Posts tagged with "Marvin Gaye"

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Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On 50th Anniversary Edition

Throughout 2021, the world has been celebrating the life and legacy of R&B pioneer Marvin Gaye to honor the 50th anniversary of the release of his groundbreaking record What’s Going On. After half a century, the wisdom behind R&B’s first seamless concept album, What’s Going On, continues to ring true: a poignant plea that we might organize to address often-overlooked issues of inequality and ecological distress.

Closing out the year, Motown and UMe are continuing the celebration with the release of What’s Going On: 50th Anniversary 2LP Edition on December 3, 2021. This premium vinyl release features direct-to-analog mastering from the original primary album tape reels by acclaimed engineer Kevin Gray, one of the first times this has been done since 1971, offering an undeniably authentic listening experience.

What’s Going On: 50th Anniversary 2LP Edition bonus LP opens up the album’s writing and production palette. Featured are four rare cuts making their vinyl debut, highlighted by a previously unreleased “stripped” version of the title song, plus all six original mono single mixes and their B-sides, with all of those 7” versions on vinyl for the first time since their original releases. Among them are alternate versions of “God Is Love” and “Flying High (In The Friendly Sky),” the latter issued on 45 as “Sad Tomorrows.” 

With two 180gm records, a tip-on heavy stock jacket, original gatefold with complete lyrics, this formidable release also includes printed sleeves with track details, a rare image from the cover sessions, and a brief essay honoring arranger David Van De Pitte. Highlighted is a main essay by acclaimed author and poet Hanif Abdurraqib who was just named one of the 25 recipients of the 2021 MacArthur “genius” grant. An e-commerce edition will also include three exclusive lithographs from the What’s Going On photo sessions. Purchase the What’s Going On: 50th Anniversary 2LP Edition HERE.

In addition to What’s Going On 50th Anniversary 2LP Edition, Motown/UMe is releasing a four-track remix suite from GRAMMY®-nominated producer Salaam Remi, known for his work with countless hip hop, pop, and R&B icons. The suite includes remixes of What’s Going On tracks, which includes “No Need,” an unreleased instrumental from the “Sad Tomorrows” sessions, as well as a reinterpretation of the holiday release “I Want To Come Home For Christmas,” originally recorded in 1972 and thematically tied to What’s Going On as a tribute to the Vietnam troops yearning to be with their families for the holidays.

With a vulnerable depth and complexity, Marvin Gaye opened the door musically, culturally, and politically for countless musicians over the last five decades to address the injustices of our world. Sitting at the No. 1 spot on Rolling Stone’s 2020 list of “The 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time,” What’s Going On has proven its evergreen relevance and its legacy will continue to influence and shape the music of future generations.

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Jordan Ward – Remain Calm

Following the release of his first single, “Lil Baby Crush,” St Louis polymath Jordan Ward unleashes his new EP Remain Calm. The five-track effort proves to be an evocative showcase by the budding singer, who eyes unyielding love and happiness. Established in standout records “Standards” and “Thrive,” Jordan’s buttery vocals and gentle energy are supple enough to keep listeners enthralled for the long run. After a successful trek as an opener on Duckwrth’s ‘A SuperGood Tour’ last month, Remain Calm is the next step in cementing Ward’s leap into stardom. In honor of his new EP, Ward held an intimate release party in Los Angeles to celebrate his journey, where he treated attendees to a live performance.  Listen HERE.

Within the last several years, Jordan Ward has emerged as one of R&B’s rising stars. Developing an affinity for music and dance at a very early age, Jordan polished his skillset after first trying his hand as a choir member before transitioning into musical theatre. His influences include a diverse roster of music luminaries ranging from Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Kanye West, Tupac, The Notorious B.I.G., Nas, and more. After first experimenting with rap, Ward later focused on singing and dancing. By 18, he moved to Los Angeles and joined Justin Bieber’s Purpose Tour in 2016. Ward’s precocious dance abilities earned him gigs as a dancer for Janet Jackson and Beyonce, as he appeared in the singer’s Homecoming documentary for her epic Coachella performance.

In 2017, Ward began his musical quest after releasing his EP, A Peak at the Summit. It wasn’t until 2019 that Ward’s breakthrough became the talk of R&B. His debut album Valley Hopefuls was propelled by his single “Okok (Hibachi)” and “Sandiego,” which was produced by singer Arin Ray and music producer heavyweight No ID. Now, Ward’s silky croons and elevated songwriting abilities are at peak form as he readies his journey into universal acclaim in the R&B world.

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Coda Soundtrack

REPUBLIC RECORDS RELEASES CODA SOUNDTRACK FROM THE APPLE ORIGINAL FILM TODAY

FEATURES DUET OF MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL’S YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY PERFORMED BY LEAD ACTRESS EMILIA JONES & CO-STAR FERDIA WALSH-PEELO

Watch the lyric video for You’re All I Need To Get By (Duet Version) HERE

Republic Records releases the CODA Soundtrack from the Apple Original Film, timed to the arrival of the highly-anticipated film in select theaters and on Apple TV+, today. Highlighting CODA’s extraordinary and heartfelt musical performances by lead actress, Emilia Jones (Lock & Key, Doctor Who), the soundtrack features a duet of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s classic You’re All I Need To Get By by Emilia Jones & co-star Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Sing Street, Vikings).

Listen to the CODA Soundtrack from the Apple Original FilmHERE and watch the lyric video for You’re All I Need To Get By (Duet Version) HERE.

The soundtrack showcases numerous Emilia Jones performances including original song Beyond The Shore and duets with co-star Ferdia Walsh-Peelo covering classic hits such as It’s Your Thing by The Isley Brothers, I Got The Music In Me by The Kiki Dee Band, Starman by David Bowie, and more. It also features timeless tracks, Something’s Got A Hold On Me by Etta James and I Fought The Law by The Clash. And, rounding out the eighteen song track list are score selections by composer Marius De Vries [Romeo + Juliet, Sucker Punch].

Apple Original Film CODA made its world premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival where it won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize, U.S. Dramatic Audience Award, and a Special Jury Ensemble Cast Award. Director and writer Sian Heder also received Best Director in the U.S. Dramatic Section. In CODA, seventeen-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the sole hearing member of a deaf family—a CODA, child of deaf adults. Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents (Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur) and working on the family’s struggling fishing boat every day before school with her father and older brother (Daniel Durant). But when Ruby joins her high school’s choir club, she discovers a gift for singing and soon finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.

The film is playing in select theaters and streaming on Apple TV+ now. Watch the trailer for CODA HERE.

Tracklisting

  1. Something’s Got a Hold On Me – Etta James 
  2. One Thing I Know How To Do – Marius de Vries
  3. It’s Your Thing – Emilia Jones, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, CODA Choir
  4. You’re All I Need To Get By – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  5. I Fought The Law – The Clash 
  6. Mr. V’s Sonata – Marius de Vries 
  7. The Observer – Marius de Vries 
  8. Walk in the Woods / Belly Flop – Marius de Vries 
  9. The Log – Marius de Vries 
  10. Do You Ever Wish I Was Deaf? – Marius de Vries 
  11. I’ve Got the Music In Me – Emilia Jones, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, CODA Choir
  12. Starman – Emilia Jones, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, CODA Choir
  13. You’re All I Need To Get By (Duet Version) – Emilia Jones & Ferdia Walsh-Peelo
  14. Going To Boston – Marius de Vries 
  15. Both Sides Now – Emilia Jones
  16. Wait Wait Stop Stop – Marius de Vries 
  17. Beyond The Shore – Emilia Jones
  18. Ruby’s Theme – Marius de Vries
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The Soul of the Midnight Special DVD

FROM EARTH WIND & FIRE AND ARETHA FRANKLIN TO MARVIN GAYE AND BARRY WHITE, TIME LIFE PRESENTS THE MOST LEGENDARY SOUL SINGERS OF THE 70’s PERFORMING THEIR GREATEST HITS LIVE AND UNCUT ON LATE NIGHT’S ORIGINAL MUSIC SHOW IN ONE ULTIMATE DVD COLLECTION

THE SOUL OF THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL

This 10-Disc Collector’s Set Features More Than 130 Live, Uncut Performances from 1972-1980, Many of Which Have Never Been Available Before, from the Greatest Soul Singers of the Decade Including James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Al Green, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, Spinners, The Stylistics, Bill Withers,

Sly & The Family Stone and Many More!

This Incredible Collection Also Includes 18 Bonus Interviews with Top Soul Stars, a 40-Page Collector’s Book and a Bonus DVD: The Midnight Special Presents Marvin Gaye In Concert From The Atlantic Stadium, a Rare, Historic Live Concert Performance Never Before Available!

The ’70s was a special time for soul music, a decade filled with legendary artists like Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass, The O’Jays, Marvin Gaye, The Stylistics and so many more. And for home viewers, it was also a boon, as week after week, Burt Sugarman’s The Midnight Special, television’s very first live music show, made it a point to feature soul artists performing their biggest hits live and uncut in the prime of their careers. While Soul Train also featured these acts, only The Midnight Special gave viewers actual live performances instead of lip sync, treating them to virtual front row seats for performances by the most talented soul singers of the time.

Available for the first time at retail, the greatest performances from The Midnight Special featured in one spectacular 10-disc DVD collection: Burt Sugarman’s THE SOUL OF THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. Fans of 70’s soul will thrill to an unforgettable line-up of legendary soul artists performing their greatest hits uncut and unedited — just straight-from-the-heart singing with live musicians in front of a live audience. And now, Time Life delivers a singular set featuring a collection of more than 130 live, uncut performances from 1972-1980, many not seen since their original broadcast!

All-time classic soul hits in The Soul of The Midnight Special include love songs like Betcha by Golly, Wow by the Stylistics and You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me by Gladys Knight and The Pips and dance grooves like Sly & the Family Stone’s Dance to the Music, Ohio Players’ Fire, and Chic’s Good Times. Also included are chart toppers and fan favorites such as Back Stabbers by the O’Jays, Tired of Being Alone by Al Green, Could It Be I’m Falling in Love by Spinners, Éc;Lean on MeÉd; by Bill Withers, Éc;The Love I LostÉd; by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, I Want to Take You Higher by Sly & the Family Stone, Shining Star by Earth, Wind & Fire, I’ve Got Love on My Mind by Natalie Cole, Just to Be Close to You by Commodores, I’ve Got to Use My Imagination by Gladys Knight & the Pips, You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine by Lou Rawls, Special Lady by Ray, Goodman & Brown, and Something He Can Feel by Aretha Franklin.

In addition, Time Life is including a bonus DVD featuring The Midnight Special Presents Marvin Gaye In Concert From The Atlantic Stadium, a rare, historic live concert performance filmed exclusively for The Midnight Special in 1974 and available for the very first time anywhere. Also included in this completist’s set are 18 Bonus Interviews with top soul stars including The O’Jays, Gladys Knight, Bobby Womack, Patti LaBelle, George Benson, James Brown, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Quincy Jones and more, along with a collectible 40-page book, jam-packed with archival photos and stories about the stars.

About Time Life

Time Life is one of the world’s pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.

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TOBi × Mick Jenkins – Off The Drugs

Winner of the 2021 Juno Award for Best Rap Recording of the Year for his project Elements, Vol. 1, Canada-raised/Nigeria-born TOBi and Mick Jenkins today release an old school groove “Off The Drugs” via Same Plate/RCA Records.

Listen/watch the lyric video here.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the song, TOBi says, “When I smoke, I see things clearer and I’m way more aware. So I’m intentional about how I use it. I think more money should go into researching things like cannabis and mushrooms for their healing properties. Just the way I look at it, so many things are actually drugs—alcohol, gambling, even social media cuz it affects brain chemistry, but all that shit is legal. Whereas things that can legitimately heal if properly understood and done correctly are stigmatized, it’s wild. Mick came thru and bodied the verse as he should, and we’ve got a video on the way too. I just wanna live life to the fullest and enjoy this while it lasts. Life to me is a good trip if you let it be.”

The slow burning track follows a handful of TOBi’s singles  “Come As You Are” featuring Baby Rose and “Don’t Touch!” which Complex heralded for its “smooth production…elevating (TOBi’s) empowered musings on the hairy side of the Black experience to new heights.”

His re-working of track “Family Matters” with Flo Milli was described as a “dynamic” and “impassioned reboot” (Atwood) and Highsnobiety declared it a “formidable pairing.”

ABOUT TOBi

TOBi released his music project ELEMENTS, Vol. 1 in fall 2020, heralded by the critics, combining hip-hop, R&B, soul, grime & Afrobeats. The project features some of TOBi’s favorite producers & musicians worldwide and embodies the sounds and music that have influenced his artistry. TOBi was voted by Complex Magazine as “a top artist to watch” and has received critical praise from Interview MagazinePitchfork, Vogue, Teen Vogue, L’Officiel, Paper, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Clash, OkayAfrica, Flaunt, Exclaim!, Refinery29, Essential Homme, COLORS, and many more. The rising star announced his partnership with Same Plate Entertainment/RCA Records last year and has enjoyed over 49 million streams globally. Prior to ELEMENTS, TOBi released his debut album STILL in May 2019 followed by a deluxe edition, exploring themes of vulnerability, post traumatic growth, self-reflection and masculinity in his time emigrating from Nigeria to Canada. STILL’s release was followed by two new singles “Holiday” produced by !llmind, “Paid,” the “City Blues Remix” featuring The Game, the “180 Remix” featuring Kemba and the “24” remix featuring all Torontonians SHAD, Haviah Mighty, Jazz Cartier and Ejji Smith.

TOBi has cited the work of Gil Scott-Heron, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Marvin Gaye, Eartha Kitt, Florence and the Machine, and Andre 3000 as some of the artists who have inspired his work, particularly his lyrics.

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ESSENCE Festival Features Bobby Brown × Keith Sweat

ESSENCE Festival of Culture will feature R&B legends Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat on July 1.

It’s official! The battle for the title of R&B king is back on the line and this time, two of the genre’s icons are going head-to-head for the crown in a Verzuz battle to rival the best of them—and it’s all going down at the 2021 Essence Festival of Culture presented by Coca-Cola.

Get ready to watch none other than Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat go hit-for-hit in what’s sure to be an epic showdown filled with a host of the R&B classics we love. Mark your calendars and get your watch party crew together to watch these stars on Thursday, July 1 at 8 PM EST via ESSENCE.com, the Triller app, and the Verzuz TV Instagram page. The Essence Festival x Verzuz stage is a show you surely won’t want to miss.

Bobby Brown is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and dancer who has been dominating the music industry since the 1980s. Originally part of the R&B and pop group New Edition, Brown stepped out for a highly successful solo career in 1985. He’s known for his hits like Don’t Be Cruel and Every Little Step. His sound was influenced by musicians like Prince, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Gaye, which served him well as he went on to win Grammy Award and even cameo in Ghostbusters II, for which he contributed two songs on the soundtrack. He later married (and divorced) superstar singer Whitney Houston and wrote a tell-all book about his life, which was released shortly after her death. He has since returned his focus to his music, including performing once before with Keith Sweat at the Valentine’s Day Music Festival in Houston, TX.

Brown will appear opposite Keith Sweat, a fellow singer, producer, and R&B genius. He was also an important early figure in the new jack swing movement. Sweat’s career began in the 1970s and he has gone on to soar to new heights ever since. The musician honed his craft in his early years while he was a part of the music group Jamilah, before branching out as a solo artist in 1984. His collection of hits like I Want Her, Make You Sweat, and I’ll Give All My Love To You won him not only fans and fame but also awards recognizing his stellar R&B style. He eventually found himself working with other expert musicians again when he helped form the R&B supergroup LSG with Gerald Levert and Johnny Gill. He also discovered and supported other popular R&B groups like Silk and Kut Klose.

As a part of their showdown, the Essence Festival × Verzuz stage will feature an endless list of hits like Bobby Brown’s My Prerogative, Don’t Be Cruel, and Every Little Step, as well as Keith Sweat’s Nobody, Twisted, and Make It Last Forever. In other words, you’ll want to have all your best dance moves ready, folks. 

Essence Festival of Culture x Verzuz is sponsored by Ciroc, Nike, and Coca-Cola.

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Rebel Nell × Motown Museum

REBEL NELL ANNOUNCES NEW LIMITED EDITION PARTNERSHIP COLLECTION WITH THE ICONIC MOTOWN MUSEUM

Using repurposed and rare vinyl from the birthplace of Motown, the social enterprise will unveil a new line exclusively on May 3

Rebel Nell, the nationally-lauded jewelry company and social enterprise, based in Detroit, announces today a new collection with Motown Museum, using reclaimed record materials from the bright red heart-shaped ‘Pops We Love You,’ 1978 album, featuring the Motown Sound of Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. The heart-shaped red vinyl was the only of its kind produced during this era.

Of the partnership, Rebel Nell Co-Founder & CEO, Amy Peterson, said, “We are honored to be able to preserve a piece of history that holds a spot in the hearts of people across the globe. We hope this collection serves as a reminder of the joy and peace that resonates when you hear the Motown Sound and inspires us to push toward a more peaceful and inclusive world.”

Motown Museum – Album Collection, is a small tribute to the life and work of Berry Gordy, who was a social entrepreneur before the term was even coined, making the synergies between the two brands, and their respective missions a natural fit. With an $800 loan in hand from the Gordy Family’s co-op, Berry built the empire on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, known as Motown Records. Motown was a black-owned, black-centered business that broke down barriers through music. The Motown Sound defined a generation and is recognizable and lauded internationally as some of the greatest music of all time. Motown’s influence–musically, socially and culturally–are forever heard in the halls of American and world history. Today, Motown Museum preserves, promotes and celebrates the authentic Motown Story as a platform for others to flourish as thinkers, creators, neighbors and entrepreneurs.

The collection itself will feature 10 pieces (see inset) of signature Rebel Nell-style artistry and modern craftsmanship, built exclusively by the company’s Creative Designers, who meticulously repurposed the bold vinyl into wearable pieces of art. Featuring an array of necklaces, earrings, bracelets and lifestyle pieces made of brass, stainless steel and gold, the collection will launch online and in retail exclusively on Monday, May 3 with a portion of proceeds benefiting Motown Museum directly. Pieces from the collection will range in price from $45 – $130.

To learn more about this exclusive partnership and its inspiration, read more at Rebel Nell’s Blog. This collection will be for sale at Rebel Nell’s Detroit store (1314 Holden Street), online store, and at Motown Museum (2638 W. Grand Blvd).

About Rebel Nell

Rebel Nell began in 2013 with the mission to provide employment, equitable opportunity, and wraparound support for women with barriers to employment. By repurposing meaningful materials into wearable art, we mark life’s important moments and connect them to your personal journey.

We seek to embolden women, to embrace their infinite strength, and to define their own future. Our jewelry serves as a reminder that there is power in being One of No Other Kind. The brand has partnered with iconic Michigan landmarks including The Belle Isle Aquarium, The Joe Louis Arena and more for truly one-of-a-kind collections made of fallen graffiti collected at each storied location. For more information, to order items or gift cards, visit Rebel Nell or on Instagram and Facebook.

About Motown Museum

Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, Motown Museum is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, tax-exempt organization in Detroit. The museum is committed to preserving, protecting and presenting the Motown story through authentic, inspirational and educational experiences. Announced in late 2016, the Motown Museum expansion will grow the museum to a 50,000-square-foot world-class entertainment and education tourist destination featuring dynamic, interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, an expanded retail experience and meeting spaces designed by renown architects and exhibit designers. When completed, the new museum campus will have a transformative impact on the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods, providing employment, sustainability and community pride by serving as an important catalyst for new investment and tourism in the historic area. For more information on Motown Museum, visit Motown Museum.

Devon Gilfillian – What’s Going On

WHAT’S GOING ON DEVON GILFILLIAN’S INTERPRETATION OF THE ICONIC MARVIN GAYE ALBUM IS OUT TODAY

Tune In October 23, For Gilfillian’s #PlayAtHome Performance On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

The record is a perfect fit for Gilfillian’s smooth and soulful voice and it points toward ways to navigate the social and political chaos we’re experiencing today.

Capitol Records released What’s Going On Devon Gilfillian’s interpretation of Marvin Gaye’s landmark 1971 album. Download / stream HERE and order the vinyl edition HERE. He’ll celebrate the album’s release with a #PlayAtHome Performance for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, October 23.

Gilfillian recruited a stellar group of artists to collaborate with him, including Emmy and GRAMMY winning artist Jasmine Cephas Jones and GRAMMY nominee Ruby Amanfu. Jasmine Cephas Jones, who was a member of the original Broadway cast of Hamilton and starred in #FreeRayshawn, features on the title track. Listen to Whatߣs Going On HERE.

When sitting down to learn What’s Going On on my way to a protest, I broke down crying, recalls Devon Gilfillian. The words written 50 years ago rang so true and clear in that moment. I decided then and there I wanted to rerecord the entire album, learn it closely, feel every word, every melody, every instrument.

Ethiopia Habtemariam, President of Motown Records and Executive Vice President of Capitol Music Group, says, The release of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On marked not only a pivotal moment in Motown history but in our nation’s history. Devon’s recording is deeply moving and demonstrates how these iconic songs are providing hope and inspiration to a new generation that is similarly committed to change and unity.

Rolling Stone recently named Gaye’s What’s Going On as the greatest album of all time. Gilfillian’s project was born from his mission to bring people together, further the conversation on racial injustice and raise voter awareness. It’s a natural follow-up to the message established in his top five AAA radio hit The Good Life and his recently launched The Good Life Fund, which supports organizations that are doing good in the world.
Gilfillian’s version of Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) was Music Choice’s Most Added Adult Alternative Song of the Week. View the official video HERE. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) was featured on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic playlist.

Earlier this month, Gilfillian and his band played What’s Going On in its entirety during a livestream concert that benefited The Equity Alliance. Nashville Scene noted, Gilfillian & Co.’s 90-minute set served as a reminder of how great art can simultaneously address the moment in which it was created and have an impact that lasts long after that time passes.

Gilfillian’s debut album, Black Hole Rainbow, was released by Capitol Records earlier this year. The New York Times praised it as a formidable debut album and The Tennessean declared it one of the best albums released this year, period. Black Hole Rainbow also won a spot on Iowa Public Radio’s list of The Best New Albums (So Far) Of 2020.

He performed the national anthem at NASCAR 2020 on the day they banned the Confederate flag. Gilfillian has played numerous festivals, including Newport Folk and Montreal Jazz. He has supported such artists as Mavis Staples, Grace Potter, Local Natives, Lauren Daigle, KALEO, Michael McDonald, Chaka Kahn, Keith Urban, Gladys Knight, Brothers Osborne and Michael Franti & Spearhead.

Track Listing Devon Gilfillian What’s Going On

1. What’s Going On (feat. Jasmine Cephas Jones)

2. What’s Happening Brother (feat. Ruby Amanfu)

3. Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky) (feat. Joy Oladokun)

4. Save The Children (feat. Jamila Woods & Jason Eskridge)

5. God Is Love (feat. Kyshona Armstrong)

6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

7. Right On (feat. Nickie Conley & DAVIE)

8. Wholy Holy (feat. A.J. Haynes (The Seratones) & Emoni Wilkins)

9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

DEVON GILFILLIAN SHARES NEW SINGLE – “INNER CITY BLUES (MAKE ME WANNA HOLLER)”

Today, Devon Gilfillian released his new single, an emotional cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler).”

Download / stream HERE.

The song originally appeared on Gaye’s 1971 album, “What’s Going On,” which Rolling Stone recently named the greatest album of all time. Gilfillian has joined forces with a group of like-minded artists to bring fresh interpretations to the iconic album with his version of “What’s Going On,” set for an October 22 release on Capitol Records.

In continuity with the message established in his top five AAA radio hit “The Good Life,” this project was born from Gilfillian’s mission to bring people together, further the conversation on racial injustice, and raise voter awareness. The album features a host of guest collaborators, including Emmy and GRAMMY-winning artist Jasmine Cephas Jones and GRAMMY nominee Ruby Amanfu. Gilfillian’s version of “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” was Music Choice’s Most Added Adult Alternative Song of the Week. View the official video HERE.

On October 1, Gilfillian and his band played What’s Going On front-to-back, joined by special guests from around the country, including Aaron Lee Tasjan, Breland, Drew Holcomb, Emoni Wilkins, Grace Potter, Jason Eskridge, Jason Isbell, Joy Oladokun, Katie Pruitt, Kyshona Armstrong, Lera Lynn, Local Natives, The Lone Bellow, Marcus King, Nickie Conley and The War and Treaty. Presented in partnership with voting rights non-profit The Equity Alliance, Nugs.net, HeadCount.org, Luck Reunionand Newport Folk Festival, the livestream concert benefited The Equity Alliance.

In this review, Nashville Scene noted, “The record is a perfect fit for Gilfillian’s smooth and soulful voice and it points toward ways to navigate the social and political chaos we’re experiencing today. Gilfillian & Co.’s 90-minute set served as a reminder of how great art can simultaneously address the moment in which it was created and have an impact that lasts long after that time passes.”

An online auction, which launched alongside the event, is underway HERE. The vinyl edition of “What’s Going On” is available for pre-order HERE. One hundred percent of proceeds from the auction and the sale of the vinyl edition will go to The Equity Alliance.

Gilfillian’s debut album, Black Hole Rainbow, was released by Capitol Records earlier this year. The New York Times praised it as a “formidable debut album,” and The Tennessean declared it “one of the best albums released this year, period.” Black Hole Rainbow also won a spot on Iowa Public Radio’s list of “The Best New Albums (So Far) Of 2020.

He performed the national anthem at NASCAR 2020 on the day they banned the Confederate flag. He recently launched The Good Life Fund, which supports organizations that are doing good in the world. Gilfillian has played numerous festivals, including Newport Folk and Montreal Jazz. He has supported such artists as Mavis Staples, Grace Potter, Local Natives, Lauren Daigle, KALEO, Michael McDonald, Chaka Kahn, Keith Urban, Gladys Knight, Brothers Osborne and Michael Franti & Spearhead.

Devon Gilfillian – What’s Going On

As the events of 2020 have unfolded, Devon Gilfillian has sought solace and solutions in music and found both in the timeless songs of Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album, What’s Going On, which took the No. 1 spot on Rolling Stone’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time,” published last week. Gilfillian has joined forces with a group of like-minded artists to bring fresh interpretations to the iconic album with his version of What’s Going On set for October 22 release on Capitol Records  and tonight’s livestream concert, “There’s An Election Going On,” which will benefit Nashville-based grassroots non-profit The Equity Alliance.

Today, Gilfillian shared the track “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” and the accompanying video, which was shot during the sessions at Blackbird Studios in Nashville. Listen to “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)” HERE and view the video HERE.

“I don’t have much political power, but I do have the power of music,” explains Devon Gilfillian. “I decided I wanted to learn the entirety of Marvin Gaye’s album, What’s Going On, and use that music to share the message that Marvin was trying to get across 50 years ago. Every word still rings with such relevance.”

In continuity with the message established in his top five AAA radio hit “The Good Life,” this project was born from Gilfillian’s mission to bring people together, further the conversation on racial injustice and raise voter awareness. The album features a host of guest collaborators, including Emmy and GRAMMY winning artist Jasmine Cephas Jones and GRAMMY nominee Ruby Amanfu. View the album trailer HERE. See below for track listing.

Livestream Concert TONIGHT

Tonight, Gilfillian and his band will be playing the album front-to-back, joined by special guests from around the country, who will play songs of love and freedom. Performers will include Aaron Lee Tasjan, Breland, Drew Holcomb, Emoni Wilkins, Grace Potter, Jason Eskridge, Jason Isbell, Joy Oladokun, Katie Pruitt, Kyshona Armstrong, Lera Lynn, Local Natives, The Lone Bellow, Marcus King, Nickie Conley and The War and Treaty. Presented in partnership with The Equity Alliance, Nugs.net, HeadCount.org, Luck Reunion and Newport Folk Festival, the livestream concert can be viewed at 8:00 PM ET tonight HERE. An online auction with guitars from Martin and Fender, prizes donated by Bose and more will take place alongside the event. 100% of auction proceeds will be donated to The Equity Alliance. For further details, click HERE. To register to vote or to check your registration status, click HERE.

Devon Gilfillian’s Previous Accomplishments

Gilfillian’s debut album, Black Hole Rainbow, was released by Capitol Records earlier this year. The Tennessean hailed it as “one of the best albums released this year, period.” It also won a spot on Iowa Public Radio’s list of “The Best New Albums (So Far) Of 2020.” The New York Times said, “Devon Gilfillian, a soul songwriter based in Nashville, made his formidable debut album, Black Hole Rainbow, with Shawn Everett warping vintage sounds toward something deep and strange.”

He performed the national anthem at NASCAR 2020 on the day they banned the Confederate flag. He recently launched The Good Life Fund, which supports organizations that are doing good in the world, including Give A Note Foundation and Rebuilding Together Nashville. Gilfillian has played numerous festivals, including Newport Folk and Montreal Jazz. He has supported such artists as Mavis Staples, Grace Potter, Local Natives, Lauren Daigle, KALEO, Michael McDonald, Chaka Kahn, Keith Urban, Gladys Knight, Brothers Osborne and Michael Franti & Spearhead.

Track Listing for Devon Gilfillian: What’s Going On

1. What’s Going On (feat. Jasmine Cephas Jones)

2. What’s Happening Brother (feat. Ruby Amanfu)

3. Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky) (feat. Joy Oladokun)

4. Save The Children (feat.&#a0;Jamila Woods & Jason Eskridge)

5. God Is Love (feat. Kyshona Armstrong)

6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

7. Right On (feat. Nickie Conley & DAVIE)

8. Wholy Holy (feat. A.J. Haynes (The Seratones) & Emoni Wilkins)&#a0;

9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

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