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Listen to Marvin's Room Jan. 27, from Chaka Khan to Charlotte Cardin
By
Amanda Parris

Published

January 27, 2017

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Marvin's Room is the home of R&B on CBC. The show airs Friday 7:00 p.m on Radio 2, Sunday 8:00 p.m on Radio 1, Wednesday at 4:00 a.m and Friday at 3:00 p.m on SiriusXM.

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Amanda Parris is the host of the new CBC Radio 2 show Marvin's Room.
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The Marvin's Room R&B Stream

Explore the world of R&B, 24 hours a day 7 days a week with our new "Marvin's Room R&B" stream. Inspired by the studio where Marvin Gaye recorded much of his legendary music and by the more recent Drake song of the same name, Marvin's Room brings back the old school and introduces what's going on. Hear: Patti LaBelle, Party Next Door, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Prince, Deborah Cox.

Explore the world of R&B from neo-soul to trap soul and everything in between. Inspired by the studio where Marvin Gaye recorded much of his legendary music and by the more recent Drake song of the same name, Marvin's Room brings back the old school and introduces what's going on. Hear: Patti LaBelle, Party Next Door, Toni Braxton, Alicia Keys, Destiny's Child, Prince, Usher, Deborah Cox

Like It Doesn't Hurt

Check out Charlotte Cardin from Montreal. Her songwriting moves fluidly from English to French and her sound goes from Jazz, to R&B and electropop.
I have a feeling you’ll be hearing more about her. This is Charlotte Cardin featuring Husser with “Like it Doesn’t Hurt.” (Warning: Contains strong language) 

I Feel For You

When Prince died last year a lot of people learned about the true extent of his genius, including the fact that many songs we know and love were originally written by Prince.
Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”, Prince wrote that. Alicia Keys’ “How Come You Don’t Call Me”, Prince wrote that too. Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For You?” Yep. That too is a Prince song.
A few people tried their hand at it. Prince in 1979, The Pointer Sisters in 1982, Rebbie Jackson in 1984. but it was Chaka Khan’s version which featured rapping from Melle Mel and harmonica playing and vocal samples from Stevie Wonder, that became a certified hit that relaunched Chaka Khan’s career. Fun Fact: the repetition of Chaka Khan’s name by Melle Mel at the beginning of the song was actually a mistake made by the producer but he kinda liked the sound and decided to keep it. It’s one of the standout moments of the song today.

U Don't Have To Call

I'm about to say writesomething controversial. Usher is one of the greatest R&B artists of our time. Before you get angry with me take a moment and think about it.Usher has been making really good R&B music since I was in middle school. I know this because I remember slow dancing to Usher’s music with Thomas Sams in grade 7 (It was a really big deal). He’s an incredible performer, one of the best selling artists of all time, he’s won countless awards and don’t forget…he signed Justin Bieber. Check out Usher's video for “You Don’t Have to Call.” It was directed by Toronto’s own Director X and it features amazing choreography, Usher driving with sunglasses at night (which we don't recomend) and the first time most of us had seen a video call when P.Diddy phones to tell Usher to get out of bed and come party. Back then it was cutting edge.

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