March Madness has been a wild ride thus far, with a LOT of votes coming in for your favorite artists over the past two weeks. We thank you for the support. And today we wrap up the semifinals with a pair of great matchups coming out of the LUTHER VANDROSS WEST DIVISION.
It’s Raphael Saadiq going up against the even more veteran Charlie Wilson, and a battle of Neo-Soul/Pop as Rahsaan Patterson takes on Ne-Yo.
Who will move on to next week’s FINALS WEEK? It’s all up to YOU. Listen to the tracks, and then cast your VOTE. We’re rocking with the best right now. MARCH MADNESS, giving the fellas some shine. ONLY HERE!
Home: Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Ranking: #1, WEST
First Round Results: Defeated #8 Miguel
Background Zingers: Has produced songs for TLC, Mary J. Blige, Joss Stone, John Legend and D’Angelo. His album The Way I See It received three GRAMMY nominations in 2008. “Ask of You” peaked at #2 on the US Billboard R&B charts in 1995.
“Ask of You” Raphael Saadiq
Higher Learning Motion Picture Soundtrack
(1995, Interscope Records)
Home: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Ranking: #5, WEST
First Round Results: Defeated #4 Jamie Foxx
Background Zingers: Will perform this weekend at Miami’s ‘Jazz In The Gardens’ two day festival. Went to college on a music scholarship. Has been an inspiration to artists like R. Kelly and Aaron Hall.
“Can’t Live Without You” Charlie Wilson
(2009, Jive/Zomba Records)
Home: Bronx, New York
Ranking: #2, WEST
First Round Results: Defeated #7 Tyrese
Background Zingers: Wrote Brandy’s hit “Baby” and Tevin Campbell’s “Back to The World.” His voice has drawn comparisons to Chaka Khan. Collaborated with Jarrad ‘Jaz’ Rodgers and Ida Corr to form the London-based group SugaRush Beat Company.
“Can We Wait A Minute” Rahsaan Patterson
(1997, MCA Records)
Home: Nevada, Las Vegas
Ranking: #3, WEST
First Round Results: Defeated #6 Bruno Mars
Background Zingers: Wrote “Let Me Love You” for Mario. Has had five top ten songs on Billboard charts and two top ten albums. Has written songs for Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige and Musiq Soulchild.
“Do You” Ne-Yo
Because of You
(2007, Def Jam Recordings)