I’m in a nostalgic mood so I decided to do an Old School Flashback battle for you today. Last time, I paired up Michelle Branch against Vanessa Carlton. Not surprisingly, Branch beat Carlton in that battle. I like Michelle much better too. This time I decided to match up two of my favorite Canadian R&B singers.
Canada has a long history of churning out international superstars- Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Justin Bieber, Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, Nelly Furtado and Nickelback (LOL). The list goes on. For some reason though, Deborah Cox and Tamia, while supremely talented, never really blew up big time. Each had a couple of Top 40 hits, but for the most part, they found bigger success on the R&B charts or dance charts thanks to some pretty wicked remixes. I’m not sure exactly why neither became a bona fide DIVA.
Cox burst onto the scene in 1995 with “Sentimental” which peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard 100. Arguably, her biggest hit was “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” which landed at No. 2 on Billboard’s main chart. That track, however, held the record for longest-running number one single on Billboard’s Hot R&B chart for nearly eight years. Currently, the 38-year-old singer is starring as Lucy in the Broadway revival of Jekyll & Hyde. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three sons.
Tamia first appeared on Quincy Jones’ Q’s Jook Joint. She contributed vocals to two tracks. Both of which charted in the Top 20 on the R&B charts but failed to make much impact on the Billboard 100. Her biggest mainstream hit is her duet with Fabulous’ “Into You.” The track peaked at No. 4 and samples Tamia’s “So Into You” which only peaked at No. 30. The 37-year-old singer released a brand new album, Beautiful Surprise, last year independently. She’s currently married to NBA player Grant Hill. The couple has two children.
I dug through each lady’s discography and chose my five favorites from each of them. I also added in my favorite duet. Check out my rankings below and see if you agree with my choices. If not, sound off in the comments section. I’d like to know your favorite jam from them.
Before I begin, I just wanted to preface this post by saying it’s bit self-indulgent. That said, the aim of our Behind The Cast posts are to give you a better insight to who we are. True? Anyhoo, I just wanted to quickly chat about one of our favorite pastimes while getting ready for a night out on the town.
Usually, Brian and my home is the meeting place before we head out. Most of our friends live nearby and we have a bigger place so it makes sense. Plus we have all the board games, karaoke, a hot tub, booze and most importantly an Apple TV. Combined with the brilliant VEVO app, the Apple TV is my favorite thing in the world. Friends come over all the time and play me their favorite new tracks by simply logging on to our Wi-Fi and playing it on our sound system. With the VEVO app, we can play all our current music video obsessions and our favorite oldies which brings me to this post.
Nothing gets a roomful of homos screaming more than playing music videos from our favorite DIVAS. Yes, we’re a gay cliche. However, we also listen to folk music, old school grunge, rock and hip-hop but there’s something about the ladies that gets us all fired up. I decided to share some of the music videos that seem to get the most airplay at our house while enjoying cocktails. I purposefully left out clips from 2012 since that would make this post extremely long. Without further delay, check out a few oldies and relatively-recent clips we love watching while a tad intoxicated.
I do not religiously sync my music to my iPhone or iPod shuffle…usually this happens before I go on a trip. I updated it shortly before leaving for Orlando with the most current dance tunes that I knew were going to be played and were going to be our weekend anthems. Three of the songs I used on the video slideshow I made HERE. I rarely listen to original versions of tracks and usually search for remixes done by my favourites such as Digital Dog, Tony Moran, Abel, Jason Nevins, Soulseekerz, Ralphi Rosario, Rauhofer, DJ Escape, Karmatronic, Dave Aude, Offer Nissim, Deadmau5 to name a few.
So what 10 tracks currently live in my iPod?
Kelly Rowland – When Love Takes Over (Abel Ramos Paris with Love Remix)
Finally Kelly Rowland came out with a real hit! Too bad that it took a collaboration with David Guetta to get there. If you’re trying to figure out what song this samples….it’s Coldplay’s “Clocks”. B-rilliant!