Recently HipHollywood sent me to Atlanta for a week for the 2011 Soul Train Music Awards. The trip was fill with great southern style soul food and events packed with the energy and life that the “A” has to offer. My 1st stop was “On The Park.” A monthly event held by Jermaine Dupri where he spotlights up and coming artists as well as showcase a few seasoned vets. Due to the untimely death of Heavy D this night was also a tribute. The line-up, stacked with good talent, did not disappoint. 1st up was the soulful and energetic Luke James who sang a few songs and his new single “I want you.” If you havent heard of him you need to look him up b/c he started the show off right. He was followed by youtube sensation Brandon Hines who was recently signed by Jermaine Dupri. My home girl Jazmyn Gilliard introduced me to his music a few years ago. Im happy he is finally getting his just due. He sang his song “No get well soon” which is lyrically a masterpiece. Make sure you follow his career. He is a singer with chops and he writes his own music.
The two youngsters we’re followed by Soul 4 Real singing and dancing their hearts out for Heavy D. Then Lil Mo’ came in and shut it down letting us know she still has it. Quote of the night “I’m an independent artist now but don’t get it twisted checks still come to my door and they are in my name.” That was more than enough excitement for one night in ATL. Check out the view below.
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