THAT OLD SCHOOL VIBE: Charlie Wilson with Keith Sweat, Keke Palmer covers MJ, Fantasia


charlie wilsonIn the early 80’s, no group was funkier than The Gap Band. Burn Rubber, You Dropped A Bomb On Me, Early In The Morning….Charlie Wilson and his two brothers made the perfect boombox music to get the party started. Then in the 90’s, you’ve got a twist on the genre, New Jack Swing led by Keith Sweat. Different style but still funky! Jump to April 2013, you’ve got Charlie Wilson teaming up with Keith Sweat for a new old school flavored R&B slow jam, Whisper, from Charlie’s new CD, Love Charlie.




Keke-Palmer-Joyful-Noise-PremiereJoyful Noise stars Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Courtney Vance, and Jeremy Jordan from NBC’s Smash. The story sounds familiar, squabbles in the church choir prior to a big competition but they work it out and put on an amazing performance when they’re all united. Despite the predictable theme, the movie has so much heart and soul. Nickelodean star, Keke Palmer, shines as Olivia, in her coming of age role infatuated by Dolly’s rebellious grandson, Randy. The music is incredible as gospel-tinged influences are added to secular hits like Usher’s Yeah, Maybe I’m Amazed, Walk Away Renee, and Michael Jackson’s Man In The Mirror.


Fantasia-TruthIsTake Usher’s silky smooth heartbreaker, Burn, rewrite it from the point of view of the spurned female, and you’ve got the concept for a hit song.  American Idol winner, Fantasia, released the song on her 2004 debut CD, Free Yourself. The song was written by Ciara, Bryan-Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri. You can feel the pain yet inner determination in Fantasia’s dynamic performance. The song was never released as a single but remains one of the highlights of Fantasia’s post-Idol career.

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