Anthony David Performing at Liv

Anthony David is an AMAZING artist, and he’s coming back to DC on August 19.  I’ve already planned on going, and luckily, a friend who will be in town for a conference is coming with me!  Mr. David’s smooth, melodic voice has captivated many audiences around the globe.   At the suggestion of some of my friends via Twitter last summer, I bought a ticket to his show.  As I wasn’t that familiar with him, I went to his site and listened to some of his music.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered he sang one of my favorite songs, “Words” with India.Arie.  After hearing that, I KNEW I had to go to this show.  I even communicated with him via Twitter before the show and asked for a shout-out, which I was told I would get, no problem!  (And might I add that I appreciate the fact that Mr. David responded to fans unlike other artists/celebrities who didn’t.)  His performance was phenomenal!  And after the show, he was more than willing to talk and take pictures with his fans, yours truly included!  (He even recognized me from Twitter, and I called him out for forgetting to give me my shout-out! :))

Based on my previous experience, I’m very excited about going to see him in two weeks!  If you’re in the DMV, I strongly suggest you attend as well.  I’ve also added a little song for your listening pleasure, in case you’re not familiar with him.  He really is a talented artist, and I can’t wait for his next album “As Above, So Below”, which is set to be released October 5.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

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Happy Black Girl Day

A fellow blogger, The Beautiful Struggler, came up with the concept of Happy Black Girl Day.  Essentially, HBGD is where we celebrate ALL black women and try to uplift each other instead of belittle, degrade, and diminish.  So I am taking it upon myself to help the cause of uplifting other black women.  On the 2nd Wednesday of each month, I will have some type of post highlighting and celebrating Happy Black Girl Day.  This month, as it is Black Music Month, I will be highlighting my Top 5 Favorite Black Women Singers. Now, even though you may not agree with me, this is MY list. If you don’t like them, make your own.  And I’m not saying these women are the best singers…I’m just saying they’re MY favorite!

5. Beyonce- When Destiny’s Child first came out, I was a huge fan.  But I was not a Beyonce fan.  The thing that turned it around for me was a few years back when I saw a special on E! about her life.  I realized that she and I had similar childhoods.  And while watching her on tv I saw a very humble, talented, and gracious human being.  From there, I was hooked! I purchased every Beyonce album, I watch her on tv every chance I get, and I jokingly tell my friends that I aspire to be her (via my summer body).  No matter her success, she remains that little girl from the South, which I can relate to.  Not to mention the girl can dance her tail off and she can sing.  Beyonce is just a talented performer, and I will probably be a Beyonce Stan for life.  (And I have vowed-after watching Sex and the City 2-that I will learn the choreography to “Single Ladies” by the end of the summer!)

4. Nina Simone- I first fell in love with her voice before I even knew who she was.  I first heard “Four Women” at a performance during my junior year in college, and I made it my business to find out who sang the song. From there, I found out about Nina Simone (who’s a fellow Southern girl) and listened to more of her songs.  No matter what type of mood I’m in, Ms. Nina can relate. 

3. Lauryn Hill- This girl is phenomenal…hands down!  This girl has stage presence, amazing writing talent, and she can rap AND sing.  I just really want Lauryn to come back with a bangin’ album, a bangin’ tour, something…I still blast “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” like I got it last week.

2. Brandy- Maybe it’s because I grew up listening to her, but Brandy is one of my favorite singers.  I probably know just about every lyric to each song that was released as a single.  I loved her as Danesha on “Thea” and on her own series “Moesha”.  Brandy was the good girl I could relate to, and she was talented.  There weren’t too many songs by her I didn’t like.  Some of my favorites are “Best Friend”, “The Boy is Mine” (her duet with Monica), “Full Moon”, and “What About Us”. 

1. Jill Scott- SHE.IS.THE.GREATEST. Do I really need to say more?!?! This woman is a poet, a singer, a writer…Is there anything she doesn’t do?  I love her voice, and from what I can tell, she is a great live performer.   Each and every time I listen to her live performance in Philly and she sings “You’re Getting in the Way” I sing at the top of my lungs right along with her, and I dare somebody to tell me I can’t blow.  My mother even picked on me one day as “A Long Walk” came on the radio, and I knew EVERY lyric.   Even though I’ll miss her performance in DC next week :(, I anxiously await her new album “The Light of the Sun”, which is set to be released later on this year.

Honorable Mention: Aaliyah and Faith Evans

So, there you have it, my Top 5 Black Women Singers.  Who are you favorite Black women singers?  What are some of your favorite songs by Black women? Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

Black Music Month

So for those of you that don’t know, June is Black Music Month.  As someone who is an avid music lover, this is an important month to me.  Some of my favorite artists are Beyonce, Jill Scott, Maxwell, Raheem Devaughn, Mint Condition, Chrisette Michelle, Common, Lenny Kravitz, and my girlhood crush Prince (don’t judge me!).   So please take some time out of your busy schedule this month to celebrate your favorite artist.  A great site to check out is Black Music America, which highlights all genres of music that are prevalent to black artists.  If you want to stay in the know of music and artistry, this is the place to go.  Also, check to see if your city is holding any festivals or events celebrating Black History Month or even a Black musical artist.  If not, take it upon yourself to gather up some friends and have your own event where you play music by some of your favorite artists or even have a movie night and show black musicals, like “Purple Rain” (you knew it was coming), “Mahogany”, or “Dreamgirls”, just to name a few.  And we don’t have to limit ourselves to just musical artists.  Play songs by your favorite black producer or songwriter… I know I will be.   So, until next time-I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.