Thursday, December 15, 2011

Celebrating Cousin Song's New Japanese release

In addition to "The Lost Album," Fred also is excited about the Japanese release of the "Let Love Shine" album by his "new" cousin Song Byrd. Song, who Fred met for the first time in 2008 at the Detroit funeral of his beloved "Aunt T.T.," Sarah Stevens Edwards, who was Song's grandmother by marriage.  It turned out she is an excellent neo soul singer who has become close family, and with whom he looks forward to playing at least one gig in 2012.  

Comparing her to Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan and the late Phyllis Hyman, Japan's Sweet Soul Records released the album under an exclusive license agreement with French Nu-Jazz producers Alexandre Tassel and Guillaume Naturel (Tassel & Naturel). "Let Love Shine" features guest artists including Marcus Miller, Manu Katché, E-Z Trigga, Acquenin, DJ Cam, and the late Guru, the other half of the hip-hop duo Gang Starr.

Song performing with Tassel & Naturel
Fred will appear as a guest with Song and Tassel & Naturel on March 2, 2012 at La Fabrique in Nantes, France. He also hopes to have her appear with the New JBs on some gigs during the summer. 

After the release of her first album, "In The Fireplace" in 1999, Song moved to France where she participated in the recordings of several albums. She has been featured on albums such as "Street Soul," "Just A Feeling," "Deux Pieds Sur Terre," and "Fillet of Soul Opus 2." She has been on stage with the likes of Keziah Jones, Les Nubians, Manu Katché, and Lisa Stansfield, and has opened for Lil Brother, Bobby Lyle, Peabo Bryson and the late great Isaac Hayes.

Check her out:

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