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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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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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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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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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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: 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!