Stop! In the Name of Love, a 1965 Motown classic by The Supremes, has had a number of cover treatments over the years. So many, in fact, that the title may be the initial response to the idea of another. Flautist Jef Kearns, however, partners with vocalist Aria Zenua and producer Douglas Romanow utilizing modern production surrounded by vintage keyboards, and a bounce that catapults it into 2022 like it was born there. Mastering by Randy Terrill (Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Silk Sonic) gives it all an extraordinary shine.
Jef Kearns is a creative flautist with a distinct, driven, melodic and playful voice on the instrument which moves in and out of a storyline Aria delivers as if she lived it.
The single follows up Kearns’ cover of Leon Haywood’s 1974 hit I Want’a Do Something Freaky to You featuring Alana Bridgewater and an instrumental take on Whitesnake’s 1987 smash Is This Love both of which Kearns had equal success in making his own.
This Whitesnake song has always been a favourite. After recording it I read that it was initially going to be pitched to Tina Turner. No wonder it works so well as an RnB song.
We had a lot of fun updating this Leon Haywood classic with vocalist Alana Bridgewater and producer Douglas Romanow. Some will know the original from Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s heavily sampled “Nuthin’ But a G Thang.”
Tum Hi Ho, which I learned for an Indian wedding in the Toronto area is close to my heart.
Happy to say that my single Find My Way 2 U hit #10 on 96.9 The Oasis this week. They also featured me as Indie Artist of the Month.
And Hazy (Remaster) climbed up into the Top 100 Soul/RnB on the iTunes charts in Norway, as well as #27 on the UK Soul Chart!
UK Arts Council funded music blog Trust the Doc said “”The story behind Canadian flautist Jef Kearns’ foray into the world of Soul and R’n’B is relatively recent. He has gathered quite a reputation in the Jazz world and recorded successful albums in that field before collaborating with Soul artists and now picking up the plaudits from the media for that work too. The latest of these collaborations is with Karen Jewels on the song Hazy. A mid-tempo, semi-funky groove with dreamy synths and harmonies allows Karen to showcase a yearning voice that’s like a subtly sweet syrup. She duly delivers a soulful melody and simple love song lyrics while Jef plays reverberant flute phrases above and around her. It’s sophisticated, smooth, and soothing. As the title suggests, perfect for a summer evening chill-out.”
I am in the studio and working on a new single set to be released in October.
Be sure to check out this amazing popping to Hazy by Korean dancer Dokyun! Pay special attention to the story he tells with emojis.
Really loving the sound of these Doja Cat songs on flute as you can see by this and my last post!
Loving the vibe of this song “You Right” by Doja Cat and The Weeknd. The melody practically sounds like it was made for the flute.