Emerging artist Kreesha Turner has already had her song â€œBounce With Meâ€ featured on TV shows like Lipstick Jungle and Entourage as well as the new Nikon commercial featuring Ashton Kutcher. Her debut album is slated to be released in October â€™08 from Capitol Music Group; in the meantime I wanted to introduce you to her and her music early so see below for a stream to â€œBounce with Meâ€ and her first radio single â€œDonâ€™t Call Me Baby.â€Â Sheâ€™s also started â€œThe Passion Movementâ€ and is asking What’s Your PASSION? on her YouTube page at www.youtube.com/kreeshaturner so that people can upload their “PASSION” video to her page â€“ check it out!
The Passion Movement:
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A lot will be said and written about Kreesha Turnerâ€™s exciting debut album Passion and its eclectic blend of soulful, jazzy, pop-infused R&B. But for the young artist whose sweet soprano shines on every track, the album can be described quite simply. â€œItâ€™s just good music to enjoy and listen to over and over again,â€ says Kreesha.
All she asks is that you soak up all 13 tracks before passing judgment. â€œTake it in as one piece. Youâ€™re only going to understand me as an artist if you hear all the songs.â€ Thatâ€™s because the decidedly pop feel of â€œBounce With Meâ€ canâ€™t be compared to the funky European vibe of â€œDonâ€™t Call Me Babyâ€ (â€œA song to a guy,â€ says Kreesha), the beat-heavy â€œMy Placeâ€ (â€œItâ€™s a very sad songâ€) or the stripped-down sound of â€œIf You See Himâ€ (â€œA nice little closer that lets people hear my voiceâ€).
Kreesha co-wrote five of the songs, including the title track, which she believes is only fitting. â€œItâ€™s a song about dedication and perseverance.â€
The oldest of three children born to a Canadian father and Jamaican mother, Kreesha was raised in
Over the years, Kreeshaâ€™s musical tastes broadened and she fell in love with R&B acts like Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and Dâ€™Angelo, Hip-Hop acts including A Tribe Called Quest, Andre 3000 and Common and Rock acts like the Foo Fighters and Our Lady Peace. Kreesha expressed her love of music through dance and performed modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop and African. But it wasnâ€™t until 2000 that Kreesha took a voyage that would lead her to discover that she was blessed with another way of expressing herself.
Â â€œMy mom wanted me to experience how she grew up and to learn about our Jamaican culture,â€ Kreesha explains, â€œSo she sent me to live in
Upon her return to
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â With no R&B scene to speak of in
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Despite stints working at a greenhouse and in retail, Kreesha knew music would become a living. â€œI had it in my head.â€ She made a deal with her family and she had their support. â€œAs soon as I got out of high school I told my parents that Iâ€™m going to try as hard as I can for the next five years and if nothing happens Iâ€™ll go back to school and my back-up plan,â€ says Kreesha.
Instead, the young singer did everything she could think of to perfect her craft. She joined a gospel choir and a jazz choir, took lessons in acting, musical theatre, piano and guitar. She read books, recorded her own EPs and sold them at her shows. And she entered every singing competition she could.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â In 2005, she won a talent search contest sponsored by
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â On Passion, Kreesha collaborated with some of the best in the business including Grammy Award-winning songwriter Harold Lilly (Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson), producer Devo Springsteen, another Grammy winner (John Legend, Aretha Franklin) and Toronto-based songwriter and producer Jon Levine (Philosopher Kings, Nelly Furtado).
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Eclectic is a good word to describe Kreeshaâ€™s debut. â€œAlways (Lovinâ€™ You)â€ is a modern homage to Minnie Ripertonâ€™s soulful classic â€œLovinâ€™ Youâ€ and was produced by Devo Springsteen. â€œChains of Loveâ€, written in the studio by Kreesha and Jon Levine, was inspired by her decision to sport an afro on that day.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œI can honestly say that I love my whole album,â€ Kreesha says. â€œIâ€™m so proud of every single song on there.â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â And like any true artist, Kreesha hopes her music touches people. â€œI want them to know which song they can turn on if theyâ€™re feeling a certain way,â€ she says. â€œRegardless of what emotion it is, for me to be able to create that emotion is a privilege and an intimate type of interaction.â€