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Published:September 19th, 2011 19:34 EST
SOP Battle of the Bands Featuring Gordon Chambers with I Can't Love You

SOP Battle of the Bands Featuring Gordon Chambers with I Can't Love You

By SOP newswire2

After amassing an impressive collection of prestigious awards and penning hit songs for some of R&B`s most iconic legends such as Anita Baker, Beyonce, Usher, Brownstone, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Yolanda Adams, Patti Labelle, and The Isley Brothers, esteemed Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Gordon Chambers is on the precipice of yet another exciting milestone in his career as a recording artist with the release of his third solo album, Sincere. Featuring production by The BeatBanggahz (Kenny Lattimore, Trey Songz, J. Holiday); A. Jermaine Mobley (Music Soulchild, Lalah Hathaway, Carl Thomas, Eric Roberson), and Chambers himself "alongside flavorful newcomers Darien Dorsey, Blake Melodius and Mike Severson, Sincere effortlessly melds a pop/ R&B sound with a classic soul aesthetic that is certain to surprise and delight contemporary R&B fans and soul enthusiasts alike.


Recorded in New York City, the album flaunts a fresh, new approach to Chambers` trademark songwriting style. I have songs that have come to be known as the traditional Gordon Chambers sound, " he explains. What I do is a very mature, crafted kind of storytelling with big harmonies. But sometimes that sounds more interesting when it`s juxtaposed with something with a different rhythmic edge. " In direct contrast to his critically acclaimed 2005 debut Introducing Gordon Chambers and its dynamic follow up Love Stories (2007) "which featured the adult contemporary hit duet To Love Again " with four-time Grammy-nominee Ledisi--lyrically Sincere embodies a more in-depth, up-close and personal tone that captures a rare vulnerable side of Chambers. Love Stories was a different kind of album in such that it was me being a songwriter reflecting on love and relationships. Sincere is much more honest. I`m a very sincere person and artist. A lot of people feel like a lot of music is focused on the selling of an image rather than what`s in a person`s heart. "


The album is the result of Chambers employing a decidedly democratic approach to the creative process. I didn`t have a premeditated vision for the album, " he admits. For me, the process of making this album was more like being a curator: taking the pieces and elements around me to pastiche them together and tell a story. " In sharing the reigns of creative control, the creation of the album proved to be somewhat of a watershed moment for Chambers. This time, I let the production team take control "especially Darien Dorsey, who produced four songs for me. Even though I was older and more experienced than the producers on this album, they were not so in awe of me that they couldn`t direct the sessions in the right direction. " The result is a melodic 12-track opus with a young, vibrant energy and sound all its own. Coinciding with this change in musical direction, Chambers also witnessed tremendous growth as a songwriter during the creation of Sincere. Obviously you can`t ignore the new sounds, " he says. But if you listen closely to the lyrics, you`ll hear that I`m speaking more honestly as a songwriter on this specific album - reflective of my own life - than ever before. "  


The string-laden Moody Love " typifies the ups and downs of a romantic relationship. It was a therapeutic song for me, " he explains. It expresses the pain and loneliness that can be found in a relationship where two people love each other but are not getting along. You don`t want to abandon the relationship, but there`s a constant clash of personality that you just can`t ignore. Yet it`s hard to let go. " On Coming Back, " Chambers speaks to an honest phase of a relationship where people may be in denial. It`s the point where you feel you`ve lost all your pride, but you just keep coming back in hopes that things will change. Even when you`re mad and frustrated, you just keep coming back. His favorite cut, however, is the provocative first single I Can`t Love You (If You Don`t Love You). " Why? Because so many of us are looking for love, when we need to love ourselves better "me included! "  The title track, Sincere, written by The Beatbanggahz, however, is a simpler mid-tempo love song.  Men tend to be nonchalant and non-verbal, " he explains. But women need to be reassured by hearing sincere statements. I`ve been told that part of the effectiveness of my records is that they speak to the women and for the men. "


For the more time-honored fans of Chambers` ballads, Sincere offers a few gems that gracefully balance the energetic mid- and up tempos.  His unplugged rendition of his classic Grammy-nominated anthem Missing You " (originally recorded by Brandy, Tamia, Gladys Knight, and Chaka Khan for the 1995 Set It Off soundtrack) is transformed into a tribute to two of his late mentors: R&B legends Phyllis Hyman and Gerald Levert. Chambers decided to include the song after rehearsing the song at a sound check for a recent performance at the Capital Jazz Festival. I got very emotional, broke down and had to stop, " he admits. I realized I was missing Phyllis, and how proud she would have been of me. She taught me a lot of things and introduced me to people who changed my life. I also thought of Gerald, who was really like a big brother to me in the industry. I recorded that song as a tribute to both of them, since they always encouraged me not just to write, but sing. " Another live performance inspired Chambers to record the late Donny Hathaway`s classic A Song for You ". At the behest of the New York City-based Evidence Dance Company, Chambers was commissioned to perform the song in tandem with choreographer Ron Brown. When I performed the piece with them, my eyes were always closed, so I didn`t realize people were crying it until I opened my eyes to take my bow. " In the studio, Chambers kept his eyes closed and captured the same raw emotion he delivered on stage. As a result, the song includes what is arguably one of Chambers` most stunning vocal performances to date. When I recorded it, there was no one else in the studio: just me alone with my emotions. This cover is my tribute to the music I love most: 70`s soul music. There`s no period of music more intimate to me. "


Sincere also finds Chambers reuniting with one of his former duet partners, vocalist Sara Devine, on the Thomas Whitfield gospel standard Walk With Me, Lord. " Recorded live at a gig and unrehearsed, the spontaneous rendition evokes all the intensity of a Sunday morning praise & worship performance. With all the ingredients at hand, it`s hard to imagine that Chambers` recipe could lose. There are many sounds on this album, but I think there`s truly something for everybody on this album, " he says.  A lot of the great artists of our time have taken chances. I took chances sonically this time, because change is inevitable. This is an album that is reflective of where I am in this moment in time. Sincere has something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.  This is the chapter I`m writing at this point in my career.  And the way it`s sequenced, it takes the listener from the current to the classic. It`s a nice journey. You cook with what`s in the kitchen at the time. "


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