Category: RadioMax Shows

Wednesday 11/24/21 1pm ET: Feature Artist: Natasha Bedingfield

Natasha Anne Bedingfield (born November 26, 1981) is a British singer and songwriter. Bedingfield released her debut album, Unwritten, in 2004, which contained primarily up-tempo pop songs and was influenced by R&B music. It enjoyed international success with more than 2.3 million copies sold worldwide. Bedingfield received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the title track “Unwritten”, and at the 2005 and 2006 Brit Awards, she was nominated for Best British Female Artist. Unwritten also produced her only UK number one, “These Words”.

Her second album, N.B. (2007), yielded the UK top 10 singles “I Wanna Have Your Babies” and “Soulmate”. N.B. was not released in North America, but six tracks from it were included with seven new ones and released in 2008 as her third studio album, Pocketful of Sunshine, with the singles “Love Like This” and “Pocketful of Sunshine” earning success on the charts. In December 2010, Bedingfield released her third album in North America, Strip Me, with the song of the same name charting on the US Billboard Hot 100 at 91. Bedingfield has sold over 10 million albums and 10 million singles worldwide, totalling over 20 million records worldwide. In 2012, VH1 ranked Bedingfield number 66 on the list of 100 Greatest Women in Music.

Wednesday 11/24/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist: Amy Grant

Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American singer, songwriter and musician. She started in contemporary Christian music (CCM) before a successful crossover to pop music in the 1980s and 1990s. She has been referred to as “The Queen of Christian Pop.”

As of 2009, she had sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, won six Grammy Awards, 22 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, and had the first Christian album to go Platinum. She was honored with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006 for her contributions to the entertainment industry.

Grant made her debut as a teenager and gained fame in Christian music during the 1980s with such hits as “Father’s Eyes,” “El Shaddai,” and “Angels.” In the mid-1980s, she began broadening her audience and soon became one of the first CCM artists to cross over into mainstream pop on the heels of her successful albums Unguarded and Lead Me On.

In 1986, she scored her first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song in a duet with Peter Cetera, “The Next Time I Fall.” In 1991, she released the blockbuster album Heart in Motion which became her best-selling album to date, topping the Billboard Christian album chart for 32 weeks, selling five million copies in the U.S., and producing her second No. 1 pop single “Baby Baby.”

She is the author of several books, including a memoir, Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far, and a book based on the popular Christmas song “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)” that she co-wrote.

Wednesday 11/24/21 1pm ET: Feature LP: Elton John – Rare Masters (1992)

Rare Masters is a compilation album by Elton John that was released in 1992. It includes all A-side and B-sides released by John between 1968 and 1975 that were not included on original studio albums or on Elton John’s Greatest Hits Volume II.

The album also includes five outtakes, recorded in the same time period, that had previously been unreleased. It is also the only place where the soundtrack to the 1971 movie Friends has been made available on CD. When the Elton John back catalogue from 1969 to 1975 was remastered and released in 1995, many of these songs were released on those albums as well, also in remastered form.

  1. “I’ve Been Loving You” 3:16
  2. “Here’s to the Next Time” 2:58
  3. “Lady Samantha” 3:02
  4. “All Across the Havens” 2:51
  5. “It’s Me That You Need” 4:00
  6. “Just Like Strange Rain” 3:44
  7. “Bad Side of the Moon” 3:12
  8. “Rock and Roll Madonna” 4:16
  9. “Grey Seal” 3:35
  10. “Friends” 2:33
  11. “Michelle’s Song” 4:20
  12. “Seasons” 3:56
  13. “Variation on Michelle’s Song (A Day in the Country)” 2:47
  14. “Can I Put You On” 5:57
  15. “Honey Roll” 3:07
  16. “Variations on ‘Friends'” 1:43
  17. “I Meant to Do My Work Today (A Day in the Country)” 1:36
  18. “Four Moods” 11:01
  19. “Seasons Reprise” 1:39
  20. “Madman Across the Water” 8:50
  21. “Into the Old Man’s Shoes” 4:01
  22. “Rock Me When He’s Gone” 5:01
  23. “Slave” 2:48
  24. “Skyline Pigeon” 3:51
  25. “Jack Rabbit” 1:51
  26. “Whenever You’re Ready (We’ll Go Steady Again)” 2:51
  27. “Let Me Be Your Car” 4:52
  28. “Screw You” 4:41
  29. “Step into Christmas” 4:30
  30. “Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who’d Be a Turkey at Christmas)” 4:03
  31. “Sick City” 5:23
  32. “Cold Highway” 3:26
  33. “One Day (At a Time)” 3:47
  34. “I Saw Her Standing There” 3:51
  35. “House of Cards” 3:09
  36. “Planes” 4:14
  37. “Sugar on the Floor” 4:33

Wednesday 11/24/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel (1988)

Don’t Be Cruel is the second studio album by American singer Bobby Brown. It was released in the United States on June 20, 1988 by MCA Records. MCA changed producers for this album and had Brown work with hit-making songwriting and production duo Babyface and L.A. Reid. Brown dedicated the album to his deceased best friend James “Jimbo” Flint who was stabbed to death when Brown was aged 11. Don’t Be Cruel incorporates new jack swing, R&B, funk, dance and soul.

Don’t Be Cruel peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 and included five top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits, with “My Prerogative” being a US number-one hit. Three of the singles also reached number one on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart. “My Prerogative” was also the second-biggest single of 1989, ranking at number two on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1989. The album also spent a total of 11 non-consecutive weeks atop the Billboard R&B Albums chart over the course of 1988 and 1989. Internationally, it reached number one in Ireland and the top five in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

At the 32nd Grammy Awards, Brown won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Every Little Step”. Don’t Be Cruel received extremely positive reviews from music critics. It was far more successful than Brown’s debut album, spending a total of six weeks on top of the Billboard 200 and being the best-selling album of 1989 in the United States. On April 28, 1995 it was certified 7× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album sold over 12 million copies worldwide in total. In 2015, Billboard ranked Don’t Be Cruel at number 82 on its list of the Greatest of All Time Billboard 200 Albums.

  1. “Cruel Prelude” 0:37
  2. “Don’t Be Cruel” 6:48
  3. “My Prerogative” 4:51
  4. “Roni” 5:58
  5. “Rock Wit’cha” 4:49
  6. “Every Little Step” 3:57
  7. “I’ll Be Good to You” 4:25
  8. “Take It Slow” 5:23
  9. “All Day All Night” 4:40
  10. “I Really Love You Girl” 5:10
  11. “Cruel Reprise” 0:19

Richard Aguon – drum fills, drums, background vocals
Babyface – mixing, producer, background vocals
Bernard Belle – background vocals
Ollie Bolds – background vocals
Bobby Brown – primary artist, producer, background vocals
Tommy Brown – finger snaps, production coordination
Emilio Conesa – guitar
Kirk Crumpler – bass, synthesizer, synthesizer bass
Michael Denten – drum technician, engineer, mixing, background vocals

Tuesday 11/23/21 1pm ET: Feature Artist: Manhattan Transfer

The Manhattan Transfer is a Grammy award-winning jazz vocal group founded in 1969 that has explored a cappella, vocalese, swing, standards, Brazilian jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music.

There have been two editions of the Manhattan Transfer, with Tim Hauser the only person to be part of both. The first group consisted of Hauser, Erin Dickins, Marty Nelson, Pat Rosalia, and Gene Pistilli. The second version of the group, formed in 1972, consisted of Hauser, Alan Paul, Janis Siegel, and Laurel Massé. In 1979, Massé left the group after being badly injured in a car accident and was replaced by Cheryl Bentyne. The group’s long-time pianist, Yaron Gershovsky, accompanied the group on tour and served as music director. Trist Curless from the Los Angeles a cappella group m-pact became a permanent member in October 2014 following Hauser’s death.

Tuesday 11/23/21 12pm ET: Feature Artist: Bruce Hornsby

Bruce Randall Hornsby (born November 23, 1954) is an American singer-songwriter and pianist. He draws from folk rock, jazz, bluegrass, folk, southern rock, country rock, jam band, rock, heartland rock, and blues rock musical traditions. His recordings have been recognized with industry awards, including the 1987 Grammy Award for Best New Artist with Bruce Hornsby and the Range, the 1990 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album, and the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

Hornsby has worked with his touring band Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, his bluegrass project with Ricky Skaggs, and as a session and guest musician. He was a touring member of the Grateful Dead from September 1990 to March 1992, playing over 100 shows during that period. His 21st album, Absolute Zero, was released in April 2019 and features collaborations with Justin Vernon and Sean Carey of Bon Iver; Jack DeJohnette, Blake Mills, yMusic, The Staves, and Brad Cook.

Tuesday 11/23/21 1am ET: Feature LP: April Wine – The Nature of The Beast (1981)

The Nature of the Beast is the ninth studio album by Canadian rock band April Wine, released January 12, 1981. The album was recorded at Le Manoir Studios, in the village of Shipton-on-Cherwell, in Oxfordshire, England following the band’s 1980 European tour. This album was April Wine’s commercial peak, certified Platinum in the US and reaching #24 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

“Just Between You and Me” became April Wine’s most successful single, reaching #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, #11 on Billboard’s Top Tracks chart, and #22 on the Canadian RPM charts.

April Wine’s version of the Lorence Hud song “Sign of the Gypsy Queen” also became a moderate hit, reaching #57 on the Billboard Hot 100, #19 on the Top Tracks chart, and #40 in Canada. Hud’s original version of the song had also been a hit single in Canada in 1972 (#16 RPM charts).

The first track on the album, “All Over Town” also received airplay on album-oriented rock radio stations, charting at #29 on the Top Tracks chart.

  1. “All Over Town” 3:00
  2. “Tellin’ Me Lies” 2:59
  3. “Sign of the Gypsy Queen” 4:16
  4. “Just Between You and Me” 3:54
  5. “Wanna Rock” 2:06
  6. “Caught in the Crossfire” 3:33
  7. “Future Tense” 4:07
  8. “Big City Girls” 3:42
  9. “Crash and Burn” 2:31
  10. “Bad Boys” 3:10
  11. “One More Time” 3:55

Myles Goodwyn – vocals, guitars, keyboards
Brian Greenway – vocals, guitars
Gary Moffet – guitars, background vocals
Steve Lang – bass, background vocals
Jerry Mercer – drums

Tuesday 11/23/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Arrested Development – 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of… (1992)

3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of… is the debut album by American hip hop group Arrested Development, released on March 24, 1992. The album’s chart success was the beginning of the popularization of Southern hip hop. 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of… stood in stark contrast to the gangsta rap that ruled the hip hop charts in 1992 (such as Dr. Dre’s The Chronic), in its focus on spirituality, peace and love. The album’s title refers to the length of time it took Arrested Development to get a record contract.

“Man’s Final Frontier” – 2:38
“Mama’s Always on Stage” – 3:25
“People Everyday” – 3:26
“Blues Happy” – 0:46
“Mr. Wendal” – 4:06
“Children Play with Earth” – 2:38
“Raining Revolution” – 3:55
“Fishin’ 4 Religion” – 4:06
“Give a Man a Fish” – 4:22
“U” – 4:59
“Eve of Reality” – 1:53
“Natural” – 4:18
“Dawn of the Dreads” – 5:17
“Tennessee” – 4:32
“Washed Away” – 6:22

Arrested Development – Arranger
Baba Oje
Brother Larry – Guitar
Montsho Eshe
Dionne Farris – Vocals
Aerle Taree – Stylist
Tom Held – Engineer
Larry Jackson – Saxophone
Terrance Cinque Mason – Vocals
Rasa Don – Drums
Sister Paulette – Vocals