At That Grape Juice we’re not just keen to introduce you to new talent, we’re eager to follow their journey. Case, point, rising star Chris Grant.
The acclaimed dancer, who we profiled last year, this week released the video for his debut single, ‘Good Night’.
We caught up with Grant over the phone last week to discuss his journey up to this point. Peep a few excepts below…
On Transitioning From Dancer To Singer:
“I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer, more specifically a singer, from when I was younger. When Michael (Jackson) was alive, I made it my goal to meet him, to dance for him as a back-up dancer. And when I did that during the This Is It Tour (as sad as that ended up being), I feel like that dream had somewhat been fulfilled. So, within myself, I believe it’s the right time to become the performer, the entertainer I’ve always dreamed to be. I’ve also grown so much as a singer since the Making The Band days too. I just want people to see what else I can do beyond dance my ass off (laughs)”.
On His Sound:
“I’m not a Whitney Houston or Luther Vandross type vocalist. That’s not me. I make music that makes you want to move, music that makes you want to dance in the club. Of course, there are other sounds (on my album), but my core is music that inspires you to move. I’m a performer, I want to entertain”.
On His Competition
I really enjoy the music of the Usher‘s and Chris Brown‘s. And yes, we all dance and entertain. But we’re all quite different. Though Chris Brown is Pop-R&B, he leans more towards”House”, while for me I’m a Pop guy. My biggest inspirations are Michael and Janet. So, I draw from them most, as I strive to make my own mark with my own signature.”
We’re liking what we see of Chris and so are the likes of Beyonce (he choreographed her ‘End of Time’ routine) and energy drink’s giant P.u.s.s.y (owned by Richard Branson’s offspring, Holly and Sam).
With ‘Good Night’ due for release on October 1st (click here to pre-order), Grant has set sail on an International promo run, which most recently saw him perform at the Festival Show in Verona, Italy in font of a crowd of 25,000!
As his buzz continues to build, we’re sure his name is one that’ll become etched in mass consciousness. His talent demands it.
CALLING UK MJ FANS – WIN AN MJ POSTER SIGNED BY SPIKE LEE
This week sees the release of ‘BAD 25’ from the legendary King of Pop Michael Jackson, celebrating the 25th birthday of the historic album and the launch of a very exclusive competition for MJ’s UK fans.
TGJ went to see Spike Lee’s documentary ‘BAD 25’ recently and picked up a poster screen signed by Spike to ‘Numero Uno MJ Fan in the UK’ and now we’re offering one lucky reader the chance to win it!
To test fans knowledge, we’ll be asking a question each day this week and then on Friday you’ll be able to figure out the final question and enter the competition.
What’s more, the winner and 5 runners up will get a copy of the deluxe 3CD and DVD set of BAD 25 which contains Live At Wembley Stadium, 16th July 1988.
Ready for the final question?
Which new song demo on BAD 25 contains the lyric ‘I am the cover of a magazine’?
Know the answer? Here’s where we test your ultimate fan status! Take the first letter of each answer from the questions this week to make the first word of a BAD hit.
Thereafter, email the song title, along with your name, full postal address, and age to:
Check out the above pic of Pop sensation Rihanna, emerging online earlier today.
Believed to be part of the promo campaign for her forthcoming album, the shot arrives after it emerged the star was to shoot her second spread for ‘Vogue’ magazine with acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz, also in aid of the new LP.
Whatever it’s for, we definitely like what see and can’t wait to hear what her producers have whipped up for her this time around.
If you’ve ever had to ask ‘who runs the world’, you may have just gotten your answer.
For, despite minimal Stateside promotion for her fourth solo LP ‘4’, singer Beyonce has seen it continually nab top spots on multiple Billboard charts.
One of the record’s later singles, ‘Dance For You’, has seemingly strutted atop charts months after its initial release. The achievement lands Bey’s name new reason (joining the many existing) to line the history books:
May marked the return of Beyonce to the stage following the birth of her daughter Blue Ivy at the top of the year. However, fans hopeful to see more of the superstar thereafter were left somewhat disappointed when she returned to the normality of her day-to-day life. Indeed, the nearest her ever-loyal BeyHive got to a King B performance was her moshing in the pit of many a festival this Summer gone
That’s all set to change come November, however. For, it has been announced that the ‘Crazy In Love’ singer will hit the stage at Alicia Keys‘ annual Black Ball gala.