Florence Welch's voice is a true force of nature. Hearing it on a Florence and the Machine record is one thing, but being in the same room with her while she's belting out her hits almost makes you physically feel her vocals. And it's even more of a stark experience when she does it over acoustic instrumentation, like she did for a special Sessions taping at our New York studio. After her performance, which included tracks from her new album 'Ceremonials' as well as her 2009 debut 'Lungs,' we sat down with Welch to talk about recording at Abbey Road, the sophomore slump, her favorite cocktail and why she's nearly caused a few car accidents. "It's a funny thing [when you're drunk], you're not really thinking in a normal way, you know? You're not thinking literally, you're thinking laterally. Everything's coming in quite a strange way, and it was almost as if the song appeared from nowhere."
Lenny Kravitz's newest album in three years, 'Black and White America,' goes back to his childhood and growing up bi-racial after the civil rights movement of the late '60s and early '70s. Reflecting the period's musical landscape, Kravitz hones in on the earthier side of his influences with jazzy bass lines, rave-up horn charts and some of the most impassioned vocal performances of his career. The day before he was set to guest star at a stadium show with U2, Kravitz stopped by AOL's Beverly Hills studios for a Sessions performance. After he and his world-class band rocked out songs from 'Black and White America' and his back catalog, Kravitz sat down for an on-camera interview where he talked about the new album, his fiercely independent attitude and where he gets his rock star confidence. "For me, race was never an issue. It really never was, I didn't even understand it. I knew that my parents looked different, but I never thought about it until society put it in my face."