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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tamar Davis: Milk & Honey (Advance CD) (NPG Records/Universal, 2006)

Further aborted music from another of Prince's former proteges and a mainly a mixture of neo soul and blues with funk and rock influences. From Houston, TX, it should come as no surprise that Davis started out in Gyrl's Tyme, the group which would later become Destiny's Child, but was cut from the original lineup by Matthew Knowles following the group's defeat on TV singing competition Star Search in 1993. Following an audition for American Idol in 2004, Davis came across Prince at a house party and upon auditioning for him, was
subsequently mentored by him in the years to come. She signed to Universal Records on the same day he did and her forthcoming album (originally titled Beautiful, Loved & Blessed) was to be released along with his 3121 album in 2006 as a package deal. Sadly, due to unknown reasons, it never saw the light of day - except for a very limited release in Japan - and Davis has been a struggling artist ever since. A follow-up album Juz Do It was also cancelled and her 2011 album My Name Is Tamar also appears to be illusive with physical copies fetching into the hundreds. A few months back, she appeared on The Voice and was mentored by none other than Christina Aguilera... Hard to believe that she went from Prince to this but I guess the public just wasn't ready for something that didn't sound like her former colleague Beyonce. And she was eliminated in the end... such a pity. 

Many thanks to Stuart for this contribution.

Closer 2 My Heart 4:45
Milk & Honey 4:30
Can't Keep Living Alone 5:18
Holla & Shout 4:01
Kept Woman 4:37
Holy Ground 5:37
Beautiful. Loved & Blessed 5:18
Redhead Stepchild 4:41
All I Want Is U 3:19
First Love 5:07
Sunday In The Park 4:29
Beautiful. Loved & Blessed (Reprise) 1:27