For those who don’t know, you need to know. For those who do know, you don’t need me telling you why Rachelle Ferrell is so respected and admired by all of our musical greats and in the jazz community. There is a reason Jennifer Hudson, Gladys Night, Stevie Wonder and the list goes on and on, can be found at one her live performances. With a little bit of Sarah Vaughan to a little bit of just about everything but the kitchen sink, this contemporary jazz artist creates, channels and delivers styles that nobody has even heard of yet. This is someone that was born to sing and perform music. We hear over and over about certain singers and hopeful talent rising up in the business who are tagged with the word unique. I’m encouraged to watch these new singers to develop and grow. Rachelle Ferrell on the other hand is the definition of the word “unique.”
But don’t take my word for it just listen to what “the voice” can do.
Here are two videos (live) below showing off her jaw dropping vocal abilities and her passionate commitment in how it is delivered.
Rachelle Ferrell – I Can Explain (live)
Rachelle Ferrell & Jennifer Hudson, Improvisational (live) moment on stage
Visit her great collection of music on iTunes.
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“Life has meaning only in the struggle. Triumph or defeat is in the hands of the Gods. So let us celebrate the struggle!”
- Stevie Wonder
I attended the kick off of HarlemWeek on Sunday at U.S. Grant National Park on West 122nd Street and Riverside Drive (the Western edge of Harlem). It was great!
I arrived at 3pm just in time for an hour and a half of uplifting gospel performances.
The crowd was then treated to an incredible fashion show. The centerpiece of which were amazing hats. A planned medley of Steve Wonder tunes was cancelled by persistent and increasingly heavy rain. A scheduled appearance by Stevie Wonder was canceled, though he called in to inspire the crowd, and told us that he had been inspired by us too. There was a verbal tribute to him, during which we were reminded of his role as a great artist and civil rights figure prominent in bringing about Martin Luther King day.
It was the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, a feeling that permeated the day and its festivities.
There was a reading of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream”, the words of which remain as moving and relevent today a they ever were.
I was able to catch up with Vince Morgan with whom I first met recently at my local favorite HarlemFoodBar. We chatted about politics, music, and the need for grass roots representation now more than ever.
And I also got a chance to meet Elliot Spitzer. I told him I really loved what he had to say on Bill Maher this past Friday: July 26, 2013 Clip: Race Issues
The food was great, the crowd was fun, the police respectful. It was a great way to spend a day and kickoff a workweek. We hope that everyone takes in a piece of HarlemWeek.
Click here for more information on HarlemWeek and this week’s activities.
Posted in Central Harlem, Community, East Harlem, Harlem, Music, North Harlem, Politics, South Harlem (SOHA), West Harlem
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All of your favorite old school jams compiled by RhythmDB with something for everyone on this mix. To download click on the link…
FAVORITE CLASSICS (Vol. 1) by RhythmDB
Part 2 will be coming soon.
1. Georgy Porgy – Toto
2. Serpentine Fire – Earth Wind & Fire
3. Dancing Machine – Jackson 5
4. Maybe I’m A Fool – Aretha Franklin
5. Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
6. Shining Star – Earth Wind & Fire
7. The Groove Line – Heat Wave
8. I’m Still In Love With You – Al Green
9. Don’t Stop The Music – Yarbrough & Peoples
10. Miss Sun – Boz Scaggs
11. Genius of Love – Tom Tom Club
12. Strawberry Letter 23 – The Brothers Johnson
13. Ain’t Nobody – Chaka Khan
14. I Wish – Stevie Wonder
15. Love Rollercoaster – Ohio Players
16. Got to Give It Up, Pt.1 – Marvin Gaye
17. The World Is a Ghetto – War
18. Mary Jane – Rick James
19. You Ought to Be With Me – Al Green
20. Me and Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul
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