Kanye West: “Vh1 Storytellers”

Today, January 5, 2010, Kanye West released his second live album, “VH1 Storytellers.” This performance was taped while West was still working on the recording of his fourth studio album “808’s & Heartbreak.” “VH1 Storytellers” shows West as a timeless entertainer, and perfectionist. The set is complete with nine songs from his riveting repertoire: ‘See…

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…

Music Birthday: Niska

🔊🥳Today, April 6, 1994, Niska was born Georges Stanislas Malif Dinga-Pinto in France. Last month in 2016, Niska released the ‘Jsuis dans I’truc (I’m in It Freestyle)’ track from his “Zifukoro” debut studio album. Produced by Seezy, ‘Jsuis dans I’truc’ sampled ‘How We Move’ by Lil Bibby & King Louie, and went on to peak…

Music Birthday: Sarah Vaughn

🔊🥳Today, March 27, 1924, Sarah Louis Vaughn was born in Newark, New Jersey. In 1961, Vaughn released an intimate album called “After Hours.” This album has her cover of Duke Ellington’s ‘In a Sentimental Mood.’ This jazz album also contains the classic Cole Porter song ‘Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye;’ a song recorded by many,…

Music Birthday: Hozier

🔊🥳Today, March 17, 1990, Hozier was born Andrew Hozier-Byrne in Bray, Ireland. On March 15, 2019, the deluxe version of his “Wasteland, Baby!” studio album peaked at no. 64 on the American iTunes Albums Chart. This album was primarily self-produced, while additional production was provided by the likes of Rob Kirwan, and Ariel Rechtshaid. “Wasteland,…

HomageCollage: Hozier, “Wasteland, Baby!”

🔊💜Today, March 1, 2019, Hozier released his second studio album, “Wasteland, Baby!” This album became Hozier’s first no. 1 on the US a Billboard 200 when it peaked on March 15, 2019. Two of the three singles released in support of the album peaked on the Billboard Triple A Songs Chart: ‘Almost (Sweet Music) (no….

Music Birthday: Brian Littrell

🔊🥳Today, February 20, 1975, Brian Thomas Littrell, of the Backstreet Boys, was born in Lexington, Kentucky. Littrell helped the band chart 18 songs on the US Hot 100, one being ‘All I Have to Give,’ which peaked at no. 5 on February 5, 1999. The song is production by Full Force, and it won a…