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(l to r: RL, DJ Kay Gee, Treach & Gabriel Williams backstage at SOB's)

(l to r: RL, DJ Kay Gee, Treach & Gabriel Williams backstage at SOB’s)

Recently, NYC’s Longest-Running R&B/Soul Showcase, SOL Village powered by Gabriel Approves Media Group and You Know I Got Soul hosted by Eric Roberson took place at New York’s prime music venue, SOB’s for its monthly series! This time around, backed by The Collective band were musical acts: Treasure Davis, Samantha Howard, Melat and RL (formerly of NEXT) with special guest Naughty by Nature hit the stage making it one of the most memorable nights ever!


RCA Records/ByStorm Entertainment‘s Treasure Davis gave an amazing performance, giving the on-lookers a glimpse of what next from her upcoming EP Heart Flavored Summer. She also performed her fan-favorite charting hit track “Simple” featuring Kid Ink. With clever riffs and runs, paired with a blend of melodic undertones, old and new, Treasure is the one to watch providing the element of real music, and superb vocality.

Related Post: Treasure Davis feat. Luke Christopher – “Heart Flavored Sucker” [Fly Music]


The powerful voice, that is, Samantha Howard was in total control as she graced the stage performing her new single Microscopic” and a few other dope covers. Samantha is known for giving some of the best performances around NYC, and has even hit the stage with rapper Fabolous


The beautiful singer-songwriter Melat also hit that stage serving up such graceful vocals! She was amazing! The Austin-bred songstress is one of Solange Knowles‘ top music picks as she’s been featured on on multiple occasions.


Last but not least, veteran singer/songwriter RL took the stage by storm delivering quite a few classic hits from his days with R&B trio NEXT: “Too Close”, “Wifey”, and “Butta Love”, and a few joints that he penned for Jaheim like;“Anything” and “Just in Case.” Not to mention, the well-known past hit single “We Can’t Be Friends,” a duet performed with Deborah Cox, and the list goes on.


RL also tapped into his new upcoming album 5:15 giving the audience a live snippet of what’s to come from his new project.

To end off his performance, RL brought out surprise special guests Naughty by Nature who performed their biggest hits “O.P.P.” and “Hip Hop Hooray!” It was definitely a family reunion at this point! What an EPIC night!

[Photos by: Bernard “Beanz” Smalls]

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SOL Village Showcase at SOB’s 5/20/15 [Photos]
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