While supporting Beyoncé on the European leg of her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” the incomparable Luke James stopped by SBTV in the UK to perform a special mash-up of his hit single “I Want You” mixed with Janet Jackson’s “I Get So Lonely.”
Stunning as usual. Highlights from her cover story:
On how she first started her rebellion against the industry: “I wanted to make all of the creative artistic decisions but I wasn’t the one paying for it. And they didn’t fully trust me to make them,” she says. “Every decision was a battle. It was exhausting. I wanted to be in a position where not only was the music fully my body of work, but everything thereafter was also my body of work. I knew that meant I had to leave and that I had to struggle.”
On being so ambitious in her own way: “I have a mother who never took no for an answer when it came to her creative pursuits,” Solange says. “She started a hair salon in her spare bedroom and four years later had 30 employees. I have a father who was the first black student at his junior high and high school and had to do a lot to get to that point. So it’s really in my bloodline when it comes to having an idea and making it happen.”
On the writing/recording process with producer Dev hynes for her newer music: “We were either staying in a rented house or he was staying with me, my boyfriend, and my son. Everything that happened on this record was literally waking up, him usually before me, going and creating the bones to the track and then me rolling over and hearing it while I’m fixing breakfast. When you’re making music like that, where it’s a natural extension of your day, it’s so much more enjoyable,” Solange says. “I remember being in writing sessions and having to put disclaimers out every time I was about to share something. You need to be in a space where you can just say, ‘All right. This is what I’m feeling.’”
On her home life: “When I’m home, I’m just straight mommin’ it,” Solange says of life in Brooklyn, which revolves around 8-year-old Juelz. “School runs, play dates, soccer games, etc. You have to constantly fight for that balance and now I kinda got it under control.” After a hectic few weeks on tour, she’s looking forward to leaving town with Juelz later today for a two-week vacation—a week in L.A. and a week in New Orleans, where she feels very, very at home. “I go to crazy bounce clubs,” she says. “I eat crazy po’ boys, drink daiquiris. I ride my bike a lot.”
Singer Lyfe Jennings releases a new single as well as a thank you to his fans for there support. Its been quite some time since we have heard any new material from Jennings, but he assures fans he’s back making positive music with substance. Check out the Letter and single below.
R&B crooner Jack Freeman has released visuals for his latest single “Nobody”. The single has garnered national attention from notable music blogs, Okay Player and Singerooms, and with the video finally being released, its sure to continue to help build momentum for the budding star.
Check out the video below, and check out The Jack Freeman Experience in Houston May, 22 at Jet Lounge.
Jazz crooner Jose James released his latest album No Beginning No End earlier this year, recorded a series of acoustic performances for Capitol’s ’1 Mic 1 Take’ series. In the latest piece, James grabs his guitar and masterfully covers Al Green’s classic song “Simply Beautiful”.