Music in My Soul

Music in My Soul

by Leigh Jones


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Leigh Jones has been quoted as saying that along the way, she encountered various producers who didn't see her the way she saw herself. One producer, according to Jones, envisioned her as an alternative rock singer; others wanted her to emulate Britney Spears. But listening to her promising debut album, Music in My Soul, it isn't hard to figure out what really makes Jones tick: she is a jazzy neo-soul singer along the lines of Jill Scott and Erykah Badu (with hints of Teena Marie at times). R&B is the main ingredient on this 2008 release, but jazz is definitely an influence on memorable tracks such as "Sick of Fools," "Same Game," "Cold in L.A.," and "Music." And even though Music in My Soul isn't jazz per se, Jones clearly has a healthy appreciation of jazz and has the vocal chops to record a straight-ahead jazz album should she ever decide to do so. But then, one hopes the expressive Jones will always have a strong R&B connection because R&B works pleasingly well for her; it's a good thing she didn't let anyone turn her into a knee-jerk Britney Spears clone. Most of the songs on this 49-minute CD were co-produced by Kerry Gordy, son of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy; an exception is Jones' cover of DeBarge's 1980s hit "All My Love," which is the album's least memorable track and sounds like it was recorded with smooth jazz/NAC radio stations in mind. Unlike the rest of the disc, Jones' "All My Love" cover comes across as somewhat mechanical. But most of Jones' performances on Music in My Soul sound genuinely heartfelt, and 90 percent of the time, this is an excellent debut from the Los Angeles-based neo-soul singer.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2008
Label: Peak Records
UPC: 0888072307254
catalogNumber: 30725
Rank: 139535

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leigh Jones   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Crowd Noise
Raymond Crossley   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Upright Bass,Crowd Noise
Lex de Azevedo   Keyboards
Kerry Gordy   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Crowd Noise
Norman "Tiger" Jackson   Keyboards
Bobby Rodriguez   Brass
Nick Vincent   Drums
Wayman Tisdale   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist
Danny James   Guitar
Carl McGregor   Bass,Drums,Keyboards,Fretless Bass Guitar
Rick Watford   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chazzy Green   Saxophone
Arturo Solar   Horn
Luther "Mano" Hanes   Keyboards
Dapo Torimiro   Guitar,Background Vocals
Bryant Siono   Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Lorenzo Pryor   Drums,Keyboards
Natalie Martin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Andre Moton   Background Vocals
Mike Agorillo   Drums
David Monetolongo   Background Vocals
Jimmy De Julio   Upright Bass
Danny Rodriguez   Guitar
Nate Morton   Drums
Norman Jackson   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Bell   Executive Producer
Raymond Crossley   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production
Bruce Fisher   Producer,Audio Production
Berry Gordy   Producer,Audio Production
Kerry Gordy   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Andy Hay   Engineer
Dave Pensado   Engineer
Michael Schlesinger   Engineer
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Wayman Tisdale   Producer,Audio Production
Andi Howard   Executive Producer,Audio Production
Carl McGregor   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,MIDI Programming
David Knauer   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Aja Kimura   Creative Coordinator
Keite Young   Producer,Audio Production
Richard Barron   Engineer
Brad Mitcho   Engineer
Luther "Mano" Hanes   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Clark Anderson   Producer,Audio Production
Dapo Torimiro   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Instrumentation,Sequencers
Leigh Jones   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production
Bryant Siono   Audio Production,Sequencers
Lorenzo Pryor   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production,Sequencers
Natalie Martin   Vocal Arrangements
Jerohn McGregor   Audio Production
Mike Kelly   Audio Production,Sequencers

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Music in My Soul 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, a fresh voice, a musical talent not seen for at least a generation. I am stunned. Ms. Jones has the voice, the musical training and the expressive feeling to interpret the songs well chosen for this album. For the next album, I'd like to see some classic titles of soul singers together with new songs written for this extraordinary talent. Buy this one, and listen to it over and over.