Inner Soul Spotlight: Freebies & Gems Too Good Not to Share!

•March 28, 2011 • 1 Comment

Shining the spotlight on quality artists who want to share their music for either NO cost, or for nearly a steal.

Too good to pass up, check them out!

Feedback is important to an artist, and to me as well — let’s me know that you dig what I’m sharing!

JHill: an artist that you may have seen onstage with Sy Smith, Alison Carney or out and about in DC doing his thing!  JHill is that dude (listen to him sing Donny’s song)

His EP was a freeload at one time, but now it has the whopping price tag of $5bucks.  When I tell you that the $5 is an undersell, I definitely mean it!

Acoustics from the HILL – EP


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AAries: remember the two pretty girls who sang along with Musiq Soulchild back in the days and there always seemed to be some sort of promise that we would hear from them, in the form of their own album?  Well, thanks a bunch to SoulBounce, the news of their EP has spread far and wide!

Get this free load now before the number of dl’s causes their site to shut down again!

Covergirls by AAries


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Nicholas Ryan Gant: The first time I heard the precious voice of this songbird, he was backing Ra-Re Valverde up in Harlem.  His range was absolutely crazy — and the twitter ID: Ghetto Falsetto is definitely fitting! Here’s a link to his album, Hittin Switches (a tribute to West Coast hip hop of the 90s) ~ a free load!

Hittin Switches


His 2011 release, Angst in A’cappella (another free load) is packed with joints that see Nick’s vocal acrobatics running rampant!


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Eska: My days, years back on Myspace were spent exploring the corners of the earth in search of good music, and people who enjoyed much of the same.  I came away from that experience with lifelong friends and plenty of affiliations to fabulous music makers.  Now in the time of facebook, I am grateful for people like Ahmed Sirour because his passion for music is real!  He posted a link to Eska’s soundcloud page and I saw a familiar name that made me light up like a kid on Christmas.  Eska was one of those gifted musicians on myspace whose page I would get stuck on — just because what was coming out of her music player was just too damned hot.  Her voice and her style, all her own — simply captivating.

There are some free loads on her soundcloud page — check it out and then stay up on her latest (here)

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This one here is just for your listening pleasure:

Speaking of Ahmed Sirour, he and Cleveland Jones are creating musical magic!

~~> a smash in the making:


(turn your speakers up L O U D and 2 step to this one!)

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Parting is such sweet sorrow, especially when it involves the goodness in life that music brings with it.  It is my hope that I have exposed you to some grooves that delight your ears in the same way mine are caressed (*wink*) — let me close with this month’s free load from my homebase, SoulTracksTawana Lael‘s ‘Journey to Love’ is the Choice Track for the month of March.  (listen and provide feedback, if you care to)


until we meet again ~

Just For Today…

•March 24, 2011 • 2 Comments

Just For Today…

I am going to make a few promises to myself

I promise to remember me before remembering to put the needs of others before my own

I am going to take time throughout the day to thank God and reconnect with my own spirituality

I am going to recharge my inner soul by taking a few moments to close my eyes and…

BREATHE (music will be in my ears 🙂 )


And finally, this promise to self is NOT ‘just for today’

The Inner Soul Happenings: NYC This Weekend!

•March 22, 2011 • Leave a Comment

This weekend in New York is dedicated to all that’s good in INDIE SOUL

An evening of support to benefit one of New York’s hardest working INDIE SOUL supporters: Marko Nobles

If you’ve ever been a guest on his Rhythm and Soul radio show w/DJ King James or if you’ve ever graced the stage of  The Rendezvous which is held monthly at The Shrine in Harlem, then there is absolutely NO reason fathomable for you NOT to come out and show your love for this brother!



*word to the wise: get there early!*

(we’ve seen this event spill into the street)

GRATEFUL ~ An InnerSoul Brief Intermission!

•March 16, 2011 • Leave a Comment


While the whole ‘Inner Soul‘ concept prepares to take on a new overview, my good friend, DJ Smoove decided to show his love for ‘me’ supporting his mixes for the years I’ve known him.  He did it in such a way that took everything I was going through on that particular day and left me even more grateful for his friendship.

When I discovered my brother on myspace, back then — he was mixing indie soul music that I thought only I was up on! There was one mix and one top friend (y’all remember those, right?! 🙂 that hooked me and cemented the friendship. He had a mix with Eric Roberson and V (aka VRoane). V was in his top friends area — and that sold me! Smoove and I have been comparing music libraries, encouraging one another — even when the other is not aware that one needs to be lifted, and just keeping one another filled with a smile.

Gospel house, especially a few of the songs that Smoove included … take me to a time and place when I hung out at this certain spot, not for its ambience, or lack thereof,  but the camaraderie and definitely the music the DJ would spin.  Good memories and great times!

Check out this mix because I can almost guarantee that the steps you take while listening to ‘Grateful‘ will fill your spirit, boost your level of creativity and set you in the right direction!




Rahsaan Patterson & Abby Dobson ~ Special Weekend = An Evening to Remember!

•February 9, 2011 • 2 Comments

This coming weekend, it won’t matter if the bitter cold chooses not to stay away from New York City!  The heat that we anticipate to come out from the cavernous pit, better known as the BB King‘s Blues Club and Grill will be enough to fend off any sign of brutal cold.  This is Valentine’s weekend ~ a weekend that should be filled with nothing but LOVE

I highly recommend this show for all lovers ~ anyone wanting to be in love ~ those searching for a mate (just might find one) and those whose hearts have been so tainted might even find themselves open, at the end of the evening to new love possibilities. (smile)

Rahsaan Patterson has not taken to that same stage in quite some time ~ and his NYC performances are legendary.  He’s known to take the crowd on a trip through each of his previous releases and deliver some of the new material that is rumored to drop shortly.  Abby Dobson is a beautiful young lady, with a voice that can capture you with its lull effect.  Her range is spectacular, and her delivery is so potent that the expression on her face is often priceless.

This is a show that you should make EVERY effort not to miss…

For ticket info (click here)

The Inner Soul 20/11 Jumpstart!

•January 31, 2011 • 5 Comments

First and foremost, The Inner Soul is undergoing serious behind-the-scenes transfiguring. It was necessary to sit myself down, isolate from the world and decide what it is I’m looking to do in 20/11.  Truthfully, there were periods of indecision, depression and outright ~ ‘eff it, I’m going to fade into the fabric’ moments!

After tapping into my circle of loving advisors & the person whose opinion of me matters most: my mommy (smile), I am happy to report that I’m off my hump!  So, although my JETS suffered a devastating loss that cost them a spot in this year’s SuperBowl … I will survive! *wink*

A couple of things I think you should know about me if you are going to ride with me through this future journey to my Inner Soul…

1) Football season is my favorite time of the year!

2) Keep all hateful comments about the NY JETS to a whisper ~ in my presence or on my space!

3) I’ve been a fan of the NY JETS since I was in elementary school and Janice Kee became my BFF (& her father adopted me, RIP Big Al)!

4) My favorite living musicians are: Mint Condition, Rahsaan Patterson, John P. Kee (get his latest album: The Legacy Project ~ to die for!), Fred Hammond, Will Downing and Stevie Wonder. Any of them could easily talk me off of the ledge!

5) My musical heroes that have departed this life are: Billie Holiday, Phyllis Hyman, Noel Pointer and Donny Hathaway.

6) I have a special place in my heart for horns and strings! The music of Mike Phillips (horn), Mike Ward (strings), Noel Pointer (strings), Lorenzo LaRoc ~ can calm a storm in my life at any time!

7) My gospel elite: Richard Smallwood, GMayes & N.E. (my god brother), Hezekiah Walker & LFC, Marvin Winans, James Hall (Worship & Praise … before the Citadel), Norman Hutchins, Tonex (before BSlade), JMoss and … Fred & John ~ can turn a rainy day, sunshiny bright in my life and give me unparalleled hope!

Notice that I seem to have a thing for male vocalists? I’ve never been able to put a finger on why that is ~ but a sista singer has to work me over like my favorite female vocalists: Kelly Price, Monica Blaire and Lalah Hathaway.

8) If I don’t rave about it (whatever ‘it’ may be), then I’m really not feeling it! That’s just me … the me that folks have come to respect … this is one critic that can’t pretend, whether you are a friend or foe. If I love it, I’ll be sure to share just why you ought to love it too.

(I’ve heard your feedback about the new collab with Kelly Price & Stokely [2 blog posts back] and I still love it! Later for y’all skeptics lol)

On that note … Be sure to take a moment to cast your vote in the SoulTracks poll for the Greatest Slow Jams of All Time. Check out some of the features while you’re on the site: new music reviews, new video selections, news and entertainment updates, artist bios, free song download, monthly album preview and so much more. Y’all be good, stay tuned and get those ears ready for loads of new music!

Major Shout Out to Eric Roberson and the global united ERF’lings (I’m one! 🙂  Eric recently taped the Mo’ Nique show, which airs tomorrow (Monday, January 31st @ 11:00pm on BET)

One final note. I’m kicking this year off with a … major announcement! Sounds strange to me as I type it, but I have new love.  It is true, there is someone new on the scene to hear my woes, guide me through the muck, to kiss my cheek and bring me a smile.  I’m feeling blessed and I thank God for answering silent prayers.


Stay tuned for The – Inner – Soul overhaul…


Bundle Up TriState! Don’t Miss These Two Surefire Soul Events

•January 12, 2011 • Leave a Comment

It’s winter everywhere you look, and this is the time of the year when folks do not mind facing the cold temps when a live music event promises to be a smoker!

In the coming days, New York and New Jersey will be laced with two shows that will feature several of the hottest female singers on the scene today.



On one stage; On one evening: Jean Baylor / ChinahBlac / Carol Riddick / Helen Bruner / Terry Jones will bring unimagined beauty and vocals that are sure to blow the roof off the mutha!

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It’s early 2011 and Kelly Price‘s highly anticipated release, ‘Kelly‘ will hopefully hit the streets as tweeted this week on March 29th. I gushed a few days ago about her single, Not My Daddy with Mint Condition’s, Stokley Williams.  I spoke about attending the live taping of her previous cd This Is Who I Am — and how disappointed I was that the promised accompanying dvd of that performance was never released.  Now, there’s news that Kelly will be at the Key Club in downtown Newark, premiering a few of her songs from the new release.