COVER OF THE WEEK: KILLING ME SOFTLY (ROBERTA FLACK/FUGEES) – JORJA SMITH

Whether you’re more familiar with Roberta Flack’s original version, or like me you remember the Fugees chart domination with their 1996 remake, there’s no denying that ‘Killing Me Softly’ is a great song. Here we have UK singer-songwriter Jorja Smith take on the number, giving it an uptempo jazz makeover. I do think the arrangement slightly takes away from the emotional depth, making it more … Continue reading COVER OF THE WEEK: KILLING ME SOFTLY (ROBERTA FLACK/FUGEES) – JORJA SMITH

SONG OF THE DAY: MICHELLE WILLIAMS feat. BEYONCÉ and KELLY ROWLAND – SAY YES (LIVE)

I’ve said this before, but despite being an atheist, gospel music lifts my soul. When Michelle Williams released ‘Say Yes’ in 2014 I was going through a tricky time and I used to play this song over and over and I would always feel lifted by it. Almost a year after its release, Michelle united with her Destiny’s Child bandmates Beyoncé and Kelly to perform … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: MICHELLE WILLIAMS feat. BEYONCÉ and KELLY ROWLAND – SAY YES (LIVE)

SONG OF THE DAY: ETERNAL feat. BEBE WINANS – I WANNA BE THE ONLY ONE (LIVE GOSPEL VERSION)

Last week I documented how my passion for music began in the late 80s with Kylie Minogue, well a few years later in September 1993, Easther, Vernie, Kéllé and Louise – collectively known as Eternal – released their debut single ‘Stay’; well and truly solidifying my love for music. Their debut record ‘Always and Forever’ is the first CD album I owned and it’s one … Continue reading SONG OF THE DAY: ETERNAL feat. BEBE WINANS – I WANNA BE THE ONLY ONE (LIVE GOSPEL VERSION)

RUMOUR: JANET JACKSON TO PLAY GLASTONBURY?

Rumours began circulating earlier this week that Janet Jackson will be playing this year’s Glastonbury Festival alongside Kylie Minogue, Stormzy and The Killers. The Sun newspaper say the news came from a Glasto insider, although as yet no confirmation has come from Janet nor her team. If Janet does indeed take her place in prestigious the line-up, it will mark her first live performance in … Continue reading RUMOUR: JANET JACKSON TO PLAY GLASTONBURY?

JUST STAND UP (LIVE AT FASHION ROCKS 2008): ALL T, ALL SHADE

When was the last time we had a good charity single? I would say it was in 2008 when LA Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds brought together some of the most prominent female singers of the time to sing on a record called ‘Just Stand Up’. The song is just what you might expect from a charity single – uplifting, positive and full of motivational … Continue reading JUST STAND UP (LIVE AT FASHION ROCKS 2008): ALL T, ALL SHADE