The state that produced
the likes of Missy Elliot
and Timberland has given us
a new talent to take fold. That talent being 24-year-old Richmond,
Virginia native Jarrard Anthony.
At an early age, Jarrard
had a dream - to be a singer. His start into making his dream
a reality began as a youngster when at the age of 10 he wrote
songs to music of video games. That same year, at Christmas, his
mother bought him his first keyboard and here is where he began
plucking out tunes of his own. In High School he joined a group
of school friends to form the R&B quartet called 'Personal
Preference' and made a name for themselves by appearing
on numerous local news programs and talent showcases, including
a win at the world famous Apollo Theater
Amateur Night in Harlem, NY. Then at
19, Jarrard released his first independent single, called So-D-vine'
which went on to be the second most requested song in the Central
Virginia area. With this exposure under his belt, Jarrard took
time to record a debut LP entitled 'The
Dream' for the indie label, Thermite
Records which never fared well due to limited marketing
resources but did quite the opposite when it was released in the
UK, as an EP and gained critical acclaim with the title track
scoring a No. 2 position on the charts.
After seeing the success
of the EP, Jarrard now tackles his first full length album and
inquired a production team that included Nate
Smith (Michael Jackson,
Monifah) and Bob
Baldwin and 'Don't Sleep...
Just Dream' was born.
Jarrard debut album shows
plenty of merit, filled with songs about love, pain and relationships,
a steller debut from the singer/songwriter. The debut single 'Sweet
Memories' is a charming ballad telling the story about
love lost, instrumentation and production is of the highest quality
- nice track indeed. 'Candy'
finds Jarrard sounding a lot like Chico
Debarge in many respects with the hint of the organ
shining throughout. 'What's Going Down'
is a smooth mid-tempo groove to it, balanced well with a strong
base line and soft keys. His
first single 'So-D-vine' can
be found here as well as notables 'True
Love', 'Can't believe
(You Cheated)' and 'Don't
ever' but my pick of the lot is 'The
Dream' an absolutely stunning 2-step mid-tempo number
that just stands out all on it's own to me, in a word - superb.
"Everything up until
now was the preparation, Now is time to start the journey"
said Jarrard, "I
write about the things I see in life, as long as I live a life
I'll have a song."
Sleep...Just Dream' shows that Jerrard is very committed
to his craft and I'm sure you will see that once you've listen
to the full set. You can purchase the album on his website www.jerrardanthony.com.
A steller debut and
one to look out for. A TY-D
Listen to Jarrard
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