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Exclusive: Anthony Hamilton Performs “Tis The Season” & “Home for the Holidays” Acoustic on ThisisRnB Sessions!

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This fall, Anthony Hamilton released his first ever Christmas album, Home For The Holidays, via RCA Records. The festive LP finds Hamilton crooning his way through some of the season’s most beloved holiday classics with his signature tone, and features six original tracks including, “Spend Christmas With You,” “Coming Home,” “‘Tis The Season,” “Spirit of Love,” “It’s Christmas,” and the title track “Home for the Holidays.”

Hamilton approached the project with the same sophistication and delivery he is respected for, with his past studio albums.

“This album is for the people who really love the holidays and what feelings they bring. For the families that get together and love a good time,” said Anthony. “I feel like some of the things we enjoy most, we can only feel with our hearts. Having an emotional connection to this project was essential because I want my fans to be moved by the music and associate each song with a time where no other feeling mattered but love.”

We recently caught up with the soulful crooner for a special edition of our live acoustic series at StadiumRed Studios in Harlem, New York. For his set, Anthony performed two of the original songs off the album, “Tis The Season,” and the title track “Home for the Holidays.”

Accompanied by his tour pianist and backup singer, Hamilton gracefully performed each song with the class, gritty soulful nuances, and old school precision that he delivers on stages worldwide.

Watch the performances below, and you can pick up his new album on iTunes now!

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Exclusive: Anthony Hamilton Covers Jodeci’s “Freek’n You” on ThisisRnB Sessions!

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With the excitement surrounding Jodeci’s return at the 2014 Soul Train Awards and their upcoming new single, the nostalgia for the Bad Boys of R&B has been running heavy.

So, you can imagine how thrilling it was when Anthony Hamilton agreed to cover their famed hit single “Freek’n You” on ThisisRnB Sessions! We recently caught up with the soulful crooner for a special edition of our live acoustic series at StadiumRed Studios in Harlem, New York. The set, which will be released soon, is in promotion of Hamilton’s brand new Christmas album, Home For The Holidays, which is in stores now!

In addition to performing cuts off the new album, Anthony obliged our requests delivering an incomparable live rendition of one of his all-time favorite R&B classics. Adding his own uniquely gritty, soulful nuances to the Jodeci gem, the fellow North Carolina native reaffirms why he is one of the greatest voices of our time, as if we ever forgot.

Watch his soaring performance below!

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Exclusive: Adrian Marcel Talks Debut Album ‘Got Me F’d Up,’ Influence from Raphael Saadiq

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During our recent chat with rising R&B singer Adrian Marcel we delved in to his forthcoming debut album, which is titled ‘Got Me F’d Up‘ or GMFU for short, due out early 2015 via Republic Records.  After releasing two very impressive free mixtapes, 7 Days of Weak and Weak After Next, the Oakland native has plans to end the year with an EP prior to his full-length album.

While many of his fans felt like his mixtapes were album quality or very close to it, the young singer/songwriter has the bar set much higher for his first LP. In his mind the label “mixtape” keeps listeners with low expectations, but an album is different, and he plans to deliver on that higher expectation with GMFU.

“This album is huge for me because I don’t know if I could get anymore honest. It’s a lot of songs on there keeping up with life and where I am at now and where I see myself,” explained Adrian. “There are insecurities on there, there are proud moments, everything that I’ve been through, it’s all on it.”

Adrian talked about making certain records such as his summer hit “2 AM” to reach a larger audience, and why it’s so important to make a coherent album including records that can work at radio, in the bedroom and for all emotions. “There’s so much that I can do, and I don’t like to put myself in a box. So I enjoy the challenge of finding the commercial, finding the honest, finding the ballads, finding the heartbreak, finding the love, because it’s about putting together a full project.”

Additionally, he spoke about working with his mentor Raphael Saadiq, and his influence over his music, career and life.

Check out the full interview below!

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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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