Poised to become this generationâ€™s ambassador of R&B and soul, Melinda Doolittle will release her hotly-anticipated debut solo album, Coming Back to You, on Hi Fi Recordings in January 2009. Featuring production by Grammy-nominated producer Mike Mangini (Joss Stone, Run DMC, The Jonas Brothers), Melindaâ€™s debut solo album is an R&B tour de force that combines the fiery electricity of Tina Turnerâ€™s early years with the slick production and lush instrumentation of todayâ€™s pop-soul renaissance.
Recorded with a team of live musicians in Nashville and New York City, Coming Back to You displays Melindaâ€™s extraordinary talent and versatility as a vocalist and sees her seamlessly transcend genres as she combines R&B, soul, blues, jazz and funk to create a sound all her own. From the first note, Melinda reaches back into a rich pool of musical influences and carries the torch of the greats â€“ Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle â€“ into the musical landscape of today.
“I’m so excited to be using live instruments and to be singing music that really paints a picture,â€ said Melinda. â€œI knew my task was to just go in the studio and be me and the music would take care of the rest.”
â€œMelinda is a hugely talented vocalist and performer, and we are honored to be the home of her debut album,â€ commented Hi Fi Recordings Chairman/CEO John Hecker. John Titta, President/COO of Hi Fi Recordings, also noted, â€œMelindaâ€™s album is one of the most exciting that weâ€™ve heard in years â€“ a throwback to the classic soul albums of the 70â€™s with a modern twist that will undoubtedly capture the ear of todayâ€™s music fan. We canâ€™t wait for everyone to hear what she can do.â€
Melindaâ€™s undeniable talent has resulted in a timeless collection of 13 songs that will take listeners on a journey from the blues clubs of Louisiana to the churches of Mississippi, to the piano bars of New York City and back. From the first horn blasts of â€œDeclaration of Love,â€ listeners will feel a driving pulse and unstoppable energy that is reminiscent of Tina Turnerâ€™s iconic hits, while â€œComing Back to Youâ€ and â€œWonderfulâ€ feature Melindaâ€™s silky voice wrapped around the smooth, sleek sounds of classic R&B. Melinda commands the emotional storytelling and funky delivery of the blues in â€œDust My Broomâ€ and â€œWalkinâ€™ Bluesâ€, and her impeccably artful and expressive voice has never been more on display than on the beautifully lush ballad â€œIâ€™ll Never Stop Loving Youâ€ and the stripped down jazzy melody of â€œWonder Why.â€
A skilled and accomplished performer who perfected her craft as a backup singer for some of the biggest names in R&B, gospel and soul, including Michael McDonald, Aaron Neville, BeBe and CeCe Winans and Jonny Lang, Melinda became a household name as a finalist on the sixth season of American Idol. She was immediately recognized as one of the most talented performers in the showâ€™s history and won over millions of fans and critics alike with her powerhouse vocal performances, engaging personality and now-classic renditions of songs like â€œMy Funny Valentine,â€ â€œIâ€™m a Womanâ€ and â€œNutbush City Limits.â€ The New York Times called her a â€œphenomenally gifted, stylistically adroitâ€¦Gladys Knight-Tina Turner hybridâ€¦[who] brings a compelling honesty to every phrase she sings.â€ Eventually finishing in third place, Melinda finally entered the studio in 2008 to record the debut album that the world was waiting for.
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