Grammy nominated soul singer Teena Marie, known for hits like “Square Biz” and “Lovergirl,” was found dead Sunday at her California home. According to the singer’s manager Mike Gardner, her daughter found her after she had died in sleep. While no cause of death has been released, but her publicist Lynn Jeter did mention that Marie suffered a grand mal seizure a month ago which she was still recovering from. She was only 54 years old. Read the full story
Manila-born, Bay Area transplant Joyo Velarde is a female soul singer on the rise! Back in October of 2008, M.I.S.S. featured a mixtape by this talented singer entitled, “Hey Love!” and that was only the beginning! Pulling inspiration from artists like Chaka Khan, Minnie Riperton, and Teena Marie, Joyo Velarde has crafted a solo debut full of soul and delight. Joyo Velarde’s solo debut album, “Love and Understanding” was recently released on Quannum Projects and Mobile Home Recordings. The album was executive produced and A&R’d by Cali emcee Lyrics Born, who also happens to be Joyo’s hubby. If you’re familiar with Joyo Velarde’s sound, you know that this soulful songstress is not an all a newcomer to the music game. She is known as Quannum Projects’ first lady and her sultry vocals have been featured on tons of projects, including Blackalicious’ 2002 best-seller “Blazing Arrow” and Lyrics Born’s 2003 album “Later That Day.” Back in May 2009, she released a self-titled digital EP of five tracks that showcased her unique vocal style and vast range as seen in the video for the single, “Take You Home”.
Joyo Velarde’s new album offers a fresh perspective on traditional soul and hip-hop music. “Love and Understanding” consists of twelve tracks that showcase Joyo’s versatility and ability to hold her own as an artist. The album finds Joyo giving pieces of herself on every track stylishly and flawlessly. It features production from Jake One, Asa Taccone, RJD2, and Tommy Guerrero among many others. Due to the demands of touring all around the world, her debut album has been a long time in the making but definitely worth the wait! Be sure to pick up your copy of “Love and Understanding” at Itunes.