UA-48052453-1

Music

video
A “complete gift.” When you’ve known someone for nearly 30 of the 45 years of his life, that is how you sum up the time when the person was gospel-recording artist “Shea” Norman and you knew him as Deborah Thomas did. “He was loving, talented and extremely funny! Shea is loved...
Hugs and smiles filled the room as family and friends gathered at the Stax Museum Monday night to celebrate with Evvie McKinney, the winner of Fox's “The Four.”  The Soulsville Academy alumni happily greeted guests, who shared her joy as the first person to win “The Four” competition.  “I'm so happy...
Anita Baker sings the national anthem before Game 4 of the 2010 NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics on June 10, 2010, at TD Garden in Boston. (Elsa/Getty Images) When R&B songstress Anita Baker hit the scene in the mid-’80s, it was like we didn’t...
by Tracy Sow, Special to The New Tri-State Defender In a bold move, Barbara Newman, president of the Blues Foundation, added a keynote panel – The Race and Blues – to the 2019 International Blues Challenge, which recently unfolded on Beale Street and concluded at the Orpheum. There was a nationwide...
Let’s be clear. Willie Mitchell and Royal Studios is a BIG DEAL and not just in Memphis. Yes, it’s a huge part of the fabric and legacy of Memphis music. Hi Records and Royal Studios was the home of Memphis favorite Al Green, where he and the immensely respected...
  Ask Tina Campbell if she’s sad about her popular reality show Mary Mary ending after six seasons, and the Grammy Award-winning gospel powerhouse will flat out tell you, “No.” “Actually, I’m not. I’m ready to move on,” the colorfully coiffed and outspoken member of platinum-selling duo Mary Mary recently told...
For more than 20 years, Artemis Williams – aka Peppa Mouth of the South – managed to build an empire as one of Mid-South’s most treasured entertainment movers and shakers. Now the former manager and current business associate of superstar Yo Gotti has completely shaken the Memphis music scene as...
The family of Larry Dodson, author and former lead singer for The Bar-Kays, has embarked on a venture that affixes the Dodson brand to Guidance Whiskey. The path forward was rolled out informally during a VIP whiskey tasting and holiday celebration at Dodson’s home on the evening of Dec 19. “This...
by Ed Gordon -- It looks as though R.Kelly won’t survive the docu-series Surviving R.Kelly.  The long-time embattled singer who for years has been able to escape charges of physical and sexual abuse against women, rumors of keeping women in a “sex cult” and decades of allegations that he...
LOS ANGELES – Memphis rapper Moneybagg Yo is headlining his first tour, taking the “2 Heartless Tour” to 29 small venues across North America. I caught his stellar performance at The Rey in Los Angeles last Friday (April 20). The CMG artist dropped his “2 Heartless” album on Valentine’s Day. It...