I wanted to tell you all about the session Israel Houghton and I had the other night! It was AMAZING!!! Israel and I hooked up for the 2nd time on an amazing song titled “It’s Gonna Be Alright” for my forthcoming new album “Return of the Bionic man”. I came up with the idea for this song about two years ago. After traveling all over the world and seeing so many problems and social injustice everywhere, I wanted to write a song to the people out there who may feel hopeless and think that there is no way out of their situation. I originally wrote the song as a rap song with a melodic singing chorus. I envisioned a children’s choir singing on the chorus with me. The rap was about three different children from three different parts of the world (Brazil, Africa and Haiti). I talked to Israel about the idea, way back then, and he said he was down for the collaboration (he owed me a favor anyway). For those of you that don’t know what I’m talking about, I joined Israel on his album “A Deeper Level” in a collaboration for the song “With Long Life” which led to a Grammy nomination. Israel is one of my favorite artists to work with because he is so talented and diverse.
After my producer Shavoni came up with the track, and I listened to where my record is currently at (in terms of songs), I decided to scratch the raps and write more of a song filled with singing and less rap. The song is a melting pot of Caribbean music mixed with African/Jamaican sounds. I do more of a ‘ragamuffin Jamaican style rap on the song along with singing vocals with a Caribbean sound. Israel, of course, does what he does…sing like a beast! We were so excited to collab on this song after talking about it over the past couple of years. I truly believe this song will get many spins and a lot of rotation on the radio, and maybe even a Grammy or Dove Award for “Best Song with Collaboration”.
Please stay tuned to my site as we shot video and pictures of the entire session, along with exclusive interviews from Israel Houghton, my producer Shavoni, and myself that can only be seen here. This could be the first single of my new album “Return of the Bionic Man”. Thank you Israel for going above and beyond like you always do. It has been a blessing to have such a gifted artist help make this song what it needed to be. I can’t wait for all of you to hear it playing on the radio in your city soon! I will keep you posted with more information as we put the finishing touches and record the final song of the album.
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