The Life As Shay Report:
The Third Annual For The Love of R&B event was a night to remember. Hosted by singer/songwriter Tank and Jason Lee of IamJasonLee.com, the night was filled with surprises as the two brought all of their R&B friends out to play. Starting off Grammys Weekend 2014 at The Sayers Club, the red carpet was the place to catch some of the night’s performers, but of course there were artists that skipped the carpet and nestled in for a low-key evening…well that was at least until Tank got on the mic. “Chrisette Michele is that you, Teyana Taylor I see you…” and the list of noteworthy attendees went on as Tank greeted his R&B fam-singers, songwriters, producers, execs and fans.
Photo Cred: @IamJasonLee (IG)
In the spirit of R&B, the evening was dedicated to the loving memory of Whitney Houston and her last days were memorialized in a short film narrated by Jason Lee.
For the Love of R&B and in the name of good music, the performing artists did renditions of their favorite songs. And I stress the word “RENDITION” because not one song was sang “word-for-word” or “note-for-note.” Of course everyone had to put their own STANK on it.
Here’s a bit of what went down:
Photo Cred: Nelly Tchayem (Ethno Nightlife)
BJ the Chicago Kid crooned with One in a Million by Aaliyah
Karina Pasian warmed up on the keys with Worst Behavior by Drake and slayed Sade’s No Ordinary Love
Lil Mo got real and took us to church with X Factor by Lauren Hill
LA’s own, Problem got in there and performed his hit Like Whaaat and the crowd went crazy!
Sevyn Streeter treated the man of the hour, Tank, with a sweet serenade of Aaliyah‘s Come Over (written by Tank)
The voices and soul were nothing short of exemplary of RHYTHM & BLUES but there was one person that gave me chills…Teyana Taylor. She gave an impromptu performance, serving Anita Baker’s Rapture and her own Bliss. She proved that “if you stay ready you don’t have to get ready…” Her fellow artists and fans, notably Bridget Kelly (who was front and center during her set), sealed her performance with a standing ovation.
“I’m just a ratchet girl from Harlem that sings.” -Teyana Taylor.
For the Love of R&B showcased the future and current direction of the genre and trust me people, we have a great collection of talent to keep us entertained and inspired for many years to come. Check out The Life As Shay Report’s spotlight artist, BJ The Chicago Kid (www.bjthechicagokid.com)