Inspiration for Your Ears: From Heartfelt Gospel to Mindfulness and Activism

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This week flew with dizzying speed so I listened to more music than podcasts, but still managed to catch inspiration from a plethora of sources.

My hairstylist Dominique turned me on to a heartfelt gospel song “Worth” by Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy.  Its such a beautiful reminder that God’s love for us is boundless and liberating.

Shannon, my bestie and LIC blog contributing writer, spent this week rocking out to Vixen Noir, an eclectic music artist who’s song “Dangerous,” celebrates independence and strength.

Andra Day, with her lovely vintage look and soulful sensibilities is officially one of my favorite new artists. Her song “Rise Up” eloquently captures the relentless spirit of determination. “I’ll rise up unafraid,” she sings boldly.

I just discovered Lizz Wright has a new album, Freedom and Surrender. The behind-the-scenes video is about this latest offering is fascinating; its always great to hear the artist discuss their work.

Affirming the lives of all black folks matters is essential for America’s healing. I love Koli Tengella’s take on this issue. His commentary is regularly featured on The Marc Steiner show, my favorite daily radio broadcast airing WEAA 88.9 FM.

Soulful Sounds – Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

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Are you over auto-tunes and studio artists? I stopped listening to commercial radio years ago. Give me the authenticity of genuine performers any day. It’s why I love Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, a band effortlessly blending nostalgia of the mid 1960s and 1970s, with their own sensibilities.  

They make kick-your-shoes off and party-hard kind of music. It’s an auditory feast, fusing gospel, jazz, and classic rhythm and blues. Their fifth album hits stores on January 14, and this blogger cannot wait.

Go ahead, enjoy, y’all; turn it all the way up. You can let those Monday blues go, starting now.

Live in COLOR! – Emelda

Talking Music & Faith with singer Marcell Russell

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Marcell Russell‘s rich voice lingers in the air long after our interview ends. It is a voice imbued with conviction and courage. The Baltimore native and man of faith is unapologetic about the role of God in his life, yet he’s honest about the chains of religious dogma.

As a preacher’s kid, Marcell grew up surrounded by gospel music, but wondered why it left out concerns his parents discussed: money, family, love, community, and friendships. His mother challenged him to talk about it, and he began writing music in 7th grade.

Years later, Marcell continues to write, perform, and produce, and is often compared to musical luminaries such as Donny Hathaway. During the late 90s he formed the band, Marcell & the Truth, releasing two CDs, Hopes too High and Symbols.

Photo Credit: Keston      De Coteau
Photo Credit: Keston De Coteau

This summer, he offers us The Serenade and The Sermon, a double CD which explores the darkest sides of himself and others while simultaneously looking at the light and beauty. We hope you enjoy our June blog chat with this phenomenal artist whose penned over 700 songs in eight years, and been nominated for twenty plus independent music awards.

Please share your thoughts after listening to the interview. We love hearing from you! The video is a collaboration between Live In Color blog and Keystone Productions.