Monday, March 16, 2009

Some People Want it All..... Music Monday!

Well, It's Music Monday again - I've decided to do something a little bit differently. I've decided to give you something extra. Sound Good? I've decided to let Queen Latifah introduce my pick for this week. I'm sure many of you would agree that she very easily could hold a spot on my Music Monday schedule as a performer. So I'll give her adequate props!

Queen Latifah

Here's a bit of information about the Queen!

Queen Latifah, born Dana Elaine Owens, is probably better known as a rapper, actress, and a model but over the past few years she has clearly demonstrated her versatility. Her work in music, film and television has earned her a Golden Globe award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Image Awards, a Grammy Award, six additional Grammy nominations, an Emmy Award nomination and an Academy Award nomination. (Someone out there correct me if I've missed anything)

And all of this was done in less than 40 years. In two days, she'll be celebrating her 39 Th birthday - Happy Birthday QL!

I think we should listen to Queen Latifah as she introduces my pick for Music Monday.

Alicia Keys,

No doubt - All of that beauty and talent is a dangerous combination.

If you don't know much about Alicia Keys, here's the skinny:

Alicia Keys, is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, pianist, cellist and actress. She was born in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan in New York, and was raised by her mother. In 1985, she made a television appearance on The Cosby Show. She attended Professional Performing Arts School and graduated at 16. She later attended Columbia University before dropping out to pursue her music career. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records.

Alicia Keys' debut album Songs in A Minor, was a huge commercial success, selling over 11 million copies worldwide. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "Fallin". Her second studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003 and was also another success worldwide, selling eight million copies. Keys garnered an additional four Grammy Awards in 2005.

I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of her in the future.

I promised you something extra, so here it is:

Back to Queen Latifah.... In 2007, Latifah released an album titled Trav'lin' Light. Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Joe Sample, George Duke, Christian McBride, and Stevie Wonder made guest appearances. It was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album" category.

One of the songs, "Poetry Man" was a redone version of a song by the singer-songwriter Phoebe Snow. The song was written by Snow, produced by Dino Airali, and first appeared on her 1974 self-titled debut album. Released as a single in late 1974, "Poetry Man" became Snow's first charting hit, rising to # 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April 1975.

Here's a chance to listen to it Queen Latifah singing Poetry Man. Thanks for stopping by.

Poetry Man - Queen Latifah

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1 comment:

Jane Turley said...

OOO Lovely! You have wonderful taate in music Mr I; I'm waiting for the blooper but it hasn't happened yet!

And I must listen to all of Poetry Man - it sounds like a song to indulge the senses.