Sean Oliver, Down To The Bone ft. Imaani, and Jhelisa, played by Steve

24 08 2011

Sean Oliver ~ You and Me ~ Boomtang Records ~ 1997

From his classy album ‘Solitaire’ comes this urban soul track that I’ve played once before on the show. There was a fair amount of debate about who Sean was in the chat room when the show aired, it seems that there was a Sean Oliver who died some years earlier. It appears this was not the same man – Steve found this on the web …

“Sean Oliver started singing in the church choir during his formative years in his native Toronto before going on to play in various funk bands while growing up. He spent the ’80s spinning records as a DJ in Toronto’s warehouse scene, all the time honing his skills in his primary passions: songwriting, producing, and performing. Inspired by the likes of Stevie Wonder and George Clinton, Oliver emerged out of the Toronto R&B scene 1997 with the release of his debut album, Solitaire. The album is a combination of jazz, soul, R&B, and hip-hop, and Oliver’s singing voice has been likened to a male Erykah Badu. He followed Solitaire with a successful 1998 tour of the U.K.” ~ Stanton Swihart, Rovi

Down To The Bone (ft. Imaani ) ~ Watch Me Fly ~ Dome Records ~ 2011

Another track from this band’s new LP ‘The Main Ingredients’ which features Imaani on several tracks, She has also sung with Incognito, was second in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1998 believe it or not and may (I stress he word may) have had an influence on producer and main man Stuart Wade, as I feel the album is very much like Incognito in places?

Jhelisa ~ Whirl Keeps Turning ~ Dorado Records ~ 1995

The Incognito link continues, as her sister Pamela ‘PY’ Anderson sang with them. Her cousin is Carleen Anderson. In the mid to late nineties, Jhelisa had many single releases and several LPs, her most successful single being the minor hit ‘Friendly Pressure’.

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