Tennerz: Jamie Lewis feat. Marc Evans – You Change My World (Jamie Lewis Classic Vocal Mix) (Purple Music)
‘You change my world…’ That’s most likely what artists happen to do on their will to make our environment better. As a matter of fact, there’s nothing particularly groundbreakin’ in this new gem by the likes of Jamie Lewis and Marc Evans. But don’t get me wrong though. As it’s just that everything sounds perfectly set up. Therefore givin’ an impression of easiness. Which, at the end, is most likely the harder to reach. Jamie Lewis crafting an instantly appealing environment for Evans‘ performance.
“You Change My World…” No doubt as to how this association does it in the sense of makin’ it more friendly…
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– More than 25 successful years in the music business… A long way which has seen Switerland native Cem Berter aka Jamie Lewis setting himself as one of the premier House Music DJ’s.
He first appeared on the Swiss club scene back in 1985. Eventually spinnin’ Classic Disco and Funk before jumpin’ on the House Music wagon in the late 80’s. Then 2 years later, he opened his own record shop – Dee Jay Service – in Winterthur. A spot which established itself as a mainstay of the Swiss & international DJ scene for 17 years.
Already a major player in shaping House Music’s future via his club presence, Jamie stepped in to the recording world in 1992, releasing his debut on Italian label UMM Records. With thanks to the success of his first releases, he launched in own label – Purple Music – back in 1997
Thanks to the success of his first records, he established his own label Purple Music in 1997. Meanwhile collaborating with countless artists from various scenes. From Cerrone to Bob Sinclar, John Acquaviva and Etienne de Crecy. And teamin’ up with some of the best voices in the House scene. Beginning with Michael Watford and Michelle Weeks. Not to mention Jocelyn Brown among others.
By 2011, he started a collaboration with Prince. Remixing 3 of his songs – ‘Dance 4 Me’, ‘2 NIte’, ‘Rock And Roll Love Affair’ and releasing them as well in addition to ‘Screwdriver’ on his own imprint.
Jamie‘s music has also found a home on various labels such as Defected, Ministry Of Sound, Subliminal, Yellow and Peppermint Jam to name a few.
– Marc Avon Evans, a native Baltimorean, was born into music. This son of a vocalist and Jazz saxophonist didn’t discover his own music until his late teens though. Finally, as a student at Morgan State University, under the tutelage of Dr. Nathan Carter, he began nurturing a love for music. Out of that nurturing arises one of the most sultry, smoky baritones ever. That smooth voice meshed with passionate delivery sets Evans apart from the rest as one of the most talented vocalists of the millennium.
After performing as a solo artist or with his band, Soul Centered, Evans felt there was something missing in his music. Inspired by lyrical greats Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Sting, and Sade, he decided to focus as much on his lyrical development as his musical craftsmanship.
He began to write poetry and perform on the open-mic circuit. As ‘The Songbyrd’, Evans the poet travelled up and down the East Coast from Massachusetts to the Carolinas. Eventually becoming a favorite on the performance poetry circuit.
Whether it’s his independent releases or his international label releases, he pursues both his writing and his music with purpose. Balancing his talents in both areas, Evans‘ lyrical presentation in song and spoken word is miles beyond one-dimensional artists. To witness any of his performances is truly an experience one won’t soon forget.
No surprisingly, Marc Evans has crossed the path of countless First League producers. Comin’ to international recognition back in the mid 2000’s with the memorable ‘The Way You Love Me’, along with DJ Spen & The Muthafunkaz. A cut which cleverly emebedded a riff of Teddy Pendergrass‘ ‘Come Go With Me’.
He eventually followed in this spirit 8 years later N’Dinga Gaba and DJ Spen on ‘Until You’. And this time embedding a riff of George Benson‘s ‘Love Ballad’.
Other cuts of his which deserve the listen including ‘Given Me Joy’ (here again with DJ Spen & The Muthafunkaz). But also ‘Without You’ in 2012 with Jamie Lewis. This in addition to ‘Respect’ that saw him sharing the vocal duties with Michelle Weeks and Natasha Watts. Not to mention the recent ‘You Change My World’ once again with Lewis. Or ‘Do You Remember’ that also saw him doin’ an encore. Although with DJ Pope. This almost four years after ‘Live It Up’. Then how to not mention ‘Beneath The Crescent Moon’ which he released on his own with The Muthafunkaz in charge of the production? Or his joint venture with Cool Million on ‘Dontcha You Wanna Dance’ back in 2015!