NEW RELEASES FROM KENNY G AND LUTHER V.Byline: Billboard
Powerhouse performers dominate the new release list this week as Luther Vandross, Kenny G and Shawn Colvin Shawn Colvin (born January 10, 1956 in Vermillion, South Dakota) is a Grammy Award-winning American musician. Childhood and early career
Colvin's formative years were spent in the town of Carbondale, Illinois, where she attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale. debut.
Balladeer king Luther Vandross is back with his own label LV Records and some not-so-subtle tracks. Though ``Your Secret Love,'' (Epic) the album's title and first single readies listeners for Vandross' sultry sul·try
adj. sul·tri·er, sul·tri·est
a. Very humid and hot: sultry July weather.
b. Extremely hot; torrid: the sultry sands of the desert. ballads, the artist adds variation with the bouncy, up-tempo ``I Can't Wait No Longer (Let's Do This),'' featuring Deidra ``Spinderella'' Roper of Salt-N-Pepa. The album also includes a cover of the song ``Knocks Me Off My Feet,'' by Stevie Wonder, who paid Vandross a visit during the making of the album.
``Stevie Wonder was coincidentally co·in·ci·den·tal
1. Occurring as or resulting from coincidence.
2. Happening or existing at the same time.
co·in recording upstairs and came down for a visit,'' says Vandross. ``It made recording the song more special.''
Vandross attributes the success of his 10-album career to his patented vocal delivery. ``I was never billed as the new Teddy (Pendergrass) or the new Marvin (Gaye). I think that having a distinctive voice is what allows an artist to have a long career.'' Vandross penned eight of the 12 album tracks and produced or co-produced the balance of the album.
Producer-songwriter-artist Kenny G also debuts this week with ``The Moment'' (Arista arista (ä·riˑ·st ). Not pressured to live up to his previous chart-topping albums (his last set, 1992's ``Breathless,'' was certified by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of more than 10 million units), G just creates music. ``I am proud of what ``Breathless'' has done,'' G says. ``But I don't go into making a record with any itinerary other than that I want it to be satisfying to me. And I think (``The Moment'') is my best music ever, so I already know I've beaten anything I've ever done.''
``The Moment'' includes duets with singer-songwriter-producer Babyface, on ``Everytime I Close My Eyes,'' and sultry songstress song·stress
1. A woman who performs songs, especially ballads or popular songs.
2. A woman who writes songs. See Usage Note at -ess. Toni Braxton on ``That Somebody Was You.''
Pop music's fixer-upper, Shawn Colvin performs ``A Few Small Repairs'' (Columbia) for her fans. Using her recent divorce as her backdrop, Colvin penned the 12-track album over the course of two weeks at the home of her writing partner, John Leventhal John Leventhal is a Grammy Award-winning guitarist, composer, and music producer who has worked with singer-songwriters such as Shawn Colvin, Rosanne Cash (to whom he is married), Rodney Crowell, Marc Cohn, David Crosby, Kelly Willis, Johnny Cash, Michelle Branch, and others. . ``For the first time ever,'' says Colvin, ``I actually had more than enough songs. I'm not a prolific writer, but this time I got to pick and choose what fit.''
Though a result of what can be viewed as both a tragedy and a blessing, Tom Corson, senior VP of marketing for Columbia believes ``Repairs,'' is ``about the liberation and reawakening reawakening n → despertar m
reawakening n → réveil m
reawakening n → Wiedererwachen nt of an individual. We needed to freshen up Verb 1. freshen up - make brighter and prettier; "we refurbished the guest wing"; "My wife wants us to renovate"
gentrify - renovate so as to make it conform to middle-class aspirations; "gentrify a row of old houses"; "gentrify the old Colvin, and she's given us the album to do that.''