THISISRNB EXCLUSIVES

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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Premiere: Get to Know Rising R&B Singer-Songwriter Mike Jay (In The Studio – Part 1)

One of our favorite emerging artists this year is R&B singer/songwriter Mike Jay. After building a reputation as a respected songwriter for many of today’s hottest acts including Mariah Carey, Chris Brown, Ciara and more, the 21-year-old released his debut project ‘The Mike Jay EP‘ this past spring.

Now promoting his first official single “Birthday Suit” the Detroit born, Los Angeles resident is giving fans a chance to get to know him better with a 4-part webisode series. In the first clip, Mike brings viewers into the studio as he talks about his start in music, moving to Atlanta to pursue songwriting with his brother and more.

Start to get to know Mike Jay with his first webisode video above, and check out his hot debut single “Birthday Suit” here.


Mixtape: DJ Chris Styles & ThisisRnB – ‘Fresh Radio’ (July ’14) (Hosted by Adrian Marcel)

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It’s about that time again! July is here and we are bringing you this month’s brand new ‘Fresh Radio‘ mixtape with DJ Chris Styles of Sirius XM’s ‘The Heat,’ and hosted by rising singer/songwriter Adrian Marcel.

The 60 minute live mix features some of the hottest R&B singles climbing the charts and rockin the clubs right now, from the likes of Usher, Trey Songz, Sebastian Mikael, Jhene Aiko and many more. Plus exclusive interlude breaks from Adrian Marcel, who is just coming off a very successful performance at the BET Awards and BET Experience late last month, and is getting ready to officially release his second mixtape ‘Weak After Next.’

Follow the jump to stream and download the mix now!!

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Exclusive: Marsha Ambrosius Performs “Stronger Than Pride” Cover on ThisisRnB Sessions

Earlier this year Marsha Ambrosius gave us a sweet Valentine’s Day treat with her cover of Sade’s 1988 classic “Love Is Stronger Than Pride.” Although she modernized the song with a hip hop based beat, it was the singer-songwriters amazing vocal delivery that gave the cover so much unique, personal feeling.

As she is currently on the promo trail prepping for the release of her much-anticipated sophomore album Friends & Lovers, 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, kicking things off with a soul-stirring acoustic rendition of “Stronger Than Pride.”

One take. Amazing. Watch Now!


Exclusive: Mack Wilds Talks New Vibe Cover, Current Sound of R&B, Being An Actor Turned Singer, His Album & More

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Stepping into the entertainment industry is already a difficult task for any aspiring artist. What’s even more difficult though, is trying to move over from one area to the next. In the past when actors have tried to add singing or rapping to their resumes, it very seldom works out. However, when a talent prevails like Jamie Foxx, Tyrese, Jared Leto, Justin Timberlake, or new school triple threat acts like Zendaya and Trevor Jackson, we often forget that they were even known for acting or singing in the first place.

Somewhat of the same case can be said for famed actor Mack Wilds. Receiving fame in 2006 for his role as Michael Lee in the HBO hit series The Wire, Tristan – who uses Mack as his stage name – has been a well-known actor starring in top productions such as Red Tails and 90210. Now, eight years after the start to his most famous role, the New York native is becoming known for something a little different.

Receiving a Grammy nomination for his debut album New York: A Love Story, Mack Wilds has gained a large amount of critical acclaim for his ability to jump in and out of both sides of the entertainment industry. Truly talented in all arenas, the 24-year-old actor turned singer/rapper turned heads when his debut single, “Own It” hit airwaves in 2013.

Although it’s now just a short year, full album, dope singles and a Vibe Magazine cover later, the singer is taking on many heights in his career and owns it all well. Taking a little time to chat with ThisIsRnB about his current ventures, Mack is ready to take over 2014 and the years to come. Discussing his new Vibe Magazine cover, upcoming music plans, current sound and more, this interview will surely let you in on just who Mack Wilds really is.

Jump into the exclusive interview below:

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