In an era of declining songwriting skills and auto tune crooning R. Kelly embodies the best traditions of American music as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. He uses classic materials to create music as contemporary as Siri’s iPhone voice. Despite selling millions of recordings and writing classic songs for himself and many others, this Chicago based singer-songwriter continues to push his art forward with Write Me Back, a dynamic twelve song collection that is part of his extraordinary 2012 -- The Year of the R.
Along with his remarkable new album, R. Kelly is publishing his first memoir, Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, and signed with the IFC Channel to add chapters to his innovative hip hop opera Trapped in the Closet, which was an early 21st century cultural phenomenon.
Write Me Back continues the homage to classic soul/R&B that distinguished 2010’s critically acclaimed Love Letter. But where that album celebrates the music of the ‘50s and ‘60s, this has a wider collection of musical inspirations, going to sounds that echo Ray Charles, while evoking the passionate magic of Teddy Pendergrass, Barry White and Michael Jackson among many others. The content and the title of this new recording were definitely inspired by the triumph of the previous album.
The songs on Write Me Back do not simply pay homage to older styles, but evoke a myriad of influences at the same time and in the process create something pleasing and new. “I have many directions I still wanna go in musically,” he says of where he is creatively. “This just happened to be a direction I choose for now because the first album did so well people started asking me if I was gonna be doing any other songs like that.. Through those questions I found a second wind of inspiration in the area of doing the classic R&B type of songs.”
Tonight's Topic: After The Death Of Rodney King..Why Can't We Still Get Along?
This is the twentieth Anniversary of the LA Riots and black on black crime is still prevalent in many black communities. Police brutalities still exist and black genocide among our nation’s young black men is happening every day. Rodney King's recent passing coinciding with the twentieth anniversary of the riots and his words that still ring “Can’t we all just get along?” What is the answer to this question? Join us Live in the Vocal Booth for this hot topic. Jump in the live chat or call in 646-233-1302. Bks1 Radio, where your voice matters.
Why do men seem to abandon all their sensibility for a beautiful woman? Do beautiful woman instinctively use their looks as leverage when going after a man or a job? What is it about the outside that can be so appealing that many men will not bother to peel back the layers to see what lies beneath the beauty? How much is beauty worth and does beauty equal power for those that possess it? Join the beautiful Ladies of Only Women Wear High Heels on www.bks1radio.com as we discuss beauty as a weapon tonight on the OWWHH Show.
Tonight’s male perspective: Gaetan aka Apex Founder of "The Industry's Alternative" (TIA) and The Industry's Alternative Showcase Franchise
TIA showcase franchise throws some of the biggest music industry events in NJ & NYC. Apex company will host " The 1st Annual Meet The Music Industry Taste-Makers Convention an event that will highlight the main Taste-makers in the music industry that play an instrumental part to the success and viral visibility of musicians, producers, and more! Tune in and get the information you need to move your music career to the next level.
Chris Brown (born Christopher Maurice Brown; May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer and actor. Born in Tappahannock, Virginia, Brown taught himself to sing and dance at a young age and was involved in his church choir and several local talent shows. In 2004, he signed with Jive Records, and released his self-titled debut album the following year. The album peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, and featured the hit single "Run It!", which topped the Billboard Hot 100, making Brown the first male artist as a lead to have his debut single top the chart since Diddy in 1997. Chris Brown was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
In this day and age, maintaining one's virginity until marriage is a foreign concept. Why do we consider people who decide to keep their sexuality sacred taboo? You may be surprised to find out the number of Americans that are still virgins. Are there any reasons outside of religious choices to maintain a sexless lifestyle? How much does the media encourage or pressure people into having sex? Let's discuss the pluses and minuses of being a virgin tonight on "Live in the Vocal Booth".
Special Guests:The Ultimate Power Couple, Robert & Nicola Jackson
"If you dream it, you can achieve it!" That's the motto of one of Atlanta's most admired power couples, Robert and Nicola Jackson.
Both serial entrepreneurs, the Jacksons each have more than two decades of entrepreneurial experience. Together, they lead a multi-million dollar sales force of over 200,000 in more than 30 countries world-wide.
They are leaders in the health and wellness industry and together hold the coveted position of Platinum President, in one of the fastest growing health and wellness companies in the world, Ardyss International. Robert also runs a successful contracting company while Nicola is a licensed real estate agent and investor. She also owns a successful hair line, Nikki J Hair Collection and is author of the book, “Inside the Millionaire’s Vault”.
Challenges and obstacles don't hold this couple back, they only make them stronger. In addition to running their successful companies, they are also parents of 4 sons, one of whom has Cerebral Palsy. This has fueled their passion for and commitment to the cause to find a cure for this debilitating disease through research. Robert and Nicola also participate in numerous community and charitable events, offering support and empowerment to other families who have children with disabilities. Stars on the BET Centric hit reality series, Amateur Millionaires Club, Robert and Nicola hold true to their Christian faith, putting God first in every area of their lives. Using kingdom values and principles, they share with millions of people around the nation how to manage a household, maintain a strong marriage and create a multi-million dollar empire.
The Jacksons have won many awards and have been featured in several national publications including Success From Home Magazine. Nicola has also been featured in Sister to Sister Magazine and Essence Online. She was the Chozen Awards 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year and was selected to be a part of the 2012 planning committee for former Mayor of Atlanta and Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young's 80th Birthday Celebration. Currently the couple travels the world speaking to thousands on how to be successful entrepreneurs. They are also being featured as the Power Couple Honorees at the Texas Women’s Empowerment Foundation’s (TWEF) 2012 Annual Leadership Conference.
Alicia Keys’ artistic light is so bright it could illuminate a pitch-black room. A true musical prodigy whose multi-dimensional gifts emerged at age five, the beautiful Alicia will soon take modern R&B soul to a whole new level at the tender age of nineteen.
Born aware of her old soul yet living in New York’s inner city amidst the dominance of Biggie and Jay Z, Alicia’s natural talents blossomed into a rare mix of hip-hop flavor and insightful, wise-beyond-her-years songwriting. Coupling this with the singer’s spine-tingling vocal power, positively stirring live performances and expertise as a classically trained pianist, Alicia Keys could be this generation’s Roberta Flack.
Highly sought-after by record labels that held good, old-fashioned bidding wars in her honor, Alicia signed to Arista Records in 1998. There, in the spirit of a genius like D’Angelo or Prince, she continued the process of writing, producing and recording the debut she’d begun penning at age 14.
In late 1999, Alicia followed Clive Davis to his new J Records where she continues to chart her arrival to the music world. Creations now rising out of the studio show signs of both a critical and commercial monster - a deep, melodic, soulful gem of an album that showcases Alicia in all her universal glory. Though most of the album- including the luminous "Fallin'" and the moving "Troubles" - was written and produced by Alicia Keys, the artist collaborates with Jermaine Dupri on "Girlfriend" and with Isaac Hayes on "Rock Wit U" from the Shaft soundtrack. Her debut album, Songs in A Minor, is set for release on J Records in late June.
Born and raised in Manhattan, the stunning, bi-racial Alicia Keys recognizes a number of influences including her ultra-supportive mother who told her "You can quit anything else but you can never give up on your piano lessons." Alicia also sites a teacher at the Professional Performance Arts School in Manhattan who, while she was majoring in Choir, gave her valuable instruction on her voice. "This teacher spent so much time with me, she became the closest thing to vocal training I received," Alicia recalls.
Tonight’s Topic: "IT TAKES 2 TO TANGO, BUT WHAT IF.....1 DOESN'T WANT TO DANCE?"
You think all is well, come home from work and your spouse says they want a divorce. How do you handle it? What do you do? What about the kids? What happened to "for better or worse" What do you do if you are the spouse that still is in love like you were the first time you met your better half? It's so easy to fall out of love but to have it leave you isn't so easy.
Tonight the Vocal Booth team tackles the topic of divorce from the person who never saw it coming, also we have in studio the actors and actresses of the independent film "NO SURRENDER" Join us in the chat or call in at 646 233 1302 to share your feeling about divorce or share your story whether good or bad tonight at 10 pm est LIVE IN THE VOCAL BOOTH!
Special Guests: Cast of Independent Film No Surrender
This is a story about a man(Jay) and his wife (Simone)and how even before they got married there were signs of a selfish mentally, but blinded by their love they proceeded to get married and hopes things would change, but as time went on things got worse. Consulting with their family and friends every time a situation occurs didn’t make things any better. Jay best friend is (Terrance aka T) and Simone best friend is her (mother) struggling the first couple of years of marriage they realize they had to make a change and with them having no real example of how a happy marriage looked.
They took it upon themselves to find a church home that would help them replenish there marriage! Finally after hopping from one church to another they found a church they both agree on, now the journey really starts as they are being taught how to love, respect, honor one another like never before.
Check out the movie trailer:
This is Kashanie's first future film. She hopes the beginning of many more to come. Kashanie was born in Brooklyn NY. However she was raised in Panama City, Panama. Since she can remember she has been in love with the performing arts. She expressed her love by taking part of any and all plays, talent show and dance show cases in school. At home she didn't let the acting bug die, she weirded-out her family by dressing up in different outfits and costumes and playing out different characters. After graduating from high school she could not have made her way back to New York any faster to focus on acting.
She is a recent graduate of the The New School University. Although she is an avid music listener (if you shuffle through her IPod you will find many genres of music as well as music from many countries around the world) and she loves to dance, she doesn't consider herself a singer (the exception being in the intimate privacy of her own apartment). She is probably the only one out of the cast without afore mentioned talent and therefore feels very fortunate to have been cast for the part of "Simone" and to be surrounded by many multi-talented actors. She looks forward to the premiere of "No Surrender" and she asks that all have who come have an open mind and heart when viewing the film.
Something about that “Shinning Diamond” that has all eyes on her. Her love for theater & music contributes to her captivating reality-check approach leaving audiences on the edge. Takiyah was born in Newark NJ and grew up singing in church. It's no wonder she'd fit right in her latest Role as " The preachers wife" in the film "NO SURRENDER by Jameel Hayes. She was well know amongst her peers as "Most likely to succeed" & "Most Gifted".
The singer/songwriter/actress has shared her talents in plays such as I know Im Somebody by Sheba Jordon, Mama I wanna sing, Greece & More. She is recently know for playing in films such as "You Already Know" by Hykine Johnson, Brick City Boys by Tony James, Notorious and others. Takiyah has performed long side many main stream artist such as Mary J Blige, Jennifer Hudson, even hip hop pioneer Lil Kim. So if you ask anyone who’s “Shinning” in the Garden State, Takiyah T. K. Diamond is surly planting the seeds to her "Rise"!.
Samantha Braham is a British/Jamaican entrepreneur, radio personality, and fashion designer. Samantha previously worked for Sirius/XM and local NJ radio stations. Samantha discovered her passion for radio when she was 13 years old and embarked her career on Seton Hall University’s radio station 89.5FM WSOU.
Following high school Samantha attended and successfully graduated from The Institute of Audio Research, an audio engineering program. Samantha joined Sirius/XM Shade 45 in 2007 and launched the financial empowerment segment, Get Moneyin 50 Seconds.
She is most notable for her appearance on The Wendy Williams show and award winning BET Wrap It Up campaign commercial. Currently Samantha is preparing for law school and building her fashion company, Heavenly Things Boutique ww.heavenlythingsboutique.com, which is based in South Orange, New Jersey. Samantha is also a Communications graduate from St. John's University and licensed real estate agent in New Jersey.
In the independent film, No Surrender, Samantha plays the role as Alicia. The protagonist Alicia is engaged to her long time boyfriend. Alicia is supportive to her sister’s, Simone marriage.
What Happens When Moving In leads to you Moving On. There are so many reasons why people move in together. Some get the urge out of love, others for support, and many because they don't want to be alone, but with making life changing decisions like these there are likely to be some repercussions that can cause the other person to look for someone new.
Today's relationships have become less traditional and more casual some people are settling without demanding to be on the lease, and the others aren't making it a priority. There are thousands of women out there that get strung along on an emotional roller coaster of "love" only to find out they were sucked into playing housekeeper. For other women the role may be in reverse and play the con artists gaming men into supporting them "so to speak", but what happens to those women…OR MEN when their significant other gets tired of the free ride and says "IM DONE! "YOU GOT TO GO" what then?…Living with the opposite sex has its perks, but lets not forget everything that glitters isn't gold, and most importantly nothing lasts forever, or does it?
Regardless, we all know what happens when "Shacking Up" goes all too well and everyone lives "happily ever after", but what happens when you’re not so lucky and get caught out there, are too naive to make the right decisions.
Jugglenomics could be viewed as mentality. It’s not directed at any particular race or ethnic group it speaks to those that reside in our nation’s cities and rural areas experiencing poverty on a very real level from facing homelessness to being hungry.
Even those with JOB’s which stands for (just over broke) find that your ends never meet? The current job and economic climate is tough, but yet there are some that seem to thrive in bad times while others just barley exists.
What will it take for you to thrive in your current circumstance? Unemployment extended benefits maybe going away and depending on where you sit the future could be 50 shades of gray. We want to hear how you are handling the current economic challenges and have you had to use Jugglenomics to make it through? People living in poverty have to be creative, share your tips with the BKS1Radio.com listeners making lemonade when life hands you lemons.
Special Musical Guest: Singer/Songwriter AmourE'
“My music is eclectic but mostly pop/ R&B & Soul. The lyrics are designed to capture the soul of the listener yet revealing my personal style/lifestyle of true Love.” - AmourE', Singer/songwriter from Elizabeth, New Jersey.
The dark shadow to the demise of a relationship doesn't always lie between the two people dating. Many times it’s the opinions, thoughts, and manipulative ways of close friends that can take your man or females mind in other directions. Men and women often look to their closest associates or friends to vent or share their personal issues, but what if that advice is purposely misguided. When your friends should be there to guide you in the right direction they become the dark shadow that follows the relationship to its end. Let's talk about it with the lovely ladies of O.W.W.H.H.!
Music World Gospel recording artist Amber Bullock, soared to the top of the gospel music charts after capturing the hearts of millions as she topped a talented field of singers to become the 2011, Season 4 winner of BET’s Sunday Best, the #1 rated weekly gospel music competition show. Her debut CD project, Thank You, was released in December, 2011, on Mathew Knowles’ Music World Gospel label. The EP entered at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. Thank You featured the Top 10 Billboard hit, “Thank You Lord,” a rendition of Walter Hawkins’ anthem as well as other contemporary classic songs.
Bullock, the St. Louis native and single mother of three-year old Amya, is building a diverse fan base with her signature jazz-infused and neo-soul inspired style. Her unique approach to gospel and inspirational music is front and center on her sophomore CD project, So In Love, which will be available in stores and online everywhere on July 10, 2012.
So In Love is produced by PJ Morton for 2PM Music. Bullock describes their musical partnership as a “match made in heaven.” The result is ten songs of feel-good inspirational music that ranges in style from neo-soul, to jazz, to contemporary gospel, to reggae, with even a little country thrown in. The songs on the CD highlight Bullock’s incredible vocal range and her unique singing style.
“I love music, so I don’t want to just give my listeners the same type of music that’s already out there,” says Bullock. “I want to give them fresh, memorable songs that they are still humming long after the song has finished playing, the kind of songs you keep on repeat.” On her new CD, she does just that.
Bullock wrote her first single, “Lord You’ve Been So Good” with a friend, when she was in college. The song was updated for this CD project with the help of PJ Morton. The upbeat, neo-soul style song features a driving horn section and shows off Bullock’s wide range and effortless runs. “Done For Me,” was also written by Bullock, with Shaun Martin, Greg Brown and Kirk Franklin, who is featured on this song. It has a catchy tune and a powerful message about God’s unconditional love. Bullock goes reggae in “I’m So In Love with You,” which was penned by PJ Morton. “Second Chances,” is a contemporary gospel song that Bullock describes as “dramatic” with instrumentation that features strings and an organ. The song reminds the listener that God’s love and forgiveness are great gifts to us. “Changed,” written by PJ Morton and featuring Isaac Carree, has a contemporary gospel style and a memorable hook. “My daughter sings along with this song every time she hears it,” says Bullock.
The R&B style “Yes,” starts with drums and keeps on pumping energy. The song, written by PJ Morton, is one of Bullock’s favorite on the CD because of both the catch tune and the message. “Yes is a powerful word,” she says. Written by Juante Hall and Jonathan Dunn, “Nobody Else” has jazzy undertones and a message about going to a secret place to meet only with God. “Take it Back,” written by Josiah Martin, reminds us that everything we do or have comes from God. That message is delivered in a pop style song with techno-rock undertones. “Ruler” is a contemporary praise and worship song that Bullock describes as “a little bit country.” Bullock continues, “My most powerful worship experience is when I’m focused on how powerful and loving God is, and how He keeps blessing me, even when I don’t deserve it.” The last song on the CD, “Same God,” was written by Bullock and Shaun Martin. It’s a simple but powerful worship song that acknowledges the faithfulness of God.
Tonight's Topic: Who Holds The Power in Romantic Relationships: Men vs. Women
We live in a world where whoever has the control stands supreme. How does the balance out in romantic relationships? Does one sex have more power over another? Does one sex hold the reins over another? Tonight, we will discuss the power struggle between men and women. Which sex has been endowed with the ability to sway a relationship in one direction or another.
We'll also break down what each sex does right or wrong when it comes to beginning, maintaining and dissolving a romantic relationship. Will the men trump the women, or do the ladies dominate over man. We'll be joined by the authors of Fearless: A Bold Approach to Reinventing Your Life, Candace Kelley, Caryl Lucas and Gilda Rogers. Let's get ready to rumble....right here, on "Live in the Vocal Booth"!
Every Woman wants to feel beautiful and confident in her own skin, but when society paints a picture of what sexy is to men some women find it hard not to feel inadequate. Not only does this create issues for women as far as how they see themselves, but also how others view them as well and that's where the problem starts. No woman likes to be compared to another and yet we find ourselves doing it on a day to day basis, and that’s where the complex begins.
It happened with the comparison of light and dark skinned women and its become an even bigger issue with weight and shape. Women at war for the attention of man and what is viewed as beautiful, acceptable, and "sexy" in their eyes, and most importantly to the world. The misconception of Skinny vs. Curvy goes way beyond just a few inches.
We navigate changes in our lives from the small to the life altering. We live under the threat of terrorist, drive by's and Mother Nature. How do we explain these uncertainty to our children and prepare them for a future where their security will be a bigger priority than ever before in history? Tonight the Live in the Vocal Booth will discuss this very sensitive subject coming off the recent tragedy in Colorado and the everyday tragedies taking place in our inner cities. Tune in and be heard www.bks1radio.com. Jump into the live chat or call in 646-233-1302
Special Guest: Lenny Harold
In a world where executives make copy-cat decisions, a new wind blows in a voice, an emotion, a sound that moves hearts and people begin, once again to dream. Have you ever been so enchanted by sound that it literally excites you in that moment? It's honesty intrigues you so and its emotions evoke love. Well, let's formally introduce Lenny Harold to you.
New Jersey native, Lenny Harold, already has many accomplishments. Under his old moniker "Chanj" he's the final winner of the late-night TV Talent Show; Amateur Night At The Apollo, sang tribute to Patti Labelle at Harlem Summer Stage/Apollo Tribute, Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson at The Urban Network Tribute to Motown and performed for the Apollo's Theater's 75th Anniversary. He's worked with such greats such as Teddy Riley, Dre and Vidal, Mike City and Marsha Ambrosius. He's toured from North America to Europe, been a special musical guest for various political events, performed for the troops in 2009, received numerous achievement awards for his volunteer work in his home town, as well as, received the key to the city of Newark, NJ.
After some signing failures, a new direction and a new name, Lenny Harold is ready to hit the stage again. Backed by 1st N 10 Entertainment, KP Entertainment, BlackBelt Music Group and his own company Drink Up The Music, Inc, Harold finally has an open door to sing the song of his heart without the watered down tailoring of the music industry.
With his March 22, 2011 debut release, "The Journal of Wonders: Tale of the Phoenix in the Moon Labyrinth" the first chapter of his musical saga and what he has humbly coined as "Hybrid Soul" has already made a lasting impression on listeners. This experience of sound is definitely cementing his place in this industry with it's unique combination of gentlemenism and edge. With production by Cass Maya, Taylor Ryan and Solomon Cortes of WMC Productions, this carefully crafted, beautifully vivid tale in sound will be an inspiration to listeners for years to come.
As Lenny branches into his new sound and name he has found himself numerous times on the acclaimed Highline Ballroom stage in New York City, performed for CMJ Music Festival, Eclectic Ride Music Festival with Urbanworld, and has recently been added to the BET Music Matters campaign.
"I've always set the goal for myself of being some form of a legend. Music that moves, creates, brings forth and sets free nothing but goodness and inspiration. I wanna be able to open doors for someone else with a dream that is often misunderstood by executives, and let them know to keep pushing forth, do it yourself and MAKE others believe. I've had so many put me down, it's now my time to be heard. And I'm so excited!!" proclaims the singer/songwriter.
Without a doubt the movement has begun, let the saga begin. "BE love, SPREAD love, LOVE" - Lenny Harold