Classics: Kenny Bobien – Rise Above The Storm (MAW Records)
Hard to believe almost 20 years have gone since the release of ‘Rise Above The Storm’! To those of you who’ve been its contemporaries, it might look like this was yesterday. Meanwhile for the others, this might date from like back in the Middle Age. Even though it feels like time hasn’t had any effect on it.
‘Rise Above The Storm’ stands as a timeless joint, with its title proudly speakin’ for itself. Mind you, we’re speaking of positive vibes. Kenny Bobien delivering a positive message that can apply to each of you, regardless our respective situations. He empowers it with his instantly identifiable style, eventually scatting too. Labels heads Louie Vega and Kenny Dope aka Masters At Work coming up with minimalistic although polished arrangements over a rumblin’ bassline.
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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 post-production work by the likes of Big Moses and Johnny Dangerous. 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…