This Edition of LIVE In The Vocal Booth Show we rate and review along with YOU the listener Melanie Fiona's new release "The MF Life"
Here is our rating system: 5 Stars: It's blazing hot – on fire 4 Stars: It's a hot song – pump it up 3 Stars: It's alright-good song 2 Stars: Thanks for the album cut-what's next 1 Stars: I won't tell nobody about that if you don't…lets keep that a secret
Melanie Fiona | The MF Life
Melanie Fiona crossed many bridges to arrive at The MF Life. Conceptual bridges. Spiritual bridges. Actual bridges. Stadium-thumpin' bridges. Hard-lovin' emotional bridges. The MF Life, the Grammy-nominated soulstress’s second album for SRC/Title 9/Universal Motown, evinces the charmed life of an immensely gifted vocalist in forward motion, hurtling up the road, the radio dial, and the charts to a unique place where myriad listeners can soothe their souls and hear the beat of their own hearts.
With the release of The Bridge, Melanie Fiona emerged as one of 2009’s finest new breakout stars, appearing everywhere from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to Live with Regis and Kelly, The Wendy Williams Show, and Last Call with Carson Daly. The album’s breakthrough ballad, “It Kills Me,” topped Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for nine weeks and earned Fiona her first Grammy nomination in 2010 for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance. Popular favorites such as “Give It to Me Right” and “Ay Yo” demonstrated Fiona’s unique ability to mix classic R&B/soul influences with a street-smart attitude and hip-hop swagger, resulting in an entirely fresh sound all her own, which she has developed into an electrifying live show. In fact, in 2010, Melanie Fiona was the only artist to be invited to perform on BET’s Rising Icons program for the second year in a row, and she has toured with Kanye West and Alicia Keys, in addition to co-headlining the 2009 Heineken Red Star Soul Tour and the 2011 BET Music Matters II Tour.
The maturity Melanie Fiona displays on The MF Life is underscored by her remarkable versatility and cosmopolitan panache. The album showcases a stunning mix of vibrant new sounds from a host of A-list R&B producers and songwriters, each partaking of the originality that has made Fiona a sought-after collaborator by everyone from Cee-Lo Green (“Fool For You”) and John Legend & The Roots (“Wake Up! Everybody”) to reggae superstar Stephen Marley (“No Cigarette Smoking (In My Room)”) and U.K. rapper Tinchy Stryder (“Let It Rain”). “The MF Life is definitely less retro-sounding than my first album,” says Fiona, who credits her parents, Guyanese émigrés to Canada, with giving her a solid foundation in the time-honored classics of Sam Cooke and Stevie Wonder, among other greats. The transformative impulse is one Fiona relishes. “Making the leap from Canada,” she explains, “I was recognized for two things: Being a powerful vocalist and an emotional storyteller. It’s clear to me that with those traits in place, the sky’s the limit. I think if listeners feel that they can believe what you’re singing, they’ll stick with you no matter what you try.” Clearly, The MF Life points the way forward for a boldly captivating new voice with an auspicious future.
Tonight's Topic: Facing Foreclosure.....The Facts You Need to Know!
Many Americans are caught in the cycle of owing more than there home is worth. The rescission has left many jobless which has resulted in the loss of homes, cars and mounting debt. The bank and car industry got there bail out of financial ruin, but what about Middle America? Tonight your “Live in the Vocal Booth team discusses the foreclosure process and the resources you need to know when you are facing Foreclosure. What options do you have? What are your rights? Don’t run from the situation Face Foreclosure and Fight Back.
Join the Live In The Vocal Booth Team as we discuss this serious matter that is facing a lot of American homeowners! Call in 646-233-1302 or chat live with our chat rebels. Follow us on twitter: @BKS1RadioEnt and Like our facebook fan page: Best Kept Secrets Ent.
Tenin Baba Ndanani - born in Harlem, NY (to a gospel-singing mother and Nigerian father) and raised in Plainfield, NJ - is a rising star of her generation!
With a powerful voice, talent for producing inspiring music, fierce "do it yourself" business savvy and undeniable gift for connecting with people, Tenin boldly delivers messages of hope and empowerment as a dynamic multi-generational communicator.
Tenin's music and magnetic personality have been featured on FOX, TLC, Oxygen, NBC Universal, Amazon, Itunes, The Bitter End, PNC Arts Center and Live at Best Buy.
"Love it!" are the two words fans are using to describe new music from the inspirational R&B/Pop singer and songwriter. Tenin secluded herself in a NYC studio for three days with platinum-award winning Anthony “Rocky” Gallo to record 12 songs for her debut album. Written, arranged and performed by Tenin, the debut album shines with edgy girl power ballads and fun dance hits! With a whole lot of heart and a distinct hip hop swag, Tenin serves up positive messages of self-confidence and faith to substance-starved music lovers around the world.
Showcasing a master blend of R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Gospel and Neo-Soul, the debut album is available everywhere now and provides a delightfully refreshing listening experience. Of its success, Tenin says "I am truly grateful to all the fans who support me. This album is a dream come true and I'm excited about the sound and message of it. I don’t keep a diary or journal. I write music to entertain and encourage us all."
Now since officially launching her recording career 24 months ago with the self-produced EP (including breakout hits “I Remember” and “More & More”), Tenin has performed nationwide and parlayed her acting and vocal talents into television appearances on FOX , TLC and Oxygen networks.
Tenin has also graced the stages of PNC Arts Center, Best Buy, the Izod Center and NYC's historic Bitter End. For an artist with only a family owned and operated production company as support, such accomplishments speak to the keen business-savvy, unbridled ambition and pure entrepreneurial spirit of the team.
Tenin Baba Ndanani is one of the hottest up and coming stars!
Anthony Hamilton, born in Charlotte, North Carolina, was discovered at the age of 10 while singing in his church's choir. Releasing his first studio composed album in 1996, Hamilton has been delivering music for over 15 years. After being introduced to the mainstream on the Grammy winning song by the Nappy Roots Po' Folks, Anthony has continued to deliver quality music to the masses. Back to Love is Hamilton's 7th album. Can he continue to deliver powerful soulful songs with a message that can be felt by all.
Is it really realistic to set New Years Resolutions? Do we set goals that are really obtainable? Do we shot for the stars with only a bottle rocket to get there? Tonight on Live In The Vocal Booth let talk about Resolutions and how to really fulfill our goals and setting realistic resolutions. How can we enlist other to help us obtain our goal? How many goals are too many Goals? Lets help set each other up for success in 2012. We want to know whats your goals and whats the craziest goals you have heard. Tonight rite here on Live In The Vocal Booth.
Khaled was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is of Palestinian descent and lives in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Currently, he hosts the weeknight program TakeOver on Miami-based urban music radio station WEDR with fellow host K. Foxx; Khaled states that he has worked for the station professionally since 2003. In 1998, Khaled worked as a "sidekick" for Miami rapper Luther Campbell for Campbell's Friday night WEDR radio show The Luke Show. In his albums, Khaled usually provides "shoutouts" that assert his representation of "the ghetto" and urges people to listen, Khaled's passion for hip hop music began at the age of 14 but he did not intend to be a rapper, instead he opted for a career as a producer in hip hop music stating, I became interested in rap music in my early teens but I didnt wanna be a rapper cuz I didnt have that kind of ethic, however I loved making beats and the first demo I made, I was like damn! I fell in love with making sounds and beats and from then on I worked very hard to get somewhere with my music.From 2004 to 2006, Khaled assisted in the production of the hip-hop albums Real Talk by Fabolous, True Story by Terror Squad, All or Nothing by Fat Joe, and Me, Myself, & I by Fat Joe.
Grammy Award Winning Artist Mýa, is celebrating 13 years in the entertainment industry as an internationally known, respected singer, songwriter, producer, dancer/choreographer, actress, designer, model, activist and philanthropist. In Fall 2009 Mýa entertained the world and impressed millions as the highest scoring contestant on ABC’s Season 9 of Dancing With The Stars. Mýa also created her own label, Planet 9, and released the first of a series of independent music compilations, Sugar & Spice LP and “The Perfect Edition” double disc in Japan in 2008 & 2009. Mýa finished out the decade as one of Billboard’s Hot 100 Artists Of the Decade, and was featured on a number of diverse charts & top 10 lists from Fuse‟s Sexiest Videos of All Time to VH1 Latin America’s Top Videos of The Decade. In 2010 we will see various musical releases from Mýa including collaboration with Cedric Gervais of Ultra Records, the world’s top dance label, titled “Love is The Answer.” In 2010 Mýa also reprised her role as National Spokesperson for The North Shore Animal League‟s Tour For Life and is featured in the Wyclef Jean remake of We Are the World, to benefit Haiti.
" The Blended Family " What do you do when two people are in a relationship and its like your in heaven? He knows and fulfills your every need. She knows what you like and want before you do and makes it come true. Life is really good. UNTIL its time for the family's to meet. Hear come uncle Joe drunk as a skunk and your aunt Sharon is no angel either, with her low cut shirt and high rise dress. Can you say Cougar? Like in the movie ( Jumping The Broom or Four Christmas ), How do you explain your families little secrets and make the transition to one happy family. Lets talk about it tonight on Bks1 Radio. Tell us your story.
Writing the international hit “Chicken Noodle Soup” when she was just fifteen, Harlem artist Young B tapped into her gifts way ahead of her time.
Not knowing the record that DJ Enuff broke one summer afternoon would reach the likes of the Oprah Winfrey Show, Regis and Kelly, Ellen Degeneres, 106 & Park and even Sesame Street, Bianca Dupree remains a young but yet extremely talented entertainer creeping upon her peak.
Already nailing a "Best Dance Cut" Soul Train Award for the single she wrote off of DJ Webstars "Caught in the web" album back in 2007 and remixes from Lil Wayne, Trina, and Fabolous, this 21 year old raptress is destined on the day in which she will receive the first of her many Grammys.
Opening shows at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music hall, The Apollo Theatre, and a 76ers halftime game when she was just 17, 4 years later this young talented female is coming for the throne full force. Now returning from a brief hiatus and linking with French Montana’s Coke boy Mob, Young B is stepping to claim her title as a worldwide superstar while also striving to become the first female mogul of hip hop.
S.W.V., an abbreviation of Sisters With Voices, is a R&B group consisting of three friends Cheryl Gamble, Tamara Johnson and Leanne Lyons. SWV are legends in the music industry with 2 platinum and a gold album to their credit. Since entering into the music game in 1992 the group has released 10 studio albums. Including studio releases and best of compilations. Will I Missed Us, the 11 project released by the group, deliver the same soulful and powerful sounds that SWV has been known to deliver?
Join the Vocal Booth team for our interactive review process where your opinion counts. Let us know your thoughts and opinions on SWV or music in general, call in 646-233-1302 or chat live with the rest of the chat rebels! Join the BKS1 Radio experience.
Why does a woman choose to be a prostitute? Why do men whether single or married seek sex with prostitutes? What is the illusion or attraction of paying for sex with a stranger? Do men seek prostitutes so that don’t have to deal with the complexities of a relationship? Do women seek the oldest profession in the world as just a means to pay the bills?
Tonight on “Live in the Vocal Booth” the team will discuss the Psychology of Prostitution and why even in the face of sexually transmitted disease and the threat of arrest many still seek the services of a prostitute.
Norman Bradley A.K.A. “Storm Norm” born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, the home of famed artist that range from Parliament Funkadelics and to the hot female group “Total”. Norm graduated from Plainfield High School where he was known as “DJ. Norm Ski” .
He rocked high school parties as DJ Norm Ski at some of The Tri States hottest clubs. His passion for music didn’t stop at just dee-jaying, he also formed a rap group called Fresh Finesse and released their first single titled “ You Ain’t Saying Nothin” on Valley/Trumpet/Atlantic records. The single did well in the US.and was 11 on London’s top DJ./Producer Tim Westwood’s top 40 pick hit list. He then went on to study recording engineering and the business of music at the prestigious Arts Institute of Atlanta, GA.
While pursuing his education he decided to go back to the Tri-State area to start his own music production company and studio, which led to the transformation from dee-jay to producer/songwriter. The first act he discovered, produced and developed was a female R&B/Hip-Hop group called “Total Opposites” which consisted of three local New Jersey girls Kima, Keisha, and Pam, they later went on to become the bad girls of Bad Boy Records-“Total”.
Since then he has worked in the presence of an array of artist and celebs such as Whitney, Bobby Brown, Nice and Smooth, M.O.P.,NBA legend Earl the Pearl just to name a few. Storm along with his long time friends formed a company called “Best Kept Secrets Entertainment” which is an entertainment media company which also consist of BKS1 Radio network as well.
One of Storm Norm’s biggest career highlights was producing and co-writing for the tribute song “Nothing But The Truth for the Sojourner Truth statue tribute at the US Capitol with Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton & Nancy Pelosi in which he worked with artist Dorinda Clark and Yolonda Adams. Storm Norm is now involved in the film making industry and well on his way to becoming a force to be reckoned with in this jungle we call the entertainment industry. Watch out! “the STORM is coming.”