Happy Holidays here’s a free download of What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas,a remake of classic Christmas hit by The Emotions written by Sheila Hutchinson.

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Grammy Nominations Announced….

Grammy Nominations Announced….

The GRAMMY® Awards, are the the premier recognition of recorded music accomplishment
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS & SCIENCES, INC.® Nominations for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards were announced 11/30/11 by The Recording Academy. The nominations reflect an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in mainstream music over the past year, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. The final nominations list includes some of your favorite neo soul artist… A complete nominee list is available at Among the 54th Grammy nominees are:

Best R&B Performance Marsha Ambrosius for Far Away, Ledisi for Pieces Of Me, and KP Miss Kelly Price and Stokley from Mint Condition. for Not My Daddy and Corrine Bailey Rae for Is This Love
Best Traditional R&B Performance Cee-Lo Green & Melanie Fiona Fool For You, Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin’
Best Traditional R&B Performance
Sometimes I Cry by Eric Benét, Fool For You by Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
Raphael Saadiq Stone Rollin’, Surrender Betty Wright & The Roots
Best R&B Song
Far Away by Marsha Ambrosius, Sterling Simms & Justin Smith, songwriters (Marsha Ambrosius) Fool For You by Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona, songwriters (Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona) Not My Daddy Kelly Price, songwriter (Kelly Price & Stokley)
Pieces Of Me Charles Harmon, Claude Kelly & Ledisi Young, songwriters (Ledisi)
Best R&B Album Pieces Of Me by Ledisi and Kelly by Kelly Price

Best Long Form Music Video Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest by A Tribe Called Quest Michael Rapaport, video director; Robert Benavides, Debra Koffler, Eric Matthies, Frank Mele, Edward Parks & A Tribe Called Quest, video producers
[Jive/Legacy] Nine Types Of Light TV On The Radio Tunde Adebimpe, video director; Michelle An & Braj, video producers [Interscope/Geffen/A&M]

There are a lot of talented artists who weren’t recognized, However let’s be mindful that. The Grammy Awards have never been geared at recognizing popular artists or those artists the general public likes, but more so at the artists’ creative process as well as the art and technology of the recording process. These artist in some cases are people we’ve never heard of. However the soul music genre is on the rise. I encourage you to support independent artists and the independent movement…. Lets make a conscious effort to bring good honest music back.

The Neo Soul Cafe Family would like to express a heartfelt congratulations and a wish for good luck to all of the artists who were nominated for Grammy Awards

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Lalah Hathaway My Everything Remix Contest

Lalah Hathaway My Everything Remix Contest

Hey Everybody, Lalah Hathaway wants you to remix her song My Everything from her latest CD Where It All Begins. You Could Win $500 Some good exposure, and get some Lalah swag…
There have already been some remixes submitted, so do yourself a favor and enter the Contest today… Submissions are due
Jan 9, 2012 at 4:00pm Central Standard Time.
Here is the Link.. Can’t wait to hear your Neo Soul remix masterpiece. Good Luck!!!

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Shaolin Jazz Video Contest announced

Shaolin Jazz Video Contest announced

With the response Geral Watson and I (DJ 2-Tone Jones) received from SHAOLIN JAZZ, and the SHAOLIN JAZZ Album Cover Design Contest (over 30 entries), we wanted to engage fans in a unique and creative way that would further allow them to visually interact with the project.  Therefore, the SHAOLIN JAZZ Video Contest was developed.The SHAOLIN JAZZ Video Contest is a month long (Monday November 14th – Wednesday December 14th) competition, whereby participants can submit videos they create for a SHAOLIN JAZZ track of their choosing.  The winner, who will be announced Wednesday January 4, 2012, will receive footwear and apparel from LACOSTEThe Scifen Companyand Undefeated.

Contest Rules and Guidelines
  1. Videographers can submit up to two (2) videos only
  2. A production company can only participate as one videographer – submitting only two (2) videos
  3. Duration: dependent on song(s) chosen
  4. Videographers upload submission(s) to their youtube, vimeo, or other video sharing platforms
  5. Submit links to
  6. Deadline for submitting work Wednesday December 14th
  7. A winner will be announced Wednesday January 4th

    Entries will be judged on the following criteria: originality and creativity, relativity to the concept of the song chosen, and connectivity to the theme of SHAOLIN JAZZ.


This competition is open to everyone worldwide.

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Common set new release date for The Dreamer/The Believer

Common set new release date for The Dreamer/The Believer

Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Common pushed the release date for his ninth album titled The Dreamer, The Believer from November 22 to December 20.

“We’re really charged about it, it’s looking really good right now,” said Common, who went on to mention the first single off The Dreamer, The Believer, “Blue Sky” has already dropped.

The hip-hop artist said he will soon be working collaboratively with Nas following the release of Nas’ next album. Common, a Chicago South Side native, also confirmed his presence on an upcoming compilation released by Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D. Music.

Common released his first album Can I Borrow a Dollar? in 1992 on Relativity Records. The rapper’s eighth and latest album Universal Mind Control dropped in 2008 and topped Billboard’s Top Rap Albums at No. 1.

In other Common news, the rapper-turned-actor recently appeared in the 10-episode AMC show Hell On Wheels, a Civil War-era drama. Common plays a freed slave named Elam, who works on the Transcontinental Railroad.

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