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KT Brooks – Praise Him (Kenny Dope O’gutta remix)

Lost but not least! KT Brooks – Praise Him (Kenny Dope O’gutta remix) (Dopewax)

Speakin’ of the late K.T. Brooks, I guess I’ll never miss an opportunity to praise him. And it just stands as justice considering such an underrated talent…
‘Colors’ with Dennis Ferrer, ‘My Angel’ as Kaaye on JoVonn‘s Next Moov’ label… Here are just a few illustrations of KT Brooks‘s incredible gift as a singer, with thanks to his obvious Gospel background. With ‘Praise Him’ pretty much adding itself to the list…

I had the chance to meet K.T. a few times in Miami. With thanks to Dennis Ferrer who introduced us. And just like those who’ve managed to know him, I’ll never say enough how such a lovely person he was. And how the news of his death deeply saddened me…

We catch him back in 2007, along with Kenny Dope in charge of the remix duties on the boiling ‘Praise Him’. The latter comin’ up with an alternative version courtesy of The MuthaFunkaz

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Overview
Well, well, well… I have to say I’ve been pretty much surprised by the ridiculous amount of infos I’ve found on the blogosphere speakin’ of K.T. Brooks. Surprised but also quite saddened when thinkin’ of his consistant legacy. As if, ten years after his death when writing this overview, he’d almost never existed. Therefore, please allow me to wonder what all these sites pretending they specialize in House or Electronic Music have been doin’?!? Nuts, obviously, huh? And really not fair at the end.

As far as I can remember, I guess the first time I heard one of his recordings was back in 2000. As a matter of fact, I was just returning from the Miami WMC where JoVonn had given me a promo copy of ‘My Angel’ along with a singer named Kaaye. I would know a few months later that the latter and K.T. Brooks happened to be the same character. This when coming to include this masterpiece on the first volume of my ‘Ritmo Suave’ compilation for Universal. The latter Kaaye comin’ with his final delivery under this guise the year after with ‘Shout’ along with Blvd East.

Although K.T. has collaborated with a bunch of luminaries, from Jody Watley to Kerri Chandler and/or Louis Benedetti among others, he moreover established a strong partnership with Dennis Ferrer. Acting either as a songwriter, a backup singer when not takin’ the lead. Eventually joinin’ Jennifer Renée Morrison in the backups along with Valerie Redgrave on Dennis Ferrer‘s ‘Soul Collectives vol. 2′. Then also doin’ the same for the sole Morrison on ‘Sunshine’ for Madhouse Records, also in 2001. Before takin’ the centerstage the year after on the firing ‘Colors’ as a part of the ‘Soul Collectives vol. 3’.

2003 saw him contributing to Dennis Ferrer featuring Aaron Pearson‘s blowing ‘It’s A Beautiful Life’. This while doin’ backups and arranging the vocals on Sfere Recordings. An exercise he reproduced in addition to writing ‘Grateful’ for Dennis Ferrer and Kenny Bobien in 2005. The twosome starting to work soon after on Dennis Ferrer‘s ‘The World As I See It’ album. With K.T. Brooks takin’ the lead on ‘Change The World’ and ‘Run Free’ which Sean McCabe reworked back in 2008. This in addition to ‘How Do I Let Go’ which DJ Able and Matthew Bandy eventually remixed almost 10 years after.

And how to not think of the blowin’ ‘Unity (We Can Do This)’? A firing gem that saw him sharing the vocal duties with Darryl D’Bonneau back in 2007. The whole with production work by the likes of the late George Mena and Franke Estevez aka Fuzion. And lets’ not forget neither the uplifting ‘Praise Him’ with remixing work courtesy of Kenny Dope that same year…

K.T. Brooks sadly passed of complications from pneumonia on Apr. 20, 2008 in Irvington, NJ. He was not even 30…

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