Friday, August 09, 2013



After a long hiatus, the super crooner is back by popular demand. When asked about his return, Jaheim mentioned that he's anxious to get back to his fans, "It's been so long since I've had a chance to create music from my heart for the fans that have loved and supported me from the start. I decided to call the project 'Appreciation Day' because that's exactly what this album is. My show of appreciation to them." The lead single off the albun is "Age Ain't A Factor" and the album featuress smash hits like: "Chase Forever," "Sticks and Stones" and "Morning," a call back to the Shirley Murdock classic. A vocalist in the tradition of such greats as Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross, Jaheim has released three albums over five years: his 2001 debut, "Ghetto Love"; 2002's sophomore set, "Still Ghetto" -- both of which reached RIAA platinum status; and 2006's "Ghetto Classics." During that time, he also scored nominations for the BET and Soul Train Music Awards. In 2007, the chart-topping artist returned with his Atlantic Records debut, "The Makings of a Man." No stranger to personal loss and struggle, Jaheim promises to make "Appreciation Day" more than just the name of an album, but an invitation for him and his fans to show those that mean the most to them, how much they care. "It's a feel good album with very special messages hidden in every song. I'm looking forward to this journey with my fans."  


Sweet 80s groove from Millie Jackson – a set that's got a very different vibe than her famous southern soul work of the 70s – but one that still has the singer very much at the top of her game! The backgrounds are a bit more electric than before – especially the rhythms – but Jackson's raspy, raw approach to the lyrics really holds fast – and, if anything, helps make the set a new vision in rootsy soul for a more contemporary generation. Some of the "nasty gal" tones of previous years are put on the backburner – and Millie returns to those mellower ballads that were always some of her strongest work – really shining nicely on tracks that include "It's A Thang", "An Imitation Of Love", "Hot Wild Unrestricted Crazy Love", "Wanna Be Your Lover", "Love Is A Dangerous Game", and "I Fell In Love". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "Hot Wild Unrestricted Crazy Love (7" edit)", "Love Is A Dangerous Game (ext mix)", "Wanna Be Your Lover (7" version)", "It's A Thang (ext mix)", "Hot Wild Unrestricted Crazy Love (inst)", and "Love Is A Dangerous Game (inst)".  ~ Dusty Groove


Get Happy is the long-awaited studio follow-up to 2009's Splendor in the Grass. The project began back in early 2012 when Thomas Lauderdale and audio engineer Dave Friedlander flew to Los Angeles to visit Thomas's new friend, Phyllis Diller. While there, they recorded Charlie Chaplin's 'Smile', which turned out to be Phyllis Diller's final recording, and became the soundtrack for the many tributes to her when she passed away six months later. Get Happy features a batch of guest artists  including exotic cabaret sensation Meow Meow, sunny French eccentric Philippe Katerine, the handsome and brilliant radio superstar Ari Shapiro, warm-hearted wunder-siblings The von Trapps, and a riveting appearance by the exquisite Rufus Wainwright! The album features 16 songs selected and arranged by Lauderdale.

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