Since its debut, the Folgers Jingle has been transformed into country, gospel, jazz, R & B, folk, Celtic, and a cappella versions. Over the years, many artists have put their own spin on the classic tune.
Now it’s your turn. Remix your very own version of the classic Jingle and enter this year’s Folgers Jingle Contest before March 6th, 2013 for a chance to win $25,000! Ten finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges and featured on Folgers.com for public voting between May 15th and June 19th, 2013. Only one will become the Grand Prize Winner “ do you have what it takes?
Given that President Barack Obama had the hip-hop vote pretty securely in the bag, it’s only fitting that the day after his re-election is awash in a wave of celebratory tracks from artists big and small. Here are three notable songs paying tribute to Obama’s second term that range from the inspiring to the incomprehensible.
Young Jeezy “ “We Done It Again”
The newly minted Senior Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records manages to cram Trayvon Martin, Hurricane Katrina, and the trillion-dollar deficit into a mere two and a half minutes. In the spiritual successor to his 2008 track “My President Is Black,” Jeezy sends out his message to “every ghetto in the world / Every little boy and little girl.” Though the new track is more cautiously optimistic this time around (“Waiting on a savior, maybe Barack”), it still a clear show of the rapper’s full support of the president.
Booker T. & The MG’s, Buddy Guy, Greg Allman, Dr. John and Ike Turner”what do these legends all have in common? They’ve all rocked the stage at the Sarasota Blues Fest. This year, you could too. All you have to do is enter the Sarasota Blues Fest Competition on OurStage!
Submit your song by July 25, 2011 for your chance to win. Five finalists will be selected from the Top 20 ranked artists in the competition to perform at The Gator Club on August 13, 2011. From there, the competition judges will choose one Grand Prize Winner to receive $750 cash and a performance at Sarasota Blues Fest on November 5, 2011! Don’t let the festival name fool you; the competition is open to all blues, soul, R&B, gospel, world, jazz, southern rock and funk artists, so get out there and enter!
Fans: For your tireless efforts ranking the best artists in Florida, we’ve got a little kickback in store. Judge by August 5, 2011, and you could be one of five fans to win two tickets to the festival. Enjoy the good tunes while basking in the beautiful Florida sun”it doesn’t get much better than that.
Mike Murphy”this week’s Soul Searching pick and OurStage artist on the rise”hails from Canton, Ohio. With an extensive background in gospel music (thanks to an early start performing in church), Mike quickly found his soulful side and has perfected his craft over the years. His music frequently features an R&B style, and heartfelt lyrics that he attributes to his religious upbringing. Growing up, Mike frequently participated and succeeded in a number of local talent shows due to his stage skills and vocal abilities.
Fast-forward a few years later, Mike joined the Armed Forces. As fate would have it, he was selected by Army Entertainment to participate in the 2000 US Army show. From there, Mike traveled the world in order to perform and entertain the troops with his talent. Once his duties were complete, he gave New York a chance”showcasing his skills at popular nightclubs. During this time, Mike also teamed up with producer Hamza Lee and worked on a few tracks with the lead singer from the group Soul for Real.
The culmination of all this experience brings us to his recent full-length release Love. The album shows Mike’s personal vulnerability and features everything from ballads to club tracks. Mike has shown some great success on OurStage, ranking in the Top 10 in R&B and the Top 100 for “Best of ” Urban Channel.
Listen to Mike’s single Hopeless” a track about when someone is just not that into you and how hard this realization can be”below. The song is a prime example of Mike’s vocal ability.
Keep an eye out for Mr. Murphy as he continues to climb the ladder of success.
In our quest for soul, it’s not uncommon for us to run into an artist who got their start by singing in church. Gospel training tends to lend itself well to the soul genre. Daryl Black came up on our radar and we knew we had to feature him as this week’s Soul Searching artist. Yes, Daryl Black is someone who first trained as a singer in the church, but Daryl is more than a great vocalist. This artist is both a talented writer and producer as well. These three skills combined create original music that gives the listener a deeper sense of what the artist is trying to portray. Daryl hails from California, and works to prove himself as a serious artist everyday. He’s most certainly has some impressive accomplishments to add to the resume including opening and or performing for Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, Coko, R. Kelly, Marvin Sapp, Daryl Coley, Prince, Shirley Caesar, J. Moss, Tonex just to name a few.
Daryl’s music has heavy pop influences that makes it ready for the mainstream market. Listen to his song “Radio” and you’ll see what we mean. We’ve added the song below for your convenience. Let us know what you think in the comments section and, as always, if you have suggestions for who we should feature next, let us know!