*Singer/songwriter Marilyn McLeod’s refreshingly smooth voice sounds as if she were still pitching songs to singer/actress Diana Ross, for whom she co-wrote the smash, Grammy-Nominated hit “Love Hangover.” And why not!? Ross has nothing new on the market and listening to McLeod’s renderings fills a musical void on today’s music scene. Her new CD, titled I Believe In Me, is a 9-track set co-written with veteran Motown songwriter Janie Bradford who is best known for hit songs like “Money,” and “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby.”
McLeod, whose stint with Motown Records spanned 17 years from 1970 to 1985, is credited for many songs controlled by the company’s Jobete publishing arm. Along with “Love Hangover,” she wrote and co-wrote a variety of songs like “Walk In The Night” by Junior Walker; “You Can’t Turn Me Off” by High Inergy; “Pops We Love You” by Diana Ross/Marvin Gaye/Smokey Robinson/Stevie Wonder; “Body And Soul” by The Four Tops; “I Get High” by Freda Payne; and “Same Ol’ Love” by Anita Baker to name a few.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, McLeod has a very rich musical background. Both parents were singers, and her pianist mother composed music. All of her five siblings were musical. Of note: older brother Ernie Farrow played upright bass with the great jazz musician Yusef Lateef, and her late sister world-class musician Alice Coltrane was married to the legendary saxophone player John Coltrane.
Produced by McLeod on Twinn Records – a label she co-founded and co-owns with Bradford – the set includes the very timely breakout tune “What Would Marvin Say” (a tribute to Marvin Gaye), the title track “I Believe In Me” (which has a fabulous guitar track reminiscent of the Stax Records sound), “Stand Up,” “About U,” and “It’s Gonna Be A Beautiful Day.” The sincerity in McLeod’s voice enhances the warmth in the honesty of the lyrics. The CD lists a host of background singers and musicians well-known in the music industry, including members of the Coltrane family. It’s no wonder McLeod is creating quite a buzz in Jazz and Blues circles. She and Bradford have come up with a winning combination!
For further information please visit the website at www.twinnrecords.com
Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” (Steuben Pub. www.amazon.com), available at Chaucer’s Bookstore in Santa Barbara, CA. Visit the author at www.editorialbylarry.com (213) 220-8101