Music legend Candi Staton – who turned 80 years old this past March – drops an inspiring new track with a breezy old school R&B groove on June 19th. The mid-tempo summer-like track, “Just Breathe” (Beracah/MRI/ The Orchard), also features an autobiographical cameo by veteran rapper, Yo-Yo. Opening with an acoustic guitar riff, the programmed track quickly morphs into a rolling sermonette on the power of positivity, a plea to push negativity aside and to simply take a moment to just breathe. In light of the public frustration with the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic fallout from stay-at-home orders and the public protests against systemic racism and police brutality that broke-out after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis policeman a couple of weeks ago, it’s a welcome message for a tense time.
Staton has been making sweet soul music for over six decades – one of her first recordings being “At the Cross” (Aladdin) with The Jewel Gospel Trio in 1953 when she was a teenager touring with the likes of Sam Cooke and Mahalia Jackson on the gospel concert circuit. By the late 60’s, she had become a southern soul siren cutting Muscle Shoals R&B classics such as “I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart (Than A Young One’s Fool),” “I’m Just A Prisoner” and her Grammy ® Award nominated renditions of “Stand by Your Man” and “In the Ghetto.” By the close of the `70s, Staton had become a disco diva with dancefloor hits such as “When You Wake Up Tomorrow,” “Victim,” “Nights on Broadway” and the No. 1 classic, “Young Hearts Run Free.” In the years since, Staton has recorded gospel, blues, and Americana music. In the dance world, various remixes of her songs such as the multi-platinum “You Got the Love” and “Hallelujah Anyway” have introduced her to a new generation of fans that have gifted her with over 100 million career audio streams.
The West Coast native Yo-Yo is best-known for a string of `90s era Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart hits such as “Ain’t Nobody Better,” “Home Girl Don’t Play Dat,” “Stompin’ in the 90’s” and “Romantic Call.” Her mentor, Ice Cube, joined her for the No. 1 smash “You Can’t Play with My Yo-Yo" in 1991 and she hit the top spot again with “Bonnie & Clyde/IBWin’ With My Crewin’” in 1993. Yo-Yo's debut album, Make Room for the Motherlode, peaked at No. 5 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 1991 and led to collaborations with Queen Latifah, Brandy, Snoop Dogg, and MC Lyte, among others. She earned a Grammy ® Award nomination for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for her contribution to Quincy Jones’ 1995 track “Stomp” which also featured Chaka Khan, Coolio and Shaquille O’Neal. As an actress, Yo-Yo’s appeared in films such as Boyz n the Hood and Sister Act: Back in the Habit, as well as the television drama series Martin and New York Undercover. Most recently, she was a cast member in season six of the VH-1 reality television series, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood.
Worship leader and songwriter Donna Akodu releases a new single entitled Unshakeable faith.
Donna’s ability to lead worship crosses cultural and racial boundaries, which has enabled her to lead at many conferences and events across the UK. For over 20 years Donna has been involved in the worship community, this has allowed her to write and perform with many of the leading voices in the UK such as, Graham Kendrick, Noel Robinson, Lara Martin and Sam Blake. Written the church anthem Rain written with Noel Robinson and covered by US worship leader Leeland, as featured on Better Word. She has released 2 solo worship albums (When Heaven Breaks (2012) In & Butterfly (2014) and a single Where you are (2019) and is featured on several other projects. For the past 12 years she has served as Vocal Director for Kingdom Worship Movement (KWM) where she has sung with a host of worship leaders such as - Graham Kendrick, Tim Hughes, Martin Smith, Lou Fellingham and Muiywa. This upbeat, catchy and uplifting song about personal faith was written with Sam Blake
(Elim Sound) and it encourages us to keep holding on, even when things seem impossible.
“THE JOURNEY CONTINUES” - The devastating loss of Toyin's 21-year-old son, took her on a roller coaster of overwhelming pain, that would take Toyin to a crossroad in her life. Her parting conversation with Bakari (the youngest of her 2 children), was to encourage her to follow the path that he believes God has cut out for her, to continue her music and inspiring others, to get back to her purpose and her passion. All injected into this 14 track album.
Here Toyin gives some deep insight into some of the songs:
"Raining Abundance H&H Mix" taken from the album "THE JOURNEY CONTINUES", is a
reminder to one and all that some of these stirrings are not always good ideas, but God Ideas.
God has put this in you because you have a purpose for the gifts he has given you. Stepping out in faith, he will "Order Your Steps", and place the next provision to accomplish this with every faith step you take, but "Faith without Action is Dead", so your faith action will ignite the next steps. This might well be where your abundance lies. Will there be hurdles? Of course, there will, but hurdles are diversions, but they are NOT permanent. Ask any athlete, they're for getting over and sometimes, knocking down...but don't give up.
Soulful, Jazzy overtones on this easy-listening reggae, that engages you to listen, but grooves move you to rock, whilst touching you with a warmth that you can relate to, regardless of your musical tastes. Toyin Adekale's voice has always floated effortlessly over Soul, Jazz and her first love of Reggae, bringing you to the core of her lyrics.
"THANK YOU MAMA" Toyin always writes close to home and tells not only her feelings but yours too.
Who wouldn't want to say 'Thank You' to that special parent who made sacrifices
for you? "ADDICTIVE LOVE", the icing on the cake of testimonies. Roger Samuels (The Voice UK's semi-finalist), features on this track, coming full circle to when Toyin first met Roger, whilst teaching vocal lessons and performance in South London. Then a young man who had no idea of the talent buried in him, they reunite as a family man and a powerhouse of a vocalist.
In this reunion, Roger shares the impact Toyin had on him those many years ago and now they're together sharing the reason for the season. Watch out for the interviews that tell it all.
The highs and lows, the love gains and lives lost, the pain has propelled the project to its’ purpose. If you're reading this, it's not over, you're not down and out. Get up, brush off, listen, dance and enjoy because......"THE JOURNEY CONTINUES".
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Sabrina Mitchell is a worship leader, songwriter, and musician based in London. Her latest single ‘We Cry‘ is now available on all music platforms.
Serving as a worship leader and musical director for over 10 years, Sabrina’s heart for Jesus fuels her desire to see lives changed and people set free through encounters with God.
As a Pastor’s daughter, Sabrina’s vocal and musical experience began to develop in Church from a young age, however, it was through her own relationship with God, that she truly began to use her musical ability for His Kingdom. Sabrina is passionate about the importance of a personal walk with Jesus in understanding and fulfilling purpose in life.
The song ‘We Cry’ is a song of worship and a declaration of the greatness of Jesus. Sabrina’s desire is that this song will be a blessing to many lives, connecting with the hearts of individuals and Churches in worship.
Sabrina continues to write with her husband and collaborate with other worship leaders for exciting future projects.
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