Like a seasoned veteran of the
music industry, Rosie Gaines has
travelled many a road to gain stardom in her own right. The California
born Gaines started out as a member of Flash
in the 80s before going solo and signing with Epic
in 1985. I remember her now classic rare groover 'Good
Times' from her debut album and it's hard to believe that
it's been almost 20 years since she made that excellent record.
It's been noted that she came
to prominance during her time with his purple badness Prince
as a member of his band The New Power Generation
during the 90s and it was just a matter of time before she would step
out on her own again. And she did with 'Closer
Than Close' released on Motown in 1998 – the title track
remix single sold 250,000 copies and threw Rosie into the limelight.
Her latest release I
can't get you off my mind taken from her brand new LP ‘You
gave me Freedom' (I might mention that it was written,
produced, arranged and performed by Rosie herself) is truly top quality
soul music at it's very best. Simplistic and with without flair, a
soothing baseline, soft morg keys and synths accompanied by Rosie's
sweet harmonizing vocals makes this one ever pleasing to the listening
ear. Quality production from a quality artist of many talents.
It has become a firm favourite
of UK soul DJs ever since it appeared on the Hidden Beach compilation
disc ‘Hidden Hits'.
The album, although is released
on her own production company Dredlix Music,
is licensed and released through Peter
and Santosh Robinson's record
label Dome out of the UK as well
as major outlets all over so you might just want to pick up a copy.
A huge track in the making here
and will score big on radio as well as the clubs so my suggestion
is to get it - a TY-D Pick.
Listen to Rosie
Gaines's - 'I
can' get you off my mind'