Like so many others i am still not over the passing of one of my favorite songwriters, Nick Ashford to throat cancer. As we all know he was half of the amazing songwriting team, Ashford & Simpson, a father, husband and a great role model for the black community. I look up to a lot of people musically but dont tend to aspire to follow in their footsteps personally. But Nick Ashford was one of the exceptions. He loved his wife, his kids, and his craft.
I found this report on them from my favorite show on tv. No matter where i am in the world every sunday morning i get up to watch CBS Sunday Morning. It is the best, most informative, well produced show on tv and i love it. Check it out, you wont be disappointed, and why not start with their report on Ashford & Simpson.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
The song, "Picture Perfect" embodies a simple formula that i have always loved in soul music. It contains heartfelt lyrics passionately delivered over heavy drums and a memorable bass line. I feel the video does the same thing visually. It pays respect to the smooth approach of Nat King Cole and Marvin Gaye seasoned with the hip hop culture I grew up in. I would love for people to walk away from the video with the same feeling they get from the last bite of their favorite meal. Fulfilled.
Thank you to Phonte for collaborating with me once again. Thanks to the leading lady in the video Sepsenahki and huge thanks to my directors Jay Espinal and Derrick Savage.
Let me know what you think party people.....
Monday, September 19, 2011
i performed yesterday for Atlanta's "For Sisters Only" Expo. great seeing old friends and making new ones. posted a few pics below for you guys to check out.
Friday, September 9, 2011
enjoyed meeting staff over at Essence. thank you for having me there. look forward to seeing you all again soon.
My good friend Vinx has been doing this amazing event for many years. Introducing the Soul Kitchen. First Vinx is an amazing artist and if you don't have his music please find it... But he opens his amazing house to songwriters, producers, and artists to open their minds and create. My schedule has not allowed me to join them yet but I'm very inspired by what he's been doing and look forward to joining them in the near future. But check it out and feel free to support it in any way. This is footage from Soul Kitchen 2008. They are currently on their 25th edition.