K'Jon: Romantic R&B Singer at B.B. King's
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Known for her robust voice and rich tones, jazz vocalist Renee Manning came to fame in the jazz world as a big band singer with the Mel Lewis Orchestra from 1983 to 1989 -- the longest tenure of any vocalist associated with the organization. She's since performed with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Sir Roland Hanna, Mark Murphy, Howard Johnson, Joe Williams, the Mingus Big Band and the Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Orchestra. As a solo artist, Manning's most recent album, All Grown Up, showcases the Grammy-nominated singer's soothing, quieter side. Learn More
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The turning point came for K’Jon while writing music in a Los Angeles hotel room. After years of putting out independent releases while working a day job to support his family in Detroit, he had to figure out his future in the music industry. “I was missing my family something terrible,” he says. “I was sitting in that room, wondering if writing songs was worth being away from my daughter. I was really going through it.” Singing from the age of eight, K’Jon had been dabbling in the business for years. What started out as a hobby was beginning to morph into a career. In 2004, he had the honor of having his song “Miami” featured on the soundtrack for 2 Fast 2 Furious. He had opened for everyone from Ludacris and Ne-Yo to Raheem DeVaughn, and he’d released a few independent albums that became popular in his hometown. Things were coming together. But it was happening slowly.
After a decade of working hard, K’Jon’s ship finally came in with the release of his full-length major label debut I Get Around in 2009. The disc is a superb collection that features nods to both his contemporaries, including Kem and Robin Thicke, and his predecessors, like fellow Detroit native Marvin Gaye. The album unfolds like a film, following the trials and tribulations of a young man who is determined to live and love fully and completely. Tracks like “On the Ocean,” “After the Club,” and the title track are absolute genuine soul music – the kind that speaks to an earlier time in music history.
While K’Jon’s music is well suited to Detroit’s ballroom culture, the appeal is much wider. Whether you’re holding up the wall in a Brooklyn club, roller-blading in Santa Monica, or two-stepping in Chicago, K’Jons music fits. It speaks across generations too. “A woman left a comment on a website,” he muses. “She said she was 58 and she loved my music. And then of course, I perform in the clubs and there are teenagers and young adults singing along. In this industry, they want you to pick a demographic. But sometimes, your audience chooses you. And that’s a great feeling.” Look for that great feeling to continue when K’Jon releases his next album, Moving On, in April.