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Published:November 19th, 2008 13:00 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Nhojj about "Soul Comfort"

Judyth Piazza chats with Nhojj about "Soul Comfort"

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

Submerge yourself in splashes of Funk, Jazz, Quiet Storm, and Soul.  Caress your body, mind and spirit, and float away with the voice Logo Magazine describes as Honeyed, Subdued.  With the help of some world-class session players, Nhojj aims to create an atmosphere that is soothing, rejuvenating, and affirming. Welcome to Soul Comfort`.

It all started when Nhojj was 5. Singing in his father`s church one morning, led to singing on local radio programs. Soon he was performing before Presidents in sold out stadiums, in both Guyana and Trinidad. Education was important, but after graduating from NYU with a BA in Economics (honors), this self-taught producer returned to his first love.  Music from his debut ?I`ve Been Waiting for You` was featured at the 2001 International Fringe Festival, in the Award-wining play The Making of the Black Man and premiered on Audiofile, which broadcasts on 125 radio stations around the world. 

Mote Mgzn wrote Reminiscent of R&B greats Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye on hearing his sophomore Someday Peace Love & Freedom`.  And The Gauntlet Newspaper concluded, alludes to Marley`s former call for one love, one heart.  OutMusic nominated the CD for Outstanding Male Album 2004, and the Fresh Fruit Festival awarded him Best Male Performance. With 2 recordings under his belt, Nhojj filmed the live DVD An Intimate Evening with Nhojj` with Emmy-Nominated director Bill Cote, and then returned to the studio with producer Sam Archer (Barbershop Soundtrack) to record an Inspirational album John Martinborough Coming home  - a dedication to his mother.

The next few years earned Nhojj the #1 position on the Neo-Soul, Fusion, Nu-Jazz, Healing, Easy listening, and Gospel Myspace Indie NY Charts for a total of 31 weeks, and honorable mention at the 13th and 14th Annual Billboard Songwriting Contest.

In 2007, Soul Comfort` began to emerge. Life ebbs and flows Nhojj explains, but I wanted to focus on the positive, and with this project, share some ideas and have fun. First came the bi-lingual Myspace collaboration with French/Caribbean artist Mike Ibrahim. After weeks of recording and emailing WAV files between NY and Paris, Spring Rain` was born. Nhojj continued the celebration, creating a smooth organic feel by sampling live instruments: Carl Evans on Keyboards (Stevie Wonder, Barry White); David Stark on Guitar (Rick James, Teena Marie); Tommy Aros on Percussion (Luis Miguel), adding live horn sections, live drums, and his signature style - layers and layers of vocals.

The result exudes delicacy and controlled release writes Echoes Magazine.  In the Basement Magazine reports A Warmth that is often missing from product today.   Music from Soul Comfort  has been featured in Indie films, has taken Nhojj back home for the 2nd Annual Guyana Fashion Weekend, and in 2009 he will represent Guyana at the Barbados Music Awards.