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Watch This: Deborah Cox & Tamia cover “Count on Me”

Deborah Cox & Tamia covered “Count on Me” by Whitney and CeCe today. Here are my favorite songs by the two of them.

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Deborah Cox and Tamia are two of the only vocalists in the game who regularly come up in conversations about who can actually hang with Whitney THEE Houston. To have the two of them singing together is a blessing I always want and need, and here they are covering a classic Whitney duet (with CeCe Winans, another Whitney contemporary). They’re not even in the same room and it’s the best thing you haven’t heard.

Since we’re here, I’m always primed for an Underrated R&B Vocalist moment, so here are my top five songs by each of these under-known greats. (Note: My top five for artists I love regularly changes with my mood, so ask me again next month and it might be different.)

Tamia “Deeper”

Tamia doesn’t sell the records she used to, but she still has the pipes, even though you can hear more of the grit with age. “Deeper” is a huge ballad off her last album that gave me goosebumps.

Deborah “Same Script, Different Cast” with Whitney

When I said Deborah Cox is one of the only women who can hang with Whitney, I meant that. There’s a reason why she was tapped to do all the covers of Whitney’s songs for the Lifetime biopic. At times it’s hard to tell their voices apart — and that’s the highest praise.

Tamia “Officially Missing You”

There’s not a lot to say about this song. It’s just smooth R&B with a great voice. You can put it on for a Saturday night drive, Sunday cleaning, or Weeknight wine.

Deborah “Things Just Ain’t The Same” (Remix)

Deborah accidentally became somewhat of a dance diva due to THAT remix of “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here,” but any true fan of dance music knows, the best tracks are anchored by a big R&B voice. This is that kind of track and one of my favorite dance remixes of an R&B song.

Tamia “Lipstick”

This song from Tamia’s 2015 album came out of nowhere to become my favorite bop of the moment for a good 6 months. Tamia has a big voice, but I actually like when she reigns it in and gives a Quiet Storm vocal.

Deborah “Where Do We Go From Here”

Speaking of big voices, this is the ballad I thought should have had the success that “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” had. This is a classic lockjaw ballad that you scream from the rafters.

Tamia “You Put A Move On My Heart”

Tamia recorded this cover when she was 19 years old for Quincy Jones, but you can’t tell. This is grown woman phrasing and this was the first of 3 Grammy nominations she managed to nab before she even released her debut album.

Deborah “Absolutely Not”

An underrated bop! The production definitely has that Atlanta Turn of the Century feel, but you a lie if you say this comes on in the club and you don’t give a shoulder shimmy.

Tamia “The Way I Love You”

This has been one of my top twenty favorite songs since the first time I heard it. It’s the best song to make you feel like falling in love in the summertime — only second to Amerie’s debut single — and it is, by a longshot, my favorite song to sing. If I auditioned for American Idol, this would be the bridge I’d choose.

Deborah “Sentimental”

When Deborah Cox came on the scene, people called her the Canadian Whitney Houston. She had the poise, the beauty, and the voice. She showed all that on “Sentimental,” but I still think it was an odd choice for a debut single. It didn’t really sound like anything else on the radio, and even today it still feels unique within the pantheon of R&B radio singles. It’s my favorite Deborah Cox song because it doesn’t sound like everything else and she sang the mess out of it.

If you just wanna play these in the background and go about your business, here’s a short Spotify playlist.

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Watch: Megan Thee Stallion “Thot Shit”

Who is doing it like Megan?

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Music videos don’t surprise me anymore…but Megan just surprised me. The Nightmare on Elm Street throwback? These costumes? The political commentary? Cheyenne Escada from Legendary making a cameo?
 
And Megan’s flow is just so smooth. Who is doing it like her?
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90s R&B Girl Groups Playlist

Every song I like from every R&B girl group of the 90s.

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The Xscape / SWV Verzuz prompted me to make a playlist of all the songs I like from R&B girl groups of the 90s. It’s in chronological order, so it’s a good progression of sounds and trends, from En Vogue “Hold On” to En Vogue “Riddle”

If your jam is missing, it might not be on Spotify (Pure Soul “We Must Be In Love” Brownstone “5 Miles to Empty” etc.) but lemme know if I skipped some groups!

(Also, I think I might expand into the 2000s a bit? Cherish and ISYSS and groups like that fit right in, and I want more Destiny’s Child.)

((AlsoAlso, the Spotify embed stops at 100 songs, but there are over twice that many on it. It’s an extensive overview!))

 

 

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Ultimate Christmas Party

Bops ONLY! No ballads!

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I love Christmas music!

No sarcasm either. I worked retail for the better part of a decade and it didn’t make me hate holiday season at all — but it gave me a lot of Christmas Bops! The thing that I don’t like about most Christmas playlists is when you’re at a party and you have a good vibe going and then somebody’s overly ad-libbed version of “Silent Night” or “O Come Emmanuel” comes on and drags the mood down.

So this is a Christmas Party Playlist — bops only, no ballads. I tried to group the songs together by genre so you could skip a section if that’s not your sound, but it roughly goes from Gospel to R&B to Pop to Rock to Country and I feel like you should just put it on shuffle for your Ugly Christmas Party and have a ball.

And! For the heathens who like some secular music sprinkled in, there’s a Deluxe version that has a non-holiday bop for every Christmas song.

Happy Holidays!

(For those who are asking, I didn’t make a Christmas Wishlist this year because I’ll be moving in a few months and I don’t need anything until we see what our space is like. Send good vibes and do something nice for somebody!)

 

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