Not since Quincy Jones’ Back on the Block have we seen such a line up of soul and jazz all stars – every song a musical event.
The first single « Speak Love » boasts R&B veterans Glenn Jones, Tony Terry & Tim Owens with jazz chart toppers U-Nam & Lin Rountree.
« Love is my Bible » unites 3 of Chaka Khan‘s most beloved background singers, Sandra St Victor, Audrey Wheeler-Downing & Karen Bernod, on a Motown-influenced hit featuring smooth jazz favorites, Groove LTD.
Like Jones, Day reaches beyond the scope of R&B in his writing, producing, and selection of performers.
Titled « SONG, SOUL & SPIRIT« , the album opens with « Battlegrounds« , a social anthem that has already had an impact at radio with it’s gospel choir finale, and a rare guest appearance by film & music star Cheryl Pepsii Riley.
Another highlight is the pairing of Tony-nominated Elisabeth Withers (Suge Avery from the musical Color Purple) w/ seasoned jazz saxophonist Walter Beasley.
Day places them on the inspirational ballad, « Stand on my Shoulders« , which he wrote with Grammy-winning songwriter/producer Preston Glass.
Day had the opportunity to write with another of his Grammy-winning songwriting heros, Gordon Chambers, on the motivational ballad « Forgiveness« , pairing Chambers with another unexpected choice, Grammy-winning Paula Cole, best known for her #1 hit and Dawson’s Creek anthem, « I Don’t Want to Wait« , as well as her jazz duets album with Chris Botti.
Throughout the album, Day surrounds his esteemed leading artists with a cast of musicians who have backed musical legends & game changers like Barbara Streisand, Barry Manilow, Erica Badu and Kindred & the Family Soul.
To close this monumental feat, Day returns to two of his favorite collaborations of all time, a remix of his smash « We Dance » featuring SoulTrain Award winner Maysa, and « Dreamland« , a lullaby with 5X consecutive Grammy-winner
Of Day‘s writing, Hathaway says: « James is one of the most beautiful, visual songwriters I know, his lyrics fit me like a glove. »
Écrit par: Néo
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