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Carpe Diem

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Karyn White possesses one of the most memorable
and distinctive voices in popular music. Karyn s career as
an accomplished singer/songwriter speaks for itself. It's a
storied career that began with the classic smash hit
Superwoman , a single that made international waves, sold
over a million copies, achieved gold certification, and was
named the Billboard R&B Song of the Year.
Carpe Diem marks Karyn s comeback, a musical
tour de force featuring an incredible live band and beautifully
intimate production finesse. This is Karyn, up-close and
personal.
With this release Karyn has taken her time and created
the best and most soulful music of her career. It starts
with Sista Sista it's a classic Karyn
White woman s anthem that has already garnered fan attention
and started an online buzz.
Longtime Karyn White fans have shown their support
from around the world - they re thrilled she s back, and
back with a record that kills.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lightyear
  • ASIN: B0097RF6O2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 28, 2012
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Not to mention her long absence from recording,but also the fact there are so many female soul singers of that period who followed more or less in her league,it became hard to really accept we'd ever hear from Karyn White ever again. In the seventeen years after her previous album Make Him Do Right,she's endured a divorce,a new marriage,an album that went unreleased in 2006 and a re-imagining of her career in the real estate/interior design business which,interestingly enough she seems to have found a degree of success. But now that her children are grown and she's found success in another venue,she decided to come back to make music for mainly creative purposes. After one false start earlier in the year,she's finally made it.

With most of the songs written by Karen with the rest being handled by multi instrumentalist/producer Derek "DDA" Allen,this album finds Karen completely broken with any ties to any hip-hop/R&B related trend of the day for the purpose of making money. The opening track "Sista Sista",the title song of her unreleased 2006 album is a strong,gospel drenched southern soul ballad showcasing how Karyn's strong,husky voice has grown..even stronger and huskier with time. "Dance Floor" and "This Hot" are just amazing uptempo numbers-stripped right down to snazzy drum/bass/keyboard style "naked" funk in the finest "Billie Jean" type tradition. "Sooo Weak" is equally as strong with some beautifully chorded keyboard textures and melodic phrases that Karyn works over like melted caramel on rich butterscotch ice cream.
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Just happened upon this album and was pleased with what I found. Its been awhile since she last dropped an album but this one ranks up there. Her first was by far her best but her voice and production are still great. Unbreakable and True Colors are choice picks on this album. I would have liked to hear more of her smooth R&B style but hopefully there will be more to come from this songstress. Karyn, consider asking Babyface to write a few more songs for you. :)
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Karyn White burst onto the music scene in the late 80's with her LA & Babyface helmed self-titled debut with songs like The Way You Love Me and Superwoman... Then the follow-up Ritual Of Love upped the funk by adding Jam & Lewis....it's her best and not to be missed. This was followed by the somewhat disappointing Make Him Do Right and a cancelled album from which 2 tracks were grafted onto a best of set which signaled her disappearance from the music scene. Not surprising for the many who came and went during that late 80's into the 90's scene, but her voice is so fantastic, it really was too bad. So when she resurfaced with an indie album with a kind of cheesy pose choice for a cover photo, it was a curiosity but met with a fear that it would be lame. No Jam & Lewis or LA & Babyface? Well, surprisingly the album is a solid addition to her catalog and the the sing writing and production is solid. It has a few moments of cheese, such as the anthemic Sista Sista, but it really isn't a far cry from Superwoman...and I wish she wouldn't keep slipping in the title here and there, it's kind of overkill, but this really is a solid album and a nice return to form. Her voice is amazing. Pick it up, it's really good!
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Karyn White made her debut on Jeff Lorber's 1986 album "Private Passion". It was there she appeared on the single "Facts Of Love". The song became a hit on pop and R&B radio, which in turn landed her a deal with Lorber's then-label Warner Bros. Records. From there, she recorded what became her 1988 self-titled debut "Karyn White"- yielding hits like "The Way You Love Me" and "Secret Rendevous" along with her signature song "Superwoman". Half of her debut was written and produced by The Deele members L.A. Reid & Babyface, however, she would switch gears and work with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis on her 1991 sophomore effort "Ritual Of Love". The album was noticeably pop driven- with the song "Romantic" and the album's biggest hit "The Way I Feel About You". She would work with Jam & Lewis again- as well as Babyface- for her 1994 album "Make Him Do Right". After that recording, Karyn dropped out of the public eye. She took the time out to raise her children and went on to start businesses devoted to real estate and interior design.

In 2006, Karyn tried to record an album, but it ended up being shelved. She waited six years before attempting a second time. She signed with Lightyear Entertainment to release her first album in eighteen years "Carpe Diem". On this new album, she works with producer Derek "D.O.A." Allen- who previously worked with Blackgirl and Tyrese- as well as producing the bulk of Joe's 2013 album "Double Back: Evolution Of R&B". On her new album, she takes a more of a neo-soul approach- eschewing the styles and sounds of contemporary R&B. She works with former collaborator of The Good Girls Kymberli Armstrong on the first single about unity among Black Women on "Sista Sista" and gets happy on the Stevie Wonder influenced "Dance Floor". She gets help from rapper and songwriter J.
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