Monday, February 24th 2014
Even for seasoned singers, being compared to the likes of supreme vocalists Whitney Houston and Kim Burrell can be a dangerous pressure. But, for ‘Sunday Best’ season 2 finalist Latice Crawford, the pressure was not only expected, it was welcomed.
With magnetic melisma, spirited growls, and a spirit-stirring message in tow, this beauty is a pressing reminder that big things do come in small packages. Chatting exclusively to That Grape Juice, Crawford dished on her debut album (in stores now), its energetic lead single ‘There’, and so much more.
We were so excited to finally sit down with the budding gospel diva. And, after one look and listen, you’ll see why:
Saturday, February 22nd 2014
16 years after she first stormed the charts with her self-titled debut, R&B maestra Mya returned to the spotlight this month with a brand new EP cut and crafted for the lovers.
Aptly christened ‘With Love’, the singer bills the set (which she has deemed a prelude to her global chart return) as a treat for the army of loyal fans who have stuck with her over the years.
Ever eager to ask the questions you really want answers to, That Grape Juice caught up with the ‘My Love Is Like…’ belter for a candid chat.
Having experienced the bright and dark sides of the “industry”, the 34-year-old was both equipped and ready to offer fascinating insight into the past, present, and future of her layered career.
Check out our exclusive interview with Mya below…
Transcribed by: Josh Wexler
Tuesday, February 18th 2014
Introduced as the silver medal winner of BET’s ‘Sunday Best’ (season 2), Jessica Reedy has since brought home the gold in more ways than one since her 2009 exordium to the masses.
A golden voice with an illuminating personality to match, gospel music lovers quickly gravitated to the Michigan belle – a feat evidenced by the #1 debut of her inaugural album ‘From the Heart’.
Now, with ‘Heart’ and its hits in her rearview, Reedy readies embarkation on a new chapter in her already storied career. Chatting exclusively with That Grape Juice, see below as the songstress dishes on her new album, the dark side of the industry, and even weighs in on recent gospel scandals.
As always, Miss Reedy keeps it really real.
Tuesday, February 4th 2014
How can you not love to hate and hate to love ‘Tyler Perry‘s The Haves and the Have Nots‘ sharp-tongued, fashion forward la bella diva Veronica Harrington?
Seasoning each episode of the spicy soap opera with her quick wit and no nonsense attitude, Harrington – portrayed by actress Angela Robinson - simultaneously reigns as one of the show’s favorite villains and (reluctant) heroines.
Chatting exclusively with That Grape Juice, Robinson dishes on the future of the saucy character, what twists and turns fans can expect next, and promises the wild ride that is the show’s season 2 has yet begun.
Read all about it below:
Friday, January 31st 2014
Over its 13 year run, American Idol has served as quite the credible talent factory.
Looking to follow in the successful steps of previous winners Fantasia and Kelly Clarkson is last season’s champion Candice Glover.
The vocal powerhouse spent much of the last twelve months cooking up her debut album ‘Music Speaks’ – which hits stores February 18th.
That Grape Juice caught up with the Glover recently and chatted it up about the ‘Cried’ led project (which she revealed features contributions from the likes of Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins and Jazmine Sullivan). The singer also spilled on her time post-Idol, admiring Christina Aguilera, and more.
Check out the interview above…
Wednesday, January 29th 2014
(Photo courtesy: Gianna Dorsey Photography)
Fancy yourself a certified member of the #Beyhive? If so, the name Ashley Everett is one you should know all too well.
In our ongoing quest to shine light on the worker bees that buzz behind-the-scenes of our favorite stars, That Grape Juice was elated to chat with the famed dancer/choreographer. Best known for her stint with the Queen Bey – Grammy-winning diva Beyonce – Everett has amassed quite an impressive career of her own.
With work for Tina Turner and many other A-listers aboard her resume, Everett sat down for an exclusive chat with TGJ to dish on what it’s like working for the ‘Single Ladies’ singer, shed light on her own forthcoming ventures into acting, and much more.
Tuck in below for more on the lady who has taken the dance world by storm…
Sunday, January 26th 2014
We’re certain if you’ve even heard a hint of gospel music over the last three decades then you’ve encountered at least one gem from the genre’s legendary songbird Vickie Winans. Her catalog is equipped with an arsenal of hits like ‘Already Been To The Water’, ‘Long As I Got King Jesus’, ‘Shake Yourself Loose’, and ‘No Cross, No Crown’ just to name a few.
Now, with 14 albums, a trophy case of top industry honors, comedy albums and DVDs, and fashion under her decorative belt, the belter still finds ways to venture into new territory. This time, the gospel diva follows her dreams of acting.
Making her debut aboard the Lionsgate Home Entertainment inspirational film ‘Dreams’ (available everywhere January 28th), That Grape Juice recently caught up with the hardest working woman in the gospel music industry to talk about the film, her dream of starring alongside Robert De Niro, new music, her love of pop superstar Beyonce, and so much more!
You don’t want to miss this read:
Wednesday, December 4th 2013
Rebecca Ferguson is back!
This week saw the soul-filled songbird’s new album ‘Freedom’ land in stores. Preceded by ‘I Hope’, the hotly anticipated set arrives two years after the Platinum-selling success of debut effort ‘Heaven’.
With the LP currently blazing iTunes, That Grape Juice sat down with the Liverpool-bred beauty to discuss the project, the hardships brought on by success, and much more.
Our EXCLUSIVE interview with Rebecca Ferguson awaits below…
Transcription: David Asante