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Maxwell, Jill Scott Tour Dates Announced

In Music, Uncategorized on March 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Save your money ladies and gents two great soul acts will be in a city near you very soon.

May 2010
21 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
22 – Auburn Hills, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
24 – Indianapolis, IN – Conseco Fieldhouse
25 – Chicago, IL – United Center
29 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center

June 2010
2 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
4 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
5 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
8 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
9 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
12 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
14 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
18 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
19 – Philadelphia, PA – The Wachovia Center
21 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
25 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden Arena

Raheem Devaughn, “The Love and War Masterpiece” Album Review

In Album Reviews on March 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Have You Had Any Soul Lately?

Raheem Devaughn revives true soul with “The Love and War Masterpiece.”

Grammy nominated, singer/songwriter, Raheem Devaughn wants you to stand up to injustice and make love, not in that order of course on his latest, “The Love and War Masterpiece.”

The Maryland native brings a refreshing sound to the masses, with his political opinions and love declarations, ambitiously merging the two throughout the 16-track album.

Beginning with an introduction from Princeton professor and activist, Dr. Cornel West, the album directly proceeds into the radio friendly lead single “Bulletproof” featuring popular Atlanta rapper Ludacris. The tune is reminiscent of “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye, speaking to the injustices of the world, simultaneously sounding like a black power anthem. Put your fists in the air.

Moving forward, he speaks to the hearts and minds of women with songs like “The Greatness” featuring DC rapper Wale, telling women they are beautiful inside and out and urging women to leave abusive relationships with “Black and Blue”.

Smoothly transitioning into his more romantic side, he croons sensually through the middle of the album with assistance from Malik Yusef on “Fragile,” gliding directly into lovers land with cuts such as “Bedroom, Microphone, Garden Of Love and B.O.B.” The latter is a very clever and bold song that will make the shyest listeners blush, while  stating he is better than an “artificial man” highlighting his best attributes as a lover. “Bob can’t kiss those thighs… I can go harder than your Battery Operated Boyfriend.”

Rounding out the album with “Nobody Wins The War” Devaughn gathers a host of soulful guests including Jill Scott, Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Dwele and Chrisette Michele making it the albums most politically charged track. Ending the release is collaboration with Damien Marley on “Revelations 2010”.

The Love and War Masterpiece beautifully blends political awareness and love songs with Dr. Cornel West acting as a tour guide through Devaughn’s world. The songs are very soulful, honest and refreshing. With exquisite style and production, the album solidifies his talents as a superb songwriter and vocalist, making it an instant soul classic.

Album in stores tomorrow!

Jill Scott and Maxwell Touring This Summer

In Music on February 26, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Grammy winners Maxwell and Jill Scott will kick off a 20-city U.S. arena tour this summer starting in Cleveland on May 21 with additional dates to be announced through June.

Maxwell’s 2009 Grammy winning, platinum release “BLACKsummersnight” won Best Male R&B performance for “Pretty Wings” and Best R&B album in February. The singer will release the follow-up this summer and 2011 respectively.

Jill Scott will perform songs from her 10-year career including those from “The Light Of The Sun” due this summer.

The LiveNation tour will make stops in Atlanta, St.Louis, Detroit, Miami, Chicago, Houston, D.C, Oakland, Los Angeles and Seattle. Venue and ticket information will be available soon via LiveNation.com.