What does it mean to be coiceited? Is it okay to call yourself this or is their bitterness, if not guilt involved? Singer Ran Christian wants to let you know what he thinks in his new track. A producer who is part of the Beatz family, Jay Anthony Beatz, put this together for Christian and the song will be on his forthcoming project due out in 2017.
The vocals may sound off-key at first but take a deeper listen. “Roaming” is a very nice song and this comes courtesy of Love At First Sound, let it lay you back and please let the vibes flow through. The song will be released on his forthcoming project called Audra due ut on July 2nd so be prepared for this, the rest of it should be very good.
If you haven’t heard of or about REVL TVLK, begin here. “Alright” was produced by Entourage and Ivy League and unfortunately, this is the only information they applied to me: artist name, song title, and producers. Listen but from here on out, you’re on your own until I get more information about things.
New music from singer LoVel does a track about a boxer many look up to, the one and only “Mike Tyson”. If this song is a scorcher for you, you may download it for free, while supplies last. If you want to hear more, he has an EP called Backseat Memories. It doesn’t feature “Mike Tyson” (produced by The Hittas) but it has five songs that is sure to make you want to hear more. Head to Audiomack.com to listen to or download it.
British singer Jones will be out with a single in late January called “Hoops” but is this about a game of b-ball? About her earrings? Her love of hula hoops? All of the above or none of this toomfoolery? Maybe it’s better: much better. Find out the truth.
No one in B.O.Y. are boys or male for that matter. In their case, B.O.Y. stands for “be only you” and these ladies display a style of soul that will be appealing to those who like soul with a bit of integrity and style. “1996” goes back to a time when perhaps things were easier but they prove anytime can be what you want it if you make it that way.
While he is considered a reggae singer, “Feels Good” is not exactly a reggae song per se buit then again, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Toots Maytall, and Sizzla Kalonji often did songs that were considered outside of their genre. It’s very pop friendly and could easily get a significant amount of attention so find out what feels good to Blindman, who gets a bit of help from singer Erica Newell.
Cut From A Different Cloth is the forthcoming street album from singer Jhonni Blaze and in support of it, she made a video with the Films family to create the video for “Problems”, directed by one of the Films’ members, Dang Films.
When they went into the studio, they worked with producer David Rivkin, with Powell assisting. Rivkin was known amongst Minneapolis musicians not only for his work, but he’s the brother of Bobby Z., longtime member of Prince’s band which became The Revolution.
As far as material to record, none of The Jets were songwriters so Powell didn’t have to go too far to find some people to work with. Two of the people he worked with for songs are Aaron Zigman and Jerry Knight. Knight was a member of Raydio (Ray Parker Jr.’s group) and Zigman had done his share of songwriting, including songs by Johnny Gill, Lakeside, and Carly Simon, so Zigman and Knight worked together extensively. It makes sense that three of the four singles from The Jets’ debut were all Zigman & Knight songs, there was a formula and it worked.
“baby, I don’t want to be just a play thang
baby, I got to have it all”
To me, the way they sang “I got to have it all” reminded me of Jermaine Stewart’s “The Word Is Out”, specifically during the chorus when he sang “that you and I are lovers/that you and I are lovers/that you and I been getting it on”. Add to that the chicken scratch of the guitar from Leroy and it sounded like they were ready to be a massively huge group, they wanted to compete and they did. I’m sure the extras within the song were aided with assistance from Zigman and Knight, but that’s what made it work.
BTW: when Elizabeth split herself in two in the video, I was magically hoping she would come out of the TV so we could go out. Only in my head.
“You must have heard it from my best friend
she’s always talkin’ when she should be listenin’
can’t keep a secret to save her life
but still I trusted her with all I felt inside
I never knew, a rumor could spread so fast
‘Cause now the word is out all over town
that I’m longing for you
“Maybe I was the one who left the trace
was there a message written on my face?
were my emotions so easily read
that you would know my love before a word was said
was it my eyes that let you know you had control?
because the way you move was so self-assured
you knew I would surrender”
The song worked off of two verses and that was it, and an addictive chorus that would also help the song and the group crossover to the pop charts. They pulled fans in and kept them there.
My favorite part of the song is during the chorus at the end, when you hear Elizabeth’s voice getting a lot of reverb and she sings “honey it’s true, there’s just you” and the song gradually fades. While the video and song very much had a 60’s vibe going for it, it was very much 80’s too. On top of that, while YouTube doesn’t show the beginning of it, every day will remember when the guys were looking in the jukebox, deciding on what song to play and all of them uniting in saying they wanted to play “H-3”. For a lot of Hawaiians, that referred to the then-unfinished highway that up until that point, had not finished after almost 30 years.
With the nine songs that make up the album, it works very nicely and showed that the group could easily record more music with possible hits. They followed it up with a Christmas album before doing their third LP, Magic, with a song made for the soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop II, “Cross My Broken Heart”. In between this, they worked with the Kool-Aid company and released an exclusive cassette single that would not be released anywhere else. The group would continue to tour for a few more years, with Eugene leaving the group to become Gene Hunt and become a part of the duo Boys Club. The group ended up recording four albums before taking a brief break from the mainstream spotlight, and maybe that had to do with their hit songs becoming less chart-worthy. It also had to do with the group not being happy with their manager, as Powell had been accused of taking money from the group’s earnings, which would sometimes leave them broke. Trying to keep yourselves together as a group, especially when you’re all in the same family, was a bit too much and they chose to take a break.
Elizabeth did make an attempt to record a solo album in 1995 with producer Brian Blosil (Marie Osmond’s husband) when she would have been 23 but that project never was released. However, she would continue to do tracks with sister Moana for a few compilations. She had breast cancer as well, which did slow her down for a bit. Once her health made her capable of performing, she still does shows when her brothers and sisters decide to reunite The Jets every now and then.
In the end, the group released 16 singles, 12 of which were successful, 6 of which were on the Top 20 R&B charts (4 of those in the top 10), 5 of which were on the Top 10 Pop charts, and 2 of which actually topped the Adult Contemporary charts, not bad for a group who were primarily targeted to teens. The group’s popularity began to fade when they released the first single (“You Better Dance”) from their fourth album, which coincided with the end of the 1980’s and the start of the new decade. Despite never making a fifth album, all of their hits are still remembered by fams who still keep their memories alive through their songs. While “Crush On You” is arguably their post popular song, it was “You Got It All” that went as high as #2 on the R&B Singles chart and was one of the two songs that topped the Adult Contempoary chart. Regardless of chart statistics, it shows how much of an impact they did make on the charts and most importantly the fans, who will still do the choreography from the videos when they hear the song on the radio and think of the crushes they may have had on members of the group, as I did back in 1985 when I had a thing for Elizabeth. We’re all older now but fans of the group will never forget the power of the debut album that kept them in our collections and on the wall when you bought a Jets poster (as my sister did).
Did you like the new album by AM & Shawn Lee Outlines? DID YOU, I SAID? Well good, for now there’s a new mix or I should say, a new remix for the song “Again And Again”. This one is done by I’CED and you can have a listen to his perspective
AM & Shawn Lee have some shows coming up, including one later this week in Seattle so head there and get into the groove like Madonna:
October 15… Seattle, WA (Crocodile)
October 20… San Francisco, CA (Rickshaw)
October 22… Los Angeles, CA (Mrs. Fish)
October 27… Chicago, IL (Schubas)
October 28… Brooklyn, NY (Knitting Factory)