Classics: Kenny Bobien – Father (Frankie Feliciano Ricanstruction Vocal Remix) (Soundmen On Wax)
One of the most beautiful voices in the House circuit, falsetto singer Kenny Bobien has been responsible for a consistent amount of pieces of art. And this, since his early days in the mid-90’s. Therefore, blessing the hearts and souls of countless Soulful House fans. Along with Ten City as a backing singer. Not to mention under his own banner.
He would definitely reach one of his peaks back in 2000 along with co-producer Moses LaPorte aka Big Moses. Delivering the timeless inspirational ‘Father’ with remixing treatment courtesy of Frankie Feliciano. Most likely standing as one of the definitive vaults of the Soundmen On Wax label. But also among the absolute peaks in terms of Gospel House along with Voices‘ ‘Can U See The Light’.
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– New Jersey’s Kenny Bobien has forged himself a reputation as one of the most in-demand singers in the House scene. With thanks to a unique falsetto style, he is widely seen as the “King of Gospel House Music”. Even though he left his imprint in other genres such as R&B while collaborating with many big names. From Teddy Pendergrass to Jennifer Holiday, Taylor Dayne or Celine Dion.
Kenny has powered countless club anthems. From his early works as a background vocalist along with Ten City in the second half of the 80’s. To his collaborations with some of the biggest producers in the House scene. From Kerri Chandler to Louie Vega and Blaze. But also B.O.P. and Frankie Feliciano. As many meetings which gave birth to classics such as ‘Reach’, ‘Rise Above The Storm’, ‘Hiya Love’ and ‘Father’ among others. Not to mention his cover version of ‘Why We Sing’ with production work by the likes of Christina Hayes and George Sykes. Or his memorable duet with Stephanie Cooke on ‘Love’s Been Right Here’. This in addition to ‘Old Landmark’ and ‘Baptize Me’ along with The Djoon Experience.
Kenny also happened to contribute to the memorable ‘Sweet Chariot’ under the Club Artists United guise. Then later on added his voice to the Blaze present UDAUFL‘s ‘Keep Hope Alive’ album. Meamwhile, he more recently blessed us with gems such as ‘Movin’ On’ and ‘Where I Live’, respectively with Gianluca Pighi and Wipe The Needle.
His latest delivery – ‘Love Is On The Way’ – along with producer Jose Burgos standing as another staple to be added to his already impressive list. With aditional thanks to Josh Milan whose remixing work puts it into another dimension…
– Coming from a background rich in music and culture, it is no wonder that Frankie Feliciano has become one of the House Music community’s most respected denizens. Living in Brooklyn, Frankie grew up in home filled with music. His grandfather was a musician in Puerto Rico. And his father regularly played and sang in bands in New York.
As an adolescent in the early 80’s, he got exposed to the vibrant Hip-Hop culture that was exploding all over New York City. He then soon convinced his parents to buy him some DJ gear. That would be the genesis of Frankie‘s DJ career… A 14 year old, cutting, scratching and mimicking what he heard at block parties and on underground Hip-Hop radio shows.
Frankie got soon after into House Music through his older cousins who were regulars at The Paradise Garage. Meanwhile, his first club-going experience was at Hearthrobs’s, whose resident was a then relatively unknown ‘Little’ Louie Vega. As Frankie continued to develop as a DJ, he took his inspiration from giants such as Shep Pettibone, Tony Humphries and Timmy Regisford.
After a brief stint working in promotions at Strictly Rhythm Records in 1990, he moved into DJing and producing full time. His first serious paid gig being at none other than the Ministry Of Sound in London.
Frankie is a superb DJ, who built himself a reputation for his brilliant programming and technical skills. He is an amazing producer whose works have garnered him acclaim for years. He’s produced gems as ‘Don’t Ever Give Up’, ‘The Real Thing’, ‘Hindsight’ and ‘Invitation”. And delivered top class remixes of anthems. From Kenny Bobien (‘Father’) to DJ Gregory (‘Elle’) and Ernest Saint Laurent (‘We Are One’). To Jon Cutler & Eman (‘It’s Yours’), MAW feat. Lynae (‘Life Is But A Dream’) and Reel People feat. Darien (‘Sure’). But also Matthew Bandy & Josh Milan (‘Wish’) and DeepCitySoul feat. Darryl D’Bonneau (‘Peace’). Not to mention The Real feat. Tony Momrelle (‘Time’) or Jonny Montana Dawn & Williams (‘New Me’). And, more recently, Kyle ‘Small’ Smith feat Krystal Dixon‘s ‘Innocent Kind’.
Besides, Frankie also appeared on a myriad of cameo guises. Venturing into Jazz/House territories as Gigolo Supreme with cuts such as ‘After The Storm’, ‘City Life’ and ‘Gigolo’s Anthem’. But also teamin’ up with Carol Sylvan on ‘Keep Reaching’ as Halo. Or with Kenny Bobien with ‘My Joy’ as Nulife.
Frankie crossed borders and reached new heights as an innovator in a now full digital world. He has been one of the first to embrace mp3’s as a viable medium for Dance Music.