*“I hope the album makes an impact on people…reintroduce beauty to another generation,” said Grammy Award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum about his newest album, “Romance Language.” The project is due to be released on Valentines’ Day on the Mack Avenue/Rendevous imprint. “Romance Language” is basically a remake of the John Coltrane/Johnny Hartmen romantic song collection of 1963, with the vocals of Kevin (and his uncle Peanuts).
“Romance Language,” his 19th recording project, is produced by Kirk and John Stoddart, and also includes several original selections. The CD will also be the world’s first complete LiveAudio optimized album for JAMBOX by JAWBONE, a leader in personal mobile technology devices. LiveAudio allows music to be heard in a 3D-like, surround sound.
“This project has been up my sleeve for a long time,” Kirk pointed out when asked how the project of “romance” songs came to be. “I kept thinking of Kevin and me…his voice is so pure…rich sound. I think I had to get over it was Coltrane…He’s one of my favorite…”
That Coltrane influence is evident when you hear the project, Kirk’s horn playing and Kevin’s moving vocals brought out the essence of the language of “romance.” The album also evokes visions and mood of that Coltrane time period, so much so that it moved me to tears.
“Music can…create imagery,” Whalum pointed out when I told him how emotional the songs made me. “It can change the atmosphere almost.”
My favorite cuts on “Romance Language” includes “They Say It’s Wonderful,” featuring the “very” smooth vocals of Kevin Whalum, “Lush Life,” also featuring Kevin, put me in a “dream-like” state, and “Almost Doesn’t Count,” featuring the emotional vocals of Hugh “Peanuts” Whalum, where the fabulous Kirk Whalum actually makes his horn cry (and so did I).
Find out more about the “Romance Language” release by logging onto www.KirkWhalum.com.
The 43rd NAACP Image Awards nominations announced, ABC, Columbia Records, The Help and Beyonce’ led
*Recently the 43rd NAACP Image Awards nominations were announced by Vanessa Williams (“Desperate Housewives), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Reed Between The Lines”), Corey Reynolds (“The Closer”) and Craig Robinson (“The Office”) at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. ABC Network, The Help, Columbia Records and Beyonce’ led in the number of nominations received.
The 43rd Image Awards will be aired live on Friday, February 17, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC, the network that originally aired the awards show. The event is to honor projects that promote diversity in the arts.
ABC Network led in the Television category with 18 nominations with “Grey’s Anatomy” leading with five of the 18; DreamWorks Pictures led in the Motion Picture category with eight nominations with The Help leading with five of those eight; Columbia Records led in the Recording category with eight nominations with Beyonce’ leading with four of the eight for her latest album “4”, and in the Children’s Programs category Nickelodeon led with five nominations.
The 43rd NAACP Image Awards is sponsored by UAW/Chrysler, Hyundai, FedEx, Wells Fargo, Ford Motor Company and Bank of America. You can log onto www.NAACPImageAwards.net for more information.
‘Majors and Minors’ tape finale’, winner to be announced January 29, 2012 on HUB-TV
*I was invited to the taping of the finale’ of the reality show “Majors & Minors,” on HUB TV and promise to keep the winner secret until its’ airing on January 29, 2012 at 10:00 p.m. ET. The finale will be aired in two parts on January 22 and January 29, 2012.
The 12 finalists that were chosen out of 40,000 submissions worked tirelessly for 13 weeks with professionals on their original song, choreography, vocals and presentation. They had the guidance of such industry ‘majors’ as Brandy, Jennifer Hudson, Claude Kelly and Jordin Sparks – just to name a few.
From what I saw of the performances at the finale’ choosing one out of the 12 will be very difficult because they all had that “star” quality and an abundance of talent and personality.
Boardwalk/RCA Records will present the winner with a record contract and an opportunity to perform on a national Country tour. At the final show on January 29th each young artist will perform their selection one more time.
The cast includes Ashley Nicole Greene (who invited me), Grace Jeanette, Sabrina Lentini, Emily Kocontes, Kennedy Noel, Nia Holloway, Hailey Dibiasi, Michael Woodard, Austin Crute, Brandon Michael, Cameron DeFaria and Josh Metzler.
For more information on HUB-TV’s “Majors and Minors” reality show log onto www.MyMajorsandMinors.com.
(Eunice is a syndicated entertainment columnist, www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com)