ANN NESBY

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The fate of R & B music has been in question for some time now. The genre has been said to be on the verge of flat-lining, whether from cookie-cutter artists who prove to be no more than one-hit wonders to veteran entertainers finding their sound and style out of touch with the progressive musical palettes of young audiences. Moreover, artists who rose to popularity in 1970's and 1980's are now scarce on the musical horizon.

Patti Labelle and Chaka Khan are some of the divas who emerged from that era and have evolved to continue their memorable vocal range, emotion and showmanship for a new generation of fans. The same esteem is also given to Ann Nesby, the unforgettable vocal powerhouse who led the incomparable Sounds Of Blackness in the mid-1980's to win two Grammy awards in 1991 and 1993 as lead singer and went on to score solo hits of her own as well. With the release of This Is Love) she is poised to bring soul music forward stronger than ever on today's music scene.

Ann launched a successful solo career in 1996 with the critically-acclaimed album I’m Here For You under the auspices of industry geniuses Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The set included the women-empowerment theme "I'm Still Wearing Your Name" and the romantic ode for husband and wife, "This Weekend".

The album spent an impressive sixty weeks on the R & B best-selling lists. Nesby's star power shined again with two dance singles which peaked at #1 and #2 on Billboard's Dance Charts, "Lovin' Is Really My Game" and "Love IS What We Need", from the anthology The Dance Essentials, released in 2001.

The train of success continued to churn for Nesby in 2002 with the release of Put It On Paper, which featured the legendary soul singer Al Green on the album's title track in a smash duet with Nesby which yielded a Grammy nomination in 2003. Nesby embarked on a five-year hiatus from mainstream R & B after the wave of success of Put It On Paper. From the beginning of her solo career Nesby's work ethic would not allow her music to pigeonhole her as a one-dimensional artist. She spread her artistic wings by landing a supporting role in the 2003 musical comedy The Fighting Temptations alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles. That same year Nesby returned musically with the inspirational treasure chest of urban grooves entitled Make Me Better, which garnered her yet another Grammy nomination the following year (2004).

In 2005, Nesby was nominated yet again for a Grammy award for her work on The Fighting Temptations soundtrack recording for the duet and Gospel legend Shirley Caesar on the spirit-moving selection "The Stone" In 2006 Nesby continued to diversify her range as a recording artist with the release of her first traditional Gospel release IN THE SPIRIT, which showcased the raw power and depth of her soul, as well as her range as an elite vocalist. As a treat to fans in the early 2007, Nesby released the Best of Live cd / DVD which presented her diverse repertoire of music from the previous twenty years of her career--from Sounds Of Blackness through her solo recordings. Nesby's latest offering, This Is Love showcases Nesby as an equally talented songwriter and prolific story-teller through song. This Is Love is a journey in the complexities of love, life and relationships and will surely satisfy Ann Nesby's loyal fans and gain new ones who appreciate quality authentic soul music at its best.

 

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