“Cry, Cry, Cry”! Judith Hill Is Set To Perform On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert!

Judith Hill Promo Photo

Judith Hill is set to perform on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert next Thursday October 15th.

Oprah Winfrey will also be a guest on Colbert that night.

Judith Hill's debut album "Back In Time" produced by PRINCE is slated to be released on October 23rd, 2015.

Since debuting last month, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert is better ratings-wise than his predecessor David Letterman. Although The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon is still number 1, Fallon was beating Letterman by over a million viewers. Colbert is within 400,000 viewers for the number one spot on a nightly basis.-DocFB

Diagnosis: With Oprah & Judith slated for next week, it will be a win for late night viewers.


“Back In Time” Judith Hill’s Debut Album Set For Release On NPG Records 10/23/15!

Judith Hill Photo: NPG Records 2015

Judith Hill's debut album is set for release on NPG Records October 23rd, 2015. The album was produced by PRINCE at his Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis.

The wide release follows the album's unprecedented introduction in March 2015, when Live Nation made it available to newsletter subscribers for free for a brief 48 hours.

Hill co-produced the soulful Back In Time with multi-platinum icon Prince. Their creative partnership began after Judith named the legendary artist as her dream collaborator in an interview. Prince called her shortly thereafter and invited her to Paisley Park Studios. The playful behind-the-scenes video, which premiered today, captures the jam-like vibe of the subsequent recording sessions...

The scintillating, horn-fueled "Cry, Cry, Cry," one of eleven tracks penned by Hill for Back In Time, is streaming now on TIDAL and Spotify.

Rolling Stone has praised Hill's "seasoned, soulful sound" and The Wall Street Journal noted, "[She] has pipes, experience, style." The Huffington Post hailed her as "a standout talent" and Idolator observed, "Her pitch, range and style are absolutely outstanding."

Hill, who opened for Prince on his spring 2015 tour, duets with him on "Million $ Show," the lead-off track on his new album, HITNRUN Phase One, which was released this month. She won a GRAMMY® earlier this year when the Morgan Neville-directed documentary 20 Feet From Stardom was honored as Best Music Film. The film, which also won an Oscar, shines the spotlight on the untold true story of singers like Hill and co-stars Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer, who have backed some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Judith has supported such artists as the late Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder,Elton John, John Legend and Josh Groban.

Hill, who wrote her first song when she was only four years old, comes from a musical family. Her mother, a classical pianist from Japan, and her father, a funk bass player, both played with Sly Stone, Chaka Khan, Rufus and many other artists.-DocFB

For album track list & diagnosis, click here!


Jam Of The Week! PRINCE’s “This Could B Us” On Sale Now!

PRINCE This Could B Us Cover Photo NPG Records 2015

"This Could B Us" by music icon PRINCE debuted on the Tidal streaming service on Wednesday. The single is now available for purchase on all digital retail music sites.

This Could B Us from TIDAL on Vimeo.

"This Could B Us" is our jam of the week and is produced by Prince and Joshua Welton is the second single from "HITNRUN" which will be available exclusively first via Tidal on September 7th.

You can purchase "This Could B Us" on Google Music, iTunes, and Amazon Music.-DocFB

Diagnosis: There was at least one more version of "This Could B Us" that was played at Prince's Paisley Park Studios this past Spring, what is described as a more of a techno beat and dance mix of the song. (JW release it!!!!!!) That guitar solo on this one tho....


It Happened! Sly Stone Surprise Performance On Stage With The Family Stone

Sly Stone Photo: Count Basie Theatre

Although Family Stone band members have been in touch recently with Sly Stone, the band was taken by surprise when the funk legend joined the band to perform "If You Want Me To Stay" playing keyboards.

The performance happened this past Sunday August 23rd at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.

"It was quite a surprise, a pleasant surprise and it was cool," said Family Stone member Greg Errico. "I couldn't see people's faces in the audience but everybody told me there was a lot of crying going on -- it was emotional."

The band members were told moments before that Sly would be joining them on stage it is being reported.-DocFB

Diagnosis: The Family Stone features original members Errico, Jerry Martini, and Cynthia Robinson with Sly Stone's daughter, Phunne Stone. A Sly and the Family Stone box set, "Live at the Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968," was released last month.


Gary Clark Jr. Confirms NYC Show, New Release, Fallon TV Performance

Gary Clark Jr. Photo: Latisha Alsys For DrFunkenberry.com

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Gary Clark Jr. has just confirmed a concert appearance in New York City set for Oct. 28, at Terminal 5. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, Aug. 28th.

Clark's highly anticipated second album for Warner Bros. Records, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, is set for release on Sep 11th, and is available for pre-order now.  All pre-orders will receive an instant download of two new album tracks: "The Healing" and "Grinder."  Click here to pre-order.

In celebration of the album's release Clark & company will perform "The Healing" (from the new album) on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Aug 31st. Tune into NBC stations at 11:35PM EST/ PST and 10:35PM CT. Check local listings for details.-DocFB

Diagnosis: The Story of Sonny Boy Slim is the uncanny evolution of an artist embracing his roots with a rarified grace, style, and an inextinguishable passion which reflects his vision as a songwriter, groove master, and the vocal force of nature he has become, while his guitar virtuosity already speaks (quite voluminously) for itself. Click here for a view into the world of Gary Clark Jr.

The Story of Sonny Boy Slim was written, produced, arranged by Clark, who also plays most of the instruments, with assistance from his long-time live soundman, Bharath "Cheex" Ramanat and Jason Sciba. Backing vocals are provided by his sisters Shawn and Savannah Clark. The album was recorded by Ramanath and Sciba.

For album tracklist & tour dates, click here!

New PRINCE Album “HITNRUN” To Be Released Via TIDAL On September 7th!

PRINCE HITNRUN Phase 1 Photo Tidal

PRINCE's new album HITNRUN will be released exclusively via Tidal on September 7th. The new album will feature HARDROCKLOVER which was released on July 1st.

3RDEYEGIRL recently went on BBC 6 radio and announced Prince had a new album entitled "HITNRUN" ready to go.

Prince had this to say about the Tidal deal:

"After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team he has assembled at TIDAL recognize and applaud the effort that real musicians put in2 their craft 2 achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry. Secondly, TIDAL have honored Us with a non-restrictive arrangement that once again allows Us to continue making art in the fashion We've grown accustomed 2 and We're Extremely grateful 4 their generous support. And lastly, in the tech-savvy, real-time world We all live in 2day, everything is faster. From its conception and that one & only meeting, HITNRUN took about 90 days 2 prepare its release. If that's what freedom feels like, HITNRUN is what it sounds like."

Jay Z chimed in as well on the deal with Prince:

"Prince has always been a visionary, a free-thinker. We're honored to offer his breadth of work, "1999," "Purple Rain," etc., music that has inspired so many, on TIDAL. We're also excited to be the home for his new upcoming album, HITNRUN. Both Prince and TIDAL share the belief that all creatives should have the opportunity to speak directly to those that love and support them. This partnership with Prince represents TIDAL's philosophy in its truest form, a 1 to 1 connection and direct delivery of artistry to the world."

Other songs to be included on "HITNRUN" will be a different version of "This Could Be Us" which was released on "Art Official Age" last year, as well as vault song "1000 Hugs & Kisses". No word if "STARE" which was released through Spotify last week will be on the album.

Earlier this year, Prince released songs via Live Nation such as "X's Face" and "What if", a Christian cover song. No word if those songs will appear on "HITNRUN" or another project down the road.

We will keep U updated if we hear anything more.-DocFB

Diagnosis: September 7th is gonna be a FUNKY Monday for sure! Phase 1....


1st Things 1st! PRINCE Releases New Song “STARE” Exclusively On Spotify! Listen Now!


Earlier this month, PRINCE had all his music pulled from Spotify leaving TIDAL as the only streaming service carrying his music. This morning, Spotify released the new song "STARE" exclusively on Spotify.


As of right now, "STARE" is the only song by the music icon Spotify has. The streaming service is hoping that changes soon but for now they are happy to debut Prince's latest serving of funk.

"STARE" starts off with a funky base line and a sultry "Oh baby" then talking about liking you to stare talking about used to going on stage in underwear, an ode to the classic "Dirty Mind" album. He even throws in a sample of his #1 song "Kiss" as well. Can you say "Sexy Dancer" as well?

"STARE" was promoted earlier this year as being from an upcoming project entitled "FREEYOURSELF" which Prince teased from his official Twitter account. No word if this project is still in the mix or it will appear on "HITNRUN" which his band 3RDEYEGIRL told BBC Radio last week is a new album that Prince has finished and has ready to go. It is pure SPECULATION by us but it is perfectly feasible for most talented man in music to release two new albums which he did last year with "Art Official Age" and "PLECTRUMELECTRUM".-DocFB

Diagnosis: During that interview with BBC Radio, 3RDEYEGIRL said they were looking for ways to release the "HITNRUN" project. Perhaps Spotify might be one of their ways of distribution and are testing the waters. Interesting times to be a music fan right now, especially of the FUNK variety. Keep on Staring!