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Exclusive: Sevyn Streeter Live at Essence Festival 2015

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Sevyn Streeter returned to New Orleans this past July 4th weekend to perform at ESSENCE Music Festival for the second year in a row. Following a commanding performance at the “Hot Right Now” Superlounge, we caught up with the singer/songwriter for a quick backstage interview.

Always fun to chat with, Sevyn shared why she loves the Essence experience so much, and what fans can expect from her upcoming EP ‘Should Been There,’ due out July 17. Additionally she told us what song – past or present – does she wish she wrote and why, plus she shared her dream team all-star collaboration.

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Exclusive: Adrian Marcel Live at Essence Festival 2015

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Adrian Marcel traveled down to New Orleans this past July 4th weekend to perform for the first time at the 21st annual ESSENCE Music Festival. Following a noteworthy performance at the “Hot Right Now” Superlounge, we caught up with the R&B singer for a quick backstage interview.

Always open and honest, Adrian spoke with us about how he stays so humble and true to himself, he talked about the creation of his latest project ‘Weak After Next: Reloaded,’ and shared which song he wishes was made an official single off his debut mixtape ‘7 Days of Weak.’ Additionally, while he wouldn’t reveal too much, Adrian gave us a little info on what fans can expect from his upcoming single produced by Ayo The Producer.

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Exclusive: Elle Varner Live at Essence Festival 2015

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Elle Varner returned to New Orleans this past July 4th weekend to perform at ESSENCE Music Festival for the second year in a row. Following a commanding performance at the “Now Playing” Superlounge, we caught up with the songstress for a quick backstage interview.

Quirky and fun-spirited as always, Elle had plenty to tell us about how fans are embracing her new music, the sounds and styles of her anticipated sophomore album ‘4 Letter Word,’ which she is very eager to release, and she hinted at a big collaboration she has coming up. Speaking about collabos the singer/songwriter revealed who she is and wants to work with still on the project, and shared her dream all-star collaboration.

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Exclusive: Teedra Moses Live at Essence Festival 2015

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Teedra Moses returned to her hometown of New Orleans this past July 4th weekend for the annual ESSENCE Music Festival. Following an outstanding performance at the “Soul of R&B” Superlounge, we caught up with the self-proclaimed Lioness for a brief backstage interview.

After over a decade since the release of her acclaimed debut album, the underground favorite will be releasing her much-anticipated sophomore album, Cognac & Conversation on August 7. While admitting that it’s always hard to choose one, Teedra shared with us details about her current favorite song off the forthcoming album. She also told us which new R&B artist is really inspiring her right now, how she stays so driven after all these years, and who her ideal dream team all-star collaboration would be.

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Exclusive: Eric Bellinger Talks New Album ‘Cuffing Season,’ Making Modern Love Music Inspired by Real Life

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Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Eric Bellinger is prepping for the release of his anticipated new album Cuffing Season, now due out July 17 via YFS/300 Entertainment. The album features Boosie, Tank, T Boz, 2 Chainz, Mya and more, with production by Ayo, Bam, D Mile, DJ Mustard, Tommy Brown and more.

While he was visiting New York City recently we caught up with the R&B hitmaker for an exclusive interview at a bungalow in Spotify’s NYC office to talk about the new album, his personal life, and how the two are so closely intertwined.

“Each project was my life through music,” explained Eric while talking about the progression between his last album The ReBirth, prelude mixtape ‘Choose Up Season,’ and the forthcoming Cuffing Season album. Eric breaks down the transition musically and in his personal life, explaining how using those personal moments turned into the best way to promote the new album, and celebrate a lifestyle dedicated to a monogamous relationship.

“I could have been here, I could have been there, I could have been with that person, but love made me do it,” he says referencing the song “Love Made Me Do It.” A title that is so amply suited for the album’s theme, which is a trend throughout the tracklisting. Going further he gives us details on some of the features on the project, including the Boosie-assisted “You Can Have The Hoes,” the TLC inspired “Creep” which features none other than T-Boz herself, and the Tank-asssisted “Turn Down For You.”

Eric has coined himself the “King Cuffer” and he is proud to wear the title and persona with the intent to inspire the culture and young generations to be devoted to whomever they choose to love.

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Exclusive: Jazmine Sullivan Performs “Stupid Girls” and “Masterpiece” Acoustic on ThisisRnB Sessions!

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The return of Jazmine Sullivan has been the early highlight of the year.  Releasing her much-anticipated third studio album Reality Show last month, the R&B vocalist delivered what will easily be one of the best albums of the year, and continues to show why she is herald as one of the premiere voices of today.

For our latest ThisisRnB Sessions we were blessed by the Philly native with an incredible acoustic set.  Joining us at Stadiumred Studios in Harlem, Jazmine focused on two of her favorite cuts from the album; “Stupid Girls” and “Masterpiece (Mona Lisa).”

Backed by only an acoustic guitar the 27-year-old belted out each tune with the poise, charisma and hair raising vocals that make her such a special artist.

Another soul stirring set, which should not be missed! Check out her performance below, and pick up Reality Show in stores or on iTunes now.

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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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