Posts Tagged ‘bj the chicago kid’

Listen: Producer Salaam Remi Releases 3 New Songs with BJ The Chicago Kid, Elle Varner & Mack Wilds


Legendary producer Salaam Remi has announced a new platform in which he will release special projects under his Louder Than Life label. Called ‘Do It For The Culture’ the program appears to be a unit in which he will debut new music and full projects from new artists that he has signed or is working with.

It has been said that he plans to release 50 songs every few months over the next few years. The current release features new, original music from new groups and artists including NO PANTY (Nitty Scott, Bodega Bamz, Joell Ortiz), The Champagne Flutes, Sex All Summer, and Miraa May; as well as new records from BJ The Chicago Kid, Elle Varner, and Mack Wilds.

Take a listen to the new records by BJ, Elle, and Mack below.

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Brandy, Bobby Brown, Teddy Riley, Dru Hill, Anderson .Paak, BJ The Chicago Kid, Ro James & More Bring Soulful Performances to 2016 Soul Train Awards

Teddy Riley, Bobby Brown

The 2016 SOUL TRAIN AWARDS took place on Sunday night (Nov. 6) at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The godmother of soul, Erykah Badu, returned to the stage as host with her eccentric humor and legendary style. The annual event honoring the best in soul and R&B music featured moving performances by Brandy, Anderson .Paak, Bobby Brown, D.R.A.M. MA$E, DRU HILL, Doug E Fresh, India Arie, BJ The Chicago Kid, Guy, Candice Boyd, Carl Thomas, Eric Benét, MAJOR., Ro James, Tito Jackson, V. Bozeman, Wreckx-n-Effect, and Yuna.

GRAMMY award-winning, multi-platinum singer Brandy was presented with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, while multi-platinum and three-time GRAMMY award-winning producer, singer and songwriter Teddy Riley was honored with the night’s highly coveted Legend Award.

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Exclusive: BJ The Chicago Kid Performs in Paris at Les Étoiles


Chi-town in Paris.

BJ The Chicago Kid brought his captivating, soul-stirring talents to the city of love on Monday night (Oct. 3), with a very intimate performance at Les Étoiles Theater in Paris.

Backed by just a single guitar player, and his DJ, the Motown Records singer/songwriter treated French fans to his talents front and center with a noteworthy set that included singles and favorites off his debut album In My Mind.

Rocking a white long-sleeve t-shirt with the words ‘Gang Unity’ down the sleeve and a colorful head scarf, the crooner performed cuts such as “Turnin Me Up,” “Church,” “Resume,” “Love Inside” and more.

BJ continues his European tour this week in Munich, Brussels and more. Check out our exclusive, must-see photos below.

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Fantasia, Joe, BJ The Chicago Kid & More Perform at Triumph Awards


On Sunday night (Sept. 18), Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network along with TV One presented the 2016 Triumph Awards at the Tabernacle Concert Hall in Atlanta. Hosted by actress and philanthropist Tichina Arnold, the Triumph Awards recognizes distinguished individuals and corporations in civil rights, the arts, entertainment, education, business and sports. The show was taped in front of a live audience and will air Sunday, October 2 at 7PM and 9PM ET on TV One.

Performers included Fantasia, Joe, BJ The Chicago Kid, Eric Benét, V. Bozeman, gospel artist Jekalyn Carr, Nick Cannon, the James Brown Academy of Music Pupils, Juan and Deborah Joy Winans, and more.

Larenz Tate presented the “Triumphant Man of the Year” award to Jermaine Dupri; The “Triumphant Woman of the Year” went to FedEx executive Gina F. Adams, who was introduced by legendary singer Dionne Warwick; actor and recording artist Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins was on hand to present the “President’s Award for Service and Humanitarian Efforts” to Sean “Diddy” Combs (who was not in attendance); Tim Murphy of Mastercard accepted the honor of “Corporate Partner of the Year Award;” and the final award of the evening was the “Activism in the Arts Award” presented to Spike Lee by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Vietta Johnson, President of Spelman College Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell and actress Teyonah Parris.

Check out the photos below.

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BJ The Chicago Kid & Anderson .Paak Cover VIBE Magazine

BJ & Anderson VIBE Cover

The times they are a changin’…

For the better too. Making a statement with their brand new issue, VIBE magazine features buzzing soul singer BJ The Chicago Kid and breakout multi-talent Anderson .Paak on their August 2016 cover.

During their featurette interviews, both artists delve into their past, lengthy musical journeys, state of mainstream music today, and much more.

“You cannot have black music without something soulful in it, whether it’s lyrically, how it’s performed or how it’s expressed,” BJ said. “That’s what we do. People run from that. I run to it. I don’t know what neo-soul is. You can’t call something that’s old ‘retro’ and still old. No, n***a, it’s old. Don’t strip it from its value.”

In addition to BJ and Paak, the cover also gives some shine to Ro James, claiming the New York based singer “is next.”

Check out their photo shoots below, and read the full cover stories here and here.

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Anderson .Paak Releases Medley Video for “The Season / Carry Me” & “The Waters” feat. BJ The Chicago Kid


Most artists are content with dropping just a single music video for individual songs. Leave it to Anderson .Paak to drop a three-in-one set of visuals in his latest release.

The 2016 R&B Rookie of the Year in the making, brings together “The Season / Carry Me” and “The Waters,” from his critically acclaimed sophomore album Malibu, in a brand new music video, which merges the three songs yet also tells a very clever narrative.

Co-directed by Paak himself and Chris Le, the visuals use a sort of clip art/collage effect, depicting Paak waking up in his house and initially going through a variety of odd jobs, from farming, to serving food in a soup kitchen – “Hell’s Kitchen,” at that, complete with demonic figures – to even being a security guard. But then Anderson falls into a dream sequence whereby he runs into the Timan Family baptizing others and engaging in praise and worship by the water. When Paak himself decides to be baptized, he’s taken over by “The Waters” and briefly joined by BJ The Chicago Kid as he’s submerged. It’s an artsy, creative set of visuals – one that matches the equally artsy, outside-of-the-box singer perfectly.

Watch the “Malibu Medley” video for Anderson .Paak’s “The Season/Carry Me/The Waters” down below. Paak’s Malibu album is currently out now.

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PressPlay: Motown x ThisisRnB: ‘The New Definition of Soul’ (Playlist)

Motown x ThisisRnB Cover

Good morn or evening friends / Here’s your friendly announcer / I have serious news to pass on to everybody / What I’m about to say, could mean the world’s disaster / Could change your joy and laughter to tears and pain / It’s that, love’s in need of love today / Don’t delay, send yours in right away / Hate’s goin’ round, breaking many hearts / Stop it please, before it’s gone too far.”

The opening lyrics from Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s In Need of Love Today,” off his classic album, Songs In The Key of Life, are just as poignant today as they were in 1976. The iconic singer/songwriter/musician has given us enough timeless music to last his life, and many more to come. That album is only one classic from the vast catalog created by Motown Records, since it’s inception in 1959 (originally as Tamla Records). The famed and legendary label, launched by Berry Gordy, has more than left its mark on music forever. Whether you grew up listening to the many hits and legendary artists who came out of Motown, or to any of the younger generations who have been inspired by those artists, the label has been in all of our lives.

Still thriving today as a hub for great R&B and Soul music, the label continues to discover, nurture, and bring to the world outstanding musical talent. With the intention to continue its legacy in today’s era, the label has been building a new roster of artists that they feel embody the authenticity, creativity, and raw artistry that helped create and sustain the Motown name. A roster that already includes such names as Erykah Badu, Ne-Yo, and Kem, to breakout singer/songwriter BJ The Chicago Kid, and exciting newcomers like Jadagrace, Sebastian Kole, JMSDVS, Malachiae, Mila J, Kevin Ross and more!

We recently teamed up with Motown on this idea, and we are honored to continue working with the iconic label to help spread the word about their newest roster of artists. For your listening pleasure, we have curated a brand new playlist, of some of the latest singles and standout releases, by the new Motown – The New Definition of Soul.

Stream the playlist below via Spotify or YouTube.

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Watch: BJ The Chicago Kid Performs on ‘1 Mic 1 Take’ Live at Capitol Studios


Alright BJ, ALRIGHT!

Soulful crooner BJ The Chicago Kid recently performed a special, intimate session at Capitol Records studio for their dope “1 Mic 1 Take” series. Recorded for audio and video, the Motown Records star has now shared the first two clips, of his outstanding performance, with stripped down versions of singles, “Turnin’ Me Up” and “Woman’s World.”

Delving right into the groovy gems, off his stellar Motown Records debut, In My Mind, the Chi-Town native and his band got the vibe feelin’ oh so right.

You don’t want to miss this one. Check it out below, along with the full 3-song session via Spotify.

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