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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When people typically think of Canadian music, the genre of R&B might not immediately come to mind. We’re the country of The Tragically Hip, Leonard Cohen, Shania Twain and Celine Dion. Although all of these artists have experimented with a number of genres, very few would categorize any of them R&B artists. However time changes all things, and Canada is now famously known around the world as the home of pop superstars like Drake and Justin Bieber – both of whom definitely dabble in the world of R&B. So here in Marvin’s Room I feel a little like an evangelist, tasked with the job of converting the non-believers and providing a space of worship and praise for the dedicated parishioners. Canada is the home of some of the best R&B in the world and I’m the missionary here to prove it to you. Here’s a sample of some of the music we explore in this episode.
Carl Carlton - She’s a Bad Mama Jama
Johnny Kemp – Just Got Paid
Beenie Man f/ Mya – Girls 'Dem Sugar
Jarvis Church f/ Esthero and Elephant Man – Run for Your Life
Tamera Russell – Sugar Coated (What’s Good)
SiR f/ Masego – Ooh Na Na
Homeshake – Call Me Up
Leila Dey - Miles
Raphael Saadiq f/Stevie Wonder - Never Give You Up
Chad Price - Old Fashioned
India Arie - Brown Skin
Just Got Paid
In 2007 R&B singer Keith Sweat released a DVD called “Sweat Hotel Live.” It featured live performances from Mr. Sweat and other new jack swing era pioneers of the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s like Teddy Riley, Monica and the R&B group Silk. The grand finale featured an all-star rendition of a song that was a number one hit and has been bumping in parties all around the world since its release.
“Just Got Paid” by Johnny Kemp was an instrumental originally offered to Keith Sweat but Keith turned it down, so the instrumental went to Johnny who, inspired by the upbeat rhythm wrote the lyrics that became the anthem for everyone who feels good when pay-day comes around. This is Johnny Kemp with “Just Got Paid.”
Run For Your Life
Can you believe there was a moment in time when Canadian R&B singer Jarvis Church collaborated with dancehall reggae artist Elephant Man? It still trips me out.
Check out Jarvis Church featuring Esthero and Elephant Man with “Run for your Life.”
Neo-soul stretched the possibilities of what R&B could encompass. For example, India Arie’s song “Brown Skin” was the first time I had ever heard anyone make an ode to darker skin. I played it over and over listening to her wax poetic on skin tones that I’d never thought were worth celebrating. “Brown Skin” was a big deal. More than a song, it became an anthe, a sonic antidote, healing so much of the poison brown skin folks have been fed. Thank the universe for neo-soul. This is India Arie with “Brown Skin.”
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 and more!