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John Legend is a nine-time Grammy Award winning recording artist, critically-acclaimed concert performer, philanthropist/social activist, and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. Legend’s debut album, Get Lifted (2004) sold more than three million copies worldwide and earned an astounding eight Grammy nominations with three wins for Best New Artist, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B album. Legend’s follow-up album, Once Again (2006) earned RIAA platinum certification and a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. High off the success of his third consecutive Top 10 album, Evolver (2008), Legend embarked on an extensive world tour with an 11 piece band - his largest traveling show to date. Inspired by the monumental 2008 Presidential election, Legend teamed up with The Roots to release the socially conscious album, Wake Up! (2010.) The album was nominated for five Grammy Awards and won Best R&B Album, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B song (for “Shine”- an original composition also featured in Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s documentary film Waiting for Superman) along with two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Album and Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration. In 2007, Legend launched the Show Me Campaign, a nonprofit organization fighting poverty around the world. John also sits on the Boards of The Education Equality Project, Teach for America, and the Harlem Village Academies. Legend has been honored several times for his activism, including the 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, and the 2009 Africare’s Bishop John T. Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award. In early 2012, Legend released one of the hottest songs of his career, the RIAA gold-certified hit “Tonight (Best You’ve Ever Had),” which sat atop the Urban AC radio chart for six consecutive weeks. Legend recently released his fifth studio album Love in the Future, with executive producers Kanye West and Dave Tozer, and will embark on a North American tour this autumn.
When Tamar Braxton thinks about her music career thus far, one moment always sticks out.
"I was 14-years-old, and I was singing background vocals for my sister Toni," she recalls. "Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown came to a show, and she kept pointing to the stage and talking. Afterwards, I humbly introduced myself to Whitney. She said, 'Your voice is amazing! You're going to be a star.' When she passed, I had this feeling. She never got to hear any of my songs, and I thought about that a lot while I was making this record."
Experiences like that have shaped Braxton's music immensely, leading up to, Love and War, her second full-length album and first for Streamline Records. The singer-and-songwriter transfers those moments
into impassioned and impactful songs with true soul. It's heartfelt, and it's honest. It's Tamar Braxton. In early 2012, she made a decision to return to the studio. Twelve years had passed since her major label debut, Tamar, but it finally felt right to delve into making music again. The artist had already endured the changing tides of the business and its tumultuous nature. This time, she wasn't going to bend for anyone or hold anything back.
"This is the first record where my music has truly reflected who I am," she affirms. "One night when I was in the studio, everything clicked. I found the sound I'd been looking for within myself for years. I never had a chance to go as deep as I did. I'm not trying to be something I'm not. I have to be me. The vocals just poured out of me." One of the songs she cut that evening was the title track and first single. She co-wrote the lyrics with legendary writer LaShawn Daniels, and it examines the push and pull of a relationship as well as how
real love can weather any storm. Over a slow sultry beat, Braxton's soulful delivery simply captivates.
"I'd experienced love, but I never experienced passion until I met my husband," reveals Braxton. "It's a true reflection of our relationship. We fight hard, but we love even harder. We get through everything, and we keep going strong. That's the reality of what we have. I think a lot of people will be able to identify with it."
They're also going to be able to identify with "Hot Sugar". It's a sizzling and sexy jam that's as playful as it is potent. She smiles, "I'm basically saying to my man, 'You miss me. You can't live without my sugar and kisses.' This is my fun side. It's high-energy, but I'm still expressing myself."