This summer the motion picture, “Sparkle” starring Whitney Houston, Cee-Lo Green, Jordan Sparks, and Mike Epps will be released. The movie is a remake of the 70’s musical depicting the rise of a Supremes-type girl group. Whitney plays Jordan’s mom and they recorded the lead single just before her untimely death. Her voice is vintage Whitney and the R. Kelly produced song is a upbeat celebration of life.
“WHEN YA ON” CHAMILLIONAIRE and NE-YO
In 2005, urban radio stations couldn’t resist playing Houston rapper, Chamillionaire’s smash hits, “Turn It Up” with Lil’ Flip and “Ridin” with Krayzie Bone. He’s famous for his legendary mixtapes and he’s back with a new hard hitting jam. Chamillionaire’s style is clean but still maintains street cred. “They only love you when you’re on, the other time is when you’re gone”. Hot track! He’s currently looking for a new record label after getting out of his Universal Records contract.
“DOING JUST FINE” BOYZ II MEN
Life after a break-up, some people can easily move forward, I can’t say it’s been that easy for me. Music has always inspired me in so many ways and this song has helped me in the past. It came from their 1997 CD, Evolution, which was a commercial disappointment after the mega-selling discs, Cooleyhighharmony and Boyz II Men II. But record sales don’t always translate to the quality of their work. On this CD came some of the band’s best ballads, “Dear God”, “A Song For Mama” and my video pick were timeless R&B songs. “Doing Just Fine” feels like a code phrase for “I haven’t moved on” and Wanya’s vocals are perfection on this sad track.