WASHINGTON, July 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Radio veteran Caiman Kelly recently had a busy summer welcoming legendary R&B group New Edition to his popular SiriusXM radio show, along with attending the Essence Festival of Culture to meet and interview a range of other famous black musicians and talent. Heart & Soul regularly features in-depth interviews with black music talent and shoots grown-up R&B hits from yesterday and today.
“I’m a longtime fan of New Edition,” said Cayman Kelly. “Their work is epic and super important because they have made lasting contributions to the advancement of American music while bringing joy and hope to listeners everywhere. There is no doubt about it. Plus it was a blast – it’s New Edition! I gotta hang out with ALL 6 guys! It’s surreal to me that the guys I grew up with are now my friends! How crazy is that?!”
Originally formed by Bobby Brown 1978 with Rick Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoeand Ralph TresvantNew Edition reached the absolute peak of musical popularity in the 1980s with their first album – with hits like “Is This the End”, “Popcorn Love” and “Candy Girl”.
New Edition secured its place in history with other key songs like “Cool It Now” and “Telephone Man” before going double platinum The United States. Over the years, despite a series of managerial controversies, interpersonal setbacks, and band member changes, New Edition has continued to evolve and remains one of the most significant African-American groups to emerge from the American R&B boom of the 1980s.
We talked about all of this while taking a trip down memory lane to the present. We’ve played all of the group’s and the group’s hits in their various iterations as solo artists and beyond. The interview can be accessed on-demand via the SXM app.
Heart & Soul with Cayman Kelly
“During another show in New Orleans I also interviewed other big Black talent like Tank for the Essence Festival of Culture,” Kelly said. “I’ve known Tank for a long time – I’ve followed his career from the beginning. He’s a fantastic guy. Tank released new music you should check out: “Slow”. Pretty hot stuff, but definitely a hit in the making.”
“And during the festival, Tamar Braxton also stopped by for a chat. while later Bobby Brown and his entire family joined us to talk about their new ventures, including their new series on A&E and the Bobby Brown Foods Company. They’ve all supported the show as previous guests – so it really was a meeting of old friends. Especially since this was the first live essence festival since the pandemic began. We were all happy to be back.”
“I also wanted to thank some other artists that we spoke to, like Rotimi, Kim Fields, Sherry Shepherd, and earthquakes. Rotimi has a new album that everyone should hear, All or Nothing. And Sherri is starting a new talk show this fall. Kim is on Netflix with The Upshaws, and Earthquake, one of my voice actor brothers and the SXM family, as well as a colleague from Washington, not to mention one of my favorite comedians, now has a standup comedy special produced by David Chappelle also on Netflix.”
“My show on Heart & Soul has allowed me to meet and speak with a whole range of Black talent, from Academy Award-winning actors to legends of music, television and comedy,” said Kelly. “It’s certainly a privilege and a lot of fun. But in times like this I am also reminded of how important this work really is for the future. Because by doing so, I can help amplify the message of each of these artists, and by doing so, you’re empowering a whole new generation of listeners.”
Celebrate other important black artists with Cayman Kelly on Heart & Soul – which airs weekly on SiriusXM. And for the latest updates on Kelly’s ESPN show announcements or other voice appearances, visit him online. Follow Cayman Kelly on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn.
About Cayman Kelly: The National Voice of Monday Night Football
Cayman Kelly is the widely recognized imaging voice for several radio stations including POWER 105.1 in new York, host of “The Breakfast Club” and a popular national show on SiriusXM’s Heart & Soul. Recently, Kelly was cast as lead vocalist for the SPLAT! “GAME PLAN” image library, and he continues to be the national voice for ESPN and NFL Monday Night Football – the first African American to achieve that position – while also serving as the new imaging voice for the NHL. Find out more about his life and work at: www.caymankelly.com.
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