Tennerz: Jasper Street Company – Wanna Be Happy (DJ Spen & David Anthony DA Vibes) (Basement Boys Records)
No matter what, a good song, whenever cleverly reconstructed, remains a good song. Just like Kenny Bobien did it years ago with ‘Why We Sing’, Jasper Street Company give their own rendition of Kirk Franklin‘s ‘Wanna Be Happy?’. Originally a downtempo which opened his 2015 ‘Losing My Religion’ album. This confirming, if ever needed, the massive influence of the latter on the Gospel scene…
As a matter of fact, ‘Wanna Be Happy’ is one of those positive songs coming up as a breathe of fresh air in the trouble times we’re living. And also right on time to celebrate the Miami togetherness at the Winter Music Conference.
Taking the centerstage, Vonita White, Randy Roberts, and Martin Wilson deliver an unparalleled performance in the classic Jasper St. vein. With DJ Spen and David Anthony crafting the perfect groovy environment to bring the whole to another dimension.
Soulding like another potential classic in the genre. Don’t you think?
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Sounds Of Blackness and Jasper Street Company have at least one thing in common. Their obvious inclination to Gospel vibes, although the first most likely made themselves a name in the R&B circuit. Meanwhile the latter made themselves a reputation in the House scene.
Jasper Street Company saw the light in Baltimore, MD back in the second half of the 90’s. A multifaceted group, their line-up varied from a release to another. Welcoming members such as Tracy Hamlin, Vonita White or Wondress Hutchinson among others. Not to mention current Quantize Records label head DJ Spen.
Among their biggest classics to date, ‘Solid Ground’, ‘God Helps Those (Who Help Themselves)’ and ‘Lift Every Voice (Take Me Away)’ to name a few. But also ‘A Feelin / You Gave Me Love’ along with Kenny Bobien. And, more recently, ‘Reach’.
Jasper Street Company have released 2 albums. ‘In A Spensane World’ back in 1998 and ‘Stand!’ 5 years after, respectively on Basement Boys Records and God’s House.