Magazine article Ebony

Sounding Off

Magazine article Ebony

Sounding Off

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LUTHER VANDROSS is back with a wonderful new recording. Luther Vandross, that reminds us how great a performer and vocalist he is. Among the songs on the new CD from J Records is the melodically inquisitive "Take You Out," the poignant "Can Heaven Wait?" and the heartfelt, pleading "Bring Your Heart To Mine." On these and throughout the recording Luther proves he is still the master of the love song.

An inspirational collaboration between SEAN COMBS and the REV. HEZEKIAH WALKER, Thank You (Bad Boy/Elektra), is the first gospel record from Combs' label. The CD'S first single, the spirit-lifting "You," features Faith Evans, Carl Thomas, 112 and Mario Winans, among other artists. Another great song is Kelly Price on "Thank You," but standouts also include Brian McKnight on "Running Back To You" and "Something's Changed" from 112. Proceeds from the album will benefit charitable causes.

A brilliant and refreshing new artist is making an audacious debut with Songs in A Minor (J Records) on Clive Davis' new label. At age 20, the multitalented ALICIA KEYS struts her soulful stuff with a blend of funky R&B and cutting-edge hip-hop. Top that with Keys' angelic vocal power, her mastery of the piano and her clever lyrics. Among songs that impact are the passionate, soulful "Fallin'" and the moving "Troubles," both with sentiments far beyond her years. She collaborates with Isaac Hayes on the flowing "Rock Wit U" and with Jermaine Dupri on the rocking "Girlfriend." Then there's the emphatic, poignant "A Woman's Worth." This is the first from Alicia Keys, but it certainly won't be the last.

CRAIG DAVID has invaded the U.S. music scene with his personalized brand of British Soul, and fans are surrendering to the multitalented 19-year-old and his unique, inventive sound. On the CD, Born To Do It (Atlantic), you are convinced that the sweet-voiced artist indeed was born to deliver great music. …

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