HelloBeautiful INTERLUDES is an intimate live performance series that features the best vocal talent in the R&B industry.
There are many reasons why Syleena Johnson was chosen to participate on TV One’s “R&B Divas.” But, the number one reason would have to be her amazing vocal ability. Johnson’s distinct voice can be identified by its soulful rasp. Her talent was inherited from father Syl Johnson.
She is well-known for her work with Chicago native and R&B icon R. Kelly. Her catalog of albums are actually chapters. Each one, chronicling a different time in her life. She is currently promoting her project “Acoustic Soul Sessions” featuring the therapeutic song “Cut My Hair.” She performed the tune–about taking back control of her life by cutting her hair–in our studios for “Interludes.”
Watch Syleena on “R&B Divas” every Wednesday at 10pm on TV One!
Alicia Keys, John Legend & More Rock The House With Their Amazing Interludes Performances
1. Our Favorite Stars Rock Interludes!
We can't get enough of our favorite stars, and we love them even more when they prove just how powerful their performances are. From Alicia Keys to John Legend to Trey Songz, these celebs rocked their Interludes performances and gave us an intimate look into their musical journeys. Check out a few pics from their sets!
2. Trey Songz
The singer performed at Greystone Manor in L.A. in June 2013 and rocked the crowd with many of his hits, including "SmartPhones," "Neighbors Know My Name" and more!
3. Trey Songz
Trey revealed to us that he's scared of commitment to a special lady. "I’m scared[...] A lot of people are afraid to admit that,” he said. “To be responsible for somebody’s heart is a big deal.”
4. John Legend
John Legend serenaded the crowd during his intimate Interludes performance in September 2013 at Red Rooster in NYC. He rocked out his high energy hits, like "Green Light" and his touching ballads, like the emotional "All of Me."
5. John Legend
Escorted to his piano by harmonizing chants, Legend opened his 13-track set with “Love In The Future” single “Made To Love.”
6. John Legend
The uniquely crafted ensemble of Legend’s greatest hits bridged classics like “Ordinary People” and “Green Light” to newer jams like “Who Do We Think We Are.”
7. Alicia Keys
Alicia rocked her Interludes performance in February 2013 in Harlem at Ginny’s Supper Club. She enchanted the audience with her singing and storytelling, joking and confessing about the sentiments behind some of her favorite new songs.
8. Alicia Keys
Alicia moved seamlessly between some of her best tunes like “Unthinkable,” “Sleeping With A Broken Heart,” “No One” and more.
9. Alicia Keys
Alicia has this soul-stirring way of pulling you into her songs in her live performances. She had the crowd eating our the palm of her hands; they even chanted, “Go Alicia!” as she danced to “Sleeping With A Broken Heart.”
10. Alicia Keys
When she sang “Fire We Make” ft. Maxwell from her latest album, “Girl On Fire” (for the first time ever live), it felt like we were flies on the wall in her bedroom.
11. Alicia Keys
She had the crowd eating our the palm of her hands; they even chanted, “Go Alicia!” as she danced to “Sleeping With A Broken Heart.” And, we loved her shoe game!
12. Alicia Keys
Chatting with the audience as if we were all old high school buddies in Harlem, Keys pleaded with us to “Listen and trust your heart. It’s bigger than you.”
13. Alicia Keys
It was Keys’ live version of “Brand New Me” that completely silenced the event-goers and Alicia’s emotions hung in the air, naked.
14. Alicia Keys
“Brand New Me” boasts potent lyrics that are absolutely freeing. Keys mentioned that while writing the song, she didn’t want people to be mad at her change, but instead allow her to find herself.
15. Alicia Keys
She closed out the conversation of a concert with these words, “I’m feeling new and fresh.” And we feel you Alicia!
16. Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson totally stunned the crowd with a high-energy performance at her Interludes set in New York City in May 2013. Fans and friends experienced her revamped image and sound.
17. Jennifer Hudson
Her pleasant demeanor isn’t just an act, she’s genuinely a happy person. It’s a term she calls “Jenniferizing.”
18. Jennifer Hudson
“I always look at things from a positive way and that is shown through the music and that’s who I am,” Jennifer told HelloBeautiful, while flashing a sincere smile.
19. Jennifer Hudson
“Before album one, or even before then, it was about singing. I was a singer, a vocalist, and that was just it,” she told HelloBeautiful. But there’s “a huge difference between a singer and an artist, now I’m an artist.”
Kem made all the ladies blush during his Interludes set in Atlanta in August 2014! The vocal veteran performed an array of his classics and new music off his disc “Promise to Love: Album IV."
He has the kind of confidence that commands a room and an aura that fans call “sexy.” Kem is signed to the legendary record label Motown– the same label that housed The Temptations, The Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye and The Supremes.
Kem is one of those singers that knows how to tug at the heart strings, but his friends once ribbed him about creating sultry songs that have put him on the map today.
“My first writings were love songs, I was a romantic at heart as a kid,” Kem confesses. “The musicians I was working with at the time we were coming up together would always ask me ‘Man you’re writing these love songs, don’t nobody want to hear that’ and they were trying to get me to do whatever the sound, whatever the flavor of the day was.”
It took the singer peddling some 17,000 of CDs he produced independently to get a record deal, but thankfully the world realized we need his songs about love. Kem moved men and woman alike with his smooth sounds!
25. Babyface & Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton and Babyface each showed off their undeniable talent and chemistry during their Interludes set at Highline Ballroom in NYC in December 2013. It was the pair’s first live show together since teaming up to record a new album of duets, “Love, Marriage & Divorce." They also each performed some of our favorite classics as solo artists!
26. Babyface & Toni Braxton
“I feel like I was born to write for Toni,” Babyface said in between songs, noting that the only hit that he wished he would’ve kept for himself was the 1997 track “How Could An Angel Break My Heart” that appeared on her album “Secrets."
27. Babyface & Toni Braxton
Babyface then went on to sing some of his own hits like 1993’s “Never Keeping Secrets” and “When Can I See You” before diving into a medley of tracks that he’s written and produced for others.
28. Babyface & Toni Braxton
Toni took us into many of her hits from her 1993 self-titled debut album, which was produced by both Babyface and L.A. Reid, who were in the house.
29. Babyface & Toni Braxton
The audience crooned along to hits like “You Mean The World To Me,” and “Breathe Again” as Toni courted the crowd, serenaded fans, and even brought up a lucky few to share the spotlight.
30. Babyface & Toni Braxton
The pair ended the night by performing music from their upcoming joint album and showed the audience that they’ve still got it. Their current single “Hurt You,” had the crowd rise to their feet. And it’s not surprisingly so: the track had just moved track from No. 2, to No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts.