Tennerz: Ann Nesby – I Feel (David Morales Red Zone Mix) (Quantize Recordings)
Just as our intro says, Ann Nesby comin’ up with a sure shot winner along with David Morales responsible for the reworks of ‘I Feel’. Let’s give a special mention to his Red Zone Mix. A firing percussive driven joint that should easily find space in both soulful and progressive / Tribal mix sets.
It most likely has all the ingredients to electrify the Miami WMC parties during the comin’ week. You wanna bet?
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A child star in her Joilet, IL circuit, Ann Nesby statrted makin’ some noise with girl group The Sensations. But her religious father would put an abrupt end to this 14 years old secular experience. Ann makin’ her first real industry break aged 32, therefore proving unstoppable from then.
It all (re)started from a Nashville songwriters’ contest which led her to the role that would propel her to fame. A lead singing role along with Gary Hines for the Sounds Of Blackness. Russel Knighton formed the group, The Macalester College Black Chores, that would prove to be the origins of the latter back in 1969 at St. Paul, Minnesota’s Macalester College.
A vocal and instrumental ensemble whose work bridged gospel, R&B, dance, and jazz, SOB remained more of a local group during their 15 years of existence. They would come to higher recognition though when teaming up with producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis by the beginning of the 90’s.
‘Testify’, ‘Optimistic’. But also ‘The Pressure’ and ‘I Believe’ with remixes courtesy of respectively Frankie Knuckles and David Morales… As many gems which established SOB among the driving forces in the first half of the 90’s. Unsurpsingly, the group’s early influence is clearly reflected on what would become Ann Nesby’s signature brand. Beginning with the memorable ‘Can I Get A Witness’ from her 1996 debut-album, ‘I’m Here For You’.
Since then, Ann Nesby has released 6 extra albums, with the last one – ‘ Living My Life’ – back in 2014. In addition, she’s done backing vocals for artists such as Alexander O’Neal and Jasper Street Co. Not to mention Sting, Janet Jackson and Patti LaBelle. For the latter, she wrote a couple of songs (‘The Right Kinda Lover’ and ‘Someone Like You’). And she has also penned ‘Home Alone’ for Gladys Knight.
Last but not least, she has also worked with Playwright/Movie Director Tyler Perry in his very first stage play, ‘I Know I’ve Been Changed’. Eventually appearing in the 2003 film, ‘The Fighting Temptations’, as Aunt Sally Walker alongside Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Beyoncé.
“From my stories there is going to be a story you can relate to or draw from, a bad relationship or something you’re in the midst of. Sometimes people don’t move forward when they think they’re the only person in that situation. And if they hear the song, they might have something they can relate to and that touches their heart”, says Nesby about her craft. “I try to write about solutions for the problems I present, what solution I tried.”