The Mother's Day Good Music Festival to Bring R&B Greats to Barclays Center
Get ready for The Mother's Day Good Music Festival lineup, featuring some of the biggest names in R&B.
Hitting the stage, it's singer/songwriter and reality TV star KEYSHIA COLE, Grammy Award-winning and 10-million-plus selling singer, actress and entrepreneur MONICA performing her hits, also performing is one of R&B's most recognized crooners, Joe, who for the past two decades remains on the charts. Also taking to the stage is one of the music industry's most sought after and relevant songwriters, TANK, performing his hit, "May I Deserve," and AVANT will make the ladies swoon with his hit "Separated," which was followed by the top five tune "My First Love," and GINUWINE, one of R&B's preeminent love men during the '90s heyday of hip-hop soul. Ginuwine first emerged in 1996 with the multi-platinum hits "Pony" and "Tell Me Do U Wanna" from his debut album, The Bachelor, produced by superstar beat-maker Timbaland.
Don't miss this celebration honoring all the mothers in the tri-state area on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8pm at the Barclay Center located 620 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Be sure to reserve tickets, on sale Friday, March 4th, at 10AM by going online at Ticketmaster.com, or charge-by-phone 800.745.3000. Go to www.barclayscenter.com for more information.
About KEYSHIA COLE
Keyshia Cole's career began when she met MC Hammer at the age of twelve and later met rapper Tupac Shakur and from there caught the attention of A&M Records. She released her debut album, The Way It Is that spawned five singles: "Never", "I Changed My Mind", "(I Just Want It) To Be Over", "I Should Have Cheated", and "Love". It was certified gold within 17 weeks, and eventually sold close to 2million units.
Cole released her second album Just Like You (2007); the album debuted and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200. It was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 50th Grammy Awards. The album has been certified platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America, and has sold 1.7 million copies in the U.S. A Different Me is Cole's third album and followed up by Calling All Hearts is Cole's fourth album, The album debuted and peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200, Woman to Woman) debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200, with first week.
Besides music Cole has ventured into reality television, she signed to a record breaking reality/documentary series Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is which aired on BET from 2006 until 2008, giving viewers a closer look into Cole's career and family life with her biological mother and sister. Her second reality show, Family First followed by third reality show Keyshia Cole: All In.
Grammy Award-winning and 10-million-plus selling singer, actress and entrepreneur Monica, returns to the music scene with her very personal J Records/RCA Music Group aptly titled offering, Still Standing. To define oneself as "still standing" is a bold statement, and as her album title actualizes, "whatever happens to me is just a part of my story. It doesn't define who I am and it hasn't deterred me from where I'm going."
The musical part of the Georgia native's story is filled with a track record of history making accomplishments. For any average recording artist, achieving chart-topping success during there early to mid-teens is no simple task, but we're talking about Monica here. "It was the perfect life for me. I wouldn't say any 12, 14 or 16 year old could handle it, but that was for me because it shaped and molded the person that I am," she recalls. With "Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)" and "Before You Walk Out Of My Life," Monica became the youngest female ever to have two #1 back-to-back hits on Billboard's R&B chart from her 1995 debut album Miss Thang. By 1998, her next album The Boy Is Mine, garnered Monica pop success when she paired with Brandy to record the Rodney Jerkins produced first single of the same name. Spending a record breaking thirteen weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts, the duet earned a Grammy Award to add to Monica's existing collection of American Music, Soul Train and Billboard Awards. "I was 16 and everything that I dreamed about was in front of me." The album boasted two more #1 hits ("The First Night" and "Angel of Mine") while establishing Monica as an undeniable voice of her generation. In 2003 Monica's chart-topping success continued when her third album, After The Storm, debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 Album chart and spawned her sixth #1 single "So Gone." Monica's follow-up album, 2006's The Makings Of Me, entered at #1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart and added yet another achievement to the songstress' extraordinary career.
Joe singer/songwriter has been one of the top-selling R&B/pop artists for the past two decades, releasing two platinum albums, All That I Am and My Name is Joe, plus two gold albums, Better Days and And Then. He's had such major chart hits as "Stutter," "I Wanna Know," "All The Things (Your Man Won't Do)" and "Don't Wanna Be A Player." And Joe is also known for having sung with Mariah Carey on her hit ballad, "Thank God I Found You."
Tank's started his career as the background singer and songwriter and eventually got his first big break performing background vocals for Ginuwine on the Budweiser Superfest tour.
Tank's debut release, Force of Nature was released in 2001, led by the Billboard Top 10 R&B ballad, "Maybe I Deserve." The album went gold plus. Tank is a successful performer, producer, songwriter and musician who is contributes to numerous R&B artists, including Donell Jones, Aaliyah, Marques Houston, Monica, Joe, Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown and others.
Like many R&B singers, Avant got his start singing in the church choir. After attending Cleveland School of the Arts, he became the first act signed to NBA legend Magic Johnson's MCA-distributed label, Magic Johnson Music (MJM). Avant's 2000 MJM debut album, My Thoughts, spun off the Billboard No. 1 R&B hit "Separated." That was followed by the top five hit "My First Love," a cover of the 1983 René & Angela classic featuring Wyatt. Avant returned the favor on Wyatt's 2001 album debut, Soul Sista, pairing with her on the No. 4 hit "Nothing in This World."
After scoring platinum with My Thoughts, Avant released two more platinum-certified albums, Ecstasy and Private Room. He also added several more top 10 singles to his arsenal, including "Makin' Good Love" and "Read Your Mind." Fourth album Director-distributed through Geffen and the singer's final MJM project-A versatile singer, Avant has recorded with a diverse range of artists, including Lil Wayne and contemporary jazz multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson. The latter pairing resulted in the top 15 R&B hit "Skies Wide Open." Avant was also among a select group of singers chosen to pay homage to R&B legend Frankie Beverly on Silky Soul Music ... An All-Star Tribute to Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. He has even done some acting, appearing in the DVD release of playwright David E. Talbert's "In the Nick of Tyme," which also stars Morris Chesnut, Ellia English and Terry Dexter.
One of R&B's preeminent love men during the '90s heyday of hip-hop soul, Ginuwine first emerged in 1996 with the multi-platinum disc The Bachelor, produced with superstar beatmaker Timbaland. Featuring what one critic called "silky, seductive vocals [purring] beside Timbaland's jagged, hyperkinetic beats to create a uniquely edgy R&B sound," the album became an instant classic, with "Pony," the daring first single, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart late in 1996. Other standout cuts from the disc included "Tell Me Do U Wanna" and a blazing cover of Prince's "When Doves Cry." "When Timbaland and I did The Bachelor, that was one of the biggest moments in my life," Ginuwine recalls. "Not everyone has the opportunity to be so popular with their first release. Believe me, I know I was blessed."
After a four-year recording hiatus from the music world in the late '00s, Ginuwine returned to the forefront of the music world with the release of his sixth disc, A Man's Thoughts (2009). Featuring the singles "Last Chance," "Get Involved," and "Trouble," the disc made it abundantly clear that the R&B icon had lost none of the soulful prowess that first made him a star more than a decade earlier. That mastery is again on full display on Ginuwine's latest album Elgin, released on Valentine's Day last year and featuring singles like "What Could Have Been," "Heaven," "Body," and "Drink of Choice." Having debuted at No. 30 on the Billboard 200, the disc will surely go down in history as one of R&B's more perfect moments.
In the heart of Brooklyn, at the crossroads of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, Barclays Center is setting a new standard as the showcase venue for the world's most thrilling entertainment and sports events. Developed by Brooklyn-based real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies and designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM and SHoP Architects, Barclays Center serves as the state-of-the-art home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, boasts one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed for a modern multi-purpose arena, and is a model for sustainable design and construction.