Sunday, September 30, 2007

R&B singers fighting to be heard

At Del Frisco’s, sultry R&B singer Chrisette Michele wowed radio programmers, DJs and radio personalities on Friday.
Across town, less than an hour later, neo-soul singer Raheem DeVaughn wowed dozens of die-hard fans.
Both artists delivered smoky love songs and tunes about heartbreak and more. Michele is on the rise, getting attention with songs such as “Be Okay.” She performed for a packed crowd at Grand Central a few weeks ago and wowed them as well with several tracks off her solo debut, “I Am.” With a raspy voice and a seductive air that doesn’t rely on her shaking her hips, Michele is poised to separate herself from the female R&B pack.
DeVaughn is promoting his sophomore release “Love Behind the Melody.” His first album, “The Love Experience,” yielded the popular cut “Guess Who Loves You More.” On stage, DeVaughn is dynamic. He sweats, and isn’t shy about going into the audience and dancing on chairs or between tables. His voice reminds you of Marvin Gaye, and he tries to channel Gaye’s sensuality and sensibility.
He’s trying to establish himself in a genre that’s lost its luster in recent years, with John Legend being one of the few men to maintain national prominence. It’s a tough chore when artists such as Akon and T-Pain dominate the charts and radio with drivel about getting women drunk, or odes to strippers.


Anonymous said...

It makes me very sad that really great music has no outlet these days. My husband and I recently went to Atlanta to see Lizz Wright because artists like that just get no play here. We went to see Phil Perry earlier this year and were shocked at how few people were in the audience. I think it's a shame that only booty shake music gets any airplay. I'm over 35 but still like to buy music.

DFitz said...

Just to let Everyone know, R&B in Charlotte does have an outlet. Every wednesday night at Allstars Bar and Grill is an open mic for R&B singers. I went and love it. The enviornment is great. Its live music, the band is great, its a candle light vibe...Just great. Its every Wednesday and it starts at 8:30pm!