social influencer Jade Novah has released her full-length debut album, All Blue. In addition, she has released the visual to her latest single, “Intuition”.

“Intuition” follows after “Next to You” and the title track, “All Blue”, which has nearly amassed 1 million streams and graced the popular Spotify playlist #ListenToBlackWomen.

Known for her blockbuster vocals, sizzling screen presence, and upbeat influence online, Jade’s cumulative views exceed 40 million across a combination of covers, sketches, and original tunes, while social following surpasses 750,000 fans. Everybody from Good Morning America and BuzzFeed to Rolling Stone, Essence, and Ebony has touted her talents. However, fans get to know her like never before on All Blue.