Listen to Charlotte City Council’s Summer Playlist 2022

Listen to Charlotte City Council’s Summer Playlist 2022

Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

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Drake or Beyoncé might get the next key to the city, from the looks of Charlotte City Council’s summer playlist.

  • While we may not all agree on politics, we can agree there was at least a hit or two on their new albums, right?

State of play(list): Inspired by President Barack Obama’s summer playlist, Axios asked members of the incoming council to share a few of their favorite songs from the past several months.

  • Driving the news: Council’s swearing-in ceremony is Tuesday night. Marjorie Molina and Danté Anderson are newly elected to represent districts 5 and 1, respectively. Plus, previous council members James “Smuggie” Mitchell and LaWana Slack-Mayfield are returning as at-large representatives.
  • Of note: Not all members participated in the playlist.

Dimple Ajmera, at-large

  • “What’s Going On,” by Marvin Gaye: “It reminds us that we are still fighting many of the same battles from 50 years ago! Real Change requires faith and vigilance. My favorite line is ‘only love can conquer hate.’”
  • “Don’t Stop,” by Fleetwood Mac: “The theme music from the 1992 Democratic Convention and the Bill Clinton Campaign. I hear it as overcoming challenges while always planning for a brighter future.”
  • “Only in America,” by Brooks & Dunn: “To paraphrase, everyone gets a chance to dream and to dance. As public servants that must be a part our guiding principles.”
  • “Woman,” by Kesha: “Women be strong and self-sufficient! The lyrics are quite strong but sometimes they need to be!”
  • “I’m Every Woman,” by Chaka Khan: “I’m learning to appreciate the 1970s and the ‘Disco Era.’ I love to dance with my husband! A very upbeat and inspiring song.”

Braxton Winston, at-large

  • “Neck & Wrist,” by Pusha T feat. JAY-Z and Pharrell Williams
  • “Sticky,” by Drake
  • “GREECE,” by DJ Khaled feat. Drake
  • “Sun Is Shining,” by Bob Marley
  • “That’s Life,” by Frank Sinatra

James “Smuggie” Mitchell, at-large

  • “Reasons,” by Earth, Wind And Fire
  • “Atomic Dog,” by George Clinton
  • “Joy and Pain,” by Frankie Beverly
  • “A House Is Not a Home,” by Luther Vandross
  • “Just Fine,” by Mary J. Blige

Danté Anderson, District 1

  • “Grand,” by Kane Brown
  • “Big Energy,” by Latto
  • “ENERGY,” by Beyoncé
  • “BREAK MY SOUL,” Beyoncé
  • “Sticky,” by Drake

Malcolm Graham, District 2

“I’m a jazzy, smooth type of guy. So I like to listen to contemporary jazz, in my convertible with the top down, driving the back roads of Charlotte, or to Lake Norman.”

  • “So Into You,” by Paul Hardcastle: “Married to my college sweetheart, married 34 years, still into her.”
  • “I Wouldn’t Be a Man,” by Kirk Whalum: “I love the saxophone, Kirk Whalum is my favorite artist, little country twist to it.”
  • “Vegas,” by Doja Cat: “Great top down driving music.”
  • “Corazon,” by Elastic Bond: “Just love the 2nd language tune.”
  • “Black Cow,” by Steely Da: “Brings back memory from college.”

Victoria Watlington​, District 3

“You mean besides 90s R&B, DJ Khaled tracks, and Sam Hunt? I guess these will do:”

  • “BREAK MY SOUL,” by Beyoncé
  • “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” by Whitney Houston
  • “Jireh,” by Elevation Worship
  • “Tennessee Whiskey,” by Chris Stapleton: “Still!”
  • “Big Energy,” by Latto

Marjorie Molina, District 5

  • “Give Me Something,” by Emeli Sandé
  • “All She Wanna Do,” by John Legend and Saweetie
  • “Calm Down,” by Rema and Selena Gomez
  • “DESPECHÁ,” by Rosalía
  • “You Got It,” by Vedo

Tariq Bokhari, District 6

“[T]hese 5 have been in my rotations a bit more than others these last couple months. One big reason might be when I have massive amounts of huge tasks to knock out – and it almost seems unsurmountable – I go to music to help reign in my ADD mind and I find I’m able to summon up dangerous levels of focus when I do that. These are a couple of the songs that have been helping me on that front and I hope you enjoy them.”

  • “Guitar Man,” by Elvis Presley
  • “Only God Can Judge Me,” by 2Pac
  • “Love Tonight,” by Shouse
  • “Blues Deluxe,” by Joe Bonamassa
  • “Warriors,” by Too Many Zooz
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