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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Doug E. Fresh Goes Cuckoo For Coconuts
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Doug E. Fresh Goes Cuckoo For Coconuts

In this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, find out why rapper, record producer and beatboxer Doug E. Fresh prefers coconut water as his mode of hydration backstage

GRAMMYs/Feb 21, 2022 - 04:01 pm

When it comes to backstage must-haves, Doug E. Fresh’s first choice lives up to his name. The rapper, who is commonly known as the "Human Beat Box," keeps his pipes smooth with the help of some — ahem — fresh coconuts.

"On my rider, it must be harmless coconut water, or a real coconut," Fresh declares in his appearance on Herbal Tea & White Sofas. "This is what I use to hydrate, and I love it. There’s nothing like coconut water.” 

What is he washing down with that coconut water? Well, if he’s in Chicago, it’s the Windy City’s famous cheese and caramel popcorn, which he boldly deems "the ruler," as opposed to the city’s lauded deep dish pizza.

Fresh also revealed a rather surprising sandwich choice for his post-show treat, one that has been a routine since his days practicing with his pioneering hip-hop group, the Get Fresh Crew.

In this episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, allow Doug E. Fresh to take you on a tour of the backstage goodies that give him the "focus and energy" to give 110 percent on stage.

Check out the quirky clip above and watch more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Dead Poet Society's Jack Underkofler Has The "Least Picky" Backstage Rider

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Dead Poet Society's Jack Underkofler Has The "Least Picky" Backstage Rider

In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Dead Poet Society lead singer Jack Underkofler is committed to having the world's most reasonable backstage rider

GRAMMYs/Jul 8, 2021 - 12:26 am

Some artists make larger-than-life demands on their tour riders—hence the classic urban legend about Van Halen requiring the removal of brown M&Ms. 

For their part, Dead Poet Society have decided to take the opposite tack, as their lead singer, Jack Underkofler, attests in the below clip.

In the latest episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Dead Poet Society's Underkofler is committed to having the world's most reasonable backstage rider—including one ordinary pillow to nap on.

Check out the cheeky clip above and click here to enjoy more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Larkin Poe On Their Love For Local Snacks On Tour

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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Larkin Poe On Their Love For Local Snacks On Tour

Watch Rebecca and Megan Lovell, a.k.a. Larkin Poe, discuss their favorite parts of touring, which include trying local snacks and connecting with their fans

GRAMMYs/Sep 1, 2021 - 10:44 pm

You know when you're at a party and the food is so delicious, you wish you had a little more room in your stomach? And if the host gives you a little to-go container when you leave, it's the perfect chef's kiss moment.

For GRAMMY-nominated roots rock 'n roll sister duo Larkin Poe, touring with legendary British artist Elvis Costello was a bit like this. As they explain in the latest episode of GRAMMY.com's Herbal Tea & White Sofas, they loved the gourmet cheese he had backstage so much, they'd wrap up leftovers in napkins to snack on later.

In the video above, watch Rebecca and Megan Lovell, a.k.a. Larkin Poe, discuss their favorite parts of touring, which include trying local snacks and connecting with their fans.

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GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: Ashthon Jones
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GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: Ashthon Jones

Former "American Idol" contestant debuts "Good Living" from forthcoming Songs For A Healthier America album only on GRAMMY.com

GRAMMYs/Dec 3, 2014 - 05:06 am

R&B vocalist and former "American Idol" contestant Ashthon Jones will appear as a guest artist on Songs For A Healthier America, a compilation of health-focused songs set for release on Sept. 30. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to Jones' contribution, "Good Living."

Drawing on influences from the likes of GRAMMY winners Mary J. Blige, the Clark Sisters, Destiny's Child, Mary Mary, and Monica, Georgia native Jones emerged in 2008 with the six-track EP Introducing Ashthon Jones. Jones auditioned for season 10 of "American Idol" and finished as the 13th-place finalist in 2011. The following year she released the single "Lookout" and appeared on Lecrae's GRAMMY-winning album, Gravity, as a guest artist on "Mayday," which also featured rapper Big K.R.I.T. Earlier this month Jones appeared on Big K.R.I.T.'s latest single, "Good 2getha."

Set for release on Sept. 30, Songs For A Healthier America aims to "inspire children to believe in themselves, be more physically active and make healthier choices." The multigenre compilation features 19 health-focused songs, including the first single "Everybody," which was released June and features Doug E. Fresh, Ryan Beatty, Dr. Oz, and Jordin Sparks. The video for the song features a guest appearance by first lady Michelle Obama. Other artists featured on the album include Ashanti, Travis Barker, the Hip Hop Doc, Ariana Grande, and Nils Lofgren. The album was co-produced by Hip Hop Public Health and Partnership for a Healthier America, an organization founded in 2010 in conjunction with Obama's Let's Move! initiative. 

In conjunction with the release of Songs For A Healthier America, Jones has been selected by Obama to perform "Good Living" at the Apollo Theater in New York on Sept. 30.

Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Country Singer/Songwriter Kylie Morgan Isn't Opposed To A Hot Toddy Backstage
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Herbal Tea & White Sofas: Why Country Singer/Songwriter Kylie Morgan Isn't Opposed To A Hot Toddy Backstage

In the below episode of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, learn why Kylie Morgan always goes for Throat Coat backstage — oftentimes with a little whiskey

GRAMMYs/Feb 14, 2022 - 07:30 pm

Herbal Tea & White Sofas' alternate name could be the Throat Coat Fanclub. The video series spotlights artists' backstage faves; unsurprisingly, vocalists shout out the branded tea quite often. 

Joining the throng is Kylie Morgan, a country singer/songwriter who talks about the magic elixir with a giant grin. Given how delicate a singer's instrument can be, she explains that she's a proponent of the beverage.

"It's also really delicious," she clarifies, adding that she might add whiskey and honey to make a hot toddy. Her vocal cords thank her in advance.

In this edition of Herbal Tea & White Sofas, dive into the singer/songwriter's backstage ritual and learn who keeps her going on the road (hint: she has a passionate following). "I am so close to my fans — maybe a little too close," Morgan quips, as a clip rolls of her signing an attendee's arm.

Keep watching for a touching account of how she signed a young fan's guitar — and how it reminded her of three-time GRAMMY winner Miranda Lambert signing her instrument when she was small.

Check out the quirky, poignant clip above, and keep checking back for more episodes of Herbal Tea & White Sofas.

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