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R&B Legend Freddie Jackson Releases New Single from Forthcoming Album (LISTEN)

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*Since 1985, singer and recording artist Freddie Jackson has been synonymous with excellence in R&B and contemporary adult music.

His portfolio of chart-topping songs includes, “You Are My Lady,” “He’ll Never Love You (Like I Do),” “Love Is Just a Touch Away,” “A Little Bit More” (a duet with Melba Moore), “Just Like The First Time,” “Tasty Love,” “Have You Ever Loved Somebody,” “Jam Tonight,” “Hey Lover,” “Nice and Slow,” among others.

(Scroll down to listen to some of Freddie’s classic/hit songs we’ve curated for you.)

In his 32-year career, Jackson has charted 11 No. 1 hits.

Now, Jackson is at it again with his recently released single, “One Night.”  The song was written by Barry Eastmond, who has written and/or produced for Jackson for more than three decades.  Eastmond wrote and produced Jackson’s “You Are My Lady,” “Have Your Ever Loved Somebody,” and many other hits.  “One Night” is the first single from Jackson’s new album, “Love Signals,” due out this summer.

“I’m very excited about ‘One Night,’ said Jackson, who music aficionados tout as a versatile vocalist who can deliver both romantic ballads and up-tempo urban dance tunes with ease. “The single has been very well received, and I’m grateful for that.  My new single is authentic Freddie Jackson singing.  It’s authentic, but with an updated flavor that’s smooth and fully orchestrated.”

Asked to explain his longevity as a singer, recording artist, and performer, Jackson said.

“I attribute my longevity to the great passion I have for singing,” said the four-time Grammy nominee, and American Music Awards winner.  “Many people get up and go to work hating what they do.  I get up every day with great love for the long career that I’ve been blessed with.  It’s really love, passion and my national and international fans that keep me singing, recording, and performing.”

A native of Harlem, New York, Jackson grew up singing gospel in church.  Additionally, he heard and saw many of the great singers of his day perform at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem, not far from his house.  Seeing and hearing these great vocalists inspired young Jackson to become a professional singer and recording artist. Yet, he has carved his own vocal identity and style.

“I consider myself a balladeer, and that’s a big hat to wear, because the great balladeers that I love have been singers like Johnny Mathis, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Nat King Cole, and others” said Jackson, who still lives in Harlem, and was discovered by legendary singer Melba Moore.  “They were all smooth. I want to be mentioned with these balladeers who were the best of all times.”

Jackson’s desire to be among the best singers of all time is not far-fetched. In addition to 11 No. 1 songs, he has charted 18 songs that have landed in the Top 10.  Earlier this year, Billboard magazine, one of the world’s most reputable music publications, listed Jackson as one of the “Top 50 Greatest R&B Singers” of all-time. Additionally, Jackson’s hit song, “You Are My Lady,” has been included in the U.S. Library of Congress, as one of the all-time great songs.  Jackson’s name has also been placed on the wall of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C.  The wall contains the names of the greatest singers, who are of African American descent.

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With 30 years-plus in the music industry, Jackson shows no signs of letting up.  As for future ventures, Jackson named two legends that he would love to sing and record with.

“I would love to sing and record with my idol, Johnny Mathis,” said Jackson.  “I would also love to sing and record with Andrea Bocelli.  Performing with those two extraordinary singers would make me extremely happy.  I’m putting it out there, right now, for it to happen.”

While recording with both Mathis and Bocelli would be a dream come true for Jackson, he’s much too busy to sit around and wait.  With his new single ‘One Night’ on the rise, an album due out this summer, and many national and international tour dates on his itinerary, Jackson is excited about his past and growing volume of work.

“There’s an old gospel song called, ‘May The Work I’ve Done Speak For Me,’ said Jackson.  “Right now, the work that I’ve done, and the work that I’m doing, are screaming for me… and I love it!”

For more information on the adventures of Freddie Jackson, log on to www.freddiejackson.net.




 

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Making People Laugh About the Hardships of Teaching Keeps Eddie B. Going (EUR Exclusive!)

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*Eddie B. hit the mark when his “Teachers Only Comedy Tour” in 2017 played to sold-out audiences. His later show “I’m Already Professionally Developed Tour” was also a huge success.

With funny and telling commentary about what teachers really think has made Eddie B. a hit with educators and comedy fans around the world. While the former teacher is excited about his success, he takes it all in stride.

“People ask me why am I so humble and I don’t know how to answer that,” Eddie B. told the EUR in a recent phone interview. “The only answer I came up with one time is that the more thankful you are you have no choice but to display humbleness. You have to be thankful for what you have. So being humble and thankful go hand in hand.”

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With COVID-19 rendering comedy-tours practically non-existent, the Houston native keeps the jokes coming and his routines fresh by crashing virtual conferences held by, of course, teachers.

“I’m doing a lot of Zooms,” Eddie B. said. “I’m doing everybody’s meetings and convocations. I’ve been busy, busy, busy. Thank God.”

The consummate “class clown,” he was always the funny one in the room and began making serious moves as a comedian while attending Texas A&M University (Kingsville).

Although he was earning a local name for himself, Eddie B. was not making the kind of money he had hoped. Continuing the comedy club circuit after graduation and taking odd jobs, he began teaching because it was steady pay. He remained a teacher for 13 years while still doing comedy.

“A lot of teachers say, ‘I’ve been wanting to teach my whole life. I was born this way.’ No, you weren’t.” the single father laughed. “I’m a tell you right now 70% of all teachers didn’t want to teach. I guarantee you that. Teaching is a profession you get stuck in. The only reason you get stuck is because of the kids. You know the money’s not keeping us. It’s our relationships with the kids and other teachers too – the camaraderie of it all.”

Eddie B. retired from teaching for a short while during his tenure but soon had to return to pay the bills.

“I’m hearing Steve Harvey and ‘em say, ‘You gotta jump. Take the leap,’ That’s cute,” he added. “But what the hell do you do when you take the jump and you get pulled back? I jumped as high as I could and got snatched back down, which led me to believe that it’s got more to do with timing then jumping.”

Down but not out, Eddie B., who showed off his craft on YouTube, said a voice inside his head told him, “’Hey, why don’t you do a video about (teaching)?’ So, I shot it before the kids got in my (school) room and put it out by lunch time. But I was like I don’t even have teaching in my comedy.”

“A couple of days later on my Instagram I got about 100,000 views,” he continued. “I thought something was wrong. I thought it was a glitch. It was just teachers bouncing it off and that was the magic of it. It kept growing and growing. Millions of views and the video was only sixty seconds. It was called ‘What Teachers Really Want to Say’ and I was like man if they like this I’ve got 13 years of this.”

Now that he was getting traction, he had to figure out a way to keep the momentum going with the newer audience.

“What they (the teachers who liked his videos) didn’t know was that I’m a comedian,” Eddie B. said. “They just thought I’m a funny teacher. I had to take what I knew about teaching and put it in a (comedy) set now.”

But could he do that without alienating those who had supported his regular comedy for so long?

“My comedy wasn’t always clean. I used to curse with every other word. I’m from the neighborhood and a large percent of my audience is Caucasian (white women teachers). They don’t want to hear that language. But I’ve been on tour for almost 4 years now and I’ve toned it down. I had to grow with it and learn on the job. It was like teaching.”

For more on Eddie B., and to find out where he may be next virtually and otherwise, go to his official website here.

You can also buy his book, “I’m Already Professionally Developed: Straight from the Teacher’s Desk,” released last year.

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Eddie B. (Courtesy of Eddie B.)

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JeffCars.com’s Review: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited (Photo Credit: JeffCars.com)

Highlight:  This year’s model includes a solar control fixed glass roof.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $37,070 (Base Model: $28,725)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; side airbags; ABS; a radar activated cruise control system; a blindspot collision avoidance assist system; a rear cross traffic alert system; a forward collision alert system; a high beam assist system;  tire pressure monitoring system; a traction control system; a stability control system; a tire repair kit; and a rearview camera

Standard Equipment (Blue): 16-inch wheels; a 6-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive; LED headlights; LED Daytime Running Lights; LED taillamps; a push button ignition starter; a keyless lock/unlock system; a hands free trunk; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; dual power folding mirrors; a solar control glass a chrome tip single exhaust; cloth seats; manual control front seats; rear split folding seat with a center armrest; a push button gear control system; an automatic climate control system; steering wheel mounted paddle shifters; and an 8-inch infotainment screen

Standard Equipment (Limited): 17-inch wheels; full LED taillamps; side mirror LED turn signal indicators; dual power heated folding mirrors;  heated body color side mirrors; a rear bumper with parking sensors; laminated front glass; solar glass roof panel; leather seats; power front seats; heated and ventilated front seats; a wireless device charging system; dual charging USB ports; front console mounted rear vents; a leather wrapped steering wheel; a heated steering wheel; a 10-inch infotainment screen; a 12-speaker Bose audio system; a heads up display (HUD); a highway driving assist system; a Hyundai digital key; an electronic automatic rearview mirror; a 360-degree camera; an electronic blindspot monitor; ambient lighting; and front and rear parking sensors.

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited (Photo Credit: JeffCars.com)

Optional Features On Test Vehicle: None

Other Trim Levels:

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non hybrid trims

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 6-speaker AM/FM/HD with SiriusXM

Apple CarPlay/Android: Yes

Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes

USB Connectivity: Yes                

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles

Hybrid System Warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles

Hybrid Battery Warranty: Lifetime

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder/192-hp

Recommended Fuel: Regular

Standard Fuel Mileage: 45-city/51-hwy

What’s New: The eighth-generation Sonata has evolved from a vanilla looking ugly duckling to more like a swan, taking more styling cues from the sixth- generation breakout design, which was a game changer for both the midsize car market as well as the Korean brand.

To continue reading the review, click here.

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About The Reviewer: Jeff Fortson is the host of Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only syndicated multicultural automotive radio show on the airwaves. The 30-minute weekly show, which airs on SiriusXM 141 and a number of FM radio dials, includes one-on-one conversations with many of today’s pioneers and influencers. The engaging show, which goes beyond traditional car talk, can be heard on your mobile and stationary audio devices, clicking here.

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Richard Sherman Tackles ‘Adulting’ The Right Way In New Digital Series / EUR Exclusive – WATCH

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*Known for being frugal, NFL star Richard Sherman is handing out financial advice to young people in a new digital series.

Launched in August 2020, “Adulting With Richard Sherman” is a 12-part digital show produced by Million Stories Media. The new media company, a project from the Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship, offers programming focusing on career, money, and budgeting matters for millennials and young families.

“Richard Sherman is the perfect choice to headline ‘Adulting,’” said Shelley Miles, CEO of the Singleton Foundation, in a press release. “His personality, personal story and likability will draw in viewers and his passion for financial matters will help get young people interested in their own financial futures. He connects with our foundation mission on so many levels and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board.”

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Richard Sherman is #25 for the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo: 49ers.com)

Available at no-cost on millionstories.com, viewers can expect no-nonsense talk from the San Francisco 49ers cornerback, who reportedly drove a $30,000 Dodge Challenger until as late as 2018. Topics include handling student loans and staying away from payday loans (see episode here).

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Additionally, Sherman tackles other topics such as building credit and having an emergency fund, which is great advice especially during the pandemic. (See episode here.)

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Richard Sherman in scene from “Having an Emergency Fund” episode. (Photo: Million Stories)

“Adulting With Richard Sherman” is now streaming on millionstories.com. New episodes are expected to launch soon. For more on Sherman, go here. For more on the Singleton Foundation, go here.

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