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Exclusive: Adrian Marcel Talks ‘Weak After Next,’ “2 AM” Success, Being a Father While Pursuing R&B Music Career

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This past summer, rising R&B singer/songwriter Adrian Marcel released his second mixtape ‘Weak After Next‘ and continued to greatly impress a growing fan base with the quality of material he delivers. With a new EP on the way before the end of the year, and his anticipated debut album Got Me F’d Up coming early 2015, ThisisRnB TV caught up with Adrian while he was recently in NYC for a performance.

Always a candid conversation, the Oakland native holds nothing back when we chat, and during our sit-down he opened up about the extended recording process for ‘Weak After Next,’ making sure it was a true follow-up to his breakout 2013 mixtape 7 Days of Weak, and choosing the right songs to give away at this time, while holding some very special ones back for his debut LP.

Adrian claims to be a pretty private person, even though he tends to give quite detailed descriptions of his decisions and thought processes with his work, however on his latest mixtape he revealed, in a special way, that he has a young daughter. We spoke about his choice for sharing that information through an interlude on the mixtape, where she leaves him a touching voicemail, he talked about how she influences his choices, and the life of being a father while pursuing a music career.

In addition to his free music, Adrian has found some commercial success with the popular club/radio single “2 AM,” which was a sound he had not previously released, and surprised some fans. He talked about making that decision and why he needs to make sure he has radio friendly music so his other music has a better chance of being heard by the masses, and how it all comes down to if the feeling is authentic.

Check out the full interview clip below:

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Premiere: Newcomer Kiki Rowe Releases “Be Alright” Music Video

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Many of today’s most prominent and exciting young artists have emerged from outside of the U.S., and our northern neighbors have birthed a large amount of these acts. A brand new name to add to the list of Canada’s rising stars is Kiki Rowe, who will be releasing her self-titled debut album on October 28.

Featuring songs produced by the likes of DJ Mustard and Ivan Barias (of Carvin & Ivan) the 8 song mini album is recommended for fans of smooth, yet powerful ambient R&B a la The Weeknd and Frank Ocean. The album has been preceded by the lead single, “Be Alright,” which instantly intoxicates with its lush production as Kiki professes the power of the love she is willing to give to her man.

“Babe, wait, listen to the words I’m sayin, it seems like me and you be fadin, this ain’t a little game I played in,” she softly coos. The cinematic visual plays off the songs commanding allure and emotion as a camera follows Kiki around the balcony of her building at dawn.

Born Keandra Shan Lal and raised in Mississauga, Kiki’s given name draws origins from the term “inspirational writer.” In addition to songwriting, which draws heavy influences from Usher and Tori Kelly, Kiki is also an accomplished pianist, taking first place in Ontario’s Conservatory of Music for Best Piano Composition in 2009.

Kiki Rowe will be available for free download October 28.

Check out the premiere of her new video below!

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Exclusive: K. Michelle Shares Emotional Conversation with Smokey Robinson

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K. Michelle has accomplished so much in the process of making and releasing her debut album Rebellious Soul, and has been able to meet many of her biggest inspirations. Some of whom have helped her along the way as mentors or just shared their own wisdom and best wishes for her.

During our recent chat with the R&B songstress she shared with us a special story about meeting and speaking with the legendary Smokey Robinson, who happened to be on the same flight as her.

K revealed that she couldn’t hold back the tears during their conversation because Smokey was so understanding, insightful and welcoming to her struggles. He was confident she would one day get married to a good man, and reminded her that the great ones always get into trouble.

On her upcoming sophomore album, K is stepping out of her R&B comfort zone and incorporating other styles of music, which she also spoke about with him.

“He gave me a lot of wisdom on making music from the heart, and I was talking to him about this album, really not being a R&B album, which is really going to be difficult for a lot of people to accept but it’s not a genre based album, it’s a feel-good album,” she said. “I was talking to him about that, and risks are necessary to take, especially if the music isn’t forced and it’s from you.”

Check out the interview clip below:

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Exclusive: K. Michelle Talks New Singles “Love ‘Em All,” “Maybe I Should Call,” Upcoming Sophomore Album, Taking Risks with Her Music

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K. Michelle is one of the most charismatic and boisterous artists that we’ve had in R&B in quite some time. The Memphis native is wasting no time on the follow-up to her debut album Rebellious Soul, which she recently revamped as an inventive TV musical for VH1. While her debut LP hit stores only a year ago, the talented singer/songwriter is putting the finishing touches on her sophomore album, which she has been teasing with the hashtag #AWBAH.

Earlier this month K released the first single from the project, “Love ‘Em All,” which surprised many with it’s rock heavy production, but has been acclaimed and praised by many fans and new listeners for it’s catchy and confident theme.

ThisisRnB TV recently caught up with the R&B songstress for a sit-down interview about her new records, upcoming album and much more. In this clip from our chat K. Michelle talks to us about where she was mentally when creating her new singles, “Love ‘Em All” and “Maybe I Should Call,” the major differences between her upcoming album and her debut, her Country music influence, the album’s unexpected collaborations, and why it was so important to take some risks with her new music and this project.

“I looked around and I was like, ‘why should I be boxed and forced to sing a certain kind of lonely girl I’m so hurt, cuz I’m the little lonely black girl who had to struggle’ [type of song],” said K. Michelle. “Who wants to sing that all their life and be miserable all their life, there’s other sh*t going on other than heartbreak. I was just determined to talk about all those topics and sing ‘em how I felt ‘em, not how people look at my skin tell me how I’m supposed to sing them.”

“If you’re gonna go out, go out with a bang,” she continued. “If the fans get it that’s all that matters.”

Check out the interview below, and stay tuned for her second new single “Maybe I Should Call,” followed by the official video announcement of her new album.

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First Look: Joe – ‘If You Lose Her’ (Video)

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Last week, R&B veteran Joe announced that the official second single off his No. 1 album Bridges, is the powerful and thought-provoking ballad “If You Lose Her.”

A fan favorite off the singers 11th studio album, the single speaks to a man about the consequence of neglect through their own selfish pleasures.

The recently shot music video, helmed by acclaimed director Bille Woodruff, was filmed at the historic Million Dollar Theatre in Los Angeles. The visual features a unique element, with international sand artist Kseniya Simonova creating an elaborate sand story that beautifully depicts the thought provoking lyrics. The sand story is juxtaposed with scenes of Joe performing the emotional ballad to an audience of two lovers facing a crossroads.

“If You Lose Her” is currently the No. 1 Most Added song at Urban AC radio this week. The full music video premieres Monday, September 8 on VH1 Soul and VH1.com.

On September 13 you can catch Joe performing on ‘Verses & Flow‘ at 10pm ET/9c on TV One.

Check out more photos from the video below:

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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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