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Eric Essix - (At Your Best) You Are Love
Eric began his career as a recording artist in 1988 with his debut CD, First Impressions followed by Second Thoughts in 1989 on contemporary jazz label, Nova Records. While completing a bachelor’s degree at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Nova Records folded leaving Eric without an outlet the new music he had just assembled called Modern Man. However, Eric was signed by legendary Warner Brothers Vice President, Ricky Schultz, who formed the careers of artists like Pat Metheny, Al Jarreau, David Sanborn, Larry Carlton, Fourplay, Boney James, Joshua Redman and the Yellowjackets.Soon after, Eric had his first taste of success nationally with the single, For Real, which maintained a steady chart presence all the way up to the top five for more than 25 weeks. The second release on Zebra, Southbound, saw Eric making a decisive shift towards the southern roots music he grew up playing and listening to living in Alabama. The album’s instrumental interpretation of the classic, soul ballad, Rainy Night In Georgia, became Eric’s next big radio hit in 2001.
For 2014, Eric breaks new ground recording an album covering a collection of ballads from one of his favorite bands of all time, The Isley Brothers. On the “Isley Session’s” Essix respectfully interprets the Isley’s familiar melodies on the guitar and, at the same time, effortlessly makes each one of these musical gems his own with thoughtful arrangements and solid performances. The album features stellar guest vocal performances by Frank McComb, Jason Eskridge and Kaleah Wooten.
We first heard this track in Houston on 90.1 KPFT and immediately had to shazzam it! Not only are we huge fans of the original Isley brothers track, but Aaliyah’s rendition as well. Eric is truly “at his best” as he encompasses the emotion of the song and takes us on a journey around the fretboard of his guitar (it’s mesmerizing). Whether you’re an avid Jazz listner or not, this track definitely (in my opinion) speaks to anyone that has heard either version.
So, wherever you are in the world today, be “at your best” and try to make someone feel special, Jah guide!
Get the full The Isley Session’s album HERE.