years have seen a flow of male artists come along to carve their
name in our minds where R&B is concerned. Maxwell,
are just a few to show their talents but every now and then someone
comes along that seems to shine a little more than the
So enter newcomer Cornell
Stone who's debut
release 'Stoned' is
the toast of the town as of late. The soft toned baritone who hails
Washington DC lists his influences as Marvin
Pendergrass and Luther
Vandross and has been shopping
around his music for a while now (even selling
it from the trunk of his car) and showed tremendous resilience
staying true to his game plan. In doing so his demo was picked up by local
DC label Reveley Records who in turn put out his full length debut.
The disc as a whole is a
collective slice of modern R&B with both mid-tempo tracks and
ballads throughout. The debut single is the compelling 'She's
so Beautiful' with
it's mysterious mystic opening sequence that leads to a wickedly groovy
bass line with Cornell shining in his own element - pure class. The
emotionally charged 'Funked
up' offers a message
to all fathers who doesn't support their children (shape up) and then there's
the incredible remake of the Luther
Vandross classic of
(originally recorded by The
Carpenters some 12
years earlier) this updated version is worthy of it's predecessors it has all
the characteristics of the original with the flavour of today's
Other notables are 'The
Learned', the smooth
Whole Nine', 'When
you need a lil' something'
'I wanna know'.
The album is available now at a record store near you I suggest you
get yourself a copy. A great debut from this up and coming
talent - A TY-D
pick here through and through.
Listen to "Superstar"
"She so beautiful"