Wed. Jun. 26, 2019

Kenny Bobien & Friends – Why We Sing

Classics: Kenny Bobien & Friends – Why We Sing (Underground Mix) (Equip Records)

In “Gospel House” you have “Gospel” and… “House”! “Gospel” for Forth Worth, TX native Kirk Franklin who went straight to fame back in 1993. This along with The Family, a 17-voice choir which he put together. Makin’ the buzz in the Gospel circuit with their eponymous debut-album and its opening cut. ‘Why We Sing’ standing as one of their signature cuts. Helping them to spend almost two years in the charts and selling over a million units…

Falsetto singer Kenny Bobien would give it a brilliant rendition four years later, joinin’ forces with some of his friends (Eddie Stockley and the late K.T. Brooks). And, unsurprisingly turnin’ it into a classic in the genre, along with gems such as Voices‘Can U See The Light’ or BeBe Winans’ ‘Thank You’. This with post-production work courtesy of Big Moses and Johnny Dangerous

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Overview
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…

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