Zo! – FourFront (2019)

Zo! – FourFront 
Released August 9, 2019

01. On The Four (feat. Carmen Rodgers)
02. Smile (feat. Devin Morrison)
03. Neither One Of Us (feat. Madison McFerrin & Phonte)
04. For Moms (feat. Deborah Bond)
05. Bet You Wonder (feat. Madison McFerrin)
06. Love Up (feat. Carmen Rodgers & Eric Roberson)
07. Crash (feat. Sy Smith)
08. Sweat (feat. Stokley)
09. Step Up Front (feat. Deborah Bond)

Photo by Antoine Lyers
Design and Layout by Chris Charles
Mixed and Mastered by Chris Boerner

FourFront is available on
Amazon
Apple iTunes
Apple Music
Beatport
Deezer
Google Play
Spotify
Tidal

WATCH: Zo! – ‘Making SkyBreak’

Man.
It’s here… It’s HERE!!
The Making SkyBreak Documentary is now available.
A personal album deserves a very personal film, right? I LOVE the way Digifé was able to capture behind-the-scenes work for #SkyBreak, accurately depict the personalities of my folks who contributed to the album… We even got Momma Zo! and my sister (Sister Zo!? lol) to sit down for interviews. I really can’t begin to go into how extremely PROUD I am of this project. I’m absolutely appreciative of the work put in by Donnie, Eric, Raphael and Avery… I’m even MORE excited that everyone now has an opportunity to watch the finished product.

Making SkyBreak includes appearances from Phonte, Carmen Rodgers, Sy Smith, Joi, Waajeed, Shana Tucker, Tamisha Waden, Duane Powell, LaDarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson, Kristopher Crosby, Kamau Inaede, Aaron Abernathy, RoddyRod and Zana Smith (of Spectacles Detroit)

Zo! + Sy Smith “Body Rock” (Acoustic version)

In our now 12+ years of working together, I think it’s safe to say by now that my sister Sy Smith and I have accumulated some gahtdamn jams. This one was written with our brother Phonte and closed out my 2013 album #ManMade.

Since it looks like we’re gonna be in the house for awhile, Sy and I decided to have some fun with it.  #ZoAndSySmith #Acoustic #AtTheCrib #CribJams #WeGonBeHereForAMinute

“They Forgot Father’s Day” John Legend (feat. Ne-Yo, Travis Barker & Snoop Dogg)

In case you missed it…
Here’s the joint that we did for last night’s John Legend and Family: A Bigger Love Father’s Day Special… I haven’t obtained an official copy yet, so you’ll just have to settle for the video I recorded off of my TV.
I hope nobody forgot Father’s Day on y’all…!!

“They Forgot Father’s Day”
John Legend feat. Ne-Yo, Travis Barker & Snoop Dogg
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All instruments by Zo!

End of show credits…

Zo! & Tall Black Guy Creating “Step Up Front” in the studio.

There were a plenty of “special” moments that occurred during the recording of FourFront.… I’m just happy to have captured one of them.

During only the second studio session that Tall Black Guy and I worked together in, the music for “Step Up Front” happened… …….And I happened to have the camera on for it.

Runnit and learn about the song’s story also.

Sherman’s Showcase Music Breakdown

Meet Sherman (Season 1, Episode 1)

Meet Sherman introduces Sherman McDaniels, host of Sherman’s Showcase. John Legend walks us through a history of The Showcase – from Sherman’s parentage, to the origin of the show, with highlights throughout the show’s run from 1972-present day.

Theme From Sherman’s Showcase (70’s/80’s Version) (1:19 – 2:57)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

“That Ain’t Right” (3:59 – 5:12)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

“Drop It Low (For Jesus)” (18:47 – 19:44)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
Written by Phonte Coleman, Diallo Riddle & Zuri Salahuddin
All Instruments by Zo!
Vocals by Zuri Salahuddin

“That Ain’t Right Again” (20:12 – 20:50)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

The Showcase Dancers (Season 1, Episode 2)

Host, Nigel Lythgoe introduces the dancers of Sherman’s Showcase and shares significant moments in the series, including marriages between dancers, dancer-based controversies, and the show’s only robotic dancer, the Funk-A-Tron 2000.

Theme From Sherman’s Showcase (70’s/80’s Version) (1:19 – 2:57)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

“Time Loop” (14:23 – 16:51)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
Written by Phonte Coleman, Diallo Riddle
All Instruments by Zo!
Vocals by Ne-Yo

Behind The Charade (Season 1, Episode 3)

Host Morris Day, documents the rise, fall and rise of iconic pop star, Charade, from his discovery on Sherman’s Showcase through his historic 2007 comeback.

Theme From Sherman’s Showcase (70’s/80’s Version) (0:50 – 1:44)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

“Vicki, Is The Water Warm Enough” (5:34 – 6:56) & (21:14 – 21:36)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
Vocals by Vic Mensa

Enemies (Season 1, Episode 4)

Sherman reflects on his many haters over the decades as we dig into the rivalries and feuds of The Showcase. Turns out, genuine friendship is a rare commodity in showbiz, especially if you’re talking about frenemies John Legend and Common.

Theme From Sherman’s Showcase (2013 Version) (0:38 – 1:35)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

The Ladies Of The Showcase (Season 1, Episode 5)

Host Mary J. Blige introduces just some of the female artists who used Sherman’s Showcase as a launchpad for their careers. Performances include an unusual rap battle, a black girl magic act, and a performance by Mary herself.

Theme From Sherman’s Showcase (2013 Version) (0:36 – 1:41)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

“Raise The Roof” (18:26 – 19:15)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Bresha Webb

“Louder Than Lies” (20:17 – 20:52) & (21:18 – 21:38)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Bresha Webb

July 8, 1995 (Season 1, Episode 6)

A very ’90s episode of “Sherman’s Showcase from July 8, 1995. Sherman’s producer called it “the single best episode in the history of the show.” Performers include Big Freddy Payne, a go-go band and a trailer for a movie about Montell Jordan.

Theme From Sherman’s Showcase (90’s Version) (1:06 – 1:52)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

“Runnin'” (3:52 – 5:20)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
Lead Vocals by Bashir Salahuddin

“The Black Kids in the White School (College Go-Go Song)” (8:59 – 10:18) & (21:18 – 21:36)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
Bass & Guitar by Zo!
Drums by Chris “Biscuit” Bynum
Percussion by Leroy “Boogie” Greer
Lead Mic by Phonte

“This Is My Fantasy” (18:44 – 20:58)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Bresha Webb

White Music (Season 1, Episode 7)

An aging punk singer explores the many different white artists who have performed on “Sherman’s Showcase.” Sherman used his show as a platform to try and bridge the racial gap. Sometimes it worked. Sometimes it was awkward.

Theme From Sherman’s Showcase (70’s/80’s Version) (0:50 – 1:32)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

Ray J’s Showcase (Season 1, Episode 8)

In the season finale, Sherman is shocked to find himself in a world turned upside down, where Ray J is the host of his Showcase. Sherman races to uncover what triggered this alternate universe and finds himself face-to-face with an unexpected foe.

Theme From Sherman’s Showcase (70’s/80’s Version) (0:41 – 0:51)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

Gauntlet Song” (1:26 – 2:28)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

“Time Loop” (11:59 – 15:26)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
Written by Phonte Coleman, Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin
All Instruments by Zo!
Vocals by Ne-Yo

Theme From Sherman’s Showcase (2013 Version) (19:48 – 20:25)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

“That Ain’t Right” (20:46 – 21:06)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

Black History Month Spectacular (Episode 1)

Celebrate Black History Month as only Sherman can. Sherman and his dancers are back to shine a light on Black icons in a way that will make the annual February observance of Black History Month all his own… in June.

Theme From Sherman’s Showcase (70’s/80’s Version) (0:20 – 0:37)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

Lift Every Trap And Sing (2:14 – 2:56)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
Vocals by Bresha Webb & Bashir Sulahudden

Theme From Sherman’s Showcase (2013 Version) (13:35 – 13:43)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

Whoop De Kids (33:48 – 34:35)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

Sing Me A Lullabye (39:26 – 40:03)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
Lead Vocals by Vic Mensa
Background Vocals by Phonte

Theme From Sherman’s Showcase (70’s/80’s Version) (44:33 – 44:50)
Produced by Zo! & Phonte
All Instruments by Zo!
All Vocals by Phonte

Zo! – “Smile” (feat. Devin Morrison)

“Smile” is available on:
Amazon
Apple Music/iTunes

Deezer
Google Play
Spotify

Tidal

Smile featuring Devin Morrison
(L. Ferguson, D. Morrison, P. Coleman)
Produced by Zo! and Phonte for Chapter 3hree, Verse 5ive Music/The Foreign Exchange Music, LLC
All instruments: Zo!
All vocals: Devin Morrison

Mixing and Mastering: Chris Boerner
Chapter 3hree, Verse 5ive Music (BMI)/Project Orange (BMI)/Daddy’s New Bowtie (ASCAP)

Photo Credit: Toine Jameson
Design: Chris Charles

From Zo!’s forthcoming album, FourFront

Video: Chris Charles | Model: Zoya Yaseka