Unless you have been under a rock, many of you have heard about hip hop soul artist Lauryn Hill‘s recent issues and potential jail time for failing to pay taxes for several years. Within the past week, Sony has stepped up to the plate with a record deal for a limited number of songs from the renowned performer. Read more of this post
We recently brought you a great EP, The Batter, by a Michigan-based singer, Yellokake. We really enjoyed her voice and sense of experimentation. After reaching out, we were able to get some answers to the questions we had. From her responses, it seems this artist, who will be performing at SXSW this year, is set to make some major waves. Keep your ears open and enjoy. Read more of this post
Delivering a spine tingling rendition of recently departed Whitney Houston, Nicole Vanessa Ortiz takes first prize in this legendary competition, which began in 1934. According to Wikipedia, the Apollo Amateur Night has spawned the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Jackson 5, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, Mariah Carey, The Isley Brothers, Lauryn Hill, and Sarah Vaughan among others.
From Apollo Theater:
Nicole Vanessa Ortiz performed her rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” to a standing ovation. After previously competing in 2011, Nicole successfully worked hard to rejoin the competition!
Mia Chanel and Sharifa Graham also impressed the audience with Beyoncé’s “Listen” and Musiq Soulchild’s “Sobeautiful.”
All three performers shared their joy backstage with family, friends and the Apollo crew. Even though Amateur Night is a competition, they bonded by knowing they’re one step closer to achieving their dreams.
Nicole Vanessa Ortiz (1st place), Mia Chanel (2nd place), Sharifa Graham (3rd place) and Tears of Blood (Child Star(s) of Tomorrow) advanced to Show Off! on April 4th.
THE REMIX ROUND
Contestants who did not win in last night’s show still have a second chance through the Amateur Night Remix Round! You can click here to vote your favorite contestants back into the show. The Remix Round contestants are Ericka Hart and Latrell Phoenix. Anyone can vote, so spread the word to your friends around the world!
You never know what will happen at Amateur Night! YOU tell the performers to be good or be gone!
We are really happy to hear that according to the Village Voice, Lauryn Hill’s recent 3 night stint at the legendary Blue Note in the Greenwich Village neighborhood in Manhattan, went off without (much of a) hitch. Reportedly, she started nearly 4 hours late (11:57pm vs. 8p start time) and launched into a set reminiscent of this Summer’s Rock the Bells concert, which featured nearly unrecognizable versions of classics like Lost One, When it Hurts So Bad and To Zion. We are happy to hear she was able to pull it together for the sake of the crowd and her legacy despite the lateness. Her recent new song ‘Repercussions’
makes us proud and we anticipate more great music from this artist. Our only knock is that the recent performances seem a bit self absorbed, which is ok, we guess for rock stars, but to ask fans to wait for 4 hours just shows a lack of respect for those that are your biggest advocates.
Forever Loving Jah
When It Hurts So Bad
How Many Mics
I Only Have Eyes for You/Zealots
Ready or Not
Killing Me Softly
Turn Your Lights Down Low