*Fantasia’s ready for a change in her career. The controversial singer who enjoys the company of married men said she’s going to take her music to a different genre – Rock-Soul.
She told HipHollywood.com that she’s feeling a fusion will be a better fit for her musical talents and interests.
“I’m doing something different. I call it Rock-Soul,” she said. “I love music. I grew up on good music, not only just R&B artists. I grew up on Elton John, Aerosmith, Queen, Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, all of these different types of music. So, I feel like I don’t want to be boxed in anymore on just one type of music.”
The transition could be easy for her, given her Gospel/R&B style. Though she has a really high-pitched voice that for some can get annoying, she still has this ability to reach down into the depths of a soul and touch somebody, like they do in church.
Fantasia said she’s gleaning to the path Tina Turner took as a singer – from Soul to Rock.
“I love the fact that Tina Turner, when she first came out, everybody loved her. She’s always soul, but she took a different direction, and I felt like that was her passion and where her heart was at. So, for me, that’s where my heart is. I’m going to follow it,” said Fantasia.
*On Aug. 5, Tower of Power will celebrate 40 years with a show stopping live performance at the Fillmore Theater in San Francisco. The iconic band, known for “What is Hip?” and “You’re Still a Young Man,” still knows how to get down and get funky.
Honoring tradition of big band music, Tower of Power blows audiences away with a fully outfitted band with funky twist.
Founder, Emilio Castillo who plays second sax and works the vocals, says this concert is going to be “huge.”
*Now that the Essence Fest is out of the way, D’Angelo and Mary J. Blige are about to hit the road together on a late summer “Liberation Tour” with 20 dates across the U.S.
D’Angelo is making his great comeback, bringing funk back to R&B with his upcoming album, his first since 2000’s “Voodoo.”
Scheduled “Liberation Tour” dates as of now are:
Aug. 18 — Virgina Beach, Va., Farm Bureau Live
Aug. 19 — Wantagh, N.Y., Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach
Aug. 21 — Boston, Bank of America Pavilion
Aug. 23 — Holmdel, N.J., PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 26 — Washington D.C., Verizon Center
Aug. 29 — Miami, American Airlines Arena
*Popular award-winning Jazz musician Herbie Hancock is getting ready to pen a memoir, expected to be released in 2014.
“Quincy Jones is a dear friend of mine and he keeps saying to me, ‘You’ve got to do a book,’” Hancock said Tuesday during a telephone interview with TheAP from Shanghai, where he is currently on tour. “I’ve had a life that has taken many interesting paths. I’ve learned a lot from mentors who were instrumental in shaping me and I want to share what I’ve learned.”
The groundbreaking Jazz player, who just turned 72 last week, is a winner of 14 Grammys and is known for his creative style of mix of Jazz, Blues, Soul, Funk and Electronic music.
The book will be, in part about his spiritual journey as a Buddhist and beyond. He’ll also discuss of course music and life.
“I am hoping this book will not only appeal to jazz fans,” he said. “Being a musician is not what I am, it’s what I do,” he explained. “To my wife, I’m not Herbie Hancock the musician. I’m her husband. When I’m talking to a neighbor, I’m a neighbor. When I vote, I’m a citizen.”
*Funk legend George Clinton is in the hospital with a staph infection in his leg, TMZ is reporting.
Clinton’s rep tells the website that Clinton, 69, went to see his doctor for a routine check-up when the decision was made to keep him in the facility so he could receive proper treatment for a staph infection in one of his legs.
The rep adds, “He will be just fine. Thank you for all your prayers and concern.”