New Single Alert: Joey Mannarino – ‘Wherever You Are’ (Sneak Peek)

© 2013 Joey Mannarino

Hello folks! We have an exclusive sneak preview from Philadelphia’s own Joey Mannarino: “Wherever You Are,” which will be the first single to his upcoming album. He already hit you strong with the Philly soul smoothness of “Falling,” and now he is about to take you on another level with this new surefire hit and future quiet-storm classic, which we can already affirm will be the start of a new baby boom. Vocally and musically, Mannarino is in peak form here as always. A must hear for soul fans and real music!

All thanks to Joey Mannarino for his generosity to share his new gifts with all of us and people all around the world. We greatly appreciate it! 

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In Memory of Marvin…Happy Birthday (1939-1984)

Marvin Gaye was more than just an artist. Marvin Gaye was truly an one-of-a-kind revolutionary who spoke to the people and for the people, in more ways than one. His music will transcend generations, color lines, and all barriers forever. May his legacy live on forever!

Special: Remembering Whitney Houston (1963-2012)

There has been a sense of disbelief and shock in the atmosphere since the evening of February 11, 2012. The news of the unfortunate passing of Whitney Houston was one to remember because it was so sudden. Her angelic spirit, anointed and earthshattering voice, and undeniable love to others proved to be enduring qualities to her life. In between the glamour and praise, there were the demons and trials that caused her eventful decline, as her reign as one of pop’s greatest voices nearly came to a close. In the 1980s and 1990s, she conquered and broke down barriers that were never crossed in the entertainment industry. From record-breaking singles and albums to top-grossing films, Whitney singlehandedly dominated the industry in her own right and influenced generations of new female talents to come. Her later years were filled with much turmoil and wounded hope as the vibrant and brilliant voice became shattered and the tabloids intensified with negativity. But, she tried to be resilient and strike it out on top again by staging a comeback. In the end, it proved to be way too overbearing for her to handle, even though her spirit remained intact.

I was one of those devoted individuals who was utterly shocked when hearing about Whitney’s passing on Saturday, Feburary 11, 2012. First of all, it was a weird weekend for me, as college assignments and daily personal chores had become stressing and overbearing. Secondly, the hype of the upcoming 54th Grammy Awards seemed to be so huge, with alot of talk about top-billing artists such as Adele, Kanye West, and The Foo Fighters sweeping honors during the ceremony. Friday night before her passing, I recall reading an article about Whitney at a pre-Grammys event, reporting her actions and presence. The photographs that were featured in the article displayed a different view of a woman who was embarking on a second transformation in life, after an entire decade of personal and professional struggles. Wearing disheveled all-black attire, sweaty and on the verge of being exhausted, Houston possessed a weary and confused spirit. What was even more alarming was the sliting of her wrist, which endlessly spurred out blood. I began to wonder if she had relapsed into the destructive lifestyle that brought her life and career to a halt or if she had too much of a festive time at the event.


I had spent that entire night thinking about Whitney’s life and family. The photographs that I viewed were permanently ingrained into my conciousness as it was unlike any other thing I ever experienced about Whitney Houston. It was only the next night that I had saw a plethora of statuses on my Facebook wall declaring that she had passed. Being a hardcore music collector and enthusiast, I was stunned because it seemed that Houston’s rich musical output reflected the times and moments that not only introduced us into Houston’s life, but gave us an insight into how we should live our lives. Her music spoke to us on many levels.  


Even though she struggled with substance abuse, I always had this idea that Whitney was going to be one of those icons that would never depart from us so soon. Like another major icon, Michael Jackson, who died three years earlier too soon, her passing is a testimony to the ills of fame and the price of excess. But we must never forget her joy on Earth and the undeniable legacy that she left.


May her spirit remain vibrant and long live Whitney Elizabeth Houston (1963-2012).

Please leave your comments and celebrate the love and life of Whitney!