Jesse Campbell

Never Let You Go

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Mayfield, IL's Jesse Campbell was the debut artist of the filmmaking duo the Hughes Bros (House Party, Menace II Society) on their Capitol Records-distributed label,Underground Records. His self-titled debut quickly spun off a hit single in the form of the torchy ballad "When U Cry I Cry." Though the album contains only love ballads, they're not of the "bump and grind" variety. The material is definitely in a "lay your head on my shoulder" mode. Campbell's roots are in gospel music. He's the son of a pastor and he spent his early years in the church choir and traveling the country with his father,singing each night before and after his father's sermons. Later,he shared the stage with such gospel stars as Daryl Coley,Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and Commissioned.He does churchy, melisma riffs on "Don't Stop." His vocals at times recall Glenn Jones, who started out making gospel records for Savoy and Skip Martin of the Dazz Band. Campbell co-writes the sinewy, sensual "Comfort of Your Man." Marvel at his full-bodied vocals on "Love Will Be There." It's obvious that Campbell hasn't forgotten where he's come from. On "Love That Will Last,," the lyrics can either be interpreted as secular or inspirational: "I found a love that will last, never more will I be's unconditional." Jesse Campbell distinguishes himself from a lot of crooners by the fact that he can "actually" sing, and the focus of his love songs stay above the crotch. Thankfully, his vocals aren't buried in the mix. The production is both tasteful and dynamic.

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