Music Video by The Courtney John Project
Fiwi Music Jamaica/21 Music 2013
One of the most moving and electrifying award winning writers, Courtney John returns with his eagerly awaited collaboration The Courtney John Project, with long time producer-cohort The Wizard and Grammy winning musician Steven “Lenky” Marsden.
To say the album is a step outside music’s comfort zone would be an understatement. The Courtney John Project is an audio journey that is one part Kingston mash up, one part euro-electronica and is 100% provocative in its approach to contemporary music. Add John’s trademark lover’s rock melodies and you have the birth of a new music genre– Rootstronic. Their fresh sound coming out of Jamaica is in its own lane artistically and the three “Kingstonians” are inviting listeners to join them on this ride.
“The Courtney John Project is a place where musicians can be brave and not have to worry about their expressions. It’s totally outside of the comfort zone,” explains Courtney John.
Listener’s first taste of the Rootstronic sound is found with the breakout single Soul Of A Man. The electro-heavy, adventurous engineering of The Wizard and John’s unorthodox vocal delivery on Soul of A Man will surely surprise fans expecting that familiar sound. The moody and sonically charged follow up single Very Special is reminiscent of John’s 2009 hit Lucky Man with a darker, more edgy spin in its production. Haunting declarations such as “I’ll kiss the ground you walk on, I’ll be the door you knock on” are woven throughout Very Special like ghostly echos, while the bass-heavy futuristic beat is something you can feel in your bones.
Lenky’s precocious piano playing adds a touch of dub into this experimental project; he becomes the alchemist adding the final touches that blends this musical masterpiece together. However, it’s The Wizard that takes command of the albums overall direction, producing all of the tracks on The Courtney John Project. A true musical Wizard is revealed as if her performer name is evoked with every song– guiding fans using rhythms as her device. The trio is completed with Courtney John who takes on the role as the charismatic vocal leader, directing the masses like an orchestra conductor.
The video to Soul of A Man is complimentary to the music with rousing imagery and inventive live show elements. This explosive visual introduction is a precursor of what is next to come for the once studio bound musicians– extensive world touring in 2013. Fans can expect a full sensory experience that showcases the trio’s musical prowess, dramatic stage costumes and a mystical set design sure to capture the attention of all in attendance till the last chord is struck.
Previous work from the trio has garnered them some of music’s highest accolades. Courtney John’s latest release From Letters to Words and 2009’s Made in Jamaica with the infectious single “Lucky Man” saw crossover success and was picked for the 2011 Axe/Lynx summer campaign that ran in the UK. Additional writing for Marcia Griffiths, Culture and Luciano along with vocal contribution to Sly & Robbie’s 2011 Grammy Nominated Album “One Pop Reggae” only further established John as a musical heavyweight and his title as the worldwide “Lovers Rocker”.
At only 25years old, female super producer The Wizard has already collaborated with the likes of Nelly Furtado, Michael Franti and Beres Hammond as producer and remixer and her music landed a TV placement on MTV’s Jersey Shore and production credit on Paulia Rubio’s Brava album that reached #1 on the Latin Billboard Charts. Whether behind the boards or behind a drum set The Wizard is a musical force to be reckoned with.
Keeping in good company, Steven “Lenky” Marsden was awarded the 2004 ASCAP songwriter of the year and later acknowledged by the Grammy Committee for his renowned “Diwali” dancehall riddim used for Sean Paul’s song of the year Get Busy. The song hit #1 on the Billboard charts and spawned two singles that reached Billboard Top 20 status. Each project saw the three artists grow as musicians and performers more and more however the transformation was nothing like what is to come with The Courtney John Project.
The Courtney John Project will be released internationally on the FiWi Music Label on April 30th 2013.
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