accustomed that singers who let's say are not 'blessed' or truly talented
have come up trumps on the R&B scene in recent years (I won't
drop names but they are out there). So what about the other end of
the spectrum where there are truly talented singers who are not getting
their fair shake their just due.
that the state of Virginia has been producing some fine talent of
late. From Missy Elliott to The
Neptunes to Jarrard Anthony
to name a few and speaking of Jarrard, I must say a big thanks to
him for sending me this young mans material. The young man is question
singer Jon Bibbs a native of Richmond,
Va who is been making a name for himself all on his own.
I received Jon's Anthology
disc (a 2 CD set) from Jarrard the other day and I must say I was
pleasantly surprised from what I heard. Upon
one listen of Jon's track 'True Story'
(taken from the CD of the same name) and I knew he was a special talent.
A singer to show unparalleled maturity in his relatively short career,
Jon has challenged himself to not be compromising but to be a perfectionist
and has achieved such feats on each track. 'Call
Me', 'If I Cared' and
'So High' are shining examples
of his ability as is the delicious and sensual ballads 'The
Apologetic Serenade' and the acoustic driven 'Amazin'.
Also offered here on the Anthology
is Red - The
Colour of Love which would naturally be seen as the next
step in his 'colourful' musical journey. 'Liberation'
offers a sensibility of inner exploration while my favourite of the
lot 'So Glad I've Found You' gives
props to the one you love. My one gripe is that some tracks are a
little short (time wise some are a little over 2 and a half minutes
in length) but that aside a great array of songs readily geared for
your listening ear.
To date he's worked with
Bilal and Frankie
to name a few. His influences are of those who's R&B status is
legendary Marvin Gaye, Al
Green and Gladys Knight.
He pulls no punches where his music is concerned it's honest, revealing
and tells a tale in every chapter which is what good music is crafted
to do. The message is clear love is what it's about and all kinds
of love is available want it or not.
As Jon said in an interview on
his Red - The
Colour of Love CD ''Love is supreme, love is the highest
of the highs, I just feel like we have to learn to love: one - we
have to truly please God and two - we have to learn to love if we
really wanna save ourselves as a species, as human beings. The truth
about love that it's hard it's hard to keep, it's hard to get, it's
hard to find but the reality is that once you got it, can't nobody
take it away'' A thought for the masses I'm sure. A TY-D
Pick for you to enjoy.
Listen to Jon
Bibbs - 'True
Listen to Jon
Bibbs - 'So
Glad I've Met You'