“Decked out with feel-good love and it-could-be-love songs tidily arranged over a sturdy post-disco/pre-new jack swing foundation, it similarly features a shifting cast of guest vocalists known and new to Zo! sessions.” – Andy Kellman for AllMusic.com
01. On The Four (feat. Carmen Rodgers) 02. Smile (feat. Devin Morrison) 03. Neither One Of Us (feat. Madison McFerrin & Phonte) 04. For Moms (feat. Deborah Bond) 05. Bet You Wonder (feat. Madison McFerrin) 06. Love Up (feat. Carmen Rodgers & Eric Roberson) 07. Crash (feat. Sy Smith) 08. Sweat (feat. Stokley) 09. Step Up Front (feat. Deborah Bond)
Photo by Antoine Lyers Design and Layout by Chris Charles Mixed and Mastered by Chris Boerner
Meet Sherman introduces Sherman McDaniels, host of Sherman’s Showcase. John Legend walks us through a history of The Showcase – from Sherman’s parentage, to the origin of the show, with highlights throughout the show’s run from 1972-present day.
Host, Nigel Lythgoe introduces the dancers of Sherman’s Showcase and shares significant moments in the series, including marriages between dancers, dancer-based controversies, and the show’s only robotic dancer, the Funk-A-Tron 2000.
Sherman reflects on his many haters over the decades as we dig into the rivalries and feuds of The Showcase. Turns out, genuine friendship is a rare commodity in showbiz, especially if you’re talking about frenemies John Legend and Common.
Host Mary J. Blige introduces just some of the female artists who used Sherman’s Showcase as a launchpad for their careers. Performances include an unusual rap battle, a black girl magic act, and a performance by Mary herself.
A very ’90s episode of “Sherman’s Showcase from July 8, 1995. Sherman’s producer called it “the single best episode in the history of the show.” Performers include Big Freddy Payne, a go-go band and a trailer for a movie about Montell Jordan.
An aging punk singer explores the many different white artists who have performed on “Sherman’s Showcase.” Sherman used his show as a platform to try and bridge the racial gap. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it was awkward.
In the season finale, Sherman is shocked to find himself in a world turned upside down, where Ray J is the host of his Showcase. Sherman races to uncover what triggered this alternate universe and finds himself face-to-face with an unexpected foe.
Celebrate Black History Month as only Sherman can. Sherman and his dancers are back to shine a light on Black icons in a way that will make the annual February observance of Black History Month all his own… in June.
Smile featuring Devin Morrison (L. Ferguson, D. Morrison, P. Coleman) Produced by Zo! and Phonte for Chapter 3hree, Verse 5ive Music/The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC All instruments: Zo! All vocals: Devin Morrison Mixing and Mastering: Chris Boerner Chapter 3hree, Verse 5ive Music (BMI)/Project Orange (BMI)/Daddy’s New Bowtie (ASCAP)
Photo Credit: Toine Jameson Design: Chris Charles From Zo!’s forthcoming album, FourFront
This episode of TNL, Preach (@preachjacobs) talks to Zo! (1:48)(@zo3hree5ive)about his ‘Piano & A Microphone’ tour with Carmen Rodgers as they are set to hit Columbia, SC May 4th – cop tickets HERE. We talk about his first music placement and even his Detroit Lions.
Next we speak to the founder of At Shaun’s Table (@atshaunstable) Shaun Adams (44:21) as we talk about black authors, black business and what it means to create food with love and other black foolishness.
Intro music: Ski Beatz (@skibeatz) Sponsored by Mo’ Betta Soul clothing: mobettasoul.bigcartel.com Enter code “Negro” to save 10%. Wanna donate? Hit us: $MoBettaSoul
Man. It’s here… It’s HERE!! The Making SkyBreak Documentary is now available. A personal album deserves a very personal film, right? I LOVE the way Digifé was able to capture behind-the-scenes work for #SkyBreak, accurately depict the personalities of my folks who contributed to the album… We even got Momma Zo! and my sister (Sister Zo!? lol) to sit down for interviews. I really can’t begin to go into how extremely PROUD I am of this project. I’m absolutely appreciative of the work put in by Donnie, Eric, Raphael and Avery… I’m even MORE excited that everyone now has an opportunity to watch the finished product.
Making SkyBreak includes appearances from Phonte, Carmen Rodgers, Sy Smith, Joi, Waajeed, Shana Tucker, Tamisha Waden, Duane Powell, LaDarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson, Kristopher Crosby, Kamau Inaede,Aaron Abernathy,RoddyRod and Zana Smith (of Spectacles Detroit)