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Omar Grows Up To Become 'The Man'

Now a family man, the British singer continues to experiment with his music. His latest album, The Man, is all about growth, development and evolution.
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Singer And Songwriter Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow has sold more than 80 million records, but for all his success as a pop star, he prefers to be the musician behind the scenes. Barry Manilow joins Diane in the studio to talk about his life and career.


Mavis Staples Calls Latest Album 'A Return To My Beginning'

With a career that's lasted more than 60 years, gospel legend Mavis Staples has no plans to slow down any time soon. Her new album One True Vine, is her second collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, following You Are Not Alone in 2010.

Laura Mvula On World Cafe

The inventive British singer blends pop, jazz and soul on her full-length debut, Sing to the Moon.

For Mavis Staples, 'One True Vine' Brings Together Kindred Spirits

Produced by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, the soul singer's new album follows a narrative arc of struggle, acceptance and salvation. Tweedy's arrangements leave room for Staples' full range of vocal expression, from an R&B growl to gospel fervor.

A First Lady No Longer, Carla Bruni Returns To Music

The Italian-born songwriter and fashion model discusses her new album, Little French Songs, and why her husband — former French President Nicolas Sarkozy — is a tricky subject for songwriting.

Chuck Leavell: The 'Fifth' Stone Speaks

The touring keyboardist has been playing with The Rolling Stones for more than 30 years.

Remembering The Multidimensional Music Of Bobby 'Blue' Bland

Bland's music is the kind that can school anyone about the incomprehensible depths of love, the importance of dignity and the promise of the kind of good life that really might be within reach.

Sigur Ros Navigates Unknown Terrain On 'Kveikur'

Sigur Ros delights in shifting the listener's perspective — even its anthems elude the conventional rock plod. With Kveikur, the band's majestic (if usually mellow) vistas and naturescapes acquire a distinctly harsh edge.

Macy Gray: 'I Still See My Voice As Odd'

Multiplatinum-selling artist Macy Gray has one of the most distinctive voices in the music industry, and yet she's still in turmoil about it. She talks with host Michel Martin about her voice, creative process, and new tour with saxophonist David Murray.