But I digress… If there is one sect that is particularly lacking in the industry right now, it’s the R&B sector – more precisely the female R&B sector. They seem to have died with the start of the new decade, giving way to only Pop artists and left it all – R&B music I mean – to their male counterparts. In this artist I plug to you today, there is definitely cause to be hopeful, we have a revival on our hands people, “R&B’s back” – said in my best Rick Ross imitation.
Kelly Erez is the beautiful, soulful, UK, needs to be signed already, R&B/Soul singer and songwriter that has me so hopeful for the music and for the genre. It took me all of one minute to agree to do this review when the boss sent it my way. If you know me well enough, you will know that’s mighty impressive as it usually takes me much longer to be convinced that an artist is worth reviewing. I am in love with this young lady’s voice and the soulfulness it carries. My first thought when I heard her was “Janet Jackson” (not Dance/Pop star Janet but R&B singer Janet), and its no stretch if you know Janet Jackson’s work well – think Janet Jackson’s “Anytime, Anyplace”. Its that nasal thing, where you know that the person is singing from the depth of their belly. It immediately grabs your attention, you want more, it has you repeating the song. But see me rattling on, three paragraphs in and still no song. My bad ladies and gentlemen – the good news is that you get to hear Kelly’s entire EP right here!
What you just heard is my favorite track off of Miss Kelly’s debut 4-track EP entitledThis Is Me. The song is called “Come To Me” and its just an awesome track that has a girl feeling all very emotional – the kinda feeling that makes you close your eyes and sing with everything you’ve got even when you know you have the worst voice ever. This beautifully crafted keyboard-led number backed by sweet drum kicks is one of those songs that gets your attention and makes you listen to what she is saying and has you hitting the repeat button time and time again. Here is a woman not afraid to say she is sorry, she’s in the wrong, her pride got the best of her and she wants her man back. Its also got that old school feel to it (hence my earlierJanet Jackson reference). Tell me guys what do you think?
What you just heard is titled “Letters” – the first track off of this rather amazing EP. “Letters” is a heartfelt song, from a woman who has just realized that she needs to move on despite her obvious feelings still for the man. Vocally, Erez is amazing on this song – the strength in it and the sincerity it evokes all come through so beautifully. The accompanying piano strings of this song are also very great, actually I love that you can pick up every instrument on this song – the drums, the guitar, the cymbal and the culmination is really quite sublime and very well put together by the EP’s producer Natalie Erez who also credits as Kelly’s co-writer on the EP as well as her sister.
I must confess that my only complaint about this EP is that the range of the instrumentals do not vary. But that’s not exactly a bad thing, they keep it mellow and smooth allowing for her voice to shine through on every single song. Like you just heard on the track above “You Know Why”, her voice again as the focal point is just damn near perfect, and if the lyrics were different this is the kind of voice you want to have in the background when you plan that special date, that goes on as you guys find your way to the bedroom. But alas, she is saying bye to a guy again. It appears Kelly Erez was going through a very emotional period when she recorded this EP.