Chaka Khan “Miss Celie’s Blues”

The music and lyrics of Miss Celie’s Blues (aka: Sister) was a collaboration between Quincy Jones, Rod Temperton and Lionel Ritchie, for The Color Purple, a film-adapted novel by Alice Walker. Miss Celie’s Blues performed by Chaka Khanis truly a unique interpretation of jazz. Her performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival (1996) with 10-year-old blues […]

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Natalie Merchant – Carnival (Live)

“Carnival” is a 1995 song written and produced by singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant and was the lead single from her debut solo album Tigerlily. In the lyrics, the protagonist compares the many colorful sights and sounds of day-to-day life in New York Cityto a carnival. Merchant was inspired to write the song after visiting the city for the first time when she was […]

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Seal “Kiss From A Rose”

“Kiss from a Rose” was written in 1987, several years prior to the release of Seal’s eponymous debut album from 1991. After writing the song, Seal felt “embarrassed by it” and “threw the tape in the corner.” Seal did not present it to producer Trevor Horn until the recording sessions for Seal II. In 2015, […]

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