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I'm old enough to remember when it was commonplace for TV & movie stars to release albums. Usually when this happened it was because they were "teen idols." I can remember people such as Troy Donahue, James Darren, William Shatner and others who clearly were marginal at best, releasing albums. These albums would be released, singles played on the radio, everyone would have a good laugh and soon these albums were quickly forgotten.

When I heard the TV star Wayne Brady was set to release a brand new R&B album, my mind immediately flashed back to thoughts of James Darren, Troy Donahue and others. However after one listen I quickly saw how wrong I was.

In this issue of the Soul-Patrol Newsletter we invite you to give a serious listen to Wayne Brady's new album called "Long Time Coming." It's a fun album that is full of surprises and it will make you smile.

I don't want to say much more than that, although we do have a press release as well as an album review. The main thing that I want you to do is to give the album a good/honest listen and judge for yourself at the following link and thought this newsletter as you scroll thru.

http://www.soul-patrol.net/waynebrady.ram

So check it out and let me know what cha thinků


Thanks in advance...

--Bob Davis
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PRESS RELEASE: Wayne Brady: A Long Time Coming

PRESS RELEASE: Wayne Brady: A Long Time Coming Los Angeles, CA - On September 16, 2008 Peak Records/Concord Music Group will release Wayne Brady's debut album, the appropriately titled - A Long Time Coming.

The Emmy Award winner is the consummate entertainer, whose talent truly knows no boundaries. As a stage, screen and live performer Brady is unparalleled.

But now, he turns his attention to his first love: music. The 12-track R&B collection features Brady's own compositions standing side by side with his loving, inspired reinventions of such classics as Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come," The Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" and Stevie Wonder's "All I Do."

"I always thought that Wayne Brady was an amazingly talented performer with an incredible voice," says Andi Howard, president of Peak Records. "When asked by his producers if I would be interested in signing him as an artist to Peak my response was an emphatic, yes. Not only did he deliver a fabulous album, but an album that is extremely heartfelt and exceeded all expectations. It was indeed 'A Long Time Coming.'"

Brady linked with The Heavyweights, the superstar production team composed of Jack Kugell, Jamie Jones and Jason Pennock, to write and record the album. The Heavyweights' productions have sold more than 28 million albums and include work with such superstars as Jim Brickman, Martina McBride and Destiny's Child.

First single, "Ordinary," is a mid-tempo burner that pays tribute to the glorious simplicity found in every day life and love. Penned by the Heavyweights, Sarah Nagourney and Welford B. Walton II, the song is enhanced by Brady's nuanced, soulful delivery.

Brady's talent is too big to contain to any one format. He's currently starring in his own Las Vegas show, "Making It Up," which runs Thursday-Monday at the Venetian Hotel. The revue highlights his legendary music, dance and improv skills, for which he won an Emmy while appearing on "Whose Line is it Anyway?"

Brady, who also garnered two Emmys as outstanding talk show host for his self-titled syndicated talk show, will return to TV as host of Fox's hit show, "Don't Forget the Lyrics," this fall. Additionally, Brady has also appeared as Neil Patrick Harris's gay brother on "How I Met Your Mother," and Tina Fey's bad-luck boyfriend on "30 Rock."


http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/artists/Wayne-Brady


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ALBUM REVIEW: Wayne Brady: A Long Time Coming

PRESS RELEASE: Shilts - Jigsaw LifeAs already noted here (and if you check with the Soul-Patrol.net website)

Wayne Brady has a new album entitled "A Long Time Coming" I had the distinct pleasure of co-hosting the show with Nightrain and The FunkOverlord that introduced this album to you all.

The first thing I want to make mention of is about Mr. Brady himself. He is not the most popular cat as I remember his TV show exposure and now with the reports of his behaviour at the recent R&B foundation gala in Philly. It should be noted however that this man is extremely talented.

Today in this strangely misaligned entertainment performer starved world of ours Mr. Brady stands as one of few real potential superstars around. He is a sort of poor man's new-jack Sammy Davis (with ALL due respect to Mr.
Davis).

I begrudgingly give him this play because NOBODY (save maybe JB) even comes close. MJ is really an overall great entertainer but he really doesn't possess any real musical instrument talent of note. rince sings,writes,produces, records and performs...but ...well let's put it like this, next to JB, MJ and Sammy Davis the dancing he does aint even in the same COUNTRY much less area or zip code. Besides Sammy's magnificently tuned voice would crush all (even his peers Frank, Dino and Liza with the 'M'). Which brings us to Mr.Brady. He does all of the above (maybe even plays an instrument or two) pretty well and for that and that only do I draw my comparisons to the late Mr. Entertainment.

In Vegas/A.C showroom/casino type circles this man is revered and probably only on a rung lower than Wayne Newton and Clint Holmes. Same overall showbiz thang though.

So let's take away all of the visuals and focus on his voice. What you have here is a very good talent. This CD presents some really nice material and most of it that's good only needs one listen (at least for me).

The opening cut is called Ordinary and if radio was anything like it used to be this one (as well as Wayne Brady) would be a bonafide HIT! before I go any further let me give you all the track listing:

1- Ordinary
2- F.W.B.
3-Can't Buy Me Love
4- Back In The Day
5-Sweetest Berry
6- A Change Is Gonna Come
7- I Aint Movin
8- Make Heaven Wait
9- All Naturally
10- All I Do
11- Beautiful Ugly
12- You And Me

So this is a 12 tune set that clearly showcases this young man's vocal chops. Unfortunately at a time when CD-making, lack of terrestial radio airplay/exposure (even though I heard Ordinary on the radio the other day) and overall
industry depression is the norm ,Mr. Brady just doesn't click on all cylinders with this one.

For me the 1st half of the CD is smokin but then takes an abrupt if not uninteresting turn for the worse around cuts 6 or 7. As mentioned previously Ordinary is pure killer, Back In The Day is reminiscent of Michael Baisden's weird posturing about 'music for grown folk'while never really goin back further than 1976 or so. Back in the Day however just proves how old my ass is gettin. Back in the day just don't mean the sixties or even the seventies any more. I'll get over it because this tune is a nice dance jam and it pays tribute to mostly 80's artists,trends and music.

Another gem on this album (arguably one of the best tunes here) is the re-working of the Beatles Can't Buy Me Love (now THAT'S back in the day...but Wayne wasn't even weaned yet). I like this tune better than Lakeside's I Wanna Hold Your Hand because it maintains the pop sensibilities of the original while dropping some serious soul all up, in, around and over the mix. Nicely done!

As far as A Change Is Gonna Come, Mr. Brady just can't improve on what to me is one of the most perfectly constructed, thought out and performed tunes not only for Sam Cooke but arguably of all time. That song is a culmination of not only the mood of the time but also makes a personal statement for Mr. Cooke and his career as well. This tune for me is just not one that can be taken and sang emptily without being able to somehow co opt the sentiment intended by the composer. The Listmeister raves about Gerald Alston's version as well but I feel the same way all around about this testimony of a people embodied in one individual's interpretation of life for self and surroundings at that time.

For some odd reason Wayne Brady decided to pop-country-rock Stevie Wonder's All I Do. Now while this tune doesn't quite invoke the emotion of A Change Is Gonna Come one wonders why mess with this at all if not improving upon the
original model? Overall this is a pretty nice outing for Mr. Brady and should only further solidify his place in show business as a top notch performer, TV host/MC and entertainer with which to be reckoned.

http://www.concordmusicgroup.com/artists/Wayne-Brady

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