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Musiq Soulchild Celebrates Black Music Month

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Tributes Soul Icons – Frankie Beverly And Marvin Gaye

Platinum recording artist, Musiq Soulchild, has taken a break while recording his next CD to pay homage to a couple of his music heroes. On the slick new retro-styled music video, “Silky Soul,” Musiq honors Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly and the late Marvin Gaye. “Marvin Gaye is one third of my holy trinity of Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. I definitely owe them a whole lot as far as me being who I am musically, lyrically, vocally as an entertainer and performer, everything,” Musiq explains.

“I am equally grateful to contribute to the legacy and music of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. It’s an honor to say the least. I am blessed that the song I performed was chosen to be a single and a video and I want everyone out there to support it. Not just for my sake or Frankie Beverly and Maze or even Marvin Gaye, but for the sake of soul music as a whole.

It’s our music and our culture and only we should have the power and authority to dictate what the future holds for it.”

The video is currently in heavy rotation on VH-1 Soul, Music Choice, and BET’s Centric cable channels. Soul music fans know Beverly wrote “Silky Soul” as a tribute to Marvin Gaye, who was integral to the early success of Maze.

Before their hit streak, Gaye had the band tour with him and introduced them to Capitol Records where they enjoyed the sweet taste of success with songs such as “Golden Time of Day” and “Back In Stride.”

With classic songs such as “What’s Going On?” to his credit, Gaye was one of soul music’s leading men from the 1960s until his premature death in 1984.

“The song was inspired by Marvin Gaye who discovered Frankie Beverly and Maze,” explains video director Parris of GoReela, Inc. “So, as I started researching in preparation for the video I wanted to do something that would take us to back in the day and try to bring it to life using photographs, styling and props. Listening to the way Musiq sang the song, he gave it his own style but kept the old school feel. That’s what I wanted to do with the video, to blend the old with the new and bring something exciting to it.” The tune is featured on the award-winning CD, Silky Soul Music…An All- Star Tribute To Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly (Brantera Music Group). The ten-song project was produced by Beverly’s son Anthony Beverly and Rex Rideout. It features a who’s who in modern soul, ranging from Mary J. Blige and Ledisi to Raheem DeVaughn and KEM. The album has earned high praise in national media outlets such as USA Today, Jet magazine, and the New York Times. Visit http://www.frankiebeverlytribu te.com for further information on the set that is powered by Nuface Entertainment.

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