NEW Music: Sevyn Streeter “Call Me Crazy, But…” EP

Who is Sevyn Streeter?

Sevyn's Promo Pic

  • American Singer-Songwriter
  • Genres: R&B, Hip Hop, Pop, Dance
  • Label: CBE (Chris Brown’s record label) signed in March 2012
  • Influences: Aaliyah, Brandy, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Yolanda Adams, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Sevyn has been in the “industry” for many years. I personally remember her being a member of the teenage girl group TG4 (Tom Girl 4) in the early 2000s (associated act of boy band B2K–I was a big fan..don’t judge me LOL). TG4 was a four member group that was one of the opening acts on the “Scream Tour” that was headlined by Bow Wow and B2K, but the group didn’t garner much success and disbanded.  In 2009, Sevyn was a member of another girl group “RichGirl” who eventually disbanded in 2011 due to poor commercial success.  RichGirl was even the opening act for Beyoncé’s I Am…Tour (North American leg). After the group disbanded, Sevyn continued to write songs for other artists (such as Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande, Kelly Rowland, Fantasia) also including Chris Brown (“Yeah-3x”, “Strip”, and “Fine China”–just to name a few) which eventually led to her signing with his CBE record label in March 2012.

Sevyn Promo

Sevyn released her debut single as a solo artist in October of 2012, “I Like It” (not included on her EP).  This record was her breakthrough single and led up to the release of the lead single for her EP “It Won’t Stop” (feat. Chris Brown) (co-produced by Diplo of Mad Decent Records–be sure to check out that post). The video has over 10 million views on YouTube.

Album Cover

Released: December 3, 2013
Track-listing:
1. Come On Over
2. It Won’t Stop (feat. Chris Brown)
3. Sex on the Ceiling
4. Call Me Crazy
5. B.A.N.S.
6. Shattered
7. nEXt

Watch Sevyn’s “It Won’t Stop” video feat. Chris Brown (It’s a nice slow jam, laidback song)

I think this is a solid project for Sevyn. 2014 should be a promising year for Sevyn. She has been working hard for many years and it appears that it’s finally HER time! My favorite tracks include the lead single “It Won’t Stop”, “Shattered” and “nEXt”.  “Shattered” explains how things can fall apart in a relationship and “nEXt” is wanting your EX to be your nEXt boyfriend/girlfriend.  Below is the teaser for her next single “Sex on the Ceiling.”

“Shattered” teaser

  • Follow Sevyn on Twitter @Sevyn for updates or check out her official website.
  • Purchase her album for $5.99 on iTunes! (It’s been in heavy rotation for the past few weeks on my end–hopefully you all will feel the same!)

A Breath of Fresh Air…Luke James

Two words…Luke James. I wholeheartedly believe that this guy is the next big thing for R&B music. I’m a huge fan of Luke James! His voice will give you chills. In an industry, where it is becoming more common for people to look the part than to have the talent to succeed..Luke is in a lane of his own..Let’s start by giving you a glimpse into this guy’s background…Luke James I Want You

He attended high school with music artist Frank Ocean, in New Orleans (St. Augustine High School). Prior to venturing out on his own as a solo artist, Luke was a part of the duo, “Luke & Q” which garnered the hit single “My Turn” in 2006. The duo split up shortly thereafter because they mutually agreed to part ways since they did not get the recognition that they both were seeking. Luke then focused on honing his songwriting skills, and wrote songs for Britney Spears, Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, and Justin Berber.

In 2011, he was personally selected by R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles to appear as a dancer in her “Run The World (Girls)” music video. In 2013 he was personally chosen by R&B singer Beyoncé Knowles to be an opening act for her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Luke’s long-term manager, choreographer Frank Gatson, has been pivotal in his affiliation with Beyoncé Knowles and Destiny’s Child since he has served as a long time choreographer for the two acts.

Luke and Bey beyonce-luke-jamesUnder the management of record producer Danja, James released his first mixtape, #Luke, in 2011 as a free download. The mixtape’s critically acclaimed single “I Want You” earned him a Best R&B Performance nomination at the 2013 Grammy Awards. He released his second mixtape Whispers in the Dark as a free music download in 2012. His debut studio album, Made to Love, is slated for release in 2013.

Check out some of his music below…

“I Want You” music video

“I Want You” live performance video

Click on the links to stream or download his mixtapes..you won’t regret it!
Whispers in the Dark
Luke

Resources:
Singersroom
Vibe Magazine
GlobalGrind
B.E.T.

Dear Mr. Ocean, You’re bi? We hadn’t noticed.

Won’t it be the most predictable, embarrassing thing if the media actually talks about Frank Ocean’s sexuality at the Grammys next year?  Everyone will be over it, right?  I’m writing this on 12.12.12, and it’s my wish to the universe:  Be cool, world.

Let’s face it:  his album, channel ORANGE, would have done just as well this year if he hadn’t “come out” or written that “open love letter” to a dude, or replaced all the pronouns with “she”.  It is an impressive, seamless work written by a truly gifted young man who has no need to prove himself.  His successful songs for others (John Legend, the Biebs) had set the stage for this moment.  However, the publicity around the release of this album made many wonder if his little tumblr coming out party was a stunt.  It was a week before the album dropped.  Was he pressured into it?  Did he feel as though he needed to give his music context?  A compulsion to be honest?  There was a lot of hype coming from a lot of angles, and it catapulted the release and subsequent reviews into a higher profile situation.  It certainly made waves and got a lot of attention from a variety of communities.  But what happened this summer was that the music community supported him and his honesty, even the ones you wouldn’t expect (his colleague Tyler the Creator is allegedly uncomfortable with these things, but he rose to the occasion).  Others (Chris Brown, 50 Cent) may or may not have been so accepting.  But have you listened to this album?  It’s like he’s seeing things from above, telling stories for you to interpret any way you like, neither happy or sad; hopeful or maybe hopeless, full of musical nods and somehow defying genre.

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So the glitter has settled, and he has been nominated for six Grammys.  Everyone always bitches about how the nominations always miss something important, it is too mainstream, blah blah, Of course this is true, get over it.  My hope is that this year, the unpredictable will prevail.  When Frank Ocean takes the stage, as he undoubtedly will, to accept his first Grammy of the night, will it be up to him to bring up his sexuality?  Will it be a non-issue not because of fear, but because of acceptance and love?  The legacy of this album could be one of a breakthrough of tolerance in a resistant musical community that will permeate the industry and perhaps others.  We’ll just have to wait and see what he has to say about it.