Gina Thompson, Angel
Derrick Dunn

Derrick Dunn

Slow Jam Saturday: Gina Thompson, Angel

R&B songstress Gina Thompson is most remembered for her 1996 debut single “Nobody Does It Better” and the Bad Boy Remix featuring Missy Elliott, who gained notability and mainstream attention for her unique signature, “Hee-Hee-How” punchline.

While that song kills some catalogs, I wanted to give Gina props for this week’s Slow Jam Saturday for her cover of Anita Baker’s “Angel.” Gina’s version is the fifth track on her debut album. 

I’ve always felt that “Angel” is a song that celebrates the strength, tenderness, and security we find in our partners. Similar to Anita, Gina expresses admiration for her love and willingness to do whatever it takes to keep the relationship strong. The lyrics convey that their passion is heaven-sent, filling them with joy and protecting them when times get tough. In the end, the vocals assure their partner that they are unique to them.

Shout out to Rodney Jerkins, whose production allowed Gina to make the song her own.


Final Grade: B

“Angel” from Nobody Does It Better is available on all streaming platforms.

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