Music Birthday: DeFord Bailey Sr.

Today, December 14, 1899, DeFord Bailey Sr. was born in Smith County, Tennessee. Though he struggled with polio, Bailey broke racial barriers as a black musician when he performed on the Grand Ole Opry – originally The Barn Dance – in December 1924. Ultimately helping establish the country music genre.  With his harmonica, stature and…

Motown Records: “Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack”

Today, November 15, 2019, Motown Records released the soundtrack album to Queen & Slim, a tragic love story boldly confronting the constant racial divide in America. A fulfilling & mixed-genre album, features from celebrated artists such as Bilal, Raphael Saadiq, Mike Jones, Choker, Lil Baby, Lauryn Hill, Megan Thee Stallion and more easily help bring…

Rahsaan Patterson: “After Hours”

Today, October 26, 2004, Rahsaan Patterson released “After Hours,” his third studio album. Just one month after its release, on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, “After Hours” peaked at no. 65. Also an international success, the album reached no. 36 on Brazilian iTunes. “After Hours” is rich, extravagant, and Patterson’s vocals are as…

Music Birthday: Malcom X

🔊🥳 Today, May 19, 1925, Malcom X was born El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz in Omaha, Nebraska. Michael Jackson sampled a portion of Malcolm X’s “By Any Means Necessary” speech in the ‘HIStory’ single. The song was released in 1997 as the final single to support Jackson’s ninth studio album “HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book 1.”

Music Birthday: Ace Hood

🔊🥳 Today, May 11, 1988, Ace Hood was born Antoine McColister in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Ace Hood was signed to DJ Khalid’s We The Best Music Group until 2016. And, on this day 2018, Hood released the second part to his “Trust the Process” concept—“Trust the Process II: Undefeated.” The album peaked at no….

Music Birthday: Bobby McFerrin

🔊🥳Today, March 11, 1950, Bobby McFerrin was born Robert Keith McFerrin Jr. in Manhattan, NYC, NY. Linda Goldstein produced the popular Bobby McFerrin single ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy,’ a song included on McFerrin’s fourth studio album “Simple Pleasures.” The song reached no. 1 on the US Hot 100 in September 1988, and has since been…

HomageCollage: Silk, ‘If You’

🔊💜Today, February 11, 1993, Silk released ‘If You ’ as a single in support of their third studio album “Tonight.” The song is a production by Delite Allamby and Kenny Flav, and it peaked at no. 13 on the US Hot 100. “Tonight,” also saw success in the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, peaking at no….