1/19/20 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Mahalia Jackson- Precious Lord Take My Hand

Precious Lord, Take My Hand was Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite song, and he often invited gospel singer Mahalia Jackson to sing it at civil rights rallies to inspire crowds; at his request she sang it at his funeral in April 1968. Continue reading

1/10/20 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Alicia Keys – Underdog

Alicia Augello-Cook also known as Alicia Keys is an R&B artist and songwriter. A classically trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records. Cast includes Bessie Awarding dancer/choreographer Storyboard P. Continue reading

1/9/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: War – Edwin Starr

On the day that Edwin Starr’s War was released in June 1970, two Detroiters in their twenties were jailed for five years for ransacking a Chicago draft board office and burning its records – yet another example of the anger and rebellion which America’s prosecution of the Vietnam war was continuing to stir among the country’s young. The artists of Motown were hardly known at that time for social commentary and controversial material, but Starr had no superstar reputation to put at risk when he cut the song in May 1970. Continue reading

1/8/20 O&A NYC WILDIN OUT WEDNESDAY: Brian Friedman & Yanis Marshall Heels Choreography- Britney Spears “Breathe On Me”

Brian Friedman’s Class at Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles 2014.  Continue reading

1/5/19 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Justin Bieber – Yummy

Yummy is by Pop star Justin Bieber. It was released on January 3, 2020 along with a lyric video through Def Jam Recordings as the lead single from his upcoming fifth album. The song is Bieber’s first own single to be released in three years. Continue reading

1/2/20 O&A NYC THROWBACK THURSDAY: Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine (A capella)

This rare A capella version of Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through The Grapevine really shows the magnificence of Marvin Gaye’s ability and range. 
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12/26/19 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Carol of the Bells – Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling (born September 21, 1986) an American violinist, singer, songwriter, and dancer. presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her eponymous YouTube channel, which she created in 2007. 
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12/24/19 O&A NYC SONG OF THE DAY: Eartha Kitt- Santa Baby

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Mae Kitt was an actress, singer, cabaret star, dancer, stand-up comedienne, activist and voice artist.  Known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of C’est Si Bon and the enduring Christmas novelty smash Santa Baby. Both songs became US Top 10 hits. Orson Welles once called her the most exciting woman in the world.
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12/15/19 O&A NYC GOSPEL SUNDAY: Total Praise – Richard Smallwood

Richard Smallwood wrote Total Praise during a dark time in his life. He was a caretaker for two people, one with Alzheimers and one with cancer. He originally sat down to write a “Woe is me” song , but this kept coming out instead. It’s what he called “Valley praise”. Continue reading