INTERVIEW: Janelle Monae Talks Sexuality, Love, Re...

Janelle Monae has taken flight as the android ambassador from Metropolis with a funky style and an electric style all her own. Her debut album, 2010’s The ArchAndroid (click to read our review) was an eclectic mix of funk, soul and R&B. But it’s the latter of those that finds a stronger presence on her upcoming album The Electric Lady, due out September 10. “With The Electric Lady I did not want to recreate The ArchAndroid, or any of my work. I find that to be kinda boring and repetitive and just not honest. With The Electric Lady I wanted to be exploratory in R&B and I wanted to really do something that showcased the...

VIDEO: Luke James Di...

Luke James stopped by the Essence Press Room to fill us in on his upcoming debut album, new movie and discusses how it feels to be the opening act on the “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” (watch clip of Beyonce here) “It’s been awesome, I am grateful. She could’ve...

INTERVIEW: Janelle Monáe Showcases New Artists of ...

One of the cool things about the Annual Essence Festival is always the opportunity to meet new artists, hear new music and appreciate rising talent. This year, Janelle Monáe hosted the CoverGirl SuperLounge and introduced three talented new acts she’s been working with at the Wondaland Arts Society Studios. First up is rock duo Deep Cotton, a funk/rock duo based in Atlanta, whose members are Chuck Lightning and Nate “Rocket” Wonder. They’re noted as longtime collaborators with Janelle, appearing on the song 57821 from her debut album The ArchAndroid (click to read my review). Deep Cotton will be releasing their EP...

INTERVIEW: Jill Scot...

In the second part of her press room interviews, Jill Scott discusses her two (that’s right, TWO) forthcoming albums and the importance of feeding our children creativity. The first album, to be released later this year, is called The Lullaby Album and sounds like a very unique...

VIDEO: Emeli Sandé Talks Her First US Festival, Mu...

  The 2013 Essence Music Festival was special for UK singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé, as it marked her first appearance at a US Music Festival. The Next To Me singer talks about her Essence experience, and talks about a fan favorite from her debut album Our Version of Events. Sound-Savvy asked Sandé about the inspiration behind one of her emotive ballads Read All About It, a song she says is about “using your voice, finding your voice. There’s many reasons why we shouldn’t speak and many reasons to be afraid so I’m trying to counteract that, encourage people to speak up and be brave. She also cites many American...

VIDEO: Jill Scott Discusses her Custom ‘Gril...

Jill Scott bodied the stage at the 2013 Essence Festival this weekend, kicking off the first night of concerts with her powerful vocals and commanding stage presence. In the clip below, the Philly songstress performs her hit The Real Thing on the mainstage and then chops it up with the press about her custom-made grill by Paul Wall and her fashion inspirations. Jill was quite candid in the press room as you will see; I thought her response to the first question was pretty funny. I mean, come on… everyone knows that’s kinda old news. Check the video to see how Jill responded to a question that she’s been asked in hundreds...

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