A few months ago, after the Trayvon Martin incident, we asked readers of Drfunkenberry.com to send in photos of them in hoodies and we would use it for a future project. That project is a special cover of the Lalah Hathaway "We're All In This Together" song featuring Shelby J., Anthony Hamilton, Take 6 & Crazy Ned.
We caught up with Shelby J recently and talked about Trayvon;
"We must continue to fight for the Justice we need in this World for all of God's children. Trayvon will not be 4gotten or the 100's of other "Trayvon's" that don't get justice."
Also, Shelby told us that the world should get ready for her first upcoming solo album entitled "Just Shelby" and it WILL be released this year.
Shelby's team is currently weighing her many options for who will have the honor of distributing this cd full of as Shelby says "songs with purpose, sayin' somethin', ya dig. Not just rhyming words with no message!"
Shelby believes in true substance over flash in the pan style or "a look" that's here 2day...4gotten about next week! Like Adele said, "She makes music 4 the ears not the eyes". But Ms. Shelby is Very easy on our eyes.
I know folks will feel the depth of soul, struggle, joy, love, determination & experience in her music. She states
I write it, produce it, & stand behind it! A true artist paints their OWN picture."
This being said, I did hear a rumor that some of Shelby's many musical friends may be making guest appearances on her project. But not too many, she says. "I don't get when an artist puts out a record & has a guest artist on like 8 out of 10 songs. I never understood that. Aretha didn't have to do it."
You can also download "We're All In This 2gether" free HERE!!-DocFB
FREE Download! “We’re All In This Together” Feat. Lalah Hathaway, Shelby J., Anthony Hamilton, Take 6, & Crazy NED
Here is "We're All In This Together" remix by Lalah Hathaway, Shelby J., Anthony Hamilton, Take 6, & Crazy NED.
NPG member Shelby J. was asked to be on the remix by Miss Hathaway herself. Lalah opened for Prince & The NPG on some "Welcome 2 America" dates last year.
We talked to Shelby J. about the song and she said "The song has a healing power. I can listen to it over and over and it just makes me FEEL GOOD and it reminds me what is IMPORTANT in life and how we are ALL connected on the Earth, therefor we must CARE for each other & Love one another. No matter what color, race, religion or location!!"
"We must stomp out hate, and teach our children to LOVE their fellow man...It is the only way we will have a better future. Because....We're All In This 2gether!!! Ya Dig???"
It is no coincidence that you see some of the stars of the video and others wearing hoodies. This is a big shout out to Treyvon Martin.
There is a huge message in this song and that is why the song is available as a FREE download.
Shelby explains "Good music with a good message is like water...we all need it. You could drill a hole in a boat if you want...but we will ALL sink!"
The video is powerful and directed by Shelby's friend and musical collaborator Butter and co-directed by Trevor Gale.
Shelby J. is currently rocking Australia with PRINCE & The NPG on the Welcome 2 Australia tour and receiving rave reviews. There is MUCH more coming from Shelby J. in 2012 and we are excited about it all. Shelby J. is the truth and and her voice and spirit need to be heard by millions! She is the real deal inside and out.
We are loving the Lalah Hathaway jam with Shelby J., Anthony Hamilton, Take 6, and Crazy NED. We hope you dig it too!
Last night, Prince kicked off what we hope is just the first leg of his "Welcome 2 America" tour with a rocking show at the Izod Center in New Jersey. Oh it was funky y'all!!
We were treated to not one, but two opening acts before Prince took the symbol-shaped O(+> stage. First up was jazz artist Esperanza Spalding who we'd seen perform at the Prince tribute during the 2010 BET Awards earlier this year. Then it was time for soul songstress Lalah Hathaway who was beautiful in a flowing blue dress. Both ladies would join Prince during his set later on - Spalding for co-vocals on "If I Was Your Girlfriend" and Hathaway sharing vocals on "Sometimes it Snows in April" and "Diamonds and Pearls".
Then it was time for the one and only. "I am here, where r u?" Prince asked the crowd after opening with the funky, unexpected "Lay Down" track from his album 20Ten. The crowd was in a frenzy as Prince strutted around the stage in a gold ruffle shirt, black pants, sunglasses and a long leather coat. He was ready to funk.
That was the only new song we'd hear as it was a night for Prince classics and fan favorites. We were treated to "Beautiful Ones" IN ITS ENTIRETY - the ladies were going crazy for this one, especially when he screamed "Do u want me?". Yes we do!!!
Other classic hits we heard included "Cream", "Raspberry Beret", "Uptown", "Let's Work" - so many hits, so little time! Hardcore fans were pinching themselves when Prince strapped on his new gold guitar (that will be auctioned off for charity after the tour) and launched into "She's Always in my Hair", a favorite b-side from 1985 (thank u Prince!!!).
Prince was backed up by three talented singers all night - Elisa Dease, Liv Warfield and Shelby J, who fans were surprised to see as she lost her father unexpectedly last week. But the music must be healing because Shelby was in great form and performed a beautiful version of "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan with her sisters backing her up. Shelby also waved a large flag during "Purple Rain" that had an angel drawn on it with some writing. A tribute to her Dad perhaps? We couldn't read it from our side of the stage.
Prince and Shelby performed a great duet of "Nothing Compares 2 U" - great chemistry and love there. Prince acknowledged her return by saying "it's good to have you back".
Prince broke it down later in the show with some steamy ballads - "Insatiable", "Scandalous", and the lady-melting "Adore". Wooh - we could hardly contain ourselves!! He closed out the main set with a long rendition of "Purple Rain" and had the entire arena on its feet, waving their arms. He worked every corner with his Hohner, calling for more "Woo ooo ooo ooo!"'s from the hyped up crowd.
But we weren't done yet! Not even close! We got a long encore that kicked off with "Kiss" - Prince's latest substitution in the song? "You don't have to watch...the L Word...to have an attitude". LOL! Spalding and Hathaway performed with Prince during the encore, and we also got Prince on piano for a quick version of "All the Critics Love U in New York" - of course, how could we not have predicted he'd play this??
We go one more dose of serious funk with "Controversy" - clap your hands, stomp your feet (mine still hurt today!). It was thick! Then some fans were invited on stage to dance and party along with "Sexy Dancer" and "Le Freak" by Chic.
Prince had amazing energy all night long, and the band was in great form. Prince's dance moves during Kiss were awesome - you could tell he was just feeling the funk and enjoying the moment. We can't wait to see what he brings on Friday night at the Izod, when Maceo Parker and Cassandra Wilson will join him.
Thanks 2 Prince and the band for a GREAT show!!!