Daddy B. Nice's #22 ranked Southern Soul Artist
"I Got This Record"
Composed by Jawonn Smith
October 23, 2016: NEW ALBUM ALERT!
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Listen to the official video of J'Wonn singing "24/7" on YouTube, from the new album THE LEGACY BEGINS.
1 Daddy's Girl
2 Like or Love
3 I Need a Grown Woman
4 On the Spot
5 24 / 7
6 Left Me Now
7 2 Ways
8 I Got This Record (Live)
9 To My Grave
10 We Gone Party
11 The Night Away
12 Get Funky
Daddy B. Nice notes: The album includes two of J'Wonn's recent charting singles, "I Need A Grown Woman" and "Daddy's Girl."
Listen to the official video of J'Wonn singing "Daddy's Girl" on YouTube.
Listen to the official video of J'Wonn singing "I Need A Grown Woman" on YouTube.
Listen to J'Wonn singing Daddy B. Nice's #22-ranked contemporary southern soul single, "I Got This Record," on YouTube.
September 4, 2016:
J'Wonn Climbs From #36 to #22 on Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 21st Century Countdown. The chart encompasses the period from 2000-2016.
September 1, 2015:
Ranking The Singles: See right-hand column
RE-POSTED FROM DADDY B. NICE'S CD REVIEWS
September 6, 2014:
J-WONN: I Got This Record (Savior Music) Five Stars ***** Can't Miss. Pure Southern Soul Heaven.A year later, leading off J-Wonn's debut CD of the same name, "I Got This Record" sounds even better than it did when it arrived--in fact, sounds good enough to drag the entire southern soul genre into the R&B mainstream. The fact that it has not done so yet only makes the steam in the pressure cooker that is southern soul all the more intense. Music this good will not pass without its eventual triumph.
Ten years ago, with masters like Johnnie Taylor, Tyrone Davis and Little Milton moving on to Soul Heaven, there was genuine consternation in the southern soul community that the golden age of southern soul music (never even heard outside of the Deep South anyway) was over. "Grown folks," the audience, were aging, along with the performers.
In 2014, with the tremendous influx of new young performers preceding J-Wonn over the last decade, those concerns seem wildly alarmist. Southern soul music has never been more popular. The number and dimension of live concerts dwarfs anything seen in the "old days."
Yes, the sound is different--in some ways, especially from a production standpoint, better--but it is still southern soul music. No one knows this better than the young artists like Jawonn Smith and Chris (Big Yayo) Mabry, the executive producers of this album, who are migrating from hiphop (the dominant form of the day) into southern soul, the genre that is all about music, not about using music as a conduit to get into the movies.
This album is so full of quality music--fifteen tracks of it--it's almost impossible to compare to most soul music albums. One has to go back to classic collections like Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On," Jimi Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland" or The Beatles' "Rubber Soul" or "Revolver" CD's to convey its mind-blowing mix of panoramic musical vision and technical breakthrough.
Big Yayo, who has nurtured and shaped this freakishly-talented young singer/songwriter Jawonn Smith into the phenomenon we know as J-Wonn, is fresh from ground-breaking singles stints with Stevie J. ("Because Of Me"), Dave Mack ("Booty Talking") and, most gloriously, LaMorris Williams ("Impala"--written, incidentally, by an even younger Jawonn), in each case delivering the strongest songs of their careers.
Your Daddy B. Nice has written extensively about "I Got This Record" over the last year, including awarding it the #1-ranked song of 2013, somewhat ahead of its major exposure across the chitlin' circuit and indeed the whole country and world in 2014.
Daddy B. Nice's
TOP 25 SOUTHERN SOUL SONGS OF 2013
1. I Got This Record--J-Wonn
A stunning debut, and a home-run arrangement from the young producer of the moment, Big Yayo (LaMorris Williams' "Impala," Dave Mack's "Booty Talking"), who told your Daddy B. Nice he also manages this breathtakingly golden-toned vocalist. "I Got This Record” is J-Wonn's coming-out party, dramatic enough to recall Sir Charles Jones' "Friday" and LaMorris Williams' "We Can Do It (Impala)".
Listen to the new video of J-Wonn singing "I Got This Record" on YouTube.
J-Wonn and his record swept 2013's top honors for Best Ballad, Best Male Vocalist, & Best Debut, with collaborator Big Yayo nabbing Best Arranger/Producer. A summary of J-Wonn's meteoric rise is contained in Daddy B. Nice's new J-Wonn Artist Guide.
Conceptually, J-Wonn's songs extol the virtues of romantic love and the perils of cynicism, the perfect thematic foil for his claim to fame: a vocal timbre and tone that captures the ineffable innocence of young love.
I Got This Record (The CD) contains any number of potential hit singles, although none quite so deserving of the term "classic" as "I Got This Record." Many of the songs will appeal to listeners with that vaguely-familiar, heard-once-before quality that makes a song instantly memorable. That's because deejays have already been dipping into the set with the happy abandon of treasure-hunters.
"Sleep In It" is a light, lilting tune about falling asleep in the aftermath of sex.
"True Love," a Carl Sims-like, deep-soul ballad has charted even higher than "Sleep In It" on Daddy B. Nice's recent Top 10 singles reviews.
"One Day Left" is a mid-tempo track with a rousing acapella-like conclusion featuring layer-cake like harmonies.
"Let's Get Out Of This Club"--for some reason titled "All Right"--has a haunting phrase at the end of its hook, accentuated in the opening verses by JWonn's last note, which drops down unexpectedly. The song builds an atmosphere so dense it lingers long after.
The ballad "Deeper" is the song viewers hear in the background to the introduction of the official J-Wonn YouTube video for "I Got This Record," and with noticeable expertise "Lied To You" ventures into the love-seat domain of songs like Mtume's "Juicy Fruit."
"Night Time Lover," an uptempo cut, raises tantalizing possibilities for J-Wonn's future forays into dance-floor jams, perhaps the only aspect of southern soul music not thoroughly digested and revived in this collection. The faster tempo brings out another charismatic strain in J-Wonn's vocal stylings. The rousing "One For The Road" with its chugging-train-like rhythm track, is another uptempo anthem waiting in the wings for its day on radio.
And yet, this sketchy overview doesn't do justice to the sheer breadth of riches on the album, including "You," "So Long," "Superstar," "VFW," and "I Look Good On You."
Too good to be true? The roll call of impressive new performers in Southern Soul since the turn of the century is replete with head-turning talent, but the seldom-used word "genius" may be the only encomium worthy of J-Wonn, who with this exceptionally accomplished debut CD takes his place in the top rank of contemporary southern soul singers.
--Daddy B. Nice
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March 1, 2014:
Daddy B. Nice's Original Profile:
This artist and this record mark a first in the annals of Daddy B. Nice's Southern Soul music charts. It's the first time an artist with only one song--and without an album--has broken into the Top 100 21st Century Southern Soul Countdown.
(DBN notes: actually, two singles have entered the chart without albums, but they did so years after they were first recorded: Will T.'s "Mississippi Boy"and Lijuana's "Wasn't None Of You.")
The rare accomplishment is due to the song's--and the vocalist's--extraordinary power and ability to communicate unfiltered sensitivity. J-Wonn's "I Got This Record" is not only a career-defining hit. So good is this single, your Daddy B. Nice would be surprised if the artist is ever again able to match it.
The song is about the four short words, "I Got This Record," and how much that means to this artist, and despite the workmanlike approach to the rest of the lyrics, embellishing with southern soul touchstones in a transparent way (which makes the song even more fascinating, in my opinion), JWonn's "I Got This Record" distills a sensitivity and innocence rarely captured in any musical genre or time period.
It's one of those songs that cuts to the very essence of what music is: a mysterious gift and an unfiltered memento of real life.
Usually the province of the very young,JWonn's "I Got This Record" is all that: young, raw, graceful and brilliant.
--Daddy B. Nice
The first mention of J-Wonn's "I Got This Record" appeared in September 2013:
Honorary "B" Side
"Cowgirl (feat. Big Yayo)"
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