by Jackiem JoynerJackiem Joyner




While it was always a challenge to debut and market hot up-and-coming saxmen into the smooth jazz genre that often ran on the success of more established artists, Richard Elliot and Rick Braun -- smoothie superstars and two of the owners of the indie label ARTizen Music Group -- were dedicated to building their label beyond just their own projects. They started with Paul "Shilts" Weimar' excellent HeadBoppin in 2006, and in 2007 got behind the very funky and contemporary, sometimes hip and often retro but always super soulful Jackiem Joyner. Joyner came to the airwaves after amassing a great résumé for his mid-twenty-something age: playing with Marcus Johnson, Bobby Lyle and Jaared, co-headlining a 2004 with Ronnie Laws and Angela Bofill, and opening gigs for everyone from India.Arie to Boney James. His passionate playing on the thumpin', finger snapping title track gets the party going, while "Elevation" states his forward thinking purpose. Peter White's always lovely acoustic guitar graced Joyner's sensual, soprano led first single "Stay with Me Tonight." Smooth jazz radio was unfortunately anti-flute by the early 2000s, but Joyner figured out a brilliant way to incorporate his second instrument into the mix on five songs including the whimsical "To Love Again" and the fiery, brassy Latin explosion "Lola." Joyner was off and running after this exciting debut.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2007
Label: Artizen
UPC: 0851071001508
catalogNumber: 10015

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jackiem Joyner   Primary Artist,Flute,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Peter White   Acoustic Guitar
Rick Braun   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
David Dyson   Bass
Carlton Savage   Electric Guitar
Louri Lonidi   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Rick Braun   Executive Producer
Michelle Laurencot   Art Direction
Andre Harris   Composer
Marsha Ambrosius   Composer
Natalie Stewart   Composer
Jackiem Joyner   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation

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