Posts Tagged ‘Luther Vandross’

This Christmas Mix

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From my City to yours… happy holidays everyone!  Just in time for your last minute shopping trips, decorating and family gatherings – due to popular demand – here is my first Christmas Mix.  The name, This Christmas Mix, is obviously a play on the great Donnie Hathaway’s tune, This Christmas.  That is one of many songs included in this mix.  You’ll hear some Soul, R&B, Jazz, Go-go and gospel Christmas favorites.  So often, I find Christmas is used as an excuse to make some pretty bad music… but I think these tunes are classics and it’s just not Christmas to me until I hear them. Download this mix as a gift for someone on your list or just stream it during your holiday gatherings.  Thank you so much for your support.  Happy Kwanza, Merry Christmas and have a wonderful New Year.  Love!

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Fell in Love in the 80’s

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My first mixtapes consisted of bad radio recordings via my Casio cassette recorder with the external mic; more often, the background noise was louder than the music.  Once I got ahold of a radio with a tape deck built in, I felt unstoppable.  I still have some of those childhood tapes, one of my favorites had Shelia E.’s Hold Me, Culture Club’s Mistake #3 and Tech and the Effx’s Perfect Match (from School Daze).  My goal was to always catch the songs that didn’t get a lot of airplay, now I’m excited to share that music with you.

Fell in Love in the 80’s is the first installment in my new series of mixtapes showcasing some of my favorite love songs according to decade.

When I first started work on this mixtape I thought it would be part 2 to the first slow jam mix I posted on DJBeTray.com entitled, While You Were SwingingWhile You Were Swinging focused on slow jams released during the New Jack Swing era in R&B.  But Fell in Love in the 80’s goes beyond that with music predating the late 80’s and incorporating songs from the mid and early years of that decade.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a 70’s baby who loves 80’s music and the rarer the song the better; please enjoy this mixtape of classics. Love!

Top 5 R&B Male Singers

Marvin Gaye

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Marvin Gaye’s silky voice, groundbreaking lyrics, compositions and fight for artistic control have inspired an entire generation of musicians.  In my opinion, Marvin’s influence birthed neo-soul long before the genre or even some of its artists existed.  Marvin walked the line between sex and political relevance before we knew there was a line to be walked; and he did so as a man.  He set the stage; he showed way.

Luther Vandross

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My favorite thing about Luther Vandross was his ability to take an old song and make it completely his own.  His vocal styling, arrangements and attention to detail were always in a class by itself.  When I really began paying attention to music as a teen, Luther is who I played over and over again.  In R&B music he is to me what The Godfather is to film, the standard.

 

Eddie Kendricks

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As founding member and original lead singer of The TemptationsEddie Kendricks‘ falsetto changed the sound of American music.  As a solo artist, he created some of the most sampled music of today.  On the day of Michael Jackson‘s death, in an interview Smokey Robinson listed Kendricks right behind Marvin Gaye as an example of another great artists gone too soon.

Will Downing

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Will Downing’s sexy low octaves can tickle a song or grab it tightly; wherever he decides to take you, you know it’s going to be good.  From jazz standards to R&B classics, Will is one of the most underrated talents in music.

Alexander O’Neal

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R&B needs Alexander O’Neal back.  His rough and rugged vocals cut through the refinement of male R&B singers in the 80’s.  He was a muse for producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis; it showed in every song they produced for him.  Alex’s vocal interpretation of their lyrics is one of a kind and his adlibs are flawless.