Although this track has been
out for quite a while now, I've just recently come across it and
after listening to it I thought WOW this girl is good (I
mean really good) so I thought why not give it a review.
is a singer who has the natural ability to write, and write moving
songs. Not a songwriter by trade, she was influenced at an early
age by some of her favourites 'divas' such as Billy
Holiday, Phyllis Hyman,
Marie and Chaka Khan.
Seeing what the past had to offer, Zoe realized that her dream
can become a reality but certain things must take place - homing
her vocals skills and gaining experience.
The song itself is delicious
from start to finish. Sampling elements of Earth,
Wind and Fire's
'Summer Madness', Zoe's sultry
voice caresses the words with the sweetest of ease and weave a
tale of love and desire. Wonderfully produced by soul legend Al
Johnson (famous for the track I'm
back for more back in the late 70s), Al also serves
as her manager as he guides the young songstress into becoming
a singing sensation.
"I didn't want to belt
or riff for 3 out of the 4 minutes of a song in order to move
people said Zoe, That wasn't my style. Anyway, we already had
beautiful 'belters' and 'riffers', like Patti, Kelly, and Faith.
Nor did I want to infinitely repeat a hook because 'to me' that's
not song. I wanted to use melodic intonations and abstract vocal
combinations to tell a story that people would hear and feel in
their souls-like Lauryn (Hill) does. So, when I first started
writing, I would take my songs to Al and he would critique them
like a dissertation. It used to make me angry because I would
go in thinking it was a good song- but when he finished critiquing
it- it wasn't so good".
"He taught me that a
song should be like a story. Everything should both fit and make
chronological sense to the listener. It had to be succinct. He
encouraged me to do more than put words together that may rhyme,
but had no real meaning. So, even now, when I finish writing a
song, I read it aloud. And then, I think to myself·what
would Al say?"
Be sure to pick up Zoe's
set as it's definitely one for your listening ear as I'm sure
you'll agree once you've got your own copy. A TY-D
Listen to Zoe