She Is Focused

March 16, 2010

Guetta’s Bringing Dance Back

Filed under: Get To Know,New Music — Felicia @ 11:30 pm

French House producer David Guetta is not the new kid on the block, although it may seem that way to American radio. The beat-maker who originally started his career as a House DJ in Paris nightclubs has an extensive career background in production and has released 4 albums between 2001 – 2009; the most recent being One Love. His latest album produced several hit records which featured American hit-makers Kelly Rowland, Akon, Ne-Yo, Kid Cudi and others. The most popular being “When Love Takes Over” with Kelly Rowland. In addition to keeping the beat going with his own records, Guetta has been collaborating with many of R&B and Pop’s favorite artists; influencing a shift back to Dance music.

His collaboration with Kelis, “Acapella” will be featured on her upcoming album Flesh Tone. It will be the first album for the “Milkshake” divorcee since 2006’s Kelis Was Here. In addition to Kelis, Guetta has projects in the works with Shakira, Ashanti and most recently Estelle’s “Freak”. The song which samples Soul II Soul’s “Keep On Movin'” is featured on her upcoming album All Of Me and the video has premiered on both her website and BET’s 106 & Park.

Haven’t heard a David Guetta track I disliked, so the fusion between House music and R&B/Pop (which is already wildly popular in the UK) will be a nice addition to American radio.

March 11, 2010

PJ Morton Talks Secular vs. Sacred

Filed under: Get To Know,Interviews — Felicia @ 12:22 pm

I recently did an interview with producer, singer, songwriter PJ Morton which was featured on RollingOut.com. Our interview was a lot more extensive as I also got background information on his career and some of the artists he’s worked with.

Read my detailed interview with him here:

The long-standing debate over secular versus sacred music and what’s considered acceptable in the church still continues.  Morton is no stranger to this topic because he once faced rejection from the church community over his decision to make the music he enjoyed. The child of gospel music royalty, the Grammy-winning producer, singer-songwriter talks about not limiting his music to one genre, his new album and why he wants his legacy to be about freedom.

For people who aren’t familiar with P.J. Morton, can you give a brief background on your songwriting and production credits?

Well I started in Gospel music when I was 15 and I started to write more and more Gospel music. When I went to College is when I got my mainstream break working with India.Arie on her second record Voyage To India in which I won a Grammy for the album. Then I transitioned and started to work with Jermaine Dupri with Monica, Jagged Edge, LL Cool J. after I worked with J.D. I worked with Musiq Soulchild, Ruben Studdard, Mary Mary. So I had my hands in a few different things over the years.

Which song brought you your first Grammy?

The Voyage To India album and I wrote and produced a song on there called “Interested”.

You also come from a Gospel Music family. Would you say you were thrust into this genre or did you genuinely have a desire to follow in your father’s footsteps and start there? (more…)

January 26, 2010

Introducing once again, Nneka

Filed under: Get To Know,New Music — Felicia @ 1:32 pm

Nigerian-born Soul singer Nneka gets a second introduction because this isn’t the first time she’s debuted her music. She released an EP followed by two full length albums between 2005 – 2008. Currently featured as the highlighted artist this week on iTunes, Nneka returns with a fourth release, Concrete Jungle now available. The album features her popular hit “The Uncomfortable Truth” with helped bring her to rising eminence.

Nneka got her shot at the music business when she moved to Hamburg, Germany at the age of 19. A run in with popular DJ Farhot gave her the opportunity she needed to record her EP The Uncomfortable Truth. She’s been quoted as naming Fela Kuti, Bob Marley, Mos Def, Lauryn Hill and others as her music influences. After gaining popularity by touring throughout 2005 – 06 she began laying down tracks for her 2008 album No Longer At Ease. When recently asked what inspired her music, she stated “I get inspired when I take a severe look at the things going on in our world today; especially in my country. How people live, suffer and endure pain, politics and religion, when I see all that man has evoked and created out of self-centeredness and devotion to material things.”

You can catch a performance by Nneka on David Letterman this February 3rd. Below is one of the singles from her latest release.

December 7, 2009

Lykke Li’s “Little Bit”

Filed under: Chat 'bout,Get To Know — Felicia @ 12:46 pm

Artist: Lykke Li

Song: “Little Bit”

Album: Little Bit (2007, 2008)

I’ve heard of Swedish artist Lykke Li at the top and her songs were pretty cool. She has a really sheepish girl-next-door sound but takes center stage when she sings. Although she’s been recording for some time her debut album, 2007’s Little Bit is what gave her that first bit of recognition. It was released under her own LL Recordings Label. After signing with Atlantic Records she re-released Little Bit followed by her second album, Youth Novels in the Spring of 2008. A remix was done to her big hit “Little Things” which features Young Money artist Drake. The track also appears on Drake’s So Far Gone Mixtape. I really like this collaboration because not only does it show Drake’s multiplicity, but it exposes Lykke Li to a broader audience who she has yet to reach.

Since the release of her second album she’s been touring and working on new material. You can listen to “Little Things” which features Drake here. The original song/video is posted below.

October 12, 2009

Melanie Fiona: It Kills Me

Filed under: Get To Know,New Music — Felicia @ 2:18 pm

I don’t usually make it a habit of doing multiple posts Melanie Fionaon any one particular artist in a short span of time, but i’ve really come to enjoy Melanie Fiona’s music; and she hasn’t even released her album yet. In my eyes she’s like the Drake of R&B. As you can recall i’ve mentioned her Give It To Me Right record a few weeks ago.

Her latest single, “It Kills Me” which will also be released on her upcoming album tentatively titled, The Bridge is my absolute favorite song from the Roc Nation affiliated artist. This is the type of song that any new artist needs to solidify their vocal abilities. A song that really executes their range, given the artist has the talent to back it up. She released a record on last year’s Reggae Gold 2008 album, “Somebody Come Get Me” where she displayed her Guyanese roots. But it seems her main focus is R&B.

Here’s the video for “It Kills Me”, the latest single from Ms. Fiona…get familiar!

October 3, 2009

US Currency Presents Their Fall/Winter ’09 Pieces

Filed under: Chat 'bout,Get To Know — Felicia @ 9:09 pm

US Currency has recently released their Fall/Winter ’09 pieces. Below are a few samples of what the clothing company has to offer. Additional pieces can be found available for purchase on www.theuscurrency.com.

King Obama Fushia

Thanks For Being A Fiend Black

The Currency Will Never Die Hoodie

June 16, 2009

June Album Releases – Pseudo Slang, Blaq Poet and Sin

Filed under: Get To Know,New Music — Felicia @ 11:07 am

Pseudo Slang releases We’ll Keep Looking on Fat Beat RecordsPseudo Slang

Pseudo Slang is a hip-hop duo from the Buffalo, NY music scene. Emcee Sick of the Xtracts of Slang and Tone Atlas of the Pseudo Intellectuals teamed up about a decade ago to form Pseudo Slang – a side project that took on a career of its own. After their debut release, The Catalogue (a compilation of tracks PS laid down from 1999 to 2004), Pseudo Slang switched to full time. After being quickly signed to stalwart hip-hop label Fat Beats Records, Pseudo Slang released the single “Broke and Copasetic” in 2006. National and international tours followed, and the build towards their first complete studio release as a duo is almost at its apex: We’ll Keep Looking is available now via Fat Beats Records. For more info visit www.audibletreats.com

Blaq PoetBlaq Poet dropping Tha Blaqprint on Fat Beat Records

Blaq Poet, a Queensbridge, NY native, first made a name for himself in 1987, entering his name into the legendary battle of Queens vs. The Bronx with his song “Beat You Down,” a scathing attack on KRS-One. Later, honoring a dead friend and namesake, he formed the hardcore rap group Screwball, comprised of other QB spitters Hostyle, Solo, and Poet’s cousin KL. Elsewhere, he appeared on the anthemic LP Nas Presents Queensbridge’s Finest, alongside Jungle and Cormega on “Straight Outta Q.B.” Blaq Poet’s refusal to dilute his subject matter or soften his cadence attracted the interest of rap’s most legendary producer, DJ Premier. Preemo, along with fellow luminaries Pete Rock and Marley Marl, laced Screwball’s Y2K album with Poet’s beloved boom-bap. (more…)

June 5, 2009

June Performances, Showcases and Beach Limes

Filed under: Chat 'bout,Get To Know,Island Vibes,New Music — Felicia @ 10:21 am

 Hello focused ones…below are upcoming events this month and next that I plan on attending and giving you reviews and of course behind-the-scenes goings on. If you plan on attending as well, follow me on twitter at www.twitter.com/SheIsFocused and we can network and enjoy the shows together! I will be updating this list periodically, so check back for additional events. If you have any shows you’d like me to attend and give me take on, hit me up at SheIsFocused@gmail.com. Until then, Stay Focused! Beach Lime 2k9

June 13th – 9inemile.com’s Beach Lime 2k9

www. 9inemile.com

Saturday June 13, 2009

Place: Fort Desoto Beach, St. Pete

Orlando’s ONLY all-inclusive Beach  Bus Trip

For tickets and addtional info: www.9inemile.com

407-797-3937 or 407-272-7452

 

June 18th – WAMU Theatre Presents Anthony Hamilton & Musiq Soulchild

Guest appearance by Chrisette Michelle

 

June 23rd – Faces In The Crowd Showcasae

Special performance by New York’s FMOS

http://www.facesshowcase.com/ 

Tuesday, June 23rd

Stay Focused for more details! Beres

 

July 17th – Beres Hammond live at BAM

Performance by Jamaica’s own Beres Hammond at the Brooklyn

 

 

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