Soulstress Angie Stone is back looking and sounding better than ever with her latest release out now on the Stax Records entitled The Art of Love and War.

The albums first single “Baby,” has been getting heavy airplay, but I’ve got to tell you, that’s the tip of the iceberg. 

"Baby," the first song to radio, produced by Co-T, features R&B/soul/gospel great Betty Wright, who has an irresistible groove. And that’s just the beginning. The album is rife with singles, so this track should definitely whet your appetite for what follows. "Reasons," produced by DOA, is the only song that Angie did not have a hand in writing. But when she first heard it, it "filled my heart and made me remember not to take things for granted." Of "My People," produced by Idris Elba and Mike McClain, which features the one and only James Ingram, Angie confides, "I hope it makes everyone aware of what we’ve been through and that the struggle continues." Listen to "Here We Go," or "Sometimes," two of the six tracks produced by Jonathan Richmond. "I think ‘Happy Being Me’ might be my favorite track on the record," comments Angie. "I wrote this song because it describes right where I am and what I’m feeling right now, mentally and spiritually. This is the first thing I wrote after getting out of the hospital last year. It’s my anthem. I would like to think that everyone can be happy being in their own skin."

The Art of Love and War is in stores now. 

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OTHER MUSIC NEWS

SIA

Sia is back with her stunning vocals and direct, clever lyrics on her second full-length release, some people have REAL problems. She’ll give audiences a glimpse of what the album holds when she hits the road for a tour of the states this fall.

Sia may be best-known from her days with Zero 7 (Simple Things, When It Falls and The Garden), and her solo track “Breathe Me,” which was featured in the final episode of “Six Feet Under,” but one listen to her striking vocals leaves one feeling as if Sia is a beloved old friend.

The new music on some people have REAL problems is at once upbeat, quirky, and achingly gorgeous, featuring incredible song writing and lush arrangements. Sia also enlisted the help of a few talented friends when recording some people have REAL problems, including Beck, who sings on a track called ‘Academia.’

Catch Sia live at one of these upcoming shows:

Oct 22               San Diego CA @ Belly Up Tavern
Oct 24               Los Angeles CA @ El Rey Theater
Oct 25               San Francisco CA @ Fillmore
Oct 27               Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Oct 28               Seattle WA @ Crocodile Cafe
Oct 29               Vancouver Media Club
Nov 1                Minneapolis MN @ Varsity Theater
Nov 2                Chicago IL @ Metro
Nov 4                Philadelphia PA @ World Cafe
Nov 5                NYC @ Highline Ballroom
Nov 7                Boston MA @ Paradise
Nov 8                Washington DC @ 9:30 Club

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ERIC ROBERSON

If you’re like me and you can’t get enough of R&B’s Eric Roberson, have I got news for you.  Eric has released a compilation of some of his best songs entitled "The Collection."  It’s in stores now and yes—"Couldn’t Hear Me" is on it!!!!

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SOULTRACKS AWARDS

The voting period has officially concluded for the 2007 SoulTracks Awards..now we wait and see who walks awards with the top honors from America’s most popular soul music website dedicated to independent soul music.  If ya don’t know, you betta ask somebody.

The awards will be handed out on Friday, November 16 at the Riverfront Ballroom at Detroit’s COBO Center.

Those up for awards include our friend Donnie, Eric Roberson, Gordon Chambers, and more.

In addition to the awards, many of the award finalists will be performing at the event, including such notables as Maysa, Phil Perry, Maya Azucena and Gordon Chambers.

AND FINALLY…

Check out my JUKEBOX.  Over the weekend I added some of my favorite remixes from some of my favorite DJs and artists.  I hope you dig it as much as I do.

Until next time, listen and buy responsibly.