Emeli Sandé Sings about Strong Love

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Authentic music is oxygen for me. Discovering a phenomenal artist becomes an all engrossing love. I pour through their songs on YouTube, walk around with ear plugs, humming, moving, bathing in the rhythm of their words. Emeli Sandé, the petite British powerhouse, is a new favorite.

“My Kind of Love,” her melodic testament to strength and the caliber of love which shows up just as struggle begins leaves us to question ourselves.

Do we have what it takes to love boldly, when it’s uncomfortable and arduous? Is our love self absorbed or altruistic?

The essence of lines like these linger long after the beat stops:

“Cause when you’ve given up, when no matter what you do it’s never good enough;
When you never thought that it could ever get this tough, that’s when you feel my kind of love.

And when you’re crying out;
When you fall, and then can’t pick your happy off the ground.
When the friends you thought you had haven’t stuck around,
that’s when you feel my kind of love.”

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.

 

Documentary SOUL POWER at Creative Alliance, May 30

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Leave that Charm City humidity behind and head to Creative Alliance this Thursday, May 30 at 7pm for a free screening of SOUL POWER. The documentary portrays the experiences and performances of musical legends James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, Celia Cruz and countless others.

These dynamic artists were inspired to return to their African roots, and deliver the performances of their lives. Call (410) 276-1651 to reserve tickets.