by Moxye Staff
One of the biggest names in R&B is opening her second lounge in Atlanta.
K. Michelle, born Kimberly Michelle Pate, announced via her verified Twitter account that she will open another Puff & Petals in Atlanta. The first location is at 367 Edgewood Avenue.
Puff & Petals is a “tapas-styled lounge” that serves “a variety of tapas and cocktails,” according to its website.
K. Michelle is a gold-certified artist. She has four full-length albums, earned a Soul Train Award for “Best New Artist” and is the star of the VH1 reality show, “K. Michelle: My Life.” She is also the first African American ambassador for Jack Daniels, Atlantic Records reported.
K. Michelle is currently on tour and is slated to play at The Tabernacle in Atlanta on Feb. 25.
Atlanta is a big city for R&B as the city’s dominance of the industry is not only evidenced in the charts but cemented by New York-based Broadcast Music Inc.’s decision to host its annual hip-hop and R&B awards show in Atlanta. The performance rights organization most recently hosted the 2017 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at The Woodruff Arts Center’s Symphony Hall on Aug. 31.
“Atlanta continues to dominate the music scene,” BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton said during the show. “We have some of the best songwriters and producers in the game.”
Even though hip-hop is thought to be the largest contributor to Georgia’s $3.7 billion music industry, Atlanta’s business community is yet to fully capitalize on marketing power of Atlanta’s urban music community.
“Atlanta is the preeminent creator of culture — our biggest export,” Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall said before the show. “This culture that is generated in Atlanta through R&B and hip-hop is under acknowledged and undermonitized.”
Hall added he’d like to see more corporate entities follow in BMI’s footsteps by partnering with the city.
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“Finally, we have a stakeholder like BMI that has chosen to be a longstanding partner with our city,” he said. “From a business standpoint, I’m going to direct Invest Atlanta [the city’s economic development authority] to look at this to figure out how much we are generating and how much we may not be capturing because the job creation here that comes from the creative industries is phenomenal and its potential is even greater.”
During a 2015 interview with Atlanta Business Chronicle, R&B singer-songwriter and pianist Vivian Green said while R&B may not get get the “mainstream love that it used to,” there is still a major demand for the genre.
“I hate when people say it’s dead or dying because it’s not,” she said. “If you look for it, you can find it. If it’s not on your radio station of choice, change the dial. Listen to it online. Listen to Sirius XM. Sirius XM Heart & Soul is always playing new stuff.”
During a July 4 interview with the Chronicle, R&B icon Bobby Brown echoed Green’s sentiments.
“There’s no love in the [music] industry,” the multi-platinum selling and multi-Grammy Award-winning artist said. “We need more love and we need more R&B.”
However, R&B legend Charlie Wilson said Atlanta has always been a great market for him.
“Atlanta has just been showing me love for so many years, man,” the 11-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter told the Chronicle in June. “Atlanta has just been showing me love for so many years, man. Every time I come to Atlanta it sells out — it doesn’t matter what building it is.”
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