Thursday, 09 July 2009 13:55 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF


By general acclaim MARCUS JOHNSON'S 'Poetically Justified' album is one of the year's best smooth jazz sets. It's groove-heavy and so, so soulful, so caught up with MARCUS to talk about the album but first the piano man wanted to put us right about smooth jazz ….

I don't necessarily agree with the branding of smooth or lite jazz for my music. I would like to think that what I do is just good ole music or an instrumental take on the urban groove that's chic, sexy, and cool. Look, I studied jazz with GERI ALLEN at Howard University, and studied music from a car radio my entire life. My influences are RED GARLAND, OSCAR PETERSON, AND JAY-Z. Jazz is supposed to be a life story. Mine is unique and different from others - especially growing up in DC. And all I can be is me. So for those who label it lite or smooth, I offer them the chance to sit down with me - any day- with an acoustic bass player and a drummer and we'll see just how smooth or lite I can be.

Fair comment - so who else have had an influence on your music and style?

My mother was my initial inspiration. She was the most incredible pianist of all time (to me). I used to sit under the piano and listen to her play for hours. She was a psychotherapist and never performed live but oh how she should have. It's kind of funny because I used to end up in the same position under my father's desk listening to him do business deals. I remember pretending to be asleep so that he would carry me to bed. I always knew that I was loved. But better yet, I was raised to be an individual. That is key to my success. My stepparents come in a close second. I know, though, that you want my musical influences here but I don't think I can talk about QUINCY JONES, EARTH WIND AND FIRE, JOE SAMPLE and GEORGE DUKE without the influence of my parents and the exposure to the different types of music that existed. They were my conduit to the rest of the world.

Tell us a little bit more, then, about your musical background…

Although, many people were exposed to my music with 'Chocolate City Groovin'', my first CD was actually 'Lessons In Love'. I produced my first two projects while I was pursuing my Law Degree and Masters of Business Administration at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Before I graduated, I released another CD entitled 'Inter Alia', which is a Latin legal term which means "amongst other things." This was a fitting title given to me by one of my close friends who was practicing law at the time. She was trying to figure out how I played music, produced, performed, played soccer (Georgetown intramural), and still had enough time to study and not get kicked out of school. You know, as I read all this back, I must have been a nut. Once I graduated, I decided to continue with my entrepreneurial aspirations and started Marimelj Entertainment Group, Inc. out of my mother and stepfather's basement. This is where I met CARL GRIFFIN with N2K who decided to put the best of 'Lessons in Love' and 'Inter Alia' together to create 'Chocolate City Groovin''. Once N2K was sold and the label shut down, I decided that God must want me to stick to the original plan and I began to produce the CD 'Coming Back Around'. Kinda fitting, hey? It was like I was coming back around to my senses after seeing the insides of a record company and recognizing that the existing model would never work going into the future. At that time I made the commitment to myself to stay independent and do all that I could to assist other musicians in realizing their dreams.

Let's now focus on your latest album - how did it come about and why the title 'Poetically Justified'?

All of my life, everyone has always told me what I cannot do. I can't do music, I can't do law, I can't do business, I can't do them all at the same time, I can't produce my own CDs, I'm too young to have a company, Why would you do jazz? Why dream? We all live with this type of discouragement. When it comes from your family, you have to know it's out of love. When it comes from others, it's generally from a perspective of hate or self hate. Regardless, when we dream, it is our responsibility to follow our dreams through to the end. Is it rough? Yes. Will you have failures and obstacles? Yes. But so did CHURCHILL, ROOSEVELT, CARNEGIE, BRANSON, and WINFREY. The key, as stated by author PAULO COELHO - in 'the Alchemist' - is to fall down seven times and get up eight. Then, you too can be poetically justified. The record and its title allow me to spread this good news around the world - I'm not any more special than you. If I can succeed, you can too. So…Do it!

How did you get Maysa to work on the project… what's she like to work with?

She is a friend and lives about 50km up the road in Baltimore. She is incredible. We wrote the songs in the studio and 'Master Of My Heart' just happened. So awesome! We were actually working on the 3rd verse of the song and she started those scats using "La." It was over. I told the engineer if he stopped the recording I would kill him. When the song ended and she said the last "La" with my piano scale, we all just sighed. She's the best.

You cover the JACKSONS' 'This Place Hotel' on the set … why? And how poignant now MICHAEL'S been taken from us…

My feeling is that if you pick a cover, you want one that is just right. Not the one that everyone does and not the one that no one knows. You have to do one that's just right. The groove on this is undeniable. Also the chord progressions allow you to have a lot of fun. And you see we took some liberty to add a little on the end, because, after all, it's about playing your heart out for your supporters. As for him being taken from us, what a heartbreaking story and life. It's probably too much to go into here but I don't think that people really understand what it's like to live a life like his. I wouldn't want it. Not like that. When you hear about his will, it's pretty obvious that he felt that he could only trust two people, his mom and Diana Ross. Can you imagine that? All of the people that he has helped and he only trusted two of them?

And Marcus Johnson … where does he go from here?

I want to keep on growing! I read all of the time. I wish I could practice more, but I will get the chance soon enough. I work out 4-5 days a week and try to take care of my body. I can guarantee you that we will put out more and more music in more places. Marcus Johnson, Flo Brands, and Three Keys Music are here to stay. Our hope is to create the new classics that will be enjoyed by many for years to come.


MARCUS JOHNSON'S 'Poetically Justified' is out now on Three Keys Music - full review on our reviews pages.



Sunday, 31 May 2009 14:07 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF


After almost 4 years, the UK's favourite soul princess MICA PARIS is back with a new album - intriguingly titled 'Born Again'. tracked the ever-lovely MICA down to find more about the long player but before we delved into the set we wanted to know why it had taken her so long to get back into the studio…

The simple fact is that I couldn't get a deal … no one wanted to sign me. Even my previous album, 'Soul Classics' was only recorded because of my radio show. Yes, the truth is I just couldn't get a deal. So I ended up doing more TV and radio - that's where I was getting the love from. With the record companies I think it was a cynical thing. It was like they were saying 'well she's had her time' … yes; there was a lot of cynical feelings towards me.

So how did the new album come about then?

I got a call from BRIAN RAWLINGS (the album's producer and head honcho at Metrophonic) and he said - incredibly - that some hedge fund guys had come along and wanted to put the money up for me to make an album of original material… Incredible but true - so I was allowed to do what I love - go into the studio with a whole blank canvas.

Listening to the album though - and particularity looking at the title - it seems that you've filled that canvas with plenty of songs of survival and renaissance… Is this your comeback album?

No! I don't see myself as making a comeback but I do see myself as a trier. I don't stop trying. I just keep going. I'm one of those people who, if I was told I wasn't going to get anywhere - well, I'm still going to kick it. I'm not making a comeback … I've never stopped. The songs on the album? Well, they're a set of songs that are reflective of everything that I've gone through. So maybe you could say subconsciously it was like a kind of comeback - but that idea certainly wasn't premeditated.

The two most soulful cuts on the album are versions of ERIC BENET'S 'You're The Only One' and KEYSHIA COLE'S 'I Remember'… tell us about them…

Another incredible story - ERIC BENET sent me a message via my My Space page saying that he was a real big fan and had I listened to any of his work. When I told BRIAN we checked out 'You're The Only One' and it was incredible. So we went in and did it my way and when those soul chords came in - well it was like a marriage. I originally wanted it to be a duet with ERIC, but after one take it sounded just so, so good. The KEYSHIA COLE song was down to BRIAN but after we recorded 'I Remember' the rest of the album just fell into place - before that it wasn't quite happening.

There are lot of other flavours on the album too - notably, on the opener 'Baby Come Back Now' there's a definite feel of that contemporary UK sound associated with DUFFY and AMY WINEHOUSE - again, was that a conscious thing?

No - not at all - for starters it wasn't written by me. It's a JAMES MORRISON song, of course... he wrote it for me and when I heard it, it so reminded me of back in the day… of Motown… of 'Nutbush City Limits'. It just had that vibe and no one has heard me sing like that before. It's a fresh MICA PARIS. No, I wasn't trying to be like DUFFY or AMY. I've been around longer than them. You know, when I started people compared me to DIONNE WARWICK - but now I'm being compared to all those girls! But don't get me wrong - I love AMY, DUFFY, ADELE … in fact I've know AMY a long, long time. She's an amazing vocalist - one of the best this country's ever seen.

… and what about the future for MICA PARIS?

Well for the immediate future I'm going to promote the hell out of this album… I'm doing everything - even selling my intestines!!! And for the long term… well, I just want to get myself into a place where I can consistently make records so I don't get to where I was in the past. No, I don't wanna be back in a place where I can't make records just 'cos I'm not being funded. That's my dream - I'm happiest when I'm singing great songs.

MICA PARIS' 'Born Again' is released on Rhythm Riders on June 1st.



Sunday, 24 May 2009 05:54 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF



By common consent JAMES DAY'S 'Natural Things' album is one of 2009's best modern soul releases. Its delightful and varied grooves have wowed the worldwide soul crowd, but, surprisingly, for such an acclaimed album little is known about its enigmatic creator. To put that right set its soul sleuths the task of tracking down MR. DAY. The genial Bostonian was delighted to talk with us. He told us that he was born in the famous fishing town of Rockport but lived in New York in his late teens and twenties where he immersed himself in the magic music of the Big Apple. Dogged, as he was, by all kinds of adversity, JAMES was determined to make music and he's now rightly acclaimed … but first we wanted to know more about his musical background… so what about favourite artists and those all-important influences?

..The first album I ever owned was NATALIE COLE'S 'Inseparable'. It was given to me by my grandfather. But the other influential albums, songs, writers, producers and artists of my childhood were ASHFORD and SIMPSON, DIANA ROSS ( especially 'The Boss' album), CHAKA KHAN, ROD TEMPERTON and QUINCY JONES, BACHARACH/DAVID, GOFFIN and KING, GAMBLE and HUFF, BARRY GIBB … even COLE PORTER, GERSHWIN and IRVING BERLIN.

But what about a particular favourite … the biggest influence?

That's kind of hard, but when I was at college - training to be to be a singer and dancer- I lost my hearing and balance from Menieres Disease…yet even after surgery which removed my hearing and balance function from one ear, my love for music continued and I resolved to be a songwriter. So I was kind of different and needed to be free of my own life struggles; two songs therefore really impacted on me - DONNY HATHAWAY'S 'Someday We'll All Be Free' and his 'Little Ghetto Boy' … I was a different kind of boy, an outcast in a different kind of ghetto…but I knew what DONNY was feeling and when he sang 'everything's got to get better' I needed to believe him…

Did that finally make you take up music as a career?

Well, after a little success in NYC as a dancer in a nationally syndicated TV show and appearing in a couple of videos including one by CHAKA KHAN, the Menieres syndrome finally took my hearing and balance on one side and my dream of singing and dancing went with it. After a period of believing music would no longer be any part of my life …I even covered my albums in sheets because they were too painful to look at (my bedroom looked like a cemetery) Then I slowly let music back into my life and began writing songs…mind you, I was in a school for sign language and deaf studies and bear in mind I lived with a 1 in 4 chance of the same thing happening in the other ear…but nevertheless I kept writing and eventually won first place and grand prize in both the Billboard Magazine and JOHN LENNON song contests (Gospel and R&B categories) and The Songwriters Hall of Fame/National Academy of Popular Music presented me with the ABE OLMAN Award for Songwriting Excellence which is given to the most promising up and coming songwriter chosen by ASACP. One of my heroes, music legend HAL DAVID presented me with the award. It was at that time I knew I was good and went on to pursue some major labels - but mostly in the teen pop genre which is what was available to songwriters at that time.

Tell us more about how you create your music…

I write lyrics and melodies first, then arrangements and production ideas come into my head and I share them with the musicians, co-writers, and producers I work with and we build up the track together. I also like to be very involved in the vocal arrangement, vocal recording/production and mixing. The vocal is KING!

… And how do you record it?

I believe in the old fashioned way of making albums…not the modern way - one man behind a computer with samples and beats. You need to start with a great song and if you've got great songs, you'll get great singers. Then, build a great production letting everyone do what they do best…singers sing, writers write and the players play.

Tell us how you hooked up with Expansion Records?

UK DJ ROGER WILLIAMS and his wife LETTIE discovered my music online and started spinning 'Don't Waste The Pretty' …it became a single, then appeared on an EP - 'Remember When'; then Expansion put out the full length album 'Better Days'. Expansion is a great supporter of mine and I couldn't have made this new album without them. And I originally chose Expansion based on the quality of their catalogue which I think speaks for itself

Any views on the current state of soul music?

In my opinion it's just beats, samples - tracks with random mindless words slapped on top … computerized oral noises. It doesn't work for the mind, body and soul - which is what real soul music does for me. Most of the stuff masquerading as soul doesn't even penetrate my mind for a full minute. There are exceptions though - notably the great LALAH HATHAWAY and WILL DOWNING

What about your plans for the future?

Simple - I need a wealthy soul music devotee who wants to invest in my future so I can continue to write and produce songs and other projects at an even higher quality and in greater quantity and at faster speed. More immediately though, I am very excited about a song I recently wrote with LALAH and I'm looking forward to her next release. I'm also hoping to come over to the UK with one of the great singers from my album performing some of my songs.

JAMES DAY'S 'Natural Things' album is out now on Expansion Records. Check out the review on our review pages and for more information and the latest news from JAMES go to



Friday, 06 March 2009 03:46 Charles Waring E-mailPrintPDF


The Motor City soul legend Leon Ware talks candidly to Charles Waring about love, music, life, death and his new Stax album 'Moon Ride.'

"I love the age of sixty nine because it's a precious number," announces soul music's durable love man, Leon Ware, who then breaks into a raucous laugh that sounds like a mixture of a Mutley-like wheezy chuckle and a low-pitched hacking cough. Despite the fact that he'll be seventy next year, the veteran Detroit singer/songwriter has not let go of his youth entirely - he confesses he still possesses a boyish streak and has a penchant for saying provocative things: "I can't tell you how much joy I get from saying something shocking and which makes people say 'what did you say?' It was part of my spirit as a kid. I was a mischievous little boy - I was pulling the girls' hair and peeking up under their skirts…and nothing's changed!" Ware starts laughing again. It's hard not to share his mirth. His sense of joie de vivre is certainly infectious. But then Leon Ware has a right to be happy about his life these days. He's lucky to be alive for one thing. Three years ago he was diagnosed as having prostate cancer.
"I was given six months to live," he reveals in sombre whisper. "They found lymphs that were affected and operated. They closed me up and gave me six months. The Doctor said 'there's nothing we can do for you.'"
Sadly, cancer has claimed several other members of Ware's family: "My daughter passed away three years ago. She had cancer as well. Cancer has taken my father, my mother, two of my sisters and three of my brothers. I've had, if you want to call it that, a relationship with that particular disease or affliction - but I'm not afraid."
Thanks to his friend and fellow songwriter, Adrienne Anderson, Ware found a surgeon who worked "outside the box" and after another operation his symptoms subsided and his disease went into remission. "I'm going into my third year now and every time my Doctor looks at me he sees I've gained weight" states Ware. The songwriter's experience has made him want to help others: "It makes me want to say things to people that are going through the process of living with a disease or getting ready to make the transition - because I don't call it death. I may be able to say something that will help them deal with it a little better."
Musically, Ware feels re-invigorated and for the first time since he was at Elektra in the early '80s he is back with a major record company - in this case, the re-activated Stax label, which is distributed by Concord (Ware reveals he signed to Concord initially, with Stax's involvement coming later). 'Moon Ride' is in fact Ware's first album since 2004's 'A Kiss In The Sand' and follows his recent cameo appearance on a re-make of his Latin-infused classic 'Rockin' You Eternally' on the Jazzanova album 'Of All The Things.' 'Moon Ride' follows the same stylistic trajectory manifested on his previous work - the subject matter mostly focuses on sex and romance while Ware's sensual vocals are framed by richly textured grooves. "It's a continuation of my adventure," reflects Ware, who once declared to me that "sex is my religion" in a previous interview a few years ago. "It's a romantic album," he continues, "and it's sensual - I flow in and out of certain different levels of nastiness, you know. It's another serving of my romantic and sensual delicacies."
Leon Ware, as you'd expect, is vociferous when it comes to the subject of love and romance. He sees himself as an ordained minister of erotic love. "The earth needs romance" he declares. "We don't have enough of it. It doesn't touch a lot of people. Maybe the people it doesn't touch are untouchable. But I'm an optimist and maybe in my devoted service to that process I'll reach them." Certainly, Ware believes in the redeeming power of music: "Music has become medicinal. It's become therapeutic and it's become a religion."
But for all his optimism, Ware admits that planet earth and its inhabitants are on a potentially perilous path: "The world is in a state - not only from a financial perspective but a spiritual one also. We're not looking at a world which promises young children a future that they can stand up and get really excited about - it's a world where a digit is much more important than a human being. We are at Hell's doorway and the devil is having his day. In that light, I look at what I'm doing as much more than entertainment."
Ware's association with Stax - "I couldn't be more honoured" he says - may mean that his musical and philosophical message have a greater potential for being heard and making a telling impact on a larger number of people. He's certainly excited about the liaison with a big label but as for the music business as whole, he expresses deep reservations. "The music business is filled with opportunists and superficial artists," he laments. "And their whole agenda is about making money - not about making art. But what can you say? It's the world we live in."
Undoubtedly, Leon Ware is not a superficial artist. His CV as a songwriter, producer and singer speaks for itself and is replete with a long list of significant R&B recordings - ranging from his crucial involvement on Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" and Quincy Jones' "Body Heat" LPs to memorable recordings of his songs by Michael Jackson, the Isley Brothers, the Main Ingredient, Bobby Womack, and numerous others. Even Madonna, Robert Palmer and Todd Rundgren have covered his songs.
A new 19-track CD on Expansion Records called 'Leon Ware & Friends' is a compilation that features a mixture of performances by Ware and host of other people who've recorded his songs during the last thirty-six years. It includes Donny Hathaway's awe-inspiring rendering of "I Know It's You," an intensely soulful ballad which the Chicago singer/pianist recorded for his 1973 Atco album, "Extension Of A Man." Says Ware: "I can remember walking across the A&M lot heading for the studio when someone said 'Leon! Leon Ware! Come here, you gotta hear this.' Atlantic Records had sent a demo before the song had strings on for us to hear. Everybody in the office was floored. I had tears in my eyes - it was a song I'd written to my mother because she was extremely religious. I want you to know that that was one of the most pleasant days in my life. Donny did it so good that nobody else has ever touched the song. Roberta Flack made it very clear to me in a conversation with her one-time many years ago after it was already a classic and Donny had gone. She said 'the reason nobody has touched that song, Leon, is because Donny peed on it.' Ware laughs again, a deep husky chuckle. He's understandably proud of the fact that Donny Hathaway - who also wrote some decent songs himself - recorded one of his tunes: "When you service another writer, that doesn't put a feather in your cap, it puts another hat on your head as far as I'm concerned. There's no greater honour than to have your peers to do your work, especially somebody who can do it by themselves."
Ware's collaboration with another long-gone soul great, Minnie Riperton, is also represented on 'Leon Ware & Friends.' He worked on her 1975 album, 'Adventures In Paradise,' which contained the classic slow-jam, 'Inside My Love.' "That was a song that was written out of a request from Minnie that she wanted to write something that was provocative" explains Ware regarding the song's birth. "Oddly enough, it happened at a time when I was playing with an idea that came from my childhood. I was in the Church seven days a week with my mother until I was nine or ten years old and every night we would go there after she came back from work. The pastor would stand in front of the congregation and say 'won't you come…won't you come inside the Lord.' It was so compelling and the people were almost in a hypnotic trance. So when I told Minnie the lyric 'come inside my love' she had this look on her face. Then she said 'do you know what they're going to think?'"
Riperton may have been initially horrified by the risqué sexual connotations of 'Inside My Love' but recorded the song and it became a Top 30 US R&B hit. Says Ware: "The first week it was out I was driving down La Brea in California and a DJ was playing it on KTLH. He played the record and then stopped it almost before it got to the end and said 'hang on, let's run this back again. I want you all to listen to this. I'm not sure if I'm getting this. Is Minnie really inviting us inside her?' I laughed but then I was kind of slightly pissed because I wanted people to reach for the better part of it."
As for Riperton, who died of breast cancer in 1979, she has a special place in Leon Ware's heart. "I had the blessing and the gift of her friendship and she was a fan of mine," he says. "She became a large part of my family. I was with her when she made transition. We were very close. She was like a sister - she was sweet, very loving, and a very maternal woman. She mothered the world that was in her presence. She still lives with me. In my mind, Minnie and Marvin (Gaye) are never gone: their essence, their spirit, their whole being is a part of your psyche, a part of your soul and a part of everything that you are."
Despite having a fascinating past, Leon Ware's primary focus is now the future. To the relief of soul music fans, he's not contemplating retirement just yet, and is wholly devoted to his art: "As long as the oxygen flows through my system I'll be putting out music" he says defiantly. He's already contemplating the follow-up album to 'Moon Ride' - "I have half my next project in my head" - and reveals he's preparing to publish a book. "It's actually a children's adventure book that I've been writing for several years that I'm about to finish," he discloses. "I have a Parisian co-writer and a Dutch illustrator so it's going to come out in three different languages."
With his creativity undimmed and a clean bill of health, there's no doubt that Leon Ware seems to be enjoying the ride of his life. Long may he continue to do so.

'Moon Ride' is out now on Stax/Concord.



Thursday, 05 March 2009 08:10 Bill Buckley E-mailPrintPDF


TRISH ANDREWS' 'These Five Words' is currently one of the hottest indie soul albums. Tracks like 'Comfort Zone' are wowing the modern soul rooms while other cuts from the LP are being regularly rotated by some of the most discerning soul radio DJs… felt the time was right to catch up with TRISH and we began with the obvious and asked about her musical background and influences…

I've been singing since I was in the 3rd grade. The first song I ever learned was "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell... I've had years of vocal training and worked on song writing skills with my vocal coach Janetta Deavers. I love all types of music, but favour Neo-Soul. Influences? Well - Jill Scott, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Maxwell, James Brown, Bobby Caldwell, Dianne Schurr, Musiq Soulchild, Raphael Saddiq to name just a few - but the list could go on and on. Above all, though, I enjoy performing live and getting up close and personal with my audience… to get that natural high from a responsive crowd. With this passion for music I began singing in talent shows, festivals, local venues and with jazz bands, blues bands, and top 40 bands. But I always wanted to have my own style and be my own person so I sorted out my own musicians and became Independent Artist Singer/Songwriter Trish Andrews. Now I find myself opening up for nationally-known artists such as Eric Benet, KEM, Walter Beasley, Mike Phillips, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Cameo, Whodine, The SOS Band and so on.

'These Five Words' is your debut album… Why did you decide the time was right for you to record a whole LP?

I first started out with a 3-Single CD titled "Can't Keep Running". Once everyone heard it they loved it and wanted more songs to listen to… but I didn't have any!. So I teamed up with my producer Rodney Shelton to do an 11 song album project and end it with a bonus track, which was a remix featuring Eddie Owens. We would make the first 3 songs on the album the cuts from the 3-Single CD but we redid them to match the new ones. I wanted to have a little something for everyone on this album so it became a great mix of Jazz, R&B, Soul, and Hip-Hop.

What was the inspiration behind the collection?

I already knew the whole project would be about love and positive relationships, with grown up yet sexy lyrics. I would say 80% of this CD is sexually-driven but with clean sexual content in a round about way! I do think that a lot of today's music is missing that "Real Music" and "Real Lyric" feel. No one hardly talks about real love anymore. In my mind, I feel love still exists so through my music and lyrics, I wanted to bring that magical feeling back. For me, love should be spontaneous, fun, serious, exhilarating and emotional. On the album therefore, the song "You Know What You Do To Me" is about fun sex, while "On My Mind" is about serious sex. Then again "These Five Words" praises the whole natural high/spontaneous type of sex while "Making Love" focuses on emotional sex. These types of intimate moments are driven through everyday love and relationships and this is what helps keep that special fire burning within one another… so very important to help build a strong and healthy relationship! So through my songs, I expressed it all without being too vulgar… I hope!

Do you write all your own material?

Yes, I write the melody lines, the chorus, and the verses. And my producer Rodney Shelton writes the instrumentation. With the exception of "Can't Keep Running", "Feels Like Heaven", and "Already". Those three we wrote together.

Tell us more about your producer, Rodney Shelton.

Rodney's major role was as arranger of the tracks and getting the whole team together - my engineer, background singer and live musicians and then making sure all my mixes were exactly right. Rodney has already worked with many greats such as James Brown, Shirley Caesar, Keith Washington, Billy Griffin, Howard Hewitt and many more.

What are your hopes for the album and your immediate ambitions?

Well I hope to perform the album world-wide. And I definitely want to perform live in the UK. Soul lovers in the UK have shown me and my music so much real love and support . My dream would be to get on a major tour with someone like Maxwell, KEM, or Eric Benet... I think their style and my style are somewhat similar.

….. And the future for Trish Andrews?

To run my journey on this album and start my next journey for the next album. What will I write about next? I'm anxious to see what album 2 brings out of me.

TRISH ANDREWS' These Five Words' is out now and available via the usual internet outlets - or go to


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