Last week I heard the interesting news that two of my favorite artists, “R & B Divas” TV star Syleena Johnson and Musiq Soulchild, were both coming out with new music this Summer. Sounds good right? Well, what I wasn’t prepared for was a duets CD collaboration from the artists. Although Musiq is a great singer and songwriter, something about being matched with Syleena Johnson’s powerhouse vocals made me skeptical. But after taking a listen to their new single, Feel the Fire, from the album 9INE, to be released on July 9, 2013, I have a change of heart. Everybody seems to be incorporating reggae in their music now (see today’s earlier post, “Eve Lets Lip Lock Loose”).
I have to admit that their voices mesh together way better than I imagined they would. This song is definitely on fire and if 9INE sounds anything like this, I’m sure it will be a big success. I also hope they both get the attention they deserve from it as they are both extremely underrated in my opinion. Apparently they never set out to do a full album together. They were originally only supposed to record “Feel the Fire” as a duet for Kemar McGregor’s reggae compilation album. Syleena Johnson stated that the title for their album was heavily influenced by numerology. Kemar McGregor produced the entire album in which the pair recorded nine tracks in nine days. They are also both born in September, the ninth month of year. What do you think about the song and are you feeling the concept of them doing a duets album? Would you bump it or dump it?