Goapele Performs Acoustic Version of ‘Stand’

Goapele is all about using her voice to make a difference. The singer-songwriter teamed with Nylon to film an acoustic performance of her new song “Stand,” which is lifted from her latest EP  Dreamseeker.

“This song ‘Stand’ that I performed today, I started writing some years ago when Oscar Grant was murdered by the BART police in Oakland,” she told Nylon.

“And you know, it’s such a common story of how many African-American youth have been affected by police brutality or whose lives have been taken away, and, I really felt like, at this time now where racism is almost publicly accepted, and immigrants are being attacked, and women’s rights are being taken away, it was time to finally put out this song and just say you know, what’s my responsibility?”

In an interview with Rated R&B, Goapele revealed the meaning behind Dreamseeker. “It represents that I am still a work in progress of slowly realizing my dreams and I know there is so many other people seeking their dreams out there, you know, that are on the way, and I just really wanted to tap into that,” she explained.

Watch Goapele’s performance below.

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Kevin Ross Releases Visual for ‘Prototype’

In celebration of his birthday (Dec. 8), rising singer Kevin Ross debuted the visual for “Prototype,” lifted from his Drive EP. Directed by Marc Diamond, the dramatic clip opens with Ross taking pictures of a murder scene. When he goes to pull the sheet off the victim’s body, he is surprised to see who it is. From there, the video takes viewers back to what led up to the murder.

Watch Kevin Ross’ video for “Prototype” below.

Mary J. Blige Talks ‘Mudbound’ Film with Tracee Ellis Ross

Mary J. Blige visited Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night to promote her role in the Netflix film, Mudbound.

The 46-year-old singer shared tons of laughs with guest host Tracee Ellis Ross, as she answered random questions on whether she prefers a window seat or aisle seat on flights, if she ever Googles herself and her favorite superhero.

Following the icebreakers, Blige switched gears and discussed her role in Mudbound. “It’s really a powerful film and there is a happy ending,” she said. “It’s a very relative story to today as well because a lot of people don’t seem to get the memo that we are free. We’re all free. All nationalities. We’re free.”

Blige also talked about the 25th anniversary of her debut album What’s the 411? She recalled her early memories of coming to Hollywood that era. “Then I came back to shoot the “I’m Going Down” video for the My Life album,” said Blige.

Watch the hilarious interview below.

Miguel Performs ‘War & Leisure’ Songs for Vevo

Following the release of his War & Leisure album, Miguel partners with Vevo for an exclusive performance series.

The California native traveled to New York for an intimate performance captured live at Elsewhere in Brooklyn. He performed four songs off the album including the Travis Scott-assisted “Sky Walker,” the J.Cole-assisted “Come Through and Chill,” “Pineapple Skies” and “Told You So.”

“Part of this album’s purpose was finding a balance between being aware of what’s going on and not letting it weigh me down,” he told Vevo.

Vibe to Miguel’s performance below and be sure to check out War & Leisure. 

“Pineapple Skies”

“Sky Walker”

“Told You So”

“Come Through and Chill”

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