Kevin Ross Sets Release Date for Debut Album ‘The Awakening,’ Drops New Single ‘Pick You Up’

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Emerging singer-songwriter Kevin Ross has announced his debut album, The Awakening, is set to release on March 24 on Motown Records.

“I really look forward to people listening to the inspiration that’s on there,” Ross told Rated R&B in a recent interview. “This is my first album, so I really touched on a lot of things. It’s a very vulnerable and transparent record that speaks on a lot of issues that’s going on now.”

Along with his announcement, Ross also released his new single “Pick You Up.” Over a finger-snapping beat, Ross reminds himself that he must keep his eyes on the prize in order to overcome the obstacles in his path.

Listen to “Pick You Up” by Kevin Ross below.

In addition to “Pick You Up,” the album will include his previous singles “Be Great” and “Long Song Away.” The latter track reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs Chart.

Ross will also join Ro James on his XIX Tour on select dates in North America. The DMV native will start his stint on March 2 at The Howard Theatre. He will play in other cities such as Baltimore, Chicago and Memphis.

The Awakening Track List

1. Be Great (Intro) feat. Chaz French
2. Don’t Forget About Me
3. One I Love
4. Long Song Away
5. Dream Remix
6. Genesis Pt. 1
7. Don’t Go
8. Look Up feat. Lecrae
9. Pick You Up
10. Be Great (Remix) feat. BJ the Chicago Kid
11. Easier
12. Her Hymn
13. Genesis Pt. 2
14. In the Name of Your Love
15. New Man

Kevin Ross Tour Dates

(Opening on Ro James XIX Tour)

March 2 – Washington, DC @ The Howard Theatre
March 3 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
March 5 – Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
March 7 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club Theatre
March 8 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues – The Cambridge Room
March 9 – Chicago, IL @ The Promontory
March 10 – Kansas City, MO @ Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah’s Casino
March 11 – Memphis, TN @ 1884 Lounge

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

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Jorja Smith Announces Debut Album ‘Lost & Found’

It’s about time. After several major features with hip-hop biggest stars (Drake, Kendrick Lamar), rising singer Jorja Smith has announced her debut album, Lost & Found, will arrive on June 8.

Smith will enjoy the spotlight alone on Lost & Found as there are no features on the project, which includes “Teenage Fantasy” and “Blue Lights.” She performed the latter song along with “On My Mind” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last week.

Lost & Found Track List
1. “Lost & Found”
2. “Teenage Fantasy”
3. “Where Did I Go?”
4. “February 3rd”
5. “On Your Own”
6. “The One”
7. “Wandering Romance”
8. “Blue Lights”
9. “Lifeboats (Freestyle)”
10. “Goodbyes”
11. “Tomorrow”
12. “Don’t Watch Me Cry”

Pre-order Smith’s Lost & Found today.

 

Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots to Headline Smokin’ Grooves Festival

The performance lineup for the Smokin’ Grooves Festival has been announced. Erykah Badu, Miguel and The Roots are set to headline the event, which takes plance on June 16 at The Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Other artists on the bill include Jhene Aiko, NxWorries (Anderson Paak + Knxwledge), H.E.R., Majid Jordan, dvsn, Tiara Thomas, Lion Babe, Arin Ray, Ravyn Lenae, Omarion and THEY, to name a few.

While Badu doesn’t have a new project out, fans will be expecting to hear her classic records. Miguel and Jhené Aiko will promote their latest albums. The latter artist released her  sophomore album Trip last September, while Miguel delivered his third album, War & Leisure, in December.

Tickets are on sale now at smokingroovesfest.com.

See the complete Smokin’ Grooves lineup below.

JoJo Announces ‘Leaks, Mixtapes and Covers’ Tour Dates

JoJo will soon embark on a 15-date tour. Dubbed Leaks, Covers and Mixtapes, the singer will launch her tour in Anaheim, Calif. on May 29. From there, she will travel to several other major cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Boston and New York before concluding in Dallas, TX on June 26.

Last August, JoJo launched her Clover Music imprint at Interscope Records. “I’m reunited with [Aaron Bay-Schuck], my original A&R at Atlantic, who was instrumental in signing me there,” JoJo explained. “One of the hardest things I’ve had to do in my career was leave the Atlantic family. It was a decision I seriously struggled with, but felt I owed it to myself to fulfill one of my ultimate goals, which was ownership.”

Leaks, Covers and Mixtapes Tour Schedule

Aaaaffddkfkfjskshdhshksdjiehagayahff!!!!!!! You have no idea how excited I am to sing these songs live for the very first time 😭😭😭 Leaks. Covers. & Mixtapes. This tour is especially for everyone who rocked with me when my hands were tied and my voice was silenced… thought it’d be mad fun to perform these songs since they were such a massive part of my life and you have always shown such passion for them. I wanted to keep the shows small and intimate so… get your tix now baebs. I miss seeing you up close and I want to get that connection that inspires me so much while I’m working on NEW material for my next project. Just starting to put the set list together… what songs do you want to hear most?! 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀 •ARTIST PRE-SALE tickets are available tomorrow, April 25th at 10am local time – use password: JOJOEXCLUSIVE •VENUE PRESALE tickets available this Thurs, April 26th at 10am •GENERAL tix go on sale this Fri, April 27th at 10am local (except New York, which goes on sale at noon)

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