Gina Thompson, Angel
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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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Slow Jam Saturday: The Whispers, “I’m Gonna Make You My Wife”

Yesterday was the sixteenth anniversary of my marital union. In honor of this occasion, I have selected a song for this week’s Slow Jam Saturday that celebrates the sanctity of marriage. While I considered several options, such as Robin Thicke’s “Angels,” Luther Vandross’ “So Amazing,” or Myron’s “Give My All to You,” all of which played a significant role in my wedding, I ultimately decided on The Whispers’ “I’m Gonna Make You My Wife” due to its particular resonance with me.

Second Listen Sunday: B5, Don’t Talk Just Listen

For this week’s Second Listen Sunday, I took a trip back to 2007 and revisited “Don’t Talk Just Listen” from the group B5. Hailing from the Peach State, B5 comprised the Breeding Brothers, Bryan, Carnell, Dustin, Kelly, and Patrick. Initially finding success two years earlier with their cover of The Jackson 5’s “All I Do,” their debut did just enough with their preteen fans to warrant a second album.

Slow Jam Saturday: Jagged Edge, Whole Town’s Laughing At Me

With the exception of a few cases, R&B groups experienced a period of stagnation in 2007. While some groups continued to tour and perform their renowned classics, releasing new music was infrequent. To commemorate this week’s Slow Jam Saturday, I would like to acknowledge a notable piece from Jagged Edge’s sixth album, “Baby Makin Project,” titled “Whole Town’s Laughing At Me.”

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