Donell Jones had already made a name for himself, writing for the likes of Usher, Jade, and Madonna, when his debut album My Heart hit stores in the summer of 1996. Jones’s debut featured the hit singles “In The Hood,” “You Should Know,” and his cover of the timeless Stevie Wonder classic “Knocks Me Off My Feet.” Furthermore, two of the album tracks, the slow jams “No Interruptions” and “I Want You To Know,” are better songs than some folk’s entire discographies that entered the music game in the last twenty years.
Single Review : Bryan Abrams, Because Of You
Initially of the group Color Me Badd, Bryan Abrams is back on the scene with a brand new single titled “Because of You.” An elegant ballad, “Because of You” reunites Abrams with this longtime collaborator Hamza Lee, who assists in the song’s production. Abrams bares his soul in the autobiographical ballad, which begins with lush production before Abrams opens up the song with sincere honesty in the first verse.
Abrams gracefully sings,
“I was only half a man
I was only halfway there
Until you showed me you cared
Said you wanted to share
Your life with me
And from that moment I knew
And when I look in your eyes
Baby girl, you complete me
That’s why I sincerely
Want you to know
That your heart fills my soul
And it’s because of you”.
On my first listen of the song, I instantly felt that Abrams was paying homage to the classic songwriting book for Debarge in the sense that he delivers an R&B song that would feel at home in church with a few lyric swaps. Nevertheless the positive vibes in the song shows the talent in Abrams’s voice.
When many established singers are focusing on the wrong demographics for sales, I commend Abrams for staying true to himself in the song and avoiding the use of auto-tune or current trends in 2022. “Because of You” was recently featured in the film For the love of Money, and hopefully, other filmmakers will hear the song, as it would feel right at home in a romantic comedy. If “Because of You” is the vibe that Bryan Abrams is going for on his new album, I look forward to hearing the rest.
Final Grade: A
“Because of You” is available on all streaming platforms.
For more on Bryan Abrams, check out his website https://bryanabramsmusic.com.
In addition, be on the lookout for my exclusive interview with the singer in the coming weeks.
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