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!
Every child has a dance you understand/ every child has to grow into a woman. At least that’s how Tone Trezure sees it. For her, the juvenile dance was rebellion, a dance fortunately accompanied by the dream of making it big in hip hop. Thanks in no small part to her dazzling vocals and unique beats, that dream stayed by her side during her transition into womanhood. If you think you’ve heard her shimmering pipes before, it’s probably because you have. A phenomenal blend of happenstance and talent has landed Tone Trezure (born Latonya Geneva Givens) some pretty amazing opportunities over the years, most noticeably the chance to sing backups on Snoop Dogg‘s “Promise I” from 2004’s R&G(Rhythm & Gangsta) and Xzibit‘s “Ride or Die” of his 2004 LP Weapons of Mass Destruction. But let’s not get distracted here, this is a hip hop column after all. Tone Trezure’s singing is gorgeous, but you wouldn’t be reading about her if she didn’t have an agile flow and intelligent rhymes to match.
The autobiographical My Destiny is a first person narrative looking back on Tone’s cycle of ambition, from the inspired (Since I could remember/ way back when I wanted fame and fortune/ used to stand in front of the mirror and portrait/ my brush was my mic and the fans was Moses) to the discouraged (but fabrication raised a bull-headed kid/ prevailed to rebel because I didn’t want the biz). She was confused out of the gate, but got her shit straight when she saw the light, a truth spelled out in the chorus. The track’s disjointed instrumentals, consisting primarily of a purring bass and plucky guitar, are glued together by Givens’ warm resolved vocals when she sings and reliable verbal rhythm when she raps. Evidence of Tone’s musical talent and creativity”this Mozart of drumming plays 6 instruments, and is well versed in jazz, classical and modern gospel”is easily found here, predominantly in her ability to keep the track moving with minimal percussion (nothing but bass kicks on 1 and hand claps on 2&4) and repetitive half step modulations throughout to change things up. How many rap songs have a modulation?
Made it big? Not yet. But she’s on her way. On top of the aforementioned collaborations, she’s made music with Erykah Badu, Pharoahe Monche, Rick Ross, Quincy Jones and a slew of indie artists. Who can deny a resume like that? A line of EPs, including one featuring duets with her mother (gospel recording artist Cherry Givens), is in the works to lead up to her premier LP, which hopefully will hit shelves soon. Before her fame erupts, check her sound out in the player below and let us know what you think about her style in the comments!
The church has been the crucible for countless recording artists. Of course, not all who sing in the choir carry the spiritual theme over to their personal careers, but plenty do. In this case Kristine Alicia is the rule, not the exception.
Under the tutelage of her minister father (also a classical musician), Alicia and her five siblings grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, singing and playing the piano both at home and in church. It’s an upbringing that’s written all over the singer’s music. Breezy, Caribbean rhythms and textures permeate almost every song, most of which are low-tempo R&B/Reggae grooves. Blessed with a smoky contralto reminiscent of Toni Braxton and Sade, Alicia lends her silky island cadence to songs of worship and devotion. With lines like Even if I hide from you / Your presences seems to find me and You are the king of my desire, it’s sometimes difficult to tell whether Alicia is singing to God or lover.
Either way, all we can say is, Amen.