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My Kind Of Music IV...Maxwell

Updated on August 30, 2013

My kind of music

After reading my previous articles in this series, (see links below), you thought that I only like the old stuff. Oh no, I'm not stuck in the 60's or 70's, although I really loved their music. I love some of the new performers and their music. Take a listen.



Maxwell, an American R&B musician, born Gerald Maxwell Rivera, in New York, on May 23, 1973. He's said to have played an important role in the development of the soul sub-genre, neo soul. That silky, soothing, soulful voice crosses multiple music genres, such as, R&B, neo soul, quiet storm, funk, and jazz. For more Info check out his website, Maxwell. This is one young man that I can listen to for hours, and I do.

Nora Jones

Nora Jones, an American singer, songwriter, pianist, guitarist, keyboardist and actress, was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA, in 1979. Her music genres seems to cross a wide spectrum, including, blue eyed soul, pop, jazz, blues, country and many more. Ms Jones began her solo career in 2002 with a critically acclaimed album entitled, Come Away With Me, it sold over a whopping 20 million copies. For this album she received 5 Grammy Awards. Take a look at her website, Nora Jones.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson, an American Idol reject, Ha. Ms. Hudson was born Jennifer Kate Hudson in 1981, in Chicago Illinois, USA. As stated she was introduced to the public via American Idol, in 2004, however Simon Cowell said something to the effect that he didn't think she was commercially viable , my words not his. At any rate, in 2006 he was provided with seasoning, because he had to eat his words, when she went on to win critical acclaim for her performance in the movie Dreamgirls. As a matter of fact she won, An Academy Award as Supporting Actress for the movie. She not only won that one, she also won, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an NAACP Award. In addition she won a Grammy for her self title album, "Jennifer Hudson."

Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas

The Black Eyed Peas are called an American Hip Pop group. The composition of the group is rapper and multi-instrumentalist, and two other male rappers and Taboo, in addition to one female singer-rapper Fergie. The group was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1965.

"In 2009, the group became one of only 11 artists to have ever simultaneously held the #1 and #2 spots on the Billboards Top 100, with their singles "Boom Boom Pow," and "I Gotta Feeling", with the next single "Meet Me Half Way" achieving similar success, from the album The E.N.D, Combined, these three singles also topped the chart for an unprecedented 30 consecutive weeks in 2009."

To be sure, I'm not a fan of rap, but I saw this group perform on Oprah and checked them out, since then I've enjoyed seeing them perform. To get a better grasp of who they are check them out on their website, Black Eyed Peas.

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys born Alicia Augello Cook, on January 25, 1981, in New York City. Her music genres are R&B, Soul, and Pop. Ms. Keys occupation is said to be, singer-song writer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, record producer, actress, music video director, author and poet. Is that possible? To answer my own question, yes it is, she's doing it.

Keys became, the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. Her debut album, "Songs In A Minor," received five Grammy Awards in 2002, which included, Best New Artist, and Song Of The Year, for Fallin. Her success didn't end there. In 2005 she again won four more Grammy Awards. There's so much more about this talented performer that it's hard to list it here, so why not go over to Wikipedia under Alicia Keys, and read it for yourself. Also she has an official website that's very interesting, go over and take a look.


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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Pam, you're great, thank you for stopping, reading, and listening. See you soon.

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      pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

      LOL I loved; "At any rate, in 2006 he was provided with seasoning, because he had to eat his words". Never a fan of "Idol", and my feelings were driven home with this stupid statement and Hudson went on to prove him wrong. All of the modern day artist listed are my favorites too, especially Alicia Keys, a female version of Stevie Wonder. Voted up, marked beautiful.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Watch out Veronica, (LOL), but you're right about Maxwell. Thanks for the confirmation of my choices. I'll be seeing you.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      What great choices you have here Fastfreta. In my opinion, Maxwell does not get the credit he deserves. That man is sooooo talented and good to look at as well. :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Chatkath for stopping. I'll be seeing you soon.

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      Kathy 7 years ago from California

      Great Choices!I like your taste in music Freta. Fun Hub!!!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Oops, sorry I messed with your man, LOL! Thank you for stopping and leaving this great comment, and glad you had a good time.

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      Fay Paxton 7 years ago

      Freta, I played every single video and just had myself a little party. What a fantastic hub! voted up and awesome.

      Oh, one more thing...Maxwell is mine!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      You know purpleangle147 I never thought of it like that, but it's true, there is a lot of copying in music of today. Thanks for stopping, see you soon.

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      purpleangel47 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      Love this hub fastfreta!

      Your list mimics the type of music on my shuffle. I love the energy of just about all of today's talents. I really get a kick out of reminding my grown daughters that the majority of their music today sampled the music I grooved to in the 70's! :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks dj for the encouragement. See you soon.

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      dj 7 years ago

      Enjoyed the music and it's always good to learn about the artist. Jennifer Hudson has a wonderful voice. She just took off. Just goes to show that people differ in their views.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Hello, hello and Ashantina for stopping and leaving your kind comments. See you later.

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      Ashantina 7 years ago

      You are one funky lady fastfreta!! I'm lovin your taste.. these are real good quality music and musicians :)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      You certainly have a great taste andcongratulation for this selection.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Tom for weighing in on this one, and I do understand how you feel, we don't all like the same music. And, no I didn't know that about Nora Jones, thanks for the enlightenment. See you soon.

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      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      Hey Freta, I'm not that big on Maxwell and excuse me for saying this but the Black Eyed Peas are just terrible and that half time super bowl attempt showed that. Love Jennifer, Alicia and Nora. Did you know Nora is 60's sitarist Ravi Shankar's daughter? Good hub

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you all for taking the time to stop, read and leave encouraging comments.

      Thank you JY3502 for stopping and also for your prior help.

      So you got it miss_jkim.

      You're right camlo, I love music of all generations, new, old, and very old.

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      Camlo De Ville 7 years ago from Cologne, Germany

      Hi Fastfreta!

      Well you never did seem to me the type who would only listen to the old stuff - you're far too open minded to be like that.

      But you do have very good taste in music. This Hub was a pleasure to read and 'listen to'.

      All the best, Camlo

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      miss_jkim 7 years ago

      Love this Hub. You have written just enough to wet the appetite and give your readers the desire to find out more. I am a fan of Jazz and Soul, I have heard and love all the artists you list here. Good job!

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      John Young 7 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Some very comprehensive information freta. You do good work. voted up.


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