Here a couple of great new songs that I heard last week and my thoughts on them. Check out the songs below and feel free to leave your opinions as well!
Jay Alexander: Here With Me Featuring Aaron Thomas
Jay Alexander hails from New Orleans, LA and has just released his EP Eight (New Beginnings), with “Here With Me” featuring Aaron Thomas as the lead single from the project. At just 19 years old, Jay’s voice is mature beyond his age. He’s up for Contemporary Artist of The Year by the Gospel Sounds Radio Network and here’s another interesting fact: gospel legend Mahalia Jackson is one of his relatives. On “Here With Me”, Jay reveals his smooth tone and effortless melodies. The feature here with Aaron Thomas is a nice touch, as both of their voices are similar, but different enough to compliment each other. The song speaks of God always being with us through whatever we go through. What I found especially intriguing about the song though is that his voice is very reminiscent of R & B superstar Brandy. This is not a bad thing, but merely a comparison. My only complaint is that a more lyrically substantial chorus would have made the song even better. With great production and on point vocals, I’m sure Jay Alexander will be around for years to come. For more info on Jay Alexander, check out www.jayalexanderofficial.com.
Quentin Moore: Natural Sista
Quentin Moore is from Austin, TX and has brought his talents with him to Dallas, TX. His new single is called “Natural Sista”. The production on this song has a knock to it that’s irresistible. I love Neo Soul music and I could easily listen to this in my car or in a lounge. Quentin praises women with natural hair on this track as he sings, “Don’t you ever think about giving up your crown”. His voice is smooth and perfectly matches the production here. His voice has traces of R & B legend Smokey Robinson too. I could easily listen to this song in the background of whatever I’m doing. It has a radio friendly appeal, without losing its “natural” roots and appeal. Look for his CD, You Forgot Your Heart to be released this Spring. If it’s anything like “Natural Sista”, I’m sure it will be a great buy. This song makes me want to drink tea with a smooth and chill ambiance in the background. For more information on Quentin Moore, check out his website at www.qmooremusic.com. You can find his mixtape, Quentinized, here too.