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Issue 1060

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We kick off with our first print issue of 2013 in the same momentum we finished the last issue, whilst proving this time that we are definitely ready to put our money where our mouth is!  Our cover is none other an artist we backed very heavily as a 'one to watch' at the end of last year, I'm very pleased to say we will be cashing in that prediction with our cover/interview this issue…welcome Laura Mvula!  All I can I also say is, watch-this-space…  This issue also features some of THE best box-fresh talent on the planet, plus a few old favourites for your further pleasure…so enough about Snowboy!  Let me tell you what else to expect… There's more royalty in this issue than a good ol' family knees-up at Balmoral, as we get into interview action care of some VERY high class musical dignitaries;  Bluey, Martha High, Charles Bradley, James Hunter + our very own Brian McKnight in shining armour! (see what I did there!) With one of the best albums last year, R&B acts don't get much hotter, as Miguel drops by for a chat. We continue the new artist tip with interview introductions care of; Very soulful German talent show (million pound prize) winner Onita Boone, spitting out rhyme like books on the shelf - is our new hip hop hero! Mic Righteous AND we go live with a review, having taken Dingwalls by storm, of soulsationally talented Allen Stone! We welcome back the god given voice of ex-Lighthouse Family frontman, now turned solo singer, Tunde Baiyewu and if that wasn't enough we also have interviews from a pair of mega talented divas/stars, one of them literally was 'a star' - Alice Russell and ex-member, turned soloist from 80's popular quintet Five Star, the very lovely Deniece Pearson... Last, but by no means least, we keep star spotting as we bring you a retrospective in celebration of the life and times of one time Motown hit maker, who sadly passed away 10 years ago this month, Mr Edwin Starr. Just enough time to mention our columnists; Snowboy (Jazz & Funk), Bigger (R&B), Ralph Tee (Modern Soul), Bobby & Steve (Soulful House), Shortee Blitz (Hip Hop), Ben Lovett (House n' Dance), Simon Redley (Blues), Frank Elson and Richard Searling (Northern Soul). Who are raring to share their talent, views and passion through our pages and website - PLEASE feel free to click on to us at and share your views with myself or our columnist's and/or get in touch with any news that you feel would benefit other at and we will do our very best to pass it on. May the music be with you!B&S

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Win Beyoncé tickets

Win Beyoncé Mrs. Carter tour tickets

Beyoncé touches down in the U.K soon to perform a series of sold out shows...we have a pair of tickets to give away for one of those shows on May 1st at London's o2 - all you have to do is answer a simple question...

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Lisa Stansfield

Win show tickets + a meet and greet with Lisa Stansfield

Brit winning, 20 million selling comeback Queen Lisa Stansfield makes a VERY welcome return to the spotlight this year and we give you the chance to catch her in concert and meet her at a venue of your choice...

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Tabu Records

Win Classic Tabu Records Re-issued albums

Tabu Records defined an era in R&B which ran from the late 1970s well into the ’90s...we have been lucky enough to be given the first 4 Tabu Records re-issues to in turn give away to you...

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Street Sounds Summer Ball - June 22nd 2013

Win Tickets to the Street Sounds Summer Ball

The date; June 22nd, the place; Coronet, the event; the Street Sounds Summer event choc full of quality artists including; Rose Royce, Crown Heights Affair, Sugarhill Gang & Fonda Rae - win tickets here...

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Watch Omar The Man Video

Omar is back with a humdinger of a prequel to same titled album "The Man" due on May 26...This HUGE slice of feel good, ultra cool, DAMN fine contemporary soul music looks set to dig in for the summer...

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Tunde Baiyewu

B&S EXCLUSIVE...Watch the making of Tunde Baiyewu's new album Diamond In A Rock

Ex-Lighthouse Family lead singer Tunde Baiyewu has just recorded his first solo album "Diamond In A Rock" in Portland, Oregan and we have exclusive clips on the making of this latest scorcher from this very distinctive artist...

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Laura Mvula: Reflections of...

Pete Lewis meets 26-year-old Birmingham-born-and-raised soul singer/songwriter Laura Mvula. Whose eagerly-anticipated, Steve Brown-produced debut album “Sing To The Moon” is released this month...

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Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley: The Eagle Has Landed

Charles Bradley has well and truly landed with his new album. Sounding like an artist delivering a album after a multi-decade career, but this is in fact only his second album of a two year recording career...

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Brain McKnight

Brian McKnight: The Life Of Brian

Pete Lewis calls up Buffalo, New York-raised singer/songwriter/producer Brian McKnight. As the 20-million-selling R&B maestro releases his twelfth studio album, “More Than Words”

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Tunde Baiyewu: The Lighthouse Effect

Pete Lewis meets London-born, Nigerian-raised singer/songwriter Tunde Baiyewu. As the 20-million-selling former Lighthouse Family frontman releases his new solo album “Diamond In A Rock”

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Deniece Pearson

Deniece Pearson: Shining Star

Pete Lewis talks to Essex-born singer/songwriter Deniece Pearson, as the former Five Star lead vocalist releases her acoustic-guitar-driven R&B/pop ballad single “Close To Nowhere”

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Onita Boone

Onita Boone: Won in a Million

Pete Lewis talks to German-based, New York-raised soul songstress Onita Boone. Who launches her UK career this month with the release of her largely-Mousse-T.-produced debut album “Onita”

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Mic Righteous

Mic Righteous: Check 1, Check 2, Check Mic

After years of perfecting his craft, Mic Righteous debut E.P "Open Mic", which is only a few tunes short of being a full album, has gone to number one on the iTunes hip-hop chart on the first day of release...

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The James Hunter Six and The Dustaphonics: Islington Assembly Hall, 28/03/13

Expectations ran high. The new album from The James Hunter Six, “Minute By Minute”, had just been released in the UK, and the gig was a sell out...

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