Berry Gordy did it again. Fifty-four years after the birth of the legendary label, Motown has again set the world on fire. Motown The Musical is tearing up Broadway and gearing up for a national tour. Added to the fact that the soundtrack has been nominated for multiple Grammys, in addition to the relaunch of its recorded music division, it’s safe to say that the little engine that Gordy founded has shown no signs of slowing down; Motown is showbiz’s everlasting fountain of youth.
Dubbed early on as the “Sound of Young America,” with its catchy melodies and impressive lyrics, the hit- making machine known as Motown dazzled us from 1958 until 1988 under the watch of founder Berry Gordy. Motown’s story is legend; however, many felt that the company’s best days were behind it after its historic sale to MCA Records. Motown would once again prove the world wrong with massive releases from acts like Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Erykah Badu, and a myriad of others.
In middle 2011, Motown’s doors were closed and its roster absorbed into Universal Republic. Many thought that the legend and magic of the Motown Recording Corporation died. Seemingly there was pressure from both the industry and the public to not let the fabled Motown story perish. Shortly after, a re-staffed Motown Records was opened with a label roster that includes Toni Braxton And Babyface, Kem, NeYo, and Chrisette Michele to name a few.
The renewed interest in Motown did not stop at the resurgence of the label. In April 2013, Motown the Musical, headed by Berry Gordy, hit Broadway to major fanfare. The story that never gets old was being told again night after night to nostalgic and loyal fans, friends, and family. In addition to receiving four Tony nominations, the soundtrack for Motown The Musical has been nominated for a Grammy. It looks like the little engine that could, has a lot more steam left.
Nick Eden is a singer/songwriter/R&B junkie based out of Atlanta, GA. He is a winner of the Steve Harvey New Star Project and appeared on Season 1 of BET/Centric’s Apollo Live. His new EP #FLIGHT1980 is available for FREE download HERE. Follow him on Twitter @nickeden and on Facebook.