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Jennifer Holliday is still America's Dreamgirl!
on January 21, 2014
It may have been 20 years since she recorded secular album "I''m On You Side" but from the first note on the opening tune "Love Dance" in the Prelude "Invitation To Love" section from her newest album, "The Song is for You," it seems like it was just yesterday. Jennifer Holliday's voice is just as rich, melodic and controlled as it ever was, if not more so. She pays homage to Dusty Springfield by covering "The Look of Love" and manages to make it her own without distorting the original. She takes her time singing Etta James' "At Last" and you feel every note, every emotion, and every nuance.
The 15 track cd is separated by 4 "preludes" which really helps balance the album's mood and is a nice segue way from one song to the next. Prelude #2 - "Jenny's Serenade of Love" includes the up tempo "This Song Is You" featuring Joe Grandsden and the JG Band, the gut wrenching "Love me By Name" that enables you to feel the pain of this song on every level. "Touch" demonstrates her smooth jazz/R&B ability to sing a song with passion yet control.. My favorite hands down is her cover of "Nobody Does It Better" from the Spy Who Loved Me. She basically tears it up, Hollywood would be remiss if they didn't ask her to record the next Bond song for any future productions.
Prelude#3- "Two Hearts "Real Talk" in Love includes "Are You Leaving Me" a tribute to Miss Aretha Franklin; "The One You Used To Be (Memories) a wonderful dedication to the late Miss Whitney Houston; and the funky "It's Not About You" in loving memory of the late Phyllis Hyman.
Prelude#4 - "The Promise for True-Love concludes with the uplifting and inspirational "Love Is On The Way."
Overall this CD is one of Jennifer Holiday's best, it's like she never left. It has great liner notes about her dedications, musicians and of course her thanks. "The Song Is For You" has a little bit of everything for everyone all in one: jazz/blues/R&B/Pop. Jennifer has never sounded better, no vocal gymnastics here, just pure singing from the gut making you connect with each word, each lyric, and each level of pain and/or joy.
For those who always tried to compare Jennifer Holliday to Jennifer Hudson, let's just say Jennifer Hudson may be America's Idol, but Jennifer Holliday will always be America's Dreamgirl! Check it out for yourself and enjoy!