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“Anuhea – Higher Than The Clouds” 


Rylee Anuheakeʻalaokalokelani Jenkins (born December 10, 1985), better known as Anuhea, is a Hawaiian contemporary folk rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised on the island of Maui, she is of CaucasianHawaiian and Chinese descent. Her debut album Anuhea was released on April 21, 2009. Her second album, For Love, was released on February 14, 2012. Her third album Butterflies: Anuhea Live, was released on September 17, 2013 through Mailboat Records, a record label started by Jimmy Buffett. She is currently writing and recording new music, and has currently released two new singles under Mailboat Records, “Sweet Thing” (a remake of Rufus’s 1973 hit; Mary J Blige also had a hit with this song in 1992 ), and “Island Inside Me”, an original written with a Kickstarter Backer Brian Fielkow. 


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“Belinda Carlisle-Circle In The Sand lyrics”

Belinda Jo Carlisle is an American singer who gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of the Go-Go’s, one of the most successful all-female bands of all time.

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“WIND BENEATH MY WINGS (Lyrics) – BETTE MIDLER”

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The highest-charting version of the song to date was recorded in 1988 by singer and actress

Bette Midler

for the soundtrack to the film Beaches. This version was released as a single in early 1989, spent one week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in June 1989, and won Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in February 1990. On October 24, 1991, Midler’s single was also certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of one million copies in the United States. In 2004 Midler’s version finished at No. 44 in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

“Wind Beneath My Wings”

has also been recorded by Kerry Ellis, Lee Greenwood, B.J. Thomas, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Sheena Easton, Patti LaBelle, Captain and Tennille, Joe Longthorne, Eddie and Gerald Levert, John Tesh, Judy Collins, Shirley Bassey, RyanDan, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, Sonata Arctica, Chyi Yu, Perry Como, Sergio Franchi, Steven Houghton and Celine Dion, Nancy LaMott, the Mighty Clouds of Joy and R. Kelly. Paloma San Basilio (Spanish version “Gracias a ti”) Lou Rawls sang the song at the nationally-televised 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala on January 19, 1985, the day before the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan.

In a 2002 UK poll, “Wind Beneath My Wings” was found to be the most-played song at British funerals.[3]

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LITTLE HELEN “The Richest Girl In The World”

LITTLE HELEN  “The Richest Girl In The World”

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Baylor was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Los Angeles, where she first performed as a nightclub act. She opened for Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and B.B. King while still in her teens, and performed in the musical Hair.[1]

In 1967/68 she worked with producer Bobby Sanders releasing two singles The Richest Girl and What About Me Boy as Little Helen for the Soultown label.[2]

In the 1970s she joined hit Broadway musical Hair and followed this period of her career as a session musician for artists that included Captain & Tennille, Les McCann and Chaka Khan. As a member of Side Effect her vocals featured on their third album What You Need, from which “Always There”, a song co-written by Ronnie Laws was a R&B chart success. Later in the 1980s her career would falter as a consequence of drug abuse.[1]

Baylor became sober late in the decade, strengthening her Christian faith and deciding to concentrate her career in gospel music. She released her first gospel recording on Word Records in 1990 and her first five albums all hit the Top Ten of the U.S. Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart, with the most successful being 1995’s The Live Experience, which reached #1 on that chart.[3] The track “Oasis” was very successful in the UK, via Expansion Records and stayed on the Music Week Dance Chart for 14 weeks.[4] Also, the song “Sold Out” (from the album Start All Over) won a Dove Award for Contemporary Gospel Recorded Song of the Year at the 24th GMA Dove Awards in 1993

In July 2011, Baylor announced that she is co-producing a feature film about her life story. The film, A Praying Grandmother:The Helen Baylor Story, will feature accounts that she first shared in the song, “Helen’s Testimony” (Word, 1995) and in her autobiography, No Greater Love: The Helen Baylor Story. Baylor approached award-winning filmmaker Cassandra Hollis to co-produce and direct the film.

Baylor was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2000.

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“AUDRA MAE Blues In The Night” 

“AUDRA MAE Blues In The Night” 

Audra Mae is an American singer and songwriter from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, born on February 20, 1984. She is the great-great-niece of Judy Garland, and a great granddaughter of Garland’s sister Jimmie.
Blues in the Night” is a popular bluessong which has become a pop standardand is generally considered to be part of the Great American Songbook. The music was written by Harold Arlen, the lyrics by Johnny Mercer, for a 1941 film begun with the working title Hot Nocturne, but finally released as Blues in the Night. The song is sung in the film by William Gillespie.

Arlen and Mercer wrote the entire score for the 1941 film Blues in the Night. One requirement was for a blues song to be sung in a jail cell.[2] As usual with Mercer, the composer wrote the music first, then Mercer wrote the words. Arlen said,

The whole thing just poured out. And I knew in my guts, without even thinking what Johnny would write for a lyric, that this was strong, strong, strong! When Mercer wrote “Blues in the Night”, I went over his lyric and I started to hum it over his desk. It sounded marvelous once I got to the second stanza but that first twelve was weak tea. On the third or fourth page of his work sheets I saw some lines—one of them was “My momma done tol’ me, when I was in knee pants.” I said, “Why don’t you try that?” It was one of the very few times I’ve ever suggested anything like that to John.[citation needed]

When they finished writing the song, Mercer called a friend, singer Margaret Whiting, and asked if they could come over and play it for her. She suggested they come later because she had dinner guests—Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Mel Tormé, and Martha Raye. Instead, Arlen and Mercer went right over. Margaret Whiting remembered what happened then:

They came in the back door, sat down at the piano and played the score of “Blues in the Night”. I remember forever the reaction. Mel got up and said, “I can’t believe it.” Martha couldn’t say a word. Mickey Rooney said, “That’s the greatest thing I’ve ever heard.” Judy Garland said, “Play it again.” We had them play it seven times. Judy and I ran to the piano to see who was going to learn it first. It was a lovely night.

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Sammie Jay – original song Killing Me Slowly

busking talent, street performance, voice, lyrics, music …oh wow!
When this amazing Barefoot Street Performer started singing, no one expected that! Sammie Jay blew away online audience with her busking talent, street performance, voice, lyrics, music and her original song Killing Me Slowly, However, audience were too busy shopping to stop and properly enjoy her beautiful voice and Amazing song from one of the top street performers in London. Many compare her style to Janis Joplin or Joss Stone. Some conspiracy theorists even believe that was shot against a Green Screen! :-)

Enjoy this amazing busking talent, original song and beautiful music. Where is Simon Cowell when he is needed !! or The Voice. YouTube.com

 
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“A Motown Classic: Kim Weston- Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little Wh…”

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Kim Weston (born December 20, 1939) is an American soul singer, and Motown alumna. In the 1960s, Weston scored hits with the songs “Love Me All the Way” and “Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)”, and with her duet with Marvin Gaye, “It Takes Two”.

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Born Agatha Nathalia Weston in Detroit, Michigan, she was signed to Motown in 1961, scoring a minor hit with “Love Me All the Way” (R&B #24, Pop #88). Weston’s biggest solo hits with Motown were “Take Me in Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)” (R&B #4, Pop #50, 1965, later covered by the Isley Brothers, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jermaine Jackson and the Doobie Brothers, and “Helpless” (R&B #13, Pop #56,entered Cashbox March 26th,1966, previously recorded by the Four Tops on their Second Album LP). Her biggest claim to fame was singing the classic hit “It Takes Two” with Marvin Gaye in 1966 and her later recording of the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing”.[1] It was the success of “It Takes Two” that caused Motown to partner Gaye with Tammi Terrell, spawning even more success for the label.

Weston left Motown in 1967 and later sued the label over disputes about royalties. She and her then-husband William “Mickey” Stevenson (former A&R head at Motown) both went to MGM Records. Weston cut a couple of singles for MGM, “I Got What You Need,” and “Nobody,” which went largely unnoticed due to lack of airplay and promotion. She made an album for the label, This Is America, which included her popular version of the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” This was released as a single and featured in the movie Wattstax. All the money from the single was donated to the United Negro College Fund.

She recorded several more albums for various labels, Stax/Volt among them, and also made an album of duets with Johnny Nash. None of these recordings charted, and Weston reportedly relocated to Israel, where she worked with young singers.

Weston made a guest appearance on The Bill Cosby Show (1969–1971), in episode #50 in March 1971.

Along with many former Motown artists, she signed with Ian Levine’s Motorcity Records in the 1980s, releasing the single “Signal Your Intention”, which peaked at #1 in the UK Hi-NRG charts. It was followed by the album Investigate (1990), which included some re-recordings of her Motown hits as well as new material. A second album for the label, Talking Loud (1992), was never released, although all the songs were included on the compilation The Best Of Kim Weston (1996).

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