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Its been a minute since there was an actual R&B group on the landscape. Not since the 90s and early 2000s, which brought us the last round of groups such as Dru Hill, B2K, Day 26 and Danity Kane, Have we enjoyed music made in unison by a unit. Fast forward to 2018, and the rebirth is in motion. Detroit was home base for some of the greatest groups of all time like the Four Tops, Dramatics, Spinners, Supremes, Miracles and the prototype, The Temptations. So its only fitting that the rebirth take place in the”D” in the form of Soul duo, Producer/ Vocalist Akinyele the Black Night and Vocalist Leon Taylor, collectively CLUB SOUL. The group came together thru mutual admiration of one another’s work. “I saw Akinyele at the Bullfrog (local club) and after his performance I was trying to meet him. His music was banging” said Leon.. Imagine his surprise to find out Akinyele was an already skilled and in demand producer as well as an exciting artist. Akinyele, a talented multi instrumentalist as well, felt the same about Taylor. ” I hadn’t heard of him before. But when he sang. I said man, we gotta hook up on some tracks!!” And soon they were doing just that. According to Leon, ” I went in to do some tracks and came out a member of the family..” Not surprising given the mutual instant respect they gave each other. What started out as just doing a little writing and recording, morphed into a full blown project between the two Detroit artists. Calling it CLUB SOUL, as way of combining their love of R&B and paying tribute to those before them. Explaining the origins of the group Akinyele stats, “CLUB SOUL, is not a group. Its a Tribute to Real R&B music. Myself , my R&B brother Leon Taylor put it together , But , its much bigger and more than just us and you will soon see what we mean in the future to come.”, Offering a glimpse into the many different incarnations and aspects of creativity they plan, and can explore, within the Club SOUL project. But Leon and Akinyele, will remain as core to the project making sure it stays true to the original formula.


When you meet Akinyele Spaight a.k.a. Akinyele the Black Night, you will feel his aura. but not in an arrogant or above it all kind of way. What you see is a multi faceted amalgamation of music. He wears many hats all in the name of music. He is an artist releasing up to 2 or more mixtapes/ eps of his own original music consistently for the past 3 years, as well as a producer/ Songwriter gospel party/musician and music company owner with projects out or in the works for a growingakinyele Club SOUL number of artists. Add to that he is a father himself over two budding artists. His son Akinyele JR. Who is traveling the Gospel path of musical expression, And daughter Kazha Akimone’, who is a young vocalist and writer in her own right. So the music is in the blood thick. “Akinyele, is my birth name. “The Blk. Night” comes from my Pops. This was his Alias back when he was touring and on the road playing lead guitar for so many of the greats. He passed it on to me and I’m running with it.”, Says the young producer and artist, who has been trolling around the Detroit scene for a few years now. His sound is one of them definitely dirty Soul, mixed with sensual and sexy lyrics as well as sound b as s subwoofer music. One thing that defines this sound, is its rawness, but polished delivery. Very reminiscent of The Dramatics, Teddy Pendergrass, O’Jays and the Philly Soul sound of the mid 70s. His style as a songwriter and producer, is derived from honest to goodness soul. “As far as my sound, it’s just me. Just unapologetic honestly me. Yes, I’m from Motown. I am a “D” Boy, so I’m sure that pedigree is in my blood. But I just do what feels good to me.” Says the in demand local producer. Who is building a roster of awesome talent from in and around Detroit .. He even has a name for his studio where the magic happens… The Black Cave, Where thru his production company, Black Night Music LLC. He is plotting a musical empire of his own.. And now, he has the family to help in the uprising.



Some people pursue music. Others have music thrusted upon them. They cant avoid it. Its called DESTINY, When your every journey leads you down the same road over and over again. For Vocalist LEON TAYLOR, the journey began with a dare in the 5th grade. leon“On a dare, I went up to sing during the talent show in the 5th grade. I chose Mario’s “Let Me Love You”. When I did it, I didn’t think much of it. But when I was done the response I got was like Wow!! You can really sing!! Everyone kept saying things like that. I was hooked.” said Taylor who immediately began using his newfound talent for the Lord. “I sung in Church and for 2 years Church conventions, working with Gospel artists like Deitrick Haddon  and  Hezekiah Walker doing backing vocals. But it wasn’t until about two years ago (2015) that I decided to pursue it as an artist myself.”says Leon who cites the likes of Jazmine Sullivan, Tank, Zebulon Ellis, and Smokie Norful as influences. Ever the humble cat, when he originally planned to join the Armed Forces, however that did not work out due to no fault of his own.. He retreated back to music. Taylor put his foot on every stage that would have him and started his own music company to release his own music, Taynation Music. Where he released a single called “Look Like Bae” and released a full album called “Love Can”. He became a staple on not just the club circuit, but hitting various open mics and seeking to spread the word about himself around, he came upon The Blk Night himself and rest is Soulful History. After tracking with the Blk. Night it became an easy decision to link up  as artists.


Serving the first helping of the unity known as CLUB SOUL, FB_IMG_1520939605168.jpgthe Blk. Night and Taynation are giving us the Soul and Funk we’ve been missing. The first single “Knock Em Out The Box” is an uptempo Funkfest that borrows from Hip Hop as well 80’s/90s Soul… with Akinyele and Leon setting the table for healthy dose of R&B. Gems on the project include “Sunshine”, “He Ain’t Me” and “Oh Yeah” Overall its an album full of soul reminiscent of the days of LeVert, Keith Sweat and 90’s Soul with sensual balladry and Uptempo burners. The chemistry between Akinyele’s precise production and songwriting paired with smooth vocals of Leon Taylor and Akinyele himself  deliver some Grown Man Soul for the adults in the room.  You can hear the influences of Johnny Gill and even a little R. Kelly come thru on the arrangements laced to appeal to the Real R&B Lovers. You are invited to the club..

~ T. MARTIN, RnBIn the

Club Soul debut EP out Now!! On SPotify, iTunes, TIDAL, Amazon and more!!


Ingenue with a View. . .MYNA

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ONE of the first things you you notice and never forget about young vocalist from Ann Arbor, MI….MYNA ( Rashmi Pandian) is her spirit. The humble selfless aura that belies her young 18 years, is evident upon meeting and greeting the first generation Indian American, who prefers hugs to handshakes. With the posting of several of her musical creations, has begun to stake her name as an artist. Delivering in the form of her song called , “Lemon Trees (YELLOW)” an ode to people around you changing up….from her soon to come out EP titled “roygbv” – Red – Orange – Yellow – Green – Blue – Violet.. Dropping in February, the title is an ode to the colors of the rainbow.. and her feelings of it. Lyrically largely written by MYNA featuring production from several up & coming producers.. It is a strong effort from such a young soul. Heavily influenced by other young Ingenues of the day like Solange, SZA and one if her favorites, Jhene Aiko, with whom she draws natural comparisons, which MYNA humbly takes as the ultimate compliment. She is also a multi instrumentalist, playing electric guitar, piano and ..ukulele. Self taught no less and a tribute to her tenacity and seriousness to her chosen craft. Her vocal parallels between ethereal and breezy, yet confident in its execution. Which she uses to her advantage during performances where she draws in with her warmth and then delivers a commanding performance to a captivated audience. She is fluid in her cadence heavy delivery, often alternating in a rhythmic delivery and almost rapping, within an already passionate delivery. With her song, the Soundcloud released, “Lemon Trees” having gained some 12k views, she is poised to continue to grow.

Being a singer/ songwriter was probably not her parents planned for the her. But being exposed to not only the music and customs of her heritage, while simultaneously growing up in a western hemisphere way of life. Gave MYNA the insights and appreciation if being a world individual versus cookie cutter All American girl. Her writing offers the views of a young woman coming of aged, in this still young millennium. Dealing with relationships both romantic and friendship based, along within a climate of diversity thanks to being a product of Ann Arbor, Mi. Where the world renown University of Michigan sits in your backyard and encompasses the majority of the city. Of course education is important to the only daughter of Indian immigrants, Who coincidentally, was accepted to rival Michigan State University. MYNA has also shown been serious about this music thing for a minute. In b preparation is currently enrolled in college courses preparing to enter college fulltime in the near future.


As for now..we get to enjoy the music of MYNA that uses lush landscapes paired with Sparse Hip Hop beats along with MYNA’s pleading yet confident vocals reminiscent of Groove Theory vocalist Amel Larriuex and Goapele. Cuts like the aforementioned “Lemon Trees”, “Spaceship Serenade” and “Loud”, find the young singer riding grooves that would make even the most stringent of Hip Hop heads nod…She had range as well..during LIVE performances, she can be heard taking Songs by as diverse artists as Adele and Frank even 50 Cent.. Showing her ability to adapt to music not like her own. But to make the music her, own…T.Martin

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BETTER IN BLACK: Decendently speaking

Hip Hop, is going thru an identity crisis..Purists, who believe that it should look or sound a certain way versus what it looks and sounds like today. When what we should be, is proud when future and the past intersect to create something we all can enjoy and respect. With that being said, I have to Thank the Soundcloud Gods for their dependency on algorithms. For without the aforementioned programming procedure, I may never have been introduced to , and now a full on fan of the Hip Hop/ Soul, brother and sister duo ..BETTER IN BLACK. .comprised of Shayy the MC and Blac Natrol, they breathe and carry a torch for Hip Hop like it was the 90s. With a style heavily dependent on a mixture of Bone Thugs like cadence, with the sensibilities of Souliquarians: ATCQ, De La Soul, and the Roots, add in vocals reminiscent of Badu and and Dionne Farris, and of course the aesthetics of their undoubtedly Hip Hop Predecessors , The Fugees and the legendary Lauryn Hill…Just their DNA alone is enough to make bohemian rapture. Influenced no doubt by the enlightened Daisy/Afrocentric era of Hip Hop by the likes of Arrested Development and the individuality of Outkast.. and given their very young age (Shayy , 19 and Natrol, 17) they are the living breathing embodiment of what we imagined the offspring of the Golden age of Hip Hop, would matriculate into. RnB In the D recently went Q&A with Singer/Rapper/ Producer and sister of the duo, Shayy to get some insight on what we need to know about the young artists in residence, who have released three very well executed and vibrant pure Hip Hop/SoulCentrific EPs via SoundCloud..Let’s get it in:

ShayyRnB: This “June” tailormade for “Insecure”..I can picture Issa with effed up look on her face while “June” or “Small things” is playing in n the background!!

Shayy: And ahh thank you, I had a good time creating this EP… it’s something small and personal !! I’ve never really watched the show yet but I’ll look into watching it lol 😆✨

RnB: You should check it in total..y’all have three EPs of sorts?..With this EP more about your singing than Hip Hop ..It’s dope. It sounds personal ..Where did you record it..Who write produces did I’m guessing?

Shayy: Yes we have three in total.. this EP’s meaning was basically about my favorite month.. plus my birthday month lol, which is june but also the shortness of the songs are equivalent to how “short” the month of june actually is.. then the songs itself just express how I was feeling in the month of june, which wasn’t too well .. so I started writing exactly how I felt but it was in also in a way that would help me release a lot of things that I often get stuck in.. And i recorded it here lol , I also did the mixing/ some mastering , writing and production on the EP lol.. just in my room on my laptop.. not the BEST quality yet , but i’ve learned a lot because of the time I’ve spent with it..

RnB: That’s dope!! You’re a thinker..What day is your birthday? My wife and Son are both in June. Are you adding anymore songs to the EP?

Shayy: My birthday is june 21 , gemini ! 😆 lol that’s cool , we’d all get along then lol! And there were supposed to be more but i think “Small things”, sort of concluded the EP .. but i do have a few songs that didn’t make it that i’m going to rerecord with better quality and put them out as singles

RnB: We’re there plans to add more to the EP? Its kind of short. I’m loving the mood..and I understand and respect the concept..What about Natrol? is he on anything for this EP?

Shayy: yes i do have one more that’ll go great on this EP that i really wanted to add, it’s called ” color me ” that was the first song i actually started working on back in june.. but i’m getting all new equipment so that’s why i kind of wrapped it up but i will still add that song to the EP .. and actually i wanted him to be on a few parts , which i still can do lol because i have like a little intro / outro as well so it’s technically not finished yet.

RnB: There it is. It’s a glimpse into Shayy..It’s kind of your “MisEducation..” not to put the Lauryn stamp on you so much. But you’re dope. So get ready for a lot of comparisons..Question..If not music..What would you be doing instead? Where do you see yourself/Better in Black in 5 years? How do you feel about music vs. The industry?

Shayy: ahh thank you ! lol it’s okay , lauren is great and she’s definitely an inspiration for me.. we already know A LOT about how the industry runs.. i read a lot and do a lots of research on how this industry is ran lol so i know it’s definitely not an easy ride , but for the love of music, it’s always worth it. i think i’d be doing something in the criminal justice field lol .. i love law and order so i’d be like a detective… but i see us being very well known locally and in other cities

RnB: What do you think of Hip Hop right now..R&B..what’s lacking? What do you like?bib album

Shayy: i think in hip hop , it’s lacking original content and character. i believe it’s hit a slump and now everybody who is making something that’s “too different ” is not being validated as ” good music ” and now it’s all about the hype music.. but i feel like our supporters are really into our music lol. And as far as r&b , i’ve actually heard some really good musicians hat are bringing it back so i’m feeling what’s happening with that lol

RnB: Insightful…Who Are some if influences and inspirations musically..personally?

Shayy: If you know me then you know that amy winehouse is just.. my everything lol, kendrick lamar is one of the main reasons for how i am now.. biggie smalls, steely dan, whitney huston , mariah carey, tori kelly, ice cube , snoop… it’s so many lol it’s all over the place..

RnB: I’m a big HBCU dude…if you went to an HBCU..where would you go..what sorority would you pledge..You seem like a Howard U/ AKA chick:-))..I dig your thought patterns ..What artists are you digging right now?

Shayy: well i would’ve chose an HBCU college to go lol and i would’ve pledged delta i believe…and i actually have gone through my rights of passage which is also a sorority lol.. and thank you 😊.. and at the moment , there’s this artist called Sabrina Claudio , but i’ve been listening to her since she came out and this other artist called lèon.. she’s amazing lol.. it’s a bunch of others too..

RnB: Firestick or Netflix?

Shayy: Netflix

RnB: With your style of music, ..Do you feel out of place or right at home in the Detroit music scene. What do you dig about The “D”? Dislike

Shayy: Sometimes i do because of the name and sound that detroit has already given so i think when people are new to us , they expect what they’ve already heard…i think detroit should get more attention but i feel like it’s only a niche in the music industry… even after all of these years.

RnB: Wow..June babies..MY WIFE, is into Sabrina Claudio!! Turned me on to her!! Given your sound y’all will breakthrough nicely. .Given what you know and have experienced..would you sign with a major label, indie or stay independent? Why/Why not?

Shayy: lmfaoo yes see me and your wife already know ! 😊 She’s AMAZING… and no I wouldn’t sign to a major label UNLESS it was TDE because i’m in love with SZA and I’ve been a fan of kendrick for 7 years so I feel like I know him lol.. they’ve always had the freedom of putting out there own content and i respect that.. but I think we’d stay independent as of now.. BUT that doesn’t mean we can’t form a team lol

RnB: Yeah I think it’s easier now with technology and such…If you’re music is dope..which it is..people will find it..Its mostly promo that gets you over…Yeah SZA is double dope af!! Are you going to her show at Fillmore?..I think the Detroit scene gets international love..Danny Brown, Black Milk, Slum on the Hip Hop side are big in Europe…Have you gotten any attention from overseas yet? How’s that feel or make you feel about your music?

Shayy: yes that’s very true, so I just let the music speak for itself 😊.. and yes I’m going ! I just have to buy my ticket lol yes I’ve worked with the guys Young Brit , we’ve done a few songs together and some of his audience has came over to our music as well lol, it feels good in general to have people from all over listening to our music.. it’s a good feeling to know that somebody , somewhere could be playing one of our songs lol

RnB: In would you as Better in Black, an artist, and individual like to be perceived and remembered..

Shayy: I would want people to remember us in comparison to a breath of fresh air… meaning every time they hear our music , it’s refreshing and something that doesn’t get old.. a mixture of soft and hard.. like yin and yang.

RnB: Kind of how we feel after listening to Better in Black..Like we’re Yin and ..Better in yang. Your music feels very personal..Like how Issa Rae once said about how black. Chicks that went to college feel about Drake..”It’s like he gets us”..And we get Better in Black

Shayy: ahhh well that’s a way to say it ! 😊 i just want people to be able to have a relationship with our music and not think it’s only targeted to a certain crowd, it’s about variety. – T. Martin

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To say vocalist CHECHI SARAI was built for this music thing, Is a gross understatement. In short time she has built a resume worthy of a music biz veteran and shows no signs of slowing things down.Lets start with the obvious. YES She can sing the wings off angels. Anyone desiring of proof need only look to her YouTube channel where her cover clips AVERAGE, 20,000 authentic views each consistently. Or look to her professional resume where as a songwriter for the likes of Bad Boy artists Day 26 and as a backing vocalist for Soulster Eric Benet. Or to her extensive time as a choreographer for Teddy Riley. Needless to say she is one very talented and tireless young lady. A Michigan Native born to Immigrant Nigerian parents, CHECHI embraces and uses every fiber of her being in her career. “Some of my musical influences are Celine Dion, Brandy, UB40, Gyptian, and Awilo Logamba. My father and sister had a huge impact on my development. My father is responsible for my versatility. He used to be a DJ and exposed me to music from all of the world and a very young age. My sister Ogech helped develop my talent. In 1st grade I could already harmonize. She taught me how to dance and play piano as well.” says CHECHI, speaking on the many inspirations and influences that have shaped her well rounded approach to music. To understand CHECHI SARAI is to see her perform. SHE, enjoys it as much if not more than her audience does. She often smiles like a child on Christmas day when performing. Its almost a guilty pleasure in seeing someone so happy about what they are doing.”I love the opportunities that the industry provides. I hate the superficial part in the industry. The unrealistic expectation of artist is such a bad example for children.” says SARAI who is every bit the artists artist. . “I have been an artist forever. I truly decided to ditch school and outside music full time when I was 21.” on her decision to approach music full time. ” I want to viewed as an inspiring and positive artist that changed lives. I want to be known as a fighter. I represent the underdog and I will give everyone hope.”chechi3

Her unquenched desire to be an all around performer has led to some lucrative and very high profile gigs as well as a first hand industry education for the young singer..In addition to her well received cover videos. CHECHI, has been of late engulfed in creating her own original music. .”Touring with Eric Benet was life changing. Singing on his set as more of a lead role than back up. I had the opportunity to do duets with him. Opening up for Gyptian (a popular Raggae artist) was big deal for me too. He helped me feel more comfortable with my true swag that reveals my Nigerian roots immediately.”  Opportunities the vocalist has no question earned by being ready when opportunity knocks. Something she has always prepared herself for is to be skilled and ready to show off her talents including being a top notch dancer and choreographer..”I had taught dance many times in my life in colleges and middles school but at some point I lost confidence after spending more time  on being an artist as a whole.” speaking on an opportunity to work with New Jack Swing creator , Teddy Riley. . “I had the opportunity to choreograph for him (Teddy Riley). I had only the night before to prepare myself and 3 other dancers. After the show I knew I could do it again and for anybody.” Explaining why she holds herself to a high standard.  The results speak for themselves.

But of course the industry isn’t always so bright a gratifying. When speaking on some of the low points of her journey. CHECHI offer her own view of things,  “Downfalls I’ve experienced, were learning some industry lessons the hard way. I have no regrets though. I don’t make the same mistake twice. In 5 years,  I will be touring the world and changing lives. I would only and always be making music. ” An observation and rock solid tetement to the drive of a confident and more than capable artist. Another thing that is very admirable of the vocalist, is her constant embrace of her Nigerian roots. It gives her not only world appeal, but legitimizes and makes authentic where she gets her style and swag from. She is a go to performer as opener or co headliner for International artists such as Baby Cham, Gyptian , Flavour and international electronic act The Brookes Brothers.Equally at home working in pop, R&B, trap, Afrobeat, High Life (Nigerian music), and Rock music, her versatility as a performer and composer is unmatched among her peers. “My music is a message of individuality, self-love, and perseverance, all of which were strengthened and solidified in me due the setbacks that I have overcome.” Ever the optimist, CHECHI SARAI has been hard at work creating music for her debut album as well as putting out a very strong ep from2016 called “BRAGGING RIGHTS” displaying  her octave reaching expertise on a Riddim mix to the classic Minnie Riperton song “Loving You” and her title song “Bragging Rights” to hold us over till the album drops in 2017.
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dominique-davisNot many people are aware of Hamtramck Michigan. A small barely 2 miles in radius, city within Detroit. Established and still populated by Polish immigrants of the early 20th Century. And in the latter part of the 20th Century home to a good sized population of Arab American citizens as well. But it is also home to a burgeoning young Soul Singer making preparations to blow up the music scene. DOMINIQUE DAVIS, is a young artist with the blessings of musical talents that are world class. A vocalist, as well as a skilled songwriter and musician. DAVIS is only in the starting phase of her young career. But has prepped and primed herself for much of her short 20 years on the planet. Born in Columbia, SC but raised in the “D” more specifically Hamtramck. DOMINIQUE who plays alto sax and piano, says,  ” I’ve been singing since I could remember and I’ve been publicly singing since about 9 at local events in Hamtramck such as sports events, city hall events, teacher’s meetings, etc. I had the opportunity to sing for Vice President Joe Biden,  at the Jefferson-Jackson Democratic event at Cobo Hall. I just recently branched out to do my own music and here we are!” Modestly condensing the work shes put in even before deciding to make it a career. Writing , Singing , producing and recording songs  that would become her 4 song debut EP called “Trouble Waters” with a friend from college with a home studio setup. The end results are awesome and stand up to anything the industry currently has in rotation. Using her single “Done” as a calling card. DOMINIQUE’s pleading but strong tenor is front and center. Making every note she sings fill the song with a passionate yet confident declaration of not dismissing her lover  until she is Done’ with him. Utilizing a Trap Soul beat with her sensuous but earnest tenor reminiscent of a young raw Mary J. Blige, or Fantasia. She has a distinct soulful vocal that will no doubt make her voice recognizable.

As a songwriter., DOMINIQUE DAVIS  pen game is on point. She co wrote and produced her music  along with her producers making it a very personal yet liberating experience. When asked where she draws her inspirations from she says, “I do love Rihanna and my influences range! from Mary J, Toni Braxton, Anita Baker, Adele, Johnny Gill, Kehlani, Old, young, new, trap music, soul, indie, r&b I love it all! I use inspirations from all..”. She also draws her inspiration from  her own life experience as well. “I just have spent a lot of time around different cultures and I appreciate every style and I try to incorporate that in my music. I love reggae though, so that could be an inspiration as well.” And on her creation process and how it came together.” We set it up in the house and got to work as best we could.” The EP definitely came together well.. in addition to “Done”  on the 4 track project, She does evoke  a bit of Erykah Badu  and show off a little range and register elevation .Hitting notes reserved for Mariah Minions.  But DAVIS,  does so in a soulful passionate vibed out way of delivering a song, That makes it more of a Soulful wail a la Avant Garde’ Soul Legend Nina Simone, then a Memorex moment. Getting her feet wet onstage and getting the word and music on this first release right now is of her most immediate of plans. ” I am in the works of getting some shows together. And I’d like to collab with anyone!!” Says DOMINIQUE.

The young vocalist is also building her YouTube following by posting acoustic piano driven covers of dune of her favorite songs with her own vocal styling and, getting her Alicia Keys mojo working by accompanying herself on the keys. She recently posted her own variation of the classic Sam Cooke song, “A Change Gon Come”. Where she takes creative license by adding her own verse, in response to the divisiveness of our country at this time. Adding the lines “Some can’t go out the country. Some scared to go to certain towns. Our own President tryna hold us down”. She states on her own contribution to unification.. “Our lives are in danger, the least I could do is sing about it.” Using her talent to bring people together. You are the Bomb Dom…

– T. Martin


Something in the Soul – DOMINICK SHELTON


If you should ever have the pleasure of conversing with a singer/songwriter. Ask them what title do they fell fits them more accurately? And depending on that answer you will have the most accurate description of that individual as an artist. DOMINICK SHELTON, fits the mold of those before him to a tee.  Currently performing in support of his debut EP “LOVE/FREEDOM” released late last year independently.Its a mix of Soulful /Jazzy/ Neo Soul with songs like the first single “Rocket” which borrows from the late early Neo Soul era Music SoulChild/ John Legend-esque Smooth R&B, to The Acoustic Driven Title cut and a New Jack Swing inspired song called “Trust in Love” His songs are earnest and very honest in their inception,  and just as engulfing in their delivery by SHELTON as a capable vocalist. Like those before him, Smokey Robinson, Babyface, Neyo, Donnell Jones and such. You get the feeling that he became the interpreter of his compositions by default. Not that no one else could deliver or articulate his soulfful songs. But, rather he, became the interpreter to better bond and become THE, interpreter of his creations.And in a sense gave the listener a whole new aspect of DOMINICK ‘s songs, that was hinted but never clear to recognize. And as a performer onstage. with a live band, he delivers not only his own original materiel with the smoothness of a young Marvin or Will Downing. But does a rather intimate and personal rendition of classic and not so classic R&B/ Soul that drenches the audience in a wide wave of Soulfulness. He has a penchant for covering late 90s Mike City compositions like Jimmy Cozier’ “Sometimes I Love Her” or the Carl Thomas classic “I Wish I Never Met Her” that he utelizes his confident and cultured tenor to deliver not only note for note passionate and capable renditions. But allow him to find and employ his own enhancements vocally to the tunes. He is no questioned influenced by Jazz and also classical music in his vocal stylings but also in his writings. You hear flashes throughout his EP “LOVE/FREEDOM” a declarative concept package. He is enjoying performing more these days and will be putting together a special tribute show and ep to one of his favorites the legendary Stevie Wonder. And gracing the stage at a great number of venues and festivals thru 2017. If you like to hear authenticity and earnestness in your music. DOMINICK SHELTON is your kind of artist. And his music will no doubt put you where you wanna be.


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R&B in the D: Frank Simmons’ “BROWN SUGAR”…”313RD FRIDAYZ: I LOVE R&B”.. “Verses and Flow – Part 2”..”3rd Annual “A Grateful Christmas”. .

WE , are Motown.. and it will be emphatically clear during the month of perpetual joy which is December, the ground zero for Peace on earth and goodwill toward men for the Holiday season. But, Whats Peace on earth without a little Soul to lift those spirits. And here in Detroit, a.k.a. “Motown”,..b.k.a. the “Motor City” or as those who know Whatup it The”D” . This December will go down as one of the most Soulful on record. with not only Holiday themed events but, a very well representation of our abundantly talented  music scene on display throughout the month. Lets get hip shall we?

THURSDAY DEC. 8 – “VERSES & FLOW:PART2 .giving light to the Rverses-flow&B and Hip Hop bringing in a very diverse but,  potent mixture of both genres to the Westside located Venue the BullFrog VERSES & FLOW .. brought together by L
oyalty Ent. & Management with Ann Hickey
Entertainment.. offers a Top Rated Detroit Music experience with performances from: PIERRE ANTHONY(Soul/Funk/Hip Hop), SEVEN THE GENERAL (Hip Hop), ALISE KING (Soul), P-DOT (Hip Hop), VERZELL (Soul) FRANK FISHER (R&B) And many more…this is how you start your weekend eve off right!!

SATURDAY DEC. 10 – F3 MUSIC presents “BROWN SUGAR :ALIVE MUSIC EXPERIENCE                       Having a number one album just isn’t enough for some people.. But, this brother FRANK SIMMONS isn’t just an ordinary cat.  Closing out a banner year where he delivered the chart topping debut album ” The Chocolate Noise Effect” Frank assembles a very strong Soulful lineup for the LIVE music event he calls BROWN SUGAR, going down this Saturday evening at the Level Up Gallery .. Bringing in the likes of the Uber Talented LASHAUN PHOENIX MOORE along with the Ingenue in Bloom , NATASHA BLU  along with his own stellar  band to perform some of the sweeetest soul music from their respective projects LASHAUN’s “ANTHEM”, NATASHA’s “WANTED FOR MURDER” & the new Single “ORIGINAL from Franks up coming second album. This is the eventbrown-sugar of the weekend. Onsite vendors and Wine Samplings will be on deck as well!! Get tix or get dissed.. Ima be dere mon!

FRIDAY DECEMBER 16- 3rd ANNUAL “A GRATEFUL CHRISTMAS” Giving back is something we all must do especiialy around this time of year when there are those less fortunate than yourself. And when you can do  it and incorporate some of the dopest artists, bands, and performers in the “D” simultaneously. Well Christmas comes for us all in the most funkiest and musical ways.. Headlined by the Masterfully Soulflul The Klouds Band and featuring the Incredible LNEM Soul – Late Nights Early Morning Band, with the Supremely Soulful Diva Herself Ms. ALISE KING and the ethereal Sounds of the Immaculate ONEFREQ .. this evening makes you wanna stay in the Elizabeth Theatre3rd-annual-a-gratefull at The PARK BAR all night Long. Add in it benefits and aids in providing blanket, clothing, coats , shoes etc. to those in need during these cold winter months. A wine tasting and food will be availble  to go with this ample dose of Soul!! And its a feel good event that does good.. Appointment Soulful Event!!

FRIDAY DECEMBER 16 – “313RD FRIDAYZ: I LOVE R&B”.. And still we got a lot more R&B for ya.. Join in the evening at the Legendary Bullfrog for 313rd Concert Series R&B Edition featuring LIVE perfromances from ..AKINYELE (R&B/Soul), LAKIA NICOLE (Soul), SELENA JORDAN (R&B), MJ ROBINSON (Soul) and many more showing what R&B in the “D” is all about. Dont Miss out!! Food , Drinks and all kicks that Detroit R&B flavor.. Brought to you by Ty Jonz KNOCKIN MUSIC RADIO


There you have it.. many , many chances to come out and support R&B in the “D”!! Look for us at these events and more!! In closing ..




DJ Equads VINYL ROOM Radio..Today 6 -8pm

“No Lions. . .No Problem.. Tune in and Move in to the Room…
DJ Equads VINYL ROOM Radio is back again with another exclusive of the elusive.. Cantaloupe Barley  stops in to give up the full disclosure of what the Soulful Sister of the “D” has been up to.. Don’t miss this episode Its about to explode!! Join in and Call in to participate 313. 879. 5059. .  DJ Equad and #LiLiSheree  for this Soulful Sunday Soiree’ on DJ Equads VINYL ROOM Radio at 6pm on or or download the app on the GooglePlay #StepN2ThaRoom

R&B in the D.. Sweetst Day Weekend on a Sweet SOULFUL Swing..

With Sweetest Day upon us, there are a multitude of opportunities to spend a memorable  holiday with not only the one you find the sweetest, but if you are in The “D”, you can spend it SOULFULLY with these events. .

grand-slammOn Thursday. .the Sweetst Day Weekend gets an early start with GRAND SLAMM RECORDS presents “A BENEFIT FOR HBCUS.. a fundraiser concert and rally for students attending Historically Black Colleges and University’s.. with performances from Grand Slamm records artists LB, DION PRICE, BRIA ZHANE and more.. Guest Speaker Ms. LATRESHA R. PRICE will be on hand as well. Proceeds will go to help and aid students with tuition, book vouchers, etc.. In an effort to make the college experience more rewarding and less taxing financially for our brightest and best. . Taking place at the Legendary Music Hall Jazz Cafe 350 Madison downtown… Doors open at 6:30 Showtime 8:00pm. . Show your support and come out and join us..


FRIDAY begins the festivities with a very intriguging  and interesting showing featuring Detroit born Photo Artist – MILAH RENEE’ as she displays her visionists photography in her first one woman show on Friday at the TANGENT GALLERY in Midtown entitled “THERE NO PLACE LIKE : a Solo photography show by Milah Renee” .. and featuring music from Detroits own  Soulful Vocalist/ Songwriter DOMINICK SHELTON performing cuts from his debut EP, “LOVE/FREEDOM” Doors open at 7:00pm..

Get a look at one of Detroits talented young Female Lense artists on the rise with a feast for the eyes…


URBAN ORGANIC returns to the nightlife scene with one of the most iconic Neo Soul performers in the planet. Philadelphia Funk/Soulster BILAL will be in the Motor City performing LIVE!! Fresh from his amazing BET Prince Tribute on BET, BILAL’s performances have been a mandatory must see for Soul lovers everywhere. And with it being over a year since his last vist to Detroit, it is to not be missed.. Opening the evening will be Detroits own Soulful Princess CHARITY , and hosted by Joel “FLUENT” GREENE.. Be in the Building at the N’Damdi Center for Contemporary Arts on Saturday Oct. 15 Doors open at available at .


And for those feeling a more Jazzy Smooth, for Sweetest Day Saturday. Make a way over to the Key Club for an evening of Love, Peace and Praise . .. ..with Detroits own LASHAWN D.GARY  for an intimate evening of Live music. Join GARY a very talented composer, songwirter, producer and pianist, Featuring vocalist MELANIE RUTHERFORD and an all star band. for an evening sure to be remembered.. Performing songs from his debut album :”LOVE, PEACE AND PRAISE”, an album full of soulful contemporary Jazz cuts as well as praise inducing contemporary  gospel gems. .Doors open at 7:30 with food from Detroit Legendary Steves Soul Food   . .Tickets available at and at the door. .


And rounding out an already full weekend will be SEASONS OF LOVE, a FREE annual benefit concert presented by Path of Life Enterprises and is held on Sweetest Day weekend to celebrate the contributions of local unsung community heroes who work to bring healing, wellness, and love to our Metro-Detroit region..Hosted and starring Vocalist RASHIDA JOHNSON with The Dr. Sabrina Jackson Live Radio Show to host conversations on wholeness and healing. and an awesome Line Up featuring : Alex Way, Al Bettis, Antwaun Stanley, Linen Ray, Ladon Ford, Tony Frost, Gabriel Carter, Melvin Bender, Anthony Miles Peete and a few more AWESOME surprises!!! Seasons of Love is free and open to the public, however, YOU MUST register on (a free-will donation is appreciated). There are sponsorship opportunities ranging from $100 & up as well as VIP tickets available for $25 (includes Dinner Reception and preferred seating).

WHEW!! If anything LOVE is in the air and will be celebrated SOULFULLY by the HOTTEST R&B IN THE D!! –