The Christmas season is HERE!! I love the feeling and season of Christmas. Everything is lit up and it’s a wonderful time for my family. One of the things I enjoy is CHRISTMAS MUSIC. I have had this playlist for several years and it keeps growing. I hope you enjoy while living life.
I wanted to share my love of music by giving a playlist of thanksgiving. I hope you are encouraged and lifted. This new playlist is called Blessed, Grateful, and Thankful. I centered the repertoire towards Christian and Gospel music. God’s love flows His love and blessings on us. It is also important to give honor to God for His goodness. Enjoy, Bliss Fam.
To lighten the intensity of my Conqueror Series, I made a Conqueror playlist on my Spotify. It’s a mix of series genres: R&B, Christian, Gospel, Worship, and Pop. The theme is empowerment, joy, overcoming, and kicking obstacles in the butt. Enjoy!!
Tell me your favorite empowering song that makes you feel like a conqueror!
I am always down for good music that can send me to another place. It’s not just about the beat to me; it is about the musicality, the message, the voice, and everything in between! My favorites are worth listening to. All are BLISSFULLY BIANCA APPROVED!!!
Cool, groovy, and lit. I have already sang the praises of PJ Morton in prior posts but this album is really awesome. The features are very perfect. I mean these people can SANG (except for Angela Rye…she speaks). I appreciate his musicality, his message, and his soul in giving a story with each song. My favorite songs are Ready, Practicing, Built for Love, and Say So.
This is my first time introducing Yuna. She is a very beautiful soul with a voice similarly to Sade. She is subtle and modest yet soulful. She is a Malaysian artist that I discovered on Youtube; she did a duet with Usher called Crush (LOVE)!! She is definitely underrated but she has musicality and inner beauty that radiates in each song. My favorite songs are Black Marquee, Castaway, Likes, and Pink Youth.
H.E.R.-I Used to Love Her
I have talked about H.E.R on multiple occasions. And I STAN her (pun intended). She is authentic and truly about the message rather than the commercial look. She is raw and real in her lyrics. She speaks her truth in this album. She can PLAY and SANG so well. She deserves all the awards. My favorite songs are Carried Away, Fate, Racks, Could’ve Been, Hard Place, Lord Is Coming.
So what are you listening to? I am open to suggestions on underrated, under-appreciated but awesome musicians and artists. So let me know.
Recently, I have been in a music trance with R&B reminiscent of 90s and early 00’s R&B. Like I grew up with Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Erykah Badu, and many other smooth voices. Pretty much the Golden Age and last of grown, quality R&B music I felt I could gel with. I still listen to R&B of those decades but there have been a recent repertoire of R&B that is cool, fresh, and musically pleasing to ya girl.
So the artists I have encountered that have rocked my world.
She is cool, sexy, grown, sultry, and just melanin goodness. The first female artist of J.Cole’s record label, Dreamville adds something special to music. I love her singing and spoken elements to her songs. She makes it personal and real. There is some language…it’s grown folks music. But it is worth listening to.
The Orange is the New Black actress can SANGGGG!!! The only sad thing about her EP is it is short. She is so soulful and so real. My favorite song is “Black Woman”. It is real and raw about all the facets having melanin. Definitely a blissful favorite!
I discovered Nao on Tiny Desk Concerts. Her voice is out of this world. It is angelic, extraterrestrial, and just WOW!! She has ranges and her musicality is amazing. Her style is electronic music, funk and R&B. But it’s still great. Her recent album is definitely on repeat for me.
So if you enjoy R&B music, you should listen to these ladies. I discovered them and it has been great enjoying the musicality and soul of these artists.
My Melanin Men that make your girl get in her feelings.
Musicality, showmanship, cool, and groovy is how I describe his soulful sound. I discovered Anderson .Paak on my “recommended videos” area of my Youtube channel after watching H.E.R. on NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. He is like a Maxwell with jazz drum techniques. His own NPR Tiny Desk Concert is one of my favorite. His new album, Ventura is an artistic journey that you will love. My favorite songs are Come Home (feat. Andre 3000) and Make It Better (feat. Smokie Robinson). Anderson.Paak is #blissfullybiancaapproved.
A beautiful, soulful falsetto with the smoothness of D’Angelo. His voice is out of this world. I discovered Daniel Caesar on the radio singing Best Part feat. H.E.R.. I was like…I need to be in love to dance to this song at my wedding. He is a special, neo-soul artist. I love both of his albums, Freudian and Pilgrim’s Paradise. My favorite songs are Best Part, Blessed, Take Me Away, Japanese Denim, and Violet. I made a Daniel Caesar Playlist of the albums and other singles below. He is definitely #blissfullybiancaapproved.
A cool neo-soul, musical master is PJ Morton. I posted a blissful favorite of his album, Gumbo Unplugged (Live) a couple months ago. I have his album on repeat. He is a part of Maroon 5 but he branched out and it has paid off (Grammy-winning paid off). His collaborations are great. It is truly good music which is hard to come by. My favorite songs are Claustrophobic, First Began, and Go Through Your Phone. He is #blissfullybiancaapproved.
I want to honor the male legends of music who talk about love, loss, change, the world, and being black. I made a special playlist of the classic male artists that I grew up with who are still very relevant today and inspire me.
It’s all about the ladies this Monday. These are the female artists that I am presently listening to.
A #blackgirlmagic who is about the music and the message. Gorgeous from the inside out and talented beyond measure. With the guitar skills of Prince to the smooth cool of the late Aaliyah. Grammy-winning artist, H.E.R. has my undivided attention. I love her self-titled EP is so smooth, sexy, and soulful. My favorite songs are Focus, Best Part (feat. Daniel Ceasar), and Let Me In. Her musicality transports me and she is #blissfullybiancaapproved!
A #blackgirlmagic who is not ashamed of her body and soul. Lizzo rises above the norm and refuses to conform to any size. She is loud and living her best life. She is so empowering. She is on my running playlist. She has been on the music scene for a while but recently discovered her. She definitely has the “Juice.” She is #blissfullybiancaapproved.
A beautiful #blackgirlmagic who is poetic with her lyrics and is just real. Grammy award winning artist, Ella Mai is awesome. I love her album. It is chill with a glass of wine album. Her collaborations are also great. And she has some spoken word in some of her songs. She got me boo’d up. She is #blissfullybiancafavorite.
So who are some new #blackgirlmagic artists you have been listening to?
When I was growing, it was not necessarily about the singer but about the artist, the persona, the music. A true musician with the craft, class, and talent to shine was a DIVA!
These women were diabolical and undeniable. I wanted to honor the women who were the DIVAS and still maintain that title. These black women empowered and influenced me. As a black woman, negative stereotypes dehumanize our experience. I have heard it all. But seeing women who looked like me performing on grand stages and audiences made me believe in my own abilities as a singer and as a person.
Diana Ross, Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Aaliyah, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Etta James, Gladys Knight, Anita Baker, Donna Summer,Lauryn Hill, Sade
It’s a small list but a DYNAMITE LIST! Of course, I will be giving you a playlist.
Any DIVAS you love? Any songs a DIVA has slayed your life with?
June is Black Music Appreciation Month. Before I give what I am listening to now, I want to remember and honor the legends who defined the industry.
I am dividing my playlists of the past. I know I am probably missing artists and songs so feel free to comment.
The first playlist I have from before I ever existed…like grown folks music. I grew up on Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Lionel Ritchie, and Stevie Wonder. And it just grew over time. My parents heard their songs from when they lived in Haiti and first came to America. Other artists I discovered with time but still love. This playlist covers the 50s to the 80s. Enjoy!
The second is the 90s and the ’00 of black music including some of the same artists from the previous list. This is my childhood and teenage playlist. It is LONG (190 in counting)!!! The nostalgia is so real because I remember the CDs I purchased, watched MTV, VH1, and BET (when they actually played music videos), watching Making The Video, and beyond. Some of these artists started or took off when I was young. But this playlist is LIT and ALL THAT!
So this honors my past. I will go into adult years with what I am listening in the coming weeks.