I’m honored to have been selected to score a new documentary that is currently in production entitled Undeniable – The Story of The Independent Soul Music Movement. The film’s director and producer, John Jointer contacted me a few months ago to ask me about being a part of the project, to which I was completely down to do. He said that he would be at our Indianapolis show (back in October) to sit down with Carmen Rodgers and I for interviews and to get some show footage. He then asked me if I would be interested in scoring the film as well. Hell YEAH I’d be interested! So there you have it… Between the Vegas Documentary, doing the music for the second season of Black Dynamite – The Animated Series and now this project, I’m really happy with the expansion to television and film. The new year has gotten off to a pretty wonderful start…
ManMade is an apt title for Zo!’s recently released album, which has already climbed to No.2 on the Itunes chart.
Nu-Soul Tuesday celebrated his new album, ManMade, with a listening party/meet & greet event on the day of its release. Hosted by Jodine Dorce, Zo! opened up to his long-time friend about the project, ForeignExchange and music.
While hanging out with fans at Frank’s Lounge in Brooklyn for his album release party, the laid back artist admitted that he played all of the instruments himself.
“In order to keep costs low,” he chuckled to host Jodine Dorce.
All modesty aside, however, Zo! (aka Lorenzo Ferguson) plays piano expertly and says that he taught himself bass, guitar and drums. The sound of real instruments (and voices!) prevails on this album, yet is complexly woven with the synthesizer, creating an effect that takes us back to the days of 80’s funk and R&B.
Known to many from his work with the group, The Foreign Exchange, Zo!, a Detroit native, commented that he has great respect for legends such as producer and bassist Leon Sylvers III. The influence on his work is evident.
It’s “grown-folks” music (you know you’re grown when you immediately recognize a Rick James riff), but speaks through the generations – simultaneously vintage and modern. Post-generational. Most tunes on the album are driven by a funky bass line, but textured through the melodies sung by talented guest artists.
Representative are the first and last tracks featuring the sweet voice of Sy Smith who starts the album off with a fast mover – The Train, but ends with the vibey “Body Rock.” Anthony David’s baritone is featured on “Show Me The Way” and gets you to feelin’ all Barry White-ish (or maybe that’s just me…).
Fans of The Foreign Exchange will delight in hearing contributions from the varied likes of veterans like Choklate, new comers, 1-O.A.K and Gwen Bunn, Eric Robertson, Jeanne Jolly, Carlitta Durand, and, of course, FE’s Phonte.
Zo! Says that he is happier with this album than the others because it “represented what I wanted it to represent.” He noted that he wanted to create a dance album and, indeed, he does.
The album is mostly upbeat, but at the same time varied in its use of tempo. Fans who thought the producer/artist had reached a pinnacle with his last album, SunStorm, should be relieved that the beat goes on. “After Sunstorm people was lookin’ at me like what you gon’ do now,” jokes Zo!, a hint of cockiness in his voice.
“I took that as a challenege.”
ManMade Listening Event at Frank’s Lounge with Zo!
Hosted by Jodine Dorce of Jodine’s Corner
In preparation for Zo!’s June 9th show in NYC…
Nu-Soul Tuesday celebrates his new album
with a listening party/meet & greet event on the day of its release.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Listening Event | Live Interview | Meet & Greet with Zo!
*Note: This is not a performance*
660 Fulton St. | Brooklyn, NY 11217 | (718) 625-9339
8:30p – 11:30p
$5 + One Drink Minimum
Zo! and Jodine During the Meet & Greet
Source: Grown Folks Music
By: Kimberly Kennedy Charles
Zo! was in the building at Moods Music on August 7 for the Music Addikts and Harmony In Life’s 1st Hit Listening Lounge. Host Jodine Dorce of Jodine’s Corner and Zo! chop it up in an intimate, “Inside the Actors Studio” fashion about his background and passion before music, how some of his hottest collaboration tracks came to fruition, who his musical inspirations are and even why he gives away some of his music for free! It was a great time as in-store fans and fans via Twitter alike got the chance to interact and vibe with Zo!