THISISRNB EXCLUSIVES

Exclusive: Goapele Performs New Single “Hey Boy” on ThisisRnB Sessions

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Soulful songstress Goapele will be returning to our speakers this year with her brand new album Strong As Glass. The singers fifth studio effort has been preceded by the fun and flirty single “Hey Boy,” and promises to be a slight departure from her often mellow soul sound.

As fans of the Oakland native, we were blessed by Goapele’s presence during her recent promo trip to NYC. Being the latest artist to perform for our ThisisRnB Sessions series, the “Milk & Honey” singer awed us with her grace and beauty.

Joining us at Stadiumred Studios in Harlem, Goapele performed a two-song set opening with an a cappella rendition of the classic Jazz standard “At Last,” famously sung by Etta James (see it here). For her second song Goapele let loose showing off some of her fun and playful side as she sang “Hey Boy” set to the funky instrumental.  Even over the track the singer delivered a stunning vocal and made us feel like we were right there when she recorded the song.

Check out her performance below, and stay tuned for more from her upcoming album due out this fall!

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Exclusive: Goapele Performs “At Last” Acappella on ThisisRnB Sessions

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Soulful songstress Goapele will be returning to our speakers this year with her brand new album Strong As Glass.  The singers fifth studio effort has been preceded by the fun and flirty single “Hey Boy,” and promises to be a slight departure from her often mellow soul sound.

As fans of the Oakland native, we were blessed by Goapele’s presence during her recent promo trip to NYC. Being the latest artist to perform for our ThisisRnB Sessions series, the “Milk & Honey” singer awed us with her grace and beauty.

Joining us at Stadiumred Studios in Harlem, Goapele performed a two-song set opening with an a cappella rendition of the classic Jazz standard “At Last,” famously sung by Etta James. Delivering a stunning rendition of the timeless song, Goapele’s dreamy vocal and playful demeanor made for a delightful musical moment.

Check out the visual below and stay tuned for more!

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Premiere: H-Town Release New Single “Green Light”

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R&B Group H-Town is back with their brand new single, and ladies they are asking you for the “Green Light” to take you down!!!

Sticking to their signature sound. GI and Shazam croon emoting a soulfulness that only H-Town could, and they have given us another bedroom boom! The song begins with a snippet of H Town’s “They Like It Slow” and closes with Shazam hitting his infamous high notes.

H-Town burst onto the scene in 1993 with their hit “Knockin’ Da Boots” off their debut album Fever for Da Flavor. The hit is a classic and staple in the R&B genre. In ’93 the evolution of Rhythm and Blues was altered slightly with the introduction of H-Town and especially their lead singer the late Dino Conner’s gritty soulful vocals, unique runs and adlibs as well as Shazam’s soul, perfect falsetto and range, and G.I.’s silky vocals. Hit after hit, the group produced Emotions, Thin Line Between Love & Hate, Part Time Lover, Natural Women, They Like It Slow and more. The iconic R&B group has maintained a powerful presence in the R&B scene for nearly two decades.

Now, H-Town is BACK!!! They have joined independent record label, The Spectra Music Group, to release their upcoming album Child Support. “GREEN LIGHT” will be available on iTunes on Sept.9.

Take a listen to the exclusive premiere below!

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Exclusive: DJ Mustard Talks R&B Influences, Favorite Artists, Impact of His Music

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Brisk Iced Tea recently brought their Brisk Bodega summer music series to New York City. The special event, held at The Music Hall of Williamsburg, included performances from Roc Nation recording artist and producer DJ Mustard along with Bodega Bamz, Deniro Farrar and DJ Mode. The New York event was the third stop of the Brisk Bodega summer music series, which includes a six-city tour featuring up-and-coming and established talent, curated by Mustard.

ThisisRnB TV caught up with the hitmaking producer prior to his set to talk about the influence R&B has had on him and his music. The L.A. native shared his favorite R&B artists of the moment, some of his favorite records and artists from the past, how his sound is impacting R&B and today’s music in general, and who he is feeling from New York right now.

DJ Mustard will be releasing his debut album 10 Summers on August 12 via Google Play, and it will be available at all digital retailers worldwide on August 26. The 12 track project includes features from Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Jeezy, YG, Ty Dolla $ign, TeeFlii, Eric Bellinger and many more.

Check out our exclusive interview now below:

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Premiere: TIAAN Performs “Dive Deep” Live In-Studio (Video)

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Earlier this month emerging Australian bred singer-songwriter TIAAN made her debut on the site with “Devil’s Touch,” and now she is bringing you the premiere of her in-studio performance video for “Dive Deep.”

Filmed and recorded at an unnamed studio in Los Angeles, with a mood set for sensual mystery, TIAAN and her band effortlessly deliver a memorable performance of the mesmerizing song.

“Into the dust and into the danger, we can dive, we can dive,” she softly sings over the driving electric guitar.

Check out TIAAN’s performance video below, and listen to her self-titled EP on Spotify now.

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Premiere: Listen to George Tandy Jr.’s New Song “Alone”

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Rising R&B crooner George Tandy Jr. made history when his debut single “March” reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Adult R&B chart, being the first independent artist to ever do so on that chart.

Now, getting ready to release his debut album The Foundation on July 29, via RedStar/Republic Records, the multi-talented artist is giving fans and new listeners a taste of the album with the brand new song “Alone.”

Over soft infectious keys, Tandy lights up the track vocally while singing about the struggle of dealing with separating and finding the strength to be by yourself again.

“This is really hard to unravel, and it’s almost hard to believe / That with all these roads untraveled, and it’s just my shadow and me,” he sings on the heartfelt ballad.

Tandy’s second single “Jaded” is on iTunes now. He is currently on the road touring in anticipation of his album release.

Take a listen to the premiere of “Alone” below!

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Exclusive: Marsha Ambrosius Performs “Run” & “So Good” Acoustic on ThisisRnB Sessions

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Marsha Ambrosius has finally answered her martians prayers with the release of her much-anticipated sophomore album Friends & Lovers, which is in stores today!

While doing promo for the release in NYC, Marsha blessed us as the latest artist to perform for ThisisRnB Sessions. Seated at the grand piano in StadiumRed Studios, the British songstress performed an incredible three-song set. Following her soul-stirring acoustic rendition of “Stronger Than Pride,” Marsha so swiftly transitioned into the LP’s lead single “Run,” as she had us hanging on every word with her beautiful acoustic rendition. Lastly she closed with “So Good,” which is the first full song on the new album, and if any of you have already heard it, than you already know this is a must-see performance.

Each song she delivered effortlessly in one take, and those notes…whewww…she’s got notes for days!

Watch Marsha’s acoustic performance of “Run” and “So Good” now below:

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Exclusive: Verse Simmonds Talks Chris Brown’s New Album X, Journey To Writing Fame, State of R&B and More!

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Being an artist in the industry isn’t the only thing that makes you a celebrity nowadays. In the past, songwriters and producers were seldom mentioned to the outside public and it was left up to the singers to make the creation gain popularity. Now, producers and songwriters have stepped from behind the scene and in some cases, have become even more popular than the artist who performs the song. Take those like The-Dream, Pharrell and DJ Mustard. Although each one is now an artist on their own, they all got their careers started behind the scenes and grew to become some of the industry’s most sought after writers and producers.

The same story has become the case for famed songwriter, Verse Simmonds. With credits ranging from R.Kelly and Rihanna to now penning three of Chris Brown’s current releases off of his anticipated upcoming album X, Verse is clearly making his name in the game as like his predecessors. Many might remember Verse from his 2009 club hit, “Buy You A Round (Up and Down),” but it was in 2011 that his fame skyrocketed with the single, “Boo Thang” featuring Kelly Rowland.

Now, three years after his biggest hit, the singer-songwriter-producer is stepping from behind the scenes again to chat with ThisIsRnB. Discussing his current success with singles for Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Usher, the impressive artist let us in on just where he thinks R&B is now and is going next, his personal artistry, and just what Verse Simmonds has to offer for R&B fans everywhere.

Get into the interview below!

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