June is Black Music Appreciation Month. It was initiated by President Jimmy Carter for June to honor the contributions of black artists and musicians (a new fact I learned). It was initially called Black Music Month but President Obama changed the name to Black Music Appreciation Month. In the spirit of that, of course, I had to make a playlist. I have to say it is lit…it’s music to vibe to, to dance to, and to just chill. I have recent artists that I have discovered and love right now. I do pay homage to the legends like Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Sade. I have music that I grew up listening to. It’s really great. IT’S BLISSFULLY APPROVED! So happy listening.
Have you ever listened to an album that speaks to your soul. It is an amazing feeling isn’t it…almost like God knew you would need to hear something so beautiful yet so real.
God knows how to align my love for music with His Word. Elevation Worship’s collaboration with Maverick City Worship in Old Church Basement is GROUNDBREAKING! I dare you to listen to each song with an open heart and mind. I hear scripture in each song and a reminder of God’s truth.
My favorite songs are Jireh, Talking to Jesus, Names, and Million Little Miracles. The album is on repeat because May is a big crossroads month for me with possible opportunities that could be on the horizon. I get quite anxious at the thought of what is to come, but these songs give me comfort on a spiritual and mental level.
If you did not know already, this is BLISSFULLY APPROVED. Tell me what you think.
Talk about music that speaks to your soul. If you did not know, I am a big PJ Morton fan. His music catalog is mostly R&B but for this new, Grammy-winning album and artist, Morton goes back to his gospel roots. This album came out during the pandemic and it is on repeat. The music is just powerful and meaningful like any other song he created. My favorite tracks are #8, All In His Plan and #10, God Can/Let Go. All speak to me in my current season of life. All the features are amazing. Listen and tell me what you think. But as for me, this is Blissfully Approved!
The Christmas season is HERE!! I love the feeling and season of Christmas. Everything is lit up and it’s a wonderful time for my family. One of the things I enjoy is CHRISTMAS MUSIC. I have had this playlist for several years and it keeps growing. I hope you enjoy while living life.
I wanted to share my love of music by giving a playlist of thanksgiving. I hope you are encouraged and lifted. This new playlist is called Blessed, Grateful, and Thankful. I centered the repertoire towards Christian and Gospel music. God’s love flows His love and blessings on us. It is also important to give honor to God for His goodness. Enjoy, Bliss Fam.
To lighten the intensity of my Conqueror Series, I made a Conqueror playlist on my Spotify. It’s a mix of series genres: R&B, Christian, Gospel, Worship, and Pop. The theme is empowerment, joy, overcoming, and kicking obstacles in the butt. Enjoy!!
Tell me your favorite empowering song that makes you feel like a conqueror!
I am always down for good music that can send me to another place. It’s not just about the beat to me; it is about the musicality, the message, the voice, and everything in between! My favorites are worth listening to. All are BLISSFULLY BIANCA APPROVED!!!
Cool, groovy, and lit. I have already sang the praises of PJ Morton in prior posts but this album is really awesome. The features are very perfect. I mean these people can SANG (except for Angela Rye…she speaks). I appreciate his musicality, his message, and his soul in giving a story with each song. My favorite songs are Ready, Practicing, Built for Love, and Say So.
This is my first time introducing Yuna. She is a very beautiful soul with a voice similarly to Sade. She is subtle and modest yet soulful. She is a Malaysian artist that I discovered on Youtube; she did a duet with Usher called Crush (LOVE)!! She is definitely underrated but she has musicality and inner beauty that radiates in each song. My favorite songs are Black Marquee, Castaway, Likes, and Pink Youth.
H.E.R.-I Used to Love Her
I have talked about H.E.R on multiple occasions. And I STAN her (pun intended). She is authentic and truly about the message rather than the commercial look. She is raw and real in her lyrics. She speaks her truth in this album. She can PLAY and SANG so well. She deserves all the awards. My favorite songs are Carried Away, Fate, Racks, Could’ve Been, Hard Place, Lord Is Coming.
So what are you listening to? I am open to suggestions on underrated, under-appreciated but awesome musicians and artists. So let me know.
Recently, I have been in a music trance with R&B reminiscent of 90s and early 00’s R&B. Like I grew up with Lauryn Hill, D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, Erykah Badu, and many other smooth voices. Pretty much the Golden Age and last of grown, quality R&B music I felt I could gel with. I still listen to R&B of those decades but there have been a recent repertoire of R&B that is cool, fresh, and musically pleasing to ya girl.
So the artists I have encountered that have rocked my world.
She is cool, sexy, grown, sultry, and just melanin goodness. The first female artist of J.Cole’s record label, Dreamville adds something special to music. I love her singing and spoken elements to her songs. She makes it personal and real. There is some language…it’s grown folks music. But it is worth listening to.
The Orange is the New Black actress can SANGGGG!!! The only sad thing about her EP is it is short. She is so soulful and so real. My favorite song is “Black Woman”. It is real and raw about all the facets having melanin. Definitely a blissful favorite!
I discovered Nao on Tiny Desk Concerts. Her voice is out of this world. It is angelic, extraterrestrial, and just WOW!! She has ranges and her musicality is amazing. Her style is electronic music, funk and R&B. But it’s still great. Her recent album is definitely on repeat for me.
So if you enjoy R&B music, you should listen to these ladies. I discovered them and it has been great enjoying the musicality and soul of these artists.
My Melanin Men that make your girl get in her feelings.
Musicality, showmanship, cool, and groovy is how I describe his soulful sound. I discovered Anderson .Paak on my “recommended videos” area of my Youtube channel after watching H.E.R. on NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert. He is like a Maxwell with jazz drum techniques. His own NPR Tiny Desk Concert is one of my favorite. His new album, Ventura is an artistic journey that you will love. My favorite songs are Come Home (feat. Andre 3000) and Make It Better (feat. Smokie Robinson). Anderson.Paak is #blissfullybiancaapproved.
A beautiful, soulful falsetto with the smoothness of D’Angelo. His voice is out of this world. I discovered Daniel Caesar on the radio singing Best Part feat. H.E.R.. I was like…I need to be in love to dance to this song at my wedding. He is a special, neo-soul artist. I love both of his albums, Freudian and Pilgrim’s Paradise. My favorite songs are Best Part, Blessed, Take Me Away, Japanese Denim, and Violet. I made a Daniel Caesar Playlist of the albums and other singles below. He is definitely #blissfullybiancaapproved.
A cool neo-soul, musical master is PJ Morton. I posted a blissful favorite of his album, Gumbo Unplugged (Live) a couple months ago. I have his album on repeat. He is a part of Maroon 5 but he branched out and it has paid off (Grammy-winning paid off). His collaborations are great. It is truly good music which is hard to come by. My favorite songs are Claustrophobic, First Began, and Go Through Your Phone. He is #blissfullybiancaapproved.
I want to honor the male legends of music who talk about love, loss, change, the world, and being black. I made a special playlist of the classic male artists that I grew up with who are still very relevant today and inspire me.