Monday, October 23, 2017

Stan Mosley – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now

Single Of The Week: Stan Mosley – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now (Nigel Lowis Connoisseur Mix) (DSG Music)

“Ain’t no stoppin’ us now, we’re on the move. Ain’t no stoppin’ us now, we’ve got the groove…” Here we go with one of the fundamental songs in the genesis of Indamixworldwide along with Romanthony’s ‘In The Mix’. The legacy of a whole generation which spread an energy that nothing seemed in the position to stop at the time. And by this, I mean the Disco days. With McFadden & Whitehead‘s ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ standing as its anthem.

Therefore, it is to say how challenging this may be to cover such a gem, and this some 38 years after its release. On the heels of Jocko who gave it a (Disco) Rap version (‘Rhythm Talk’). Then Charanga 76 who adapted it in Spanish (‘No Nos Pararan’), Stan Mosley takes up the challenge. And he does it pretty well at the end. With Nigel Lowis in charge of the remixing duties bringing it to another dimension, although remaining true to its original spirit. Meanwhile putting its instantly recognizable string part to the foreferont. Eventually highlighting its likeness with Sharon Redd‘s classic ‘Never Give You Up’. But also reordering its arrangements with the whole leavin’ more space to Mosley’s performance along with additional female backing vocalists…

The story brilliantly continues. ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now…’

Overview
A Chicago, IL native, Stan Mosley‘s passion for music started at church with the encouragement of his mom. Throughout his youth, he was praised continually for his vocals which lead him to perform professionally. Presently, Stan Mosley has been performing professionally for over 46 years.

Mosley, who began singing in 1969, moved to East St. Louis, IL. 5 years later and joined The Sharpees. A group which later toured as a backup band for Shirley Brown. In 1976, he returned to the Chi-Town where he spent years performing on the city’s extensive club circuit,. But had yet to be signed let alone release a record. “At some point in time, I have either opened for or performed in the same venue. As just about every major soul or blues act in the business”, he recalls. His acclaim grew. And, for two years running, he captured the important Chicago Music Award (in 1982 and 1983) for Best Male R&B Vocalist. By the mid-80 though, like so many of his R&B peers, he found the climate for adult R&B too hostile to continue.

By 1986 Mosley was fed up with the music business and joined a music ministry known as ‘The Company’ in Chicago. But he came back in 1992 and returned to East St. Louis to team up with Gus Thornton. There he wrote several songs which saw the light on his own Stand Up label. “They’re very good songs, but unfortunately I had no distribution”, he said. Butler Records eventually re-releasing his album in 1995. Meanwhile, he was also touring as the opening act for Cicero Blake. Eventually serving his driver and valet.

By 1997, he found Malaco Records. Composer William Payton, who had co-penned Tyrone Davis’ 1997 hit single ‘Freak’ on the label, introduced him to Tommy Couch, Sr. for a fifteen minute meeting. Tommy agreed to hear Stan’s demo tape. “And fifteen minutes ended up being hours, and Mr. Couch signed me to his label!”. Ace producers like Charles ‘Rich’ Cason, Couch, Floyd Hamberlin and Wolf Stephenson helped crafting three strong albums for the label. As many efforts that should’ve catapulted Stan to Soul Brother #1 in the Southern Soul/Soul Blues world. The records did well, but Mosley left the label disenchanted.

In addition to ‘Rock Me’ and ‘Anybody Seen My Boo’, Stan Mosley scored Stations of the South radio hits. Beginning with the 1998’s ‘Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got)’ and the 2002’s ‘No Mistake (Do Right)’, both on Malaco.

In 2003 Mosley moved to New Orleans label Mardi Gras Records, where he put out one album, Good Stuff, before finding himself on the independent level. In late 2005, he sent out promos for his upcoming CD, ‘Steppin’ Out’ and the response was enthusiastic. ‘Steppin’ Out’ was a bigger hit in Japan than any other part of the world though.

Mosley then signed with new California-based label CDS Records in late 2007. There he soon released ‘Man Up’, his best album since his Malaco days, with producer/composer Floyd Hamberlin, Jr. Eventually givin’ it a follow-up by the likes of ‘I’m Comin’ Back’ in 2009. He conceived the latter with a deliberate nod to classic Soul in the Bobby Womack/Teddy Pendergrass style. One more album followed in 2010 – ‘I Like It!’. It was mostly a grab-bag of remixes.
Stan Mosley continued to perform on the Chitterling circuit and in his hometown Chicago, IL from 2011 to 2015 without putting out any new music since.

2015 would prove to be a pivotal turning point in his career. This when Graziano Uliani, the promoter for the largest soul festival in the world, flew from Porretta, Italy and convinced Stan Mosley to be a part of the line-up tour for the 2016 Porretta Soul Festival.

His performance at this worldwide televised event was classy, soulful and got a good reception. His voice along with the dynamic talent of the Bey Paule Band reminded the world of what Soul music is all about. And, following his return to the States, he embarked upon recording again. Teamin’ up with legendary producer and songwriter Bobby Eli of Philadelphia, PA. A man who has played an integral part in the success of countless artists. From The O’Jays to Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross and The Stylistics to name a few.

Stan Mosley experience has brought his stage skill performance to deliver a high bluesy energy that has touched thousands of people over the years. Stan‘s smooth voice carries soulful spice with Southern Soul flavor style that hypnotizes the audience to become faithful and constant supporters of his unique sound.

He’s on the move… Takin’ on where McFadden & Whitehead left back in 1979 with a boiling cover version of their seminal classic ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’. And no doubt as to how he’s got the groove!

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