“Decked out with feel-good love and it-could-be-love songs tidily arranged over a sturdy post-disco/pre-new jack swing foundation, it similarly features a shifting cast of guest vocalists known and new to Zo! sessions.” – Andy Kellman for AllMusic.com
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I have been hinting at the fact that I have something on the upcoming +FE Remix project, well… the official announcement has been made. There’s a helluva line-up of music here as you read through the tracklisting AND the lead single “So What If It Is” is available for free download. This double-disc is available for pre-order NOW and will be released on February 26, 2013.
Selections from The Foreign Exchange’s +FE Music catalog as remixed by Nicolay, Zo!, 4hero, The Randy Watson Experience (?uestlove & James Poyser), Focus…, Tall Black Guy, Pirahnahead, and more. Includes three new studio tracks. In stores February 26 on +FE Music.
01. The Foreign Exchange- So What If It Is 02. The Foreign Exchange- The Last Fall (Focus… +FE Experience Remix) 03. Zo! feat. Phonte- Flight of the Blackbyrd (4hero Remix) 04. The Foreign Exchange- Fight For Love (Nicky Mendes and Brasil ’66 Remix) 05. Deborah Bond- Say It (Nicolay Remix) 06. The Foreign Exchange feat. Paris & Amber Strother of KING- All The Kisses (Ahmed Sirour Remix) 07. The Foreign Exchange feat. YahZarah- If She Breaks Your Heart (The Randy Watson Experience Remix) 08. The Foreign Exchange feat. Darien Brockington & Median- Maybe She’ll Dream of Me (Pure P’s Sky Hygh Remix) 09. The Foreign Exchange feat. YahZarah- If This Is Love (Nicky Buckingham’s Fleetwood Remix) 10. Vikter Duplaix- Electric Love (Nicolay Remix) 11. Zo! feat. Chantae Cann- All Is Well With Love (Pirahnahead Remix)