Shonte Renee is an emerging singer/songwriter from Atlanta, GA. She was signed to Big Oomp Records. She rose to prominence with the EP “Introduction” earlier this year and recently released “Sex Symbol.”
Singer/actress Diana Ross 74
Singer Gary “Big G” Glenn (Silk)
Singer/songwriter Hakeem Abdul-Samad (The Boys) 43
Remembering singer Theodore “Teddy” Pendergrass (March 26, 1950-January 13, 2010)
Remembering singer Rufus Thomas Jr. (March 26, 1917-December 15, 2001)
Rapper Terius “Juvenile” Gray 43
Rapper Jerrell “J-Kwon” Jones 32
Philadelphia, PA native Fairin Moon has taken the music industry by storm with an angelic voice that draws listeners in from the beginning of a song to the end. Moon has paid homage to R&B greats by releasing cover songs, which has increased her presence among such streaming sites as Spotify and Apple Music. However, these covers have left fans waiting patiently for new music. Well, the wait is over. Moon recently released her debut single “Dream.” The song is a duet with Manny Wellz and was produced by De’Jour Thomas. Her intent is keeping her eye on the one and it all appears to be just a dream. “Dream” is relatable, especially for lovebirds, and it’s a song that brings positive vibes for spring. Following her “Lights On” tour, R&B songstress H.E.R. returns with a sensual video for her latest single “Focus.” In the clip, the singer/songwriter brings the lyrics to life by attending a party and being alone in a room, a feeling she gets in her relationship. The clip later transitions to scenes where she and her significant other are together, highlighting her sadness, while other scenes highlight the good times the two had together. This is one fans will enjoy. Emerging Canadian R&B artist Jessie Reyez has enlisted the services of fellow Canadian Daniel Ceasar for a “Reprise” version of her single “Figures.” The songstress has turned the track into a duet about working on a troubled relationship. The surprise release of this song may catch some fans off guard in a delightful way. Both singers are at the forefront of the modern singer/songwriter movement, and they have an undeniable chemistry together. R&B veteran Toni Braxton defies the rain in the visual for her latest single “Long As I Live”, which is taken from her recently released album “Sex & Cigarettes.” As heavy rain pours over her Rolls Royce, Braxton exits the car and performs under a large white umbrella. Always stylish, Braxton is seen sporting a glistening, crystal studded one piece top with knee high white leather boots, and full length mink vest. Her male co-star is seen in similar shots performing under a black umbrella. Lamenting over her ex, Braxton reflects on their past relationship and what she’s missing. After dancing for the camera in a photo studio setting, Braxton is joined by sisters Tamar and Towanda, who strike poses as her backup crew. A short time later, the singer shows she still knows how to party with a choreographed dance sequence with a mystery man. But the love of her life never returns as she deals with the longing of their ill-fated reunion. The video is stunning and worth watching. Oomp Camp signee Shonte Renee has returned with her second project for 2018. The rising singer released the EP “The Introduction” at the beginning of the year, and now she’s back with the EP “Sex Symbol.” The 8-track project begins with the Big Kory collaboration “Forever”, where she assures suitors that if they’re lucky enough to be with her, she loves forever, so they should cherish it. Throughout the EP, the songstress brings alluring and sexually enticing teases to such tracks as “Come Get It”, “Freak It” and “Right Now.” In addition to the new project, Renee also unveiled a visual for the single “Ruthless”, where she gets brutally honest about her sexual desires. An Atlanta, GA native, Shonte Renee is poised to become one of the most prominent artists in the industry. “Sex Symbol” is now available via iTunes and other digital music platforms. Following the release of his highly anticipated debut album “Edgewood” on Friday, rapper Trouble has kept the momentum going with the visual for his duet with Drake “Bring It Back.” The seven minute short film was shot in dusky black and white and follows the Atlanta native as he heads to play Drake his new track. The video begins with a prayer. A short time later, Trouble is seen standing on the hood of his car, surrounded by several men with shadowed faces. What transpires next is a series of montages involving gang banging, strippers and money counting, with Drake entering the equation at the four-minute mark. “Edgewood” was released via Ear Drummer Records, marks the rapper’s first major release, and features special guests appearances by The Weeknd, Quavo, Fetty Wap and Boosie Badazz.
Austin Richard Post, known professionally as Post Malone, is a rapper/singer/songwriter/producer. Born on July 4, 1995 in Syracuse , New York, he began his career after moving to Los Angeles with several producers and artists. They went on to form the group BLCKVRD and recorded music together. While living in the San Fernando Valley, he met 1st Down of FKi. 1st Down along with Rex Kudo produced several of Post’s tracks, including “White Iverson.” The track was uploaded to Post’s Soundcloud account. Following the attention he garnered from “White Iverson”, the rapper signed a recording contract with Republic Records. On May 12, 2016, he released the mixtape “August 26”, which was a reference to the release date of his debut album. In February 2017, he announced that his next project “Beerbongs And Bentleys” would be released in December, but the project was pushed back until 2018.
Kiana Lede Brown, known professionally as Kiana Lede, is a singer/songwriter/actress from Los Angeles, CA. As an infant, she sang the alphabet after learning it immediately, and began performing at age 3 after receiving a karaoke machine. In 2011, Brown’s mother discovered Kidz Bop, a website which allows children to upload videos of themselves performing. She uploaded a video of Brown performing an original number on the piano, with Brown as a finalist. After a rendition of the Adele hit “Someone Like You” placed her in the Top 4, Brown won the 2011 KIDZ Star USA Grand Prize out of 45,000 submissions, the largest talent competition for children 15 and under. In 2016, Brown was cast in the MTV series “Scream.”
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It has arrived R&B fans. R&B veteran Toni Braxton has released her highly anticipated album “Sex And Cigarettes”, the follow up to her collaborative project with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, “Love, Marriage & Divorce.” Featuring the singles “Deadwood”, “Long As I Live” and the title track, Braxton’s ninth studio effort includes 8 songs, and a collaboration with pop sensation Colbie Caillat. Braxton will support the project with a North American tour slated to begin this spring. Dates and ticket information will be announced soon. Following her collaboration with Eric Bellinger and Tink on the single “Ain’t Your Ex”, Los Angeles based singer Mila J returns with her new EP “March 2018.” The effort follows the EPs “January 2018” and “February 2018.” The songstress’ latest project includes 6 songs, and she collaborated with Migh-X on the track “Simple Math.” The “March 2018” EP is filled with vulnerability and raw emotion. Fans will enjoy this one. R&B crooner Tone Stith has returned to the spotlight with his new single “Crazy With You.” The track is featured on his debut album “Can We Talk.” Stith has kept himself busy by releasing a slew of tracks in an effort to stay on music fans’ radar. He has been very consistent in that regard. Rumor has it that “Crazy With You” is dedicated to someone special. 20-year-old singer/songwriter Kiana Lede’s belief in karma takes center stage in her new visual “Fairplay.” The clip is set in New Orleans, where the singer is wrapped in up in a voodoo like revenge narrative. When Kiana sees her ex out with another woman, she thinks of ways in which karma could take care of him. Kiana Lede is currently preparing her debut EP, which will be released via Republic Records. Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ro James has returned with his new EP “Smoke.” The 4-track project is the first in a series, which will precede the release of James’ sophomore album, due out later this year. Featuring the single “Lost My Mind”, a duet with the late Notorious B.I.G., which he released on the anniversary of the rapper’s death, the EP includes 3 ballads, and includes the production work of Soundz, Andre Harris and Tricky Stewart. The EP “Mirrors” is due this spring. Prior to his upcoming performance at Coachella, singer/songwriter The Weeknd may be working on new music. The singer was reportedly seen filming a music video in a California town recently. According to TMZ, the crooner visited Taft, CA, about 120 miles northwest of Los Angeles, to film the visual for his new single. Reportedly, one scene will feature Abel riding on a hoverboard. Some have speculated that a new track and video will be released next month, before The Weeknd performs at Coachella. The Weeknd will headline the Coachella Festival on April 13 and 20. The Snowman is calling it quits. Following the release of his latest studio effort, “Pressure”, in December, Atlanta rapper Jezzy took to Twitter yesterday to announce his retirement from music and his final album “Thug Motivation 104: Trust The Process.” “Thug Motivation 104: Trust The Process” is the final installment in Jeezy’s “Thug Motivation ” series, which began with his stellar debut “Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101”, which was released in 2005. Despite stepping away from music, Jeezy is an astute business man. He recently sold his remaining stake in his tequila brand Tequila Avion and will remain financially incentivized until 2020. Rapper Post Malone unveiled the video for his latest single “Psycho.” Directed by James Defina, the clip shows Malone riding and singing on top of a tank in a post apocalyptic wasteland. After torching a wolverine with a flame thrower, guest Ty Dolla $ign handles the second verse while boxing the tank as he sings. For the final hook, the two sing draped out in fur as snow gently falls around them. The video is colorful and eclectic, and will prepare fans for “Beerbongs And Bentleys”, Malone’s sophomore album, which has no release date as yet.
Nick Simmons, known professionally as YBN Hahmir, is a rapper/songwriter from Birmingham, AL. Simmons’ interest in music began after he was given an Xbox 360 for Christmas. He uploaded his first single with fellow YBN member Almighty Jay to social media site You Tube at age fifteen. He has since released the mixtapes “Believe In The Glo” and “YBN.”
Singer Kameelah Williams, formerly of the group 702, has officially launched her solo career following her success with the group. “Stupid In Love” finds the singer in rare form. She has just released a new single “Desert Love” and has a debut album due soon.
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Singer Russell Thompkins Jr. (The Stylistics) 67
Remembering singer Solomon Burke (March 21, 1940-October 10-2010)
Remembering singer Richard “Dimples” Fields (March 21, 1942-January 12, 2000)