Detroit Performs

S11 E6 | FULL EPISODE

Curated By: WDET

WDET Host, Chris Campbell, puts together a showcase of local musical talent that will thrill and excite. First up is the Candace Nicole Experience, followed by Monique Ella Rose and capped off by Laura Rain & The Caesars.

AIRED: November 17, 2021 | 0:26:28
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TRANSCRIPT

- Hello, everybody.

I'm Satori Shakoor.

Welcome to "Detroit Performs Live: From Marygrove"

where Detroit's talented artists take the stage

and share insights into their performances.

This episode is curated by our partner organization, WDET.

They brought three local Detroit bands

that will knock your socks off.

♪ Whoa ♪

♪ When I first say you, boy, I could not believe my eyes ♪

♪ Every little thing you do ♪

♪ I don't want to get enough of you ♪

♪ I am really in love with you ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

- So get up and dance. Sit back, listen, and enjoy.

Right here on "Detroit Performs Live: From Marygrove."

- [Announcer] Funding for "Detroit Performs" is provided by

the Fred A. and Barbara M Erb Family Foundation,

The Kresge Foundation,

the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan,

the A. Paul and Carol C. Scott Foundation,

the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs,

the National Endowment for the Arts,

the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation,

and by contributions to your PBS station

from viewers like you.

Thank you.

(upbeat music)

- Well, I'm excited to be here with Chris Campbell

of WDET.

How are you Chris?

- I'm doing well, so great to see you.

- You too, again.

You too, again.

When people tune WDET and particularly

to "Progressive Underground," what can we expect?

- Well, you can expect to hear things that you will not hear

anywhere else on terrestrial radio.

They actually let each host handpick, hand curate,

everything that we play on the radio.

So everything that you hear on the radio has been

meticulously gone through by the host.

You'll hear a diversity of music

and you get historical perspectives

and context behind the music.

So that's what you get when you listen to WDET.

Not only do you get news and information,

but you get a connection to the culture and music as well.

- [Satori] Who are the three bands

that you curated for us this evening?

- [Chris] Well, the three bands that have been curated

are the Candace Nicole Experience,

Monique Ella Rose, and the Laura Rain and the Caesars.

And Candice Nicole is a pianist and a bandleader

and Candice Nicole and Friends will bring

that kind of Jill Scott, that neo-soul type flavoring

with jazzy underpinning.

She calls her Steaz neoclassical soul.

- [Satori] All right.

- [Chris] Now the second act is Monique Ella Rose.

And what's so special about her

is that she's produced by globally renowned producer

and musician, and artur, Pirahnahead.

Lastly, Laura Rain and the Caesars.

They are what I call Northern soul.

And Northern soul is retro soul.

Basically everything that was coming out in the 60s,

that Stacks, Chess, and Motown Records labels,

that sound has had a revivalist movement overseas.

And so Laura Rain has taken that sound

and sort of put a little Detroit flavor in it.

- Thank you so much, Chris.

- You're welcome.

- And now I'm excited to head to the stage

so that we can see the Candace Nicole Experience.

(gentle music)

♪ Ooh do ♪

♪ Ah ♪

♪ Oh ♪

♪ Do do do do do ♪

♪ Oh ♪

♪ First time I seen you arrive ♪

♪ I couldn't believe my eyes ♪

♪ The way you walk, your talk, you smile ♪

♪ Truly left me mesmerized ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ When you first let me come take you out on a date ♪

♪ From that very night, I knew you would ♪

♪ You would change my fate ♪

♪ As time goes on ♪

♪ I love you ♪

♪ I promise you'll love be right ♪

♪ Walk me right through the night ♪

♪ Never letting go ♪

♪ As time goes on ♪

♪ I need you ♪

♪ So please give me your loving hand ♪

♪ You I will always stand ♪

♪ Because I'm your man ♪

♪ Whoa ♪

♪ When I first saw you boy ♪

♪ I could not believe my eyes ♪

♪ That stare, that glare, how you dare ♪

♪ You took my by surprise ♪

♪ That night we talked ♪

♪ For hours at a time ♪

♪ That's when I knew that you would forever be mine ♪

♪ As time goes on ♪

♪ I love you ♪

♪ I promise to do you right ♪

♪ Every morning, noon, and night ♪

♪ As time goes on ♪

♪ I need you ♪

♪ I promise our love will ever be true ♪

♪ And when we come together our love creates a spark ♪

♪ Oh ♪

♪ So rich, so deep, so strong ♪

♪ We'll never fall apart ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

♪ I give you all I have ♪

♪ All my love is for you ♪

♪ You make my dreams come true, baby ♪

♪ It's you and me together ♪

♪ You and me together ♪

♪ Forever ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ Could you hear my heart beating ♪

♪ I love you ♪

♪ For you ♪

♪ Only for you ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ Time goes on ♪

♪ Yeah, yeah ♪

♪ I love you boy ♪

♪ I love you ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

♪ Time goes on ♪

♪ I love you ♪

♪ Promise you'll love me right ♪

♪ Hey, every morning, noon, and night ♪

♪ As time goes on ♪

♪ I need you ♪

♪ So give me your loving hand ♪

♪ You will I always stand ♪

♪ 'Cause I'm your man ♪

♪ As times goes on ♪

♪ On ♪

- I hope that you were transported like I was

with the Candice Nicole Experience,

and I'm thrilled to be sitting here

with Candace Nicole right now.

Hi. - Hi!

- [Satori] I just felt so good listening to your music.

Do you have a mission and message with your music?

- Well, I would say my music

is kind of a mood music.

It comes out through, you know, life experiences.

So whatever I'm experiencing at that time in life,

I'm going to go sit at the piano and it's going to come out.

Today you heard, "Time Goes On."

You know, a love song between man and woman

and how they first met.

And it's kind of those feelings I had when I met, you know,

my husband and so it evolved into a true romantic song.

- Where did you meet the players in your band

and a little of the stories behind meeting them

and including them in your experience?

- We've just been friends for years, you know.

Some of us have been out on the road together,

so it's exciting to play with them.

I would say the newest member of the band

who's really given a huge performance today was Joe Holliman

and he's the drummer.

Wade Talbott is the bass player and he does everything.

He's just fantastic.

Carlton Smith is the guitarist.

And Carlton also has been with me for a long time.

And then the vocalist Kenyata Water.

Kenyata is just beautiful. Her voice is just angelic.

- And where's the future going to lead you in your music?

- Oh, wow.

Well, there's more to create.

I love the live performance aspect of creating.

Sometimes the studio music is kind of structured

and there's no way to really expound on it.

So when you're live just all the elements come together.

So I like to do a lot more live recordings

and just get my music out there.

- Thank you so much, Candace Nicole, for your gifts,

your talents, and for sharing with us.

- Thank you.

- And now we're headed to the stage

for another powerful performance by Monique Ella Rose.

(drumsticks click)

(gentle music)

♪ La da da da da da da ♪

♪ La da da da da ♪

♪ La da da da da da da ♪

♪ There's no shame in how you make me feel ♪

♪ It feels so real ♪

♪ With you I know it's not a game ♪

♪ Your love is indescribable ♪

♪ You've been there for me in my time of need ♪

♪ And you never let me go ♪

♪ Even when I was afraid to give you my body ♪

♪ Said trust my love will never depart ♪

♪ Yes you got me convinced ♪

♪ I didn't think this could exist ♪

♪ No matter sun or rain you've been by my side ♪

♪ Can't be denied ♪

♪ There's no love like our love ♪

♪ I don't want to know what life is like ♪

♪ Yeah yeah ♪

♪ And this is beautiful ♪

♪ I get a butterflies when I hear your voice ♪

♪ I know I made the right choice ♪

♪ Yours are edible ♪

♪ You're a whole meal and then some ♪

♪ We can weather any storm ♪

♪ You see me for who I am ♪

♪ From the purest place ♪

♪ You'll take me to outer space ♪

♪ Just know that I'm all in ♪

♪ 'Cause you have been my best friend ♪

♪ No matter sun or rain you've been by my side ♪

♪ It can't be denied ♪

♪ Be denied ♪

♪ Oh yeah ♪

♪ I can't live without you, no, no, no, no ♪

♪ I cannot get enough ♪

♪ No matter sun or rain ♪

♪ You've been by my side ♪

♪ It can't be denied ♪

♪ You, you, you, you ♪

♪ You, yeah ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

♪ I cannot get enough ♪

♪ La da da da ♪

♪ La da da da da ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ La da da da da da da ♪

♪ La da da da da da da ♪

♪ Oh you make me feel good ♪

♪ You make me feel ♪

♪ You make me feel ♪

♪ Like this love is something special ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

♪ I can't get enough of you ♪

♪ Oh the things you do, yeah ♪

♪ You make me feel ♪

♪ You make me feel ♪

♪ Like this love is for real ♪

♪ I'm on a cloud when I'm with you ♪

♪ Pick me up when I am blue ♪

♪ Yeah, yeah ♪

♪ Whoa whoa whoa whoa ♪

♪ You make me feel ♪

♪ Every little thing you do ♪

♪ I don't want to get enough of you ♪

♪ No, no ♪

♪ No, no, no, no ♪

♪ I can't get enough of you ♪

♪ I don't want to get enough of you ♪

♪ Don't stop, don't quit, don't stop ♪

♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah ♪

♪ You make me feel ♪

♪ Like this love is for real, real, real good ♪

♪ I can't get enough ♪

♪ I've never known love like this before ♪

♪ I never knew love like this before ♪

♪ Unconditional love ♪

♪ You make me feel ♪

♪ Can't get enough of you ♪

♪ Like this love is for real ♪

♪ My love, sure does ♪

♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah ♪

♪ I can't get enough ♪

♪ I can't get enough of your love, boy ♪

♪ One more time ♪

♪ You make me feel ♪

♪ You make me feel ♪

♪ Like this love is for real ♪

♪ I can't get enough of you ♪

♪ How you making me, how you making me feel ♪

♪ One more time, right here ♪

♪ Yeah, yeah, yeah ♪

♪ You make me feel ♪

♪ Like this love ♪

♪ Every little thing you do ♪

♪ Every little thing you say, baby ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

♪ I can't enough ♪

♪ Of how you're making me feel ♪

♪ Yeah, yeah ♪

♪ All right ♪

- So we're back from that incredible performance

by Monique Ella Rose.

I'm excited to be sitting with you here.

Monique, your voice is amazing.

- [Monique] Thank you so much.

- [Satori] How long have you been performing?

- Ah, man, I've been performing since I was a little girl.

I grew up and, you know, going to church.

My granddad was a pastor and so my cousins and I, you know,

we were the choir.

- [Satori] We want our listeners,

your audiences, to take from your music?

- You know, my prayer is, and even today, my prayers,

every time before I hit the stage, I want to inspire.

I want to encourage, and I want to lift people.

I want to be able to reach them where they are.

And so my music covers various topics, of course,

but most of all,

I think the listener will find that they can push on

and to find the joy.

The song is, "Can't Get Enough."

And that is my single right now.

I am so grateful for the community, for Chris Campbell,

Progressive Underground, for WDET, for Detroit.

Everywhere worldwide,

it's really doing great in the UK,

top 20 on the R&B soul chart.

- [Satori] Did you find the band members?

- Some of them are sung in choirs with, you know,

younger, being a teenager.

And so once I decided that I needed background singers

for what I was doing in my dreams,

then I just tapped on them and said,

"Hey, you know, will you guys come help me?"

Felicia, Barbara, whenever I need them,

they're always there.

So I'm very grateful for that to have a good crew,

you know, good chemistry.

- [Satori] And your future?

- I see my stages getting bigger and bigger.

My thing is to put the action behind my dreams.

And so I've worked hard.

I've worked hard.

And sometimes, you know, it was just like,

"Ugh, how much further?"

But yeah, the world will know me.

They would know Monique Ella Rose

and they will hear my music.

- [Satori] Thank you so much, Monique.

- [Monique] Thank you for having me.

- All right. Well, we're going back to the stage

for another amazing performance

by Laura Rain and the Caesars.

(gentle music)

♪ How could you know ♪

♪ If you never know me ♪

♪ 'Cause my love is pure ♪

♪ Just look and see ♪

♪ How do I show you ♪

♪ At the right time of love ♪

♪ If you don't need me ♪

♪ I don't really give enough ♪

♪ I'm chasing my past ♪

♪ Where would I go ♪

♪ I'm running too fast ♪

♪ Where would you be ♪

♪ My love is all I carry ♪

♪ I found the only taste ♪

♪ What would I do without you ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ I'll live alone ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ If I can't have ♪

♪ How could you feel ♪

♪ What I can't see ♪

♪ When you let go ♪

♪ You still have me ♪

♪ How can I show you ♪

♪ I lost the right time of love ♪

♪ If you don't need me ♪

♪ I don't really give enough ♪

♪ I'm chasing my past ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ Where would I go ♪

♪ I'm running too fast ♪

♪ Where would you be ♪

♪ My love is all I have ♪

♪ I found the only path ♪

♪ What would I do without you ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ I'm in love with you ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ If I can't have ♪

♪ Where would you go ♪

♪ What would you do ♪

♪ Who would you be ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ I'm running too fast ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

♪ If I can't have you ♪

- Wow, wow, wow!

Laura Rain.

And I'm sitting here with her right now.

What inspires your music?

- I think all of my experiences collectively inspire,

plus being in Detroit,

I think everything comes to a point where,

when you are a creative person,

and you have to be authentic to yourself and your fans,

and I think that's what we try to convey.

Everything we write, my husband, George,

and I write everything.

And however we write, whenever we do, it is authentic.

- [Satori] And how would you describe your music?

- You know, I call it Detroit music.

You know, I'm a singer.

For me, the definition of a good singer,

good entertainer is someone who conveys emotion.

And if you don't feel like I didn't grab you in the guts

after a show, I did not do my job

and I didn't work hard enough.

The song was, "If I Can't Have You."

And there was something about the vibe of the song,

it reminded me of Marvin Gaye.

It reminded me of Tammi Terrell with this kind of,

you know, flirting love affair.

And I can't have you.

It's kind of like this what's going to happen

when we're apart and was also a song

about loved ones who aren't there

and how we wish that we could reach them.

And maybe we do, and maybe they don't leave us.

"If I Can't Have You" was the first song that got written up

in SoulTracks.

And then we had all these European DJs contacting us.

That had led to a record deal with a small label

in the UK, LRK.

But our music has transformed as we have transformed

as creative people.

- Well I am thrilled to have met you

and we thank you for being here, sharing your music,

and your heart and your life.

So thank you so much.

- Thank you, Satori.

- Thank you for joining us on,

"Detroit Performs: Live From Marygrove"

and thank you to WDET and Chris Gamble

for sharing these three bands with us.

Now make sure to join us next time

on, "Detroit Performs: Live From Marygrove"

where we will have more powerful performances right here.

See you then!

- [Announcer] Funding for "Detroit Performs" is provided by

the Fred A. and Barbara M Erb Family Foundation,

The Kresge Foundation,

the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan,

the A. Paul and Carol C. Scott Foundation,

the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs,

the National Endowment for the Arts,

the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation,

and by contributions to your PBS station

from viewers like you.

Thank you.

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(gentle piano music)

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