WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: NEW R&B MUSIC and News; Kem, Keithian, Daniel Caesar, Leon Thomas, Maxwell & LaTocha


R&B lovers have been graced with so much new music in the past few weeks, and beyond. Here are some R&B releases and news you may have missed.

Kem releases live album to celebrate 20th Motown anniversary

R&B/Soul singer, songwriter, and musician, Kem released his album last Friday, “Anniversary – The Live Album,” in commemoration of his 20-year partnership with Motown Records. The 12-track album was recorded last year at The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre in Detroit, which is the singer’s hometown. The album features live renditions of some of his greatest hits, including “Love Calls,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Nobody,” and “Why Would You Stay.” Kem also recently released his first book, “Share My Life: A Journey of Love, Faith, and Redemption,” a memoir about his journey from humble beginnings and struggles to his successful career.

Click below to listen to “Anniversary – The Live Album”


Keithian released a lyrical entangled new single “Ways”

In his first single of 2023, Keithian returns with ‘Ways.” Caught in an emotional entanglement, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter and film producer spins the story of whether he is in love or not. With many obstacles ahead of him he makes his way the best way he can.   “Ways” is the lead single from his highly anticipated EP, Human, and is the follow-up to his “Green Clouds,” released in 2022.

In addition to the album, Keithian is preparing to accompany VEDO on the road for the 14-city “Mood Swings Tour.”


Daniel Caesar released his new album, “Never Enough”

The 15-track album includes singles such as “Let Me Go,” and “Valentina.” The album was executive produced by Dylan Wiggins and includes features with Ty Dolla $ign, Mustafa, Omara Apollo, and serpentwithfeet. This is Caesar’s first album drop since his 2019 album, “Case Study 01.” The tracks sound like a mix of R&B, soul, and even Lofi- so a good variety of sounds.

Click below to listen to “Never Enough”


Leon Thomas’ new single”Crash & Burn”  is an inevitable breakup song. 

“Crash & Brun” is a sad song that finds Leon Thomas searching for meaning and love in a crappy relationship that ultimately ends with a breakup. With this emotion-laden track, Thomas so convincingly delivers the pain, and you can feel his angst as he tries to avoid the unavoidable.

“Crash & Burn,” the fourth track from his expected debut album, “Electric Dusk” is set to release this summer.

Click below to hear “Crash & Burn”


Maxwell reveals dates for 2023 Las Vegas residency

R&B/Soul superstar Maxwell will return to grace the stage for a three-night residency for his NIGHT, The Trilogy Show, at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The shows will take place on August 9,11 and 12. Maxwell launched his residency last year, which featured Joe and Anthony Hamilton as special guests. Maxwell is also scheduled to release “Blacksummers’NIGHT,” which is the final album of the Blacksummers’Night trilogy that he started in 2009. The project will be released under his label, Musze in partnership with BMG.

Let’s reminisce as we listen to Maxwell’s  2009 “Blacksummers’ Night” below


LaTocha release debut, an inspirational solo album 

Former Xscape group member, LaTocha has released her debut solo album, “The Invitation: A Conversation with God.” Although the album is inspirational, LaTocha gives some gospel and R&B vibes, so it can definitely cross genres. The 11-track album features the single, “Afraid,” which is about learning to trust and love again, especially from a faith standpoint.

“I’m afraid to trust again/ If you can please hold my hand/I still want you
So don’t move/Cause I can’t live this life by myself”

LaTocha was also featured on Bravo’s series “SWV & Xscape: The Queen of R&B,” which focused on a one-night performance of the two R&B groups.

Click below to listen to “The Invitation: A Conversation with God”

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