Concert, Music, Review

Watch: TLC & Katy Perry Live at KAABOO 2018

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If you missed TLC in action last weekend in San Diego, you missed out on a fantastic show!

The girls were part of this years KAABOO Del Mar 3-day music festival, and they shared the stage on the final day of the event on September 16 with Wiz Khalifa, Slash, Jewel and Katy Perry!

TLC and Katy Perry had some catching up backstage. Katy was famously named as one of the backers for TLC’s Kickstarter campaign in 2015, which funded last years self-titled album. (They have vowed to still make that slumber party happen!)

TLC, who usually perform last at the shows they headline, performed at a much earlier time, kicking off their set at 2:45PM, something they aren’t planning on getting used to. Nonetheless, they put on an amazing show,  performing their hits back-to-back and taking the crowd Way Back!

Katy Perry closed the show with a final 90 minute performance of her Witness world tour, complete with 5 costume changes and plenty of, yes, Fireworks.

Watch the full TLC set below:

 

Katy Perry Live at KAABOO 

 

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Anniversary, Competition, Music, Review

TLC’s Last Album Reaches It’s First Year Anniversary!

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It’s been a long, long time coming“, the opening line from ‘Way Back‘, the first single lifted from TLC‘s first album in 15 years, which was released a year ago today on June 30, 2017!

After breaking the record for the fastest Kickstarter funded pop project ever in 2015 (they raised over $430k and smashed their $150k deadline in under 48 hours), the girls were finally ready to unleash their hard work to the world, independently on their own label, 852 Musiq.

The album went on to become the #1 Independent Album on Billboard and topped the R&B Album Charts in the UK and in other parts of the world, whilst the lead single ‘Way Back’ remained in the Adult R&B singles chart for months.

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The girls were toying with the idea of releasing another single from the album and even a remix album (two remixes were made exclusively for the Japan version of the album). However, this did not come to fruition.

We are still super stoked about this solid body of work produced by T-Boz and Chilli.

The essence of Left Eye‘s is ever present on the record, too — through a shout out on “No Introduction“, where they sing “Left Eye still here, irreplaceable position“, and an interlude featuring Left Eye talk about her wishes and aspirations.

Tell us what your favorite song is on the album! 

 

Interview, Music

Meet the TLC team: Spotlight on Candace Wakefield

IMG_9756The TLC Army had the pleasure of interviewing singer/songwriter Candace Wakefield about her experiences writing for the new TLC album, writing music to accompany T-Boz’s new book, A Sick Life, and her new music.

Candace co-wrote “No Introduction”, “American Gold”, “Perfect Girls”and “Start a Fire” on the upcoming self-titled TLC album, out on June 30.

Hi Candace! We are excited that you have agreed to speak with us today.  There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the new TLC album, specifically some of the songs you wrote on such as “No Introduction” and “American Gold”. 

Can you tell us how you became involved with this TLC project?

Love those songs.  I met T-Boz in 2014.  I was working out of her brother Kayo’s studio often with Elvis and an upcoming artist at the time.  Kayo was super cool and wanted to work as well so I started working with him writing for some of his artists at the time.  That eventually led to me meeting T-Boz.

I was so stoked the first time I met her; Kayo always referred to her as Tionne and I never connected the dots. I was open to working with whoever this Tionne person was (laughs). She walks in the room and I about passed out when I realized TIONNE is TBOZ ha! She was so cool and down to earth, a fan of my writing and made that known and we’ve been working ever since.

What was the TLC writing camp experience like? Are there any stories that you can share with us? 

The writing camp was super fun.  I got to collaborate with some amazing writers.  “American Gold” – my best friend Elvis and I wrote that one, we work really well together. Later, T-Boz and I created a bridge separate from the camp when recording the song.  It’s always a blast and honor working with T-Boz.  I love that she trusts me and believes in my gift.  

No Introduction was a movie.  Myself, Elvis, and Knotch wrote that one. Everyone in the camp was flipping out over that song.  It was an amazing creation and so fun to do.  

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What was it like working with T-Boz and Chilli? 

It was super fun. They both are such amazing individuals and LEGENDS.  I was in complete heaven and honored to be worthy of the call.  Chilli paid me a visit to my house and we vibed and worked.  It was a beautiful experience I’ll never forget. So grateful. 

Were you also involved with the T-Boz writing camp for her upcoming book A Sick Life?  Is there anything that you can share with us from that experience?

Yes, that was a blast as well.  We made some BANGERS out in Palm Springs in a beautiful big house with a big pool, beautiful palm trees, and live instruments. Amazing vibes we created for sure. 

What is your favorite song from the new TLC album and which was the most fun to work on? 

I don’t know yet about a favorite YET but I LOOOOVVVVVE WAY BACK OMG I wish I wrote it!  I definitely love everything I’ve been a part of creating as well. 

We are enjoying your brand new song, Feeling Good, that was produced by Kayo.  What was it like working with him on this song? Can we expect an album from you soon? 

So funny I wrote the song in one take.  I just sang how I felt in the booth in the moment and that’s how Feeling Good came about. I originally wrote the song to shop but was blessed to be able to keep the song for my own artistry. Kayo and T-Boz were amazed over the song and blessed me to keep it.  Check out the video on YouTube CANDACE WAKEFIELD.  I will be dropping my album very soon.  

For now, play those singles loud and proud – Feeling Good, Higher Ground, 1993 Camaro, and Help all on iTunes. The album is coming! 

You have a really cool sound on the new song and your own sense of style that we are digging. Who are your musical and style inspirations? 

I grew up in church, I was never allowed to listen to secular music so I love Karen Clark Sheard; she’s my favorite singer. I love uplifting music that feels good to the soul. My grandmother Margaret Jenkins is a huge influence in my life.  She passed away but she was an amazing singer/songwriter as well who touched many lives through her music and message.  I am carrying the torch. 

Thanks Candace for taking time to answer our questions! 

Thanks so much for having me! 

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Candace Wakefield, singer/songwriter from Inglewood, CA; has worked with artists such as TLC, Nicki Minaj, Ciara, Kendrick Lamar, Babyface, Robin Thicke, Keyshia Cole, Chante Moore, and Faith Evans.  She recently provided background vocals on Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Reloaded tours. Not only does Candace write songs, but she also mixes and engineers them herself.  Check out her music on iTunes, and her most recent video for Feeling Good, linked below.

Anniversary, Music, Review

TLC Smashed Kickstarter Record Today in 2015!

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TLC launched their Kickstarter campaign 2 years ago on January 19, 2015. It took them only 3 days to reach their target of $150,000 and make Kickstarter history by being the fastest funded pop album on the site!

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Various stars contributed to TLC’s campaign, from Katy Perry (who pledged $5,000) and their Main Event Tour friends New Kids On The Block (pledging a whopping $10,000)! Celebrities like Mariah Carey and Bette Midler have also shown support!

TLC offered many exciting rewards for fans to pledge for as a thank you for supporting the album fundraiser.

Meet and greets, personalized voicemails, slumber parties, date at the movies, workout sessions, handwritten lyrics, platinum plaques,  studio session meets and many more rewards on top of signed copies of the new album!

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Leon’s personalized Fanmail platinum plaque

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Coralene’s TLC handwritten ‘Unpretty’ lyrics
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Neil and Rey at TLC recording studio session

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There were also opportunities to obtain VIP tour packages for The Main Event tour in 2015 which they did alongside Nelly and NKOTB!

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Darryl with TLC in Fort Lauderdale, VIP Main Event tour 2015
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Carl with TLC in Washington DC, VIP Main Event tour 2015

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Lura with TLC at Madison Square Garden, VIP Main Event 2015

Tessa travels from Hong Kong to workout with Chilli

TLC have been working hard to ensure it will be the finest body of work for all the fans who contributed to make this once in a lifetime chance to be part of the album happen!

The album is complete and being mixed! The finer details are being fine tuned in order to release the album in the best way possible, independently.

This is why Kickstarter was the best way to avoid going through record labels, have full control of the content and to let the fans contribute. Nobody wants that album more than us, so we’re proud to be a part of TLC history to make this 5th album happen!

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There is no official release date as of yet, but you can expect it be with us this Summer in the 2nd quarter! A single will be dropping before that and an update via Kickstarter will be coming very soon, so stay tuned!