13 April 2007

Born Today!

Today we celebrate the birthdays of two great artists from different genres: Nellie McKay (25) and Al Green (61).

Al Green

The Rev. Al Green's fusion of soul, gospel and R&B is a keystone of classic American rock music. Influences carried deep and wide throughout the genre and outward, inspiring the likes of David Bowie, Marvin Gaye and Lyfe Jennings. His joyous, passionate and smooth sound is beloved by followers of classic Motown and anyone else interested in what gives contemporary American R&B its sound.

1972 was a hallmark year, producing both I'm Still In Love With You and Let's Stay Together, two of his most applauded albums.

Nellie McKay
Nellie McKay's theatrical cabaret sound fuses Britpop, jazz and even rap with sharp writing and effortlessly wonderful piano in her debut album, 2004's Get Away From Me. The title, a play on Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" even started a bit of a feud between the two. The London-born, American-bred singer-songwriter casts a snarky, dark-humored light on topics from politics to relationships and everyday occurrences. A vocal and active animal right activist, her work with PETA and the controversial ALF have labeled her a force to be reckoned with, both in and out of the recording studio.

I Wanna Get Married (m4a)

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