Classics: Jodeci – My Heart Belongs To You (Uptown/MCA)
I guess what always amazed me when thinkin’ of American Black Music at the end are the standards it’s based upon in terms of arrangements as production. With the latter pretty much makin’ like no other in the world, such as illustrated ‘My Heart Belongs To You’.
Take a few words like “Whatever you want, whatever you need, my heart belongs to you…” for instance. Then add a couple of verses and use the technique of the coloratura inherited from Classic Music and you’re pretty much in from then. Such as on this vibrant statement by the likes of Jodeci.
Self-convinced by their potential, Jodeci – who comprised Joel, his brother (Cedric) along with Dalvin and Donald DeGrate – did everything they could to get a record deal. From knocking at Prince‘s Paisley Park door without success. To doing the same without any appointment at Andre Harrell‘s Uptown Records one. With this resulting in their immediate signature on the label. Not only their singing skills. But also their style that integrated elements of R&B, Soul, Gospel and New Jack Swing.
The opening cut from their 1993 ‘Diary Of A Mad Band’ album, the blowing ‘My Heart Belongs To You’ happened to be for much on their raise to fame. Thus counting as one of their biggest classics to date…