Body Language EP
October 31, 2013
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
While a female singer such as Etana rose to prominence in 2006 and gained worldwide recognition with her breakthrough song "Wrong Address", a similar great songstress called Keishera was trying to establish her name in music business with songs such as "So Good" on the "Soul Food" riddim, the collaboration with Shaggy on the "Klymaxx" riddim called "Feels Right", and "Cry No More" on the "Cry Baby" riddim.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Keishera has always been fond of Reggae and Soul music. Her dream of being a singer and songwriter emerged when she ran into influential icons Patti Labelle, Maya Angelou and Ahmet Ertegun. These icons encouraged her to focus on her dreams. After those serendipitous encounters, her drive became more confident when David Passick, who at the time managed the careers of Maxwell and Herbie Hancock, took interest in her. Keishera then formed her own band performing at venues around NYC such as CBGB's Gallery, Joe's Pub, Central Park Band Shell, Cafe Woa and Village Underground just to name a few.
Her musical background stems from her cultural diversity from traveling and living in Paris, France, and London, England, where she discovered her true passion to singing and songwriting. Thereafter, she returned to Jamaica in the first half of the new millennium, where she started to record tunes for Chad Simpson aka Mr. G aka Goofy, Shane C. Brown and Christopher 'Longman' Birch. In late 2011 Keishera decided to move to Berlin, Germany, to pursue music full time and venture into new territory. Throughout 2012 and 2013 she began to gain more experience as she performed in different venues and at festivals across Germany.
And now there's the "Body Language EP", for which she collaborated with hit-maker producers Paul Henton aka Computer Paul, Barry O'Hare, Llamar 'Riff Raff' Brown and Ruel Moncrieffe, Klyerecords and Di Kru Productions. On this entertaining 6 track set she shows that she has an inimitable musical style that resists categorization. She brilliantly fuses her Jamaican heritage with strains of R&B/Neo-soul influences. Keishera, who is blessed with a truly great voice, shines bright on each and every effort. The title "Body Language" might make you think that this is a hot steaming sensual tune, however it isn't. It's a beautiful song about a woman who is true to herself and stands strong when in a relationship. This tune shows that Keishera not only is a great vocalist, but also a skillful songwriter. "Thought You Were Mine" has a different mood and vibe, but again with a theme that touches affairs of the heart, this time about a man who cheats on his wife. And then it's time for our favourite track, the wonderful "Return The Favour", which comes across an awesome remake of the Soul Vendors' "Swing Easy" riddim. Big uplifting tune!! For some reason "Let's Get Busy" made us think of Lady Saw's "Heels On", but Keishera's effort has more class and style. Next drops the matching "Sweet Man Of Mine", while the single "Rock Star" rounds off in fine style.
Anyone with an ear for quality music shouldn't overlook Keishera James' "Body Language EP"! We're sure her sultry vocals will leave you wanting more.