Daley Performs Live Acoustic Cover of Sia’s ”Chandelier” (@DALEYmusic)

British soulman Daley has been touring the world since the release of his debut album Days & Nights. With more U.S. dates coming up this November, the singer/songwriter brings us a new acoustic performance, as he covers Sia “Chandelier” for a live session at ‘The Joint’ in London.Watch the performance video below.

Luke James Interview [@whoislukejames]

It’s always awesome to witness a new phoenoma in-person if you can be open to it. Entering House of Blues to a good looking crowd of couples, hipsters and very good looking, fashionable people, DJ Baby Jae of the Krackernuttz crew is hyping up the crowd spinning some classsic hip-hop while maintaining an up tempo. As it gets closer to showtime he slows it down to some classic R&B tracks and the crowd sings right along to every word indicating that they are primed and ready for this style of show. The band decends from backstage to jump on their instruments to rock out. Then pow, the man of the hour, clad in all white takes the stage and the audience erupts with applause and cheers. It’s Luke James time!! He runs through his new material displaying his fantastic range from high notes to low. The closest example would be that of Prince. Luke’s personality illuminates on stage as he plays comedian, down to earth singer guy and creator of that good vibe. The New Orleans born and bread vocalist has been singing since his youth and is at home on the microphone. We had the opportunity to chat with the gracious crooner backstage after the show: Welcome back to H-Town.

How’s the new album doing?

Luke James: Album is doing absolutely well, people are very receptive, the critics have been great and gracious (laughs), and people are buying it so it’s awesome. We see that you’re modeling for the Gap and Staple.

How’s that going?

LJ: It’s awesome, these people coming around and want me to wear their clothes so why not? It’s all fun, it’s all art, I’m all down if it’s positive.

May we assume you have a vocal church background?

LJ: Sort of, I’m more of a sponge. I was raised in the church but it wasn’t heavy in my house like that. I’m more of a sponge of people that move people and church music of course does do that. I’ve always been intrigued by different genres of music that made people feel a certain way and just made people lose themselves in the moment like gospel is one of those things, rock and roll, soul music. Things like that

How heavy is your vocal training regiment because your range is phenomenal?

LJ: Umm, keep singing(laughs). Less talking, a lot of practice…

HSM: Lots of tea?

LJ: Oh yea, a lot of warm things. Just constantly training myself, learning new things, listening to new things, listening to new music. Just vocally trying myself.

You seem very artsy yet you’re album is self titled, why not something deeper or more artistic?

LJ: You know this is my first official album, I like to look at this album as a prelude to the Luke James story. It only made since to title this first chapter, the cover Luke James. Like the book of Luke.

How long ago did you mixtape drop?

LJ: Like 2 years ago now. Wow, how does that feel now?

Your’re on stage, you’re on tour. You went on tour with Beyonce! How was that?

LJ: That was amazing man, out of this world. Just to be on tour and on stage. That’s where I live the most. Create the music and get out there and perform it and see how it affects the people. I had a great time on tour with Bey and now headlining my own tour. It’s absolutely amazing and a blessing. I’m just grateful to be able to do what I love to do. Those that already knew of him love him and sang along and those of us that were new to his sound were changed and went on to download his new self-titled album.

For more information, visit officiallukejames.com

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Video: Ziggy Marley - Lighthouse [@ziggymarley #flyrasta]


The heir to the Marley legacy, Ziggy delivers a new visual to his inspirational song, Lighthouse from his new album Fly Rasta.  This video features a crisp black and white view of artful images while chanting "Holding up the fire, lighting up the sky" backed by a chorus of voices.   Proceeds from this release will go to support Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), a non-profit organization that works to provide underserved youths with programs in academics, arts and athletics to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities. The album is available on iTunes, smarturl.it/lighthouse

Video: Alycia Miles - Must Be Love [@alyciamiles #premiumsonics]

The Centric TV favorite Alycia Miles delivers a new track entitled, “Must Be Love” to be added to her Before Everything Turned EP.  The video features Mrs. Miles with her band in tow during a live studio session as they actually learned and performed the song from scratch.  This siren is currently on tour as a back up singer for Leela James of R&B Divas.

Video: Mary J. Blige “Right Now” ( @maryjblige)


Mary J. Blige has stepped out of her comfort zone and traveled across the pond to work with some of the most acclaimed young artists hailing from the UK for her special new album The London Sessions. Today, the Queen gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the recording sessions for the album with the video for “Right Now,” the first UK single off the project.

In the black-and-white visual, Mary hits a London studio to record with British duo Disclosure, who produced the track with Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes.

Video: Pharrell feat. Daft Punk “Gust of Wind” ( @Pharrell)


Skateboard P releases another visual off his critically acclaimed album “Girl”. With a little help from Daft Punk, and Director Edgar Wright, the fall frenzy visual showcases Pharrell trailing the autumn leaf filled forest, while surrounded by none other than beautiful dancing girls.

Luke a James @wolfjames Live at @HOBhouston (at House of Blues Houston)

We’ll be chatting with #LukeJames Tonight 10/3 as he plays @hobhouston @wolfjames

We’ll be chatting with #LukeJames Tonight 10/3 as he plays @hobhouston @wolfjames

New Music: BJ The Chicago Kid “Soul of A Woman”


Goapele Reveal “Strong As Glass” Album Cover & Tracklisting

Goapele will be returning to our speakers next month with her fifth studio album Strong As Glass, in stores Oct. 21 via Primary Wave.

The soulful songstress has revealed the album cover and tracklisting for the anticipated follow-up to 2011’s Break of Dawn. The 10-track set has been preceded by the groovy, feel-good single “Hey Boy,” which she recently added Snoop Dogg to, and the album will also feature a duet with Eric Benet on “My Love.”

Goapele will also be kicking off a North American tour in support of the album in early November.

Goapele ‘Strong As Glass‘ Tracklisting:

01. Strong as Glass
02. Hey Boy feat. Snoop Dogg
03. Insanity
04. Perfect
05. What in the World
06. My Love feat. Eric Benet
07. Powerful
08. Some Call It Love
09. Last Days
10. Truth Is

“Strong As Glass” Tour Dates:

Nov. 07 Highline Ballroom,  New York, NY
Nov. 08 World Cafe,  Philadelphia, PA
Nov. 09 The Birchmere,  Alexandria, VA
Nov. 18 El Rey Theatre,  Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 20 Yoshi’s Oakland,  Oakland, CA
Nov. 21 Yoshi’s Oakland,  Oakland, CA
Nov. 22 Yoshi’s Oakland,  Oakland, CA
Nov. 23 Yoshi’s Oakland,  Oakland, CA
Dec. 04 Doug Fir Lounge,  Portland, OR
Dec. 05 Harlow’s Restaurant and Nightclub,  Sacramento, CA
Dec. 06 The Catalyst Club,  Santa Cruz, CA
Dec. 09 The Hoxton,  Toronto, Canada
Dec. 10 Concord Music Hall,  Chicago, IL
Dec. 12 Motorco Music Hall,  Dunham, NC (TBA)
Dec. 13 The Chop Shop,  Charlotte, NC (TBA)
Dec. 14 The Loft,  Atlanta, Ga 

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