TONI BRAXTON & KENNY 'BABYFACE' EDMONDS - HURT YOU (FROM LOVE, MARRIAGE & DIVORCE)
Multi-platinum artists Toni Braxton and Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds have finally teamed up for their first album of duets together, Love, Marriage & Divorce,set for release on December 3rd via Motown Records. The album celebrates the strong bond that has been in place between the two artists ever since Babyface and Toni's duet on her smash 1992 debut, "Give U My Heart," which was co-written and co-produced by Babyface (from the Boomerang movie soundtrack). The first single from Toni and Babyface, "Hurt You," was co-written by the duo (with Daryl Simmons and Antonio Dixon), and produced by Babyface, who also handled all guitar, drums, and keyboard programming on the track. For Babyface, Love, Marriage & Divorce is his first new studio album in six years, since Playlist (released 2007), Top 10 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart on the strength of his Top 10 AC version of James Taylor's "Fire & Rain." For Toni, Love, Marriage & Divorce is her first new studio album in three years, since Pulse (2010), the #1 R&B album containing the hit single "Yesterday".
ERIC SCOTT - WHERE THE WATER RUNS DEEPEST
With comparisons to John Mayer, Marvin Gaye, and Lenny Kravitz, singer-songwriter Eric Scott releases his full length album, "Where the Water Runs Deepest." Co-produced with Scott Smith, and originally intended as a four or five song acoustic EP, the album evolved into a collection of twelve soulful pop tunes. Eric Scott brings originality to the usual label of singer-songwriters as a 6'4", bass playing frontman. With a balanced mix of powerful acoustic ballads like "Break Me Open" and uplifting tunes such as "Boston" and "Get To Me," Where the Water Runs Deepest is both thought-provoking and engaging. The album encompasses relatable emotions and scenarios that drive listeners to draw connections to their own personal experiences. In Scott's own words, "An acoustic record doesn't have to be slow and somber. I tried to make a record that gets you thinking, reveals a little more about me, gets your toes tapping and your head bobbing—and when you're done, you're smiling and feeling hopeful."
MATT SAVAGE - A BIGGER CELEBRATION
Jazz pianist, composer and recording artist Matt Savage will release his tenth album, A Bigger Celebration, on September 17th. Composed and arranged entirely by Matt, A Bigger Celebration was produced by Grammy-nominated Jonathan Wyner. Ten-time Grammy-winner Tom Bates and Latin Grammy-nominated John Weston engineered the album. A Bigger Celebration is Matt’s first new album in three years, following his critically acclaimed CD, Welcome Home. A musically defining collection of songs, A Bigger Celebration reflects Matt’s life and travels through eclectic tracks that are upbeat and multicultural. The album also celebrates Matt’s arrival in New York, where he is studying for a Master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music. An impressive lineup of musicians is featured on A Bigger Celebration. Joining Matt on piano/keyboards are tenor saxophone great Jerry Bergonzi (a top player on the Boston music scene), colleague Bruce Gertz on bass, Richie Barshay (of Herbie Hancock/Chick Corea fame) on drums and special guest Mark Zaleski on alto/soprano saxophone. The fast-paced title track opens the album with colorful harmonies on top of unpredictable time signatures. Other highlights include the Latin-tinged “Some Beach Somewhere,” the Asian-influenced “Dream of the East” and the sweeping, mysterious “Howler Monkey.” The collection takes on new directions with “Power Pop” and “A Fast Car In Summer,” fusing rock and jazz influences.