Posts tagged "Music"
Levi Kreis: Finds Where He Belongs

Levi Kreis: Finds Where He Belongs

Levi Kreis isn’t merely a run-of-the-mill hit-chasing troubadour — he’s s a pop-soul evangelist whose pulpit is the stage and whose songs are his sermons. Whether he’s crooning about the end of a love affair, lamenting a sexy backroom encounter, or lifting his voice in praise to the high heavens, Levi Kreis doesn’t just sing...
Party in the FIP

Party in the FIP

What started out as a few good friends setting out to create a memento of their summer getaway on Fire Island has turned into an Internet sensation that has been simultaneously racking up thousands of hits on YouTube and lighting up the blogosphere. When New Yorkers David Fudge, Ted Donath, Colin Stark, Brian Davidson, Richard Davis,...
Chris Cornell : A ‘Scream’ In A New Direction

Chris Cornell : A ‘Scream’ In A New Direction

Rocker teams up Timbaland for the party album of the year By Duane Wells Depending upon your generation, the name Chris Cornell may well evoke completely different musical memories. To some, Cornell’s name will instantly recall the grunge era, when he was the frontman of the pivotal Soundgarden, a band whose signature sound personified a...
Heather Headley

Heather Headley

Heather Headley has been winning hearts with her rich, soulfully elastic voice since the moment she made her Broadway debut as Nala in the Elton John–Tim Rice musical The Lion King back in 2000. A subsequent star turn in Aida, two critically acclaimed pop albums, and a stack of anthemic hit ballads–turned–contemporary club remixes later, and the multitalented Headley is releasing her first gospel CD, titled Audience...
In the Spotlight: Jennifer Hudson

In the Spotlight: Jennifer Hudson

Hollywood may change some people, but Oscar-winning Tinseltown ’It’ girl Jennifer Hudson is not one of them. She may have an Academy Award and few other glittering statuettes to her credit nowadays, but in conversation and in demeanor, the forever real Miss Hudson is still the consummate un-diva. Don’t get me wrong, she bristles with...
Battle Barracuda

Battle Barracuda

What’s in a song? Apparently a lot, if the song happens to be Heart’s 1977 hit “Barracuda” and the people playing it happen to work for Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Following Governor Palin’s address to the Republican National Convention, strains of Heart’s classic “Barracuda” filtered through the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., in deference to the first female GOP vice...
Hey Sister Soul: The Return of LaBelle

Hey Sister Soul: The Return of LaBelle

By Duane Wells and Stayce Holte Hey sister soul sister, go sister, soul sister Hey sister soul sister, go sister, soul sister –LaBelle / Lady Marmalade   In the moments before the landmark Wear Something Silver concert at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1974, I can still remember standing backstage listening to my grandma Chubby...
Patti LaBelle – When A Woman Loves

Patti LaBelle – When A Woman Loves

by duane wells There is probably no other singer on planet earth who sings a song quite like the incomparable Patti LaBelle. Whether as a part of the seminal 60’s girl group, Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles or as the leader of the space age glam rock band, LaBelle, or as the definitive soul diva...
La Dolce Denyce

La Dolce Denyce

by duane wells It is not ordinary for an opera singer to experience a rise as meteoric as that of Denyce Graves, but, then again, there is nothing quite ordinary about the woman herself.  No ordinary diva…No ordinary mezzo-soprano…No ordinary human being…Denyce Graves is, in a word, extraordinary.  An elegant and refined creature marked with...