Jodeci: Interview by Stefanie Newell
The 1990's garnered many R&B groups. During an era dominated by New Jack Swing, Jodeci married R&B soul and Hip Hop to create a sound that is timeless even till this day. Forever My Lady, Jodeci's first album introduced us to two sets of brothers, all equally gifted, with roots based in the church. Jodeci maintained a firm handle on what a good love song was for the R&B/Hip Hop generation.
Forever My Lady the album, gave birth to many hits with songs like, Come & Talk To Me, Stay, and of course Forever My Lady, while Diary of a Mad Band kept consistent with Cry For You, Feenin, and What About Us. Jodeci made an impressionable impact on the R&B world with their unique sound, catchy street gear, and sexy vibe as they adopted both male and female fans alike.I had an opportunity to talk with two members of Jodeci, Dalvin and K-Ci, who talked to me about their newest album, Back To The Future The Very Best of Jodeci, as well as their future projects, artists that they are currently listening to, and the memories that they share of recording their first album together.
Stefanie: So we have K-Ci and Dalvin here, how are you guys doing today?
Stefanie:Good. We've not seen Jodeci in quite some time, what have you been up to?
Stefanie:All right, well I'm looking forward!
Stefanie:I have to admit that Forever My Lady and Diary of a Mad Band has not left my CD player since I bought them. Let's take our readers back to before Forever My Lady and reacquaint them with Jodeci. I know that you guys are two sets of brothers, tell me how you met and how you got your deal?
K-Ci: It was '89.
Stefanie:Now I know that Forever My Lady and Diary of a Mad Band takes me back to a special time in my life. What memories does it bring back for you guys?
K-Ci: But mostly fun though! Jodeci is the type of group - if nobody knows Jodeci - we're the type of group that we're not stuck up or nothing like that. When we record, we invite our friends and family to the studio and it's like a concert. So we just have fun when we're doing it! You know it was ups and downs. During Diary of a Mad Band, that's when Dalvin lost his virginity.
K-Ci & Dalvin: (laughs)
Stefanie:You were one of the premiere soul groups of the 90's what do you think set you apart and accounted for your popularity?
Stefanie:You guys were relatively young when you entered the business, K-Ci I read that you were 19 years old, what have you guys learned throughout the years about the music industry?
Stefanie:K-Ci, your sound is very soul stirring, very gospel, can you explain that influence in your music?
Stefanie:Dalvin, you are a very gifted producer. You produced one of my favorite songs Get On Up, are you producing for anyone else other than the band right now?
Stefanie:That's great! So Back to the Future The Very Best of Jodeci is a collection of Jodeci's greatest hits. What are some of your favorites from the album K-Ci?
Stefanie:Cry For You, oh I love that song! I was listening to it last night.
Stefanie:High school, first loves, I just reminisce
Stefanie:My son who is eleven, and this is a true story, about two weeks ago came home and said that Jodeci was the best R&B group of all time.
Stefanie: I promise you! And he wasn't even born when Jodeci first started making albums. So Jodeci still has the ability to make an impact on kids who are listening to bands like B5 and Pretty Ricky? How does that make you feel?
Dalvin: It doesn't sound dated.
Dalvin: That's right, not dissing it, cause I love Teddy Riley ever since dirt, but we didn't fall into a category like a catch category as far as music.
Stefanie:What do you think of the current state of R&B and Hip Hop?
K-Ci: Right now, I can say that the only artist that's making me feel real R&B, real R&B is R. Kelly, number one of course. R. Kelly's doing his thing!
Dalvin: He's been consistent.
Stefanie:Really? I hadn't heard that.
Stefanie:Dalvin who are you listening to right now?
Stefanie:So you know the ladies are going to want to know, are you guys single or are you dating?
Stefanie:Dalvin, single. Got it! K-Ci?
Stefanie:K-Ci it has been rumored that you and Fantasia from American Idol are cousins, any truth to that?
Stefanie:What do you think of her success?
Stefanie:Are you guys touring in support of the album?
Stefanie:Well I'll be looking for it. I'll be the first in line!
Stefanie:So when can we expect that new Jodeci album cause you know we are waiting?
Stefanie:Well you heard it hear first, in the fall! Thank you guys for taking time out of your schedule to talk with me.
Story and Interview by Stefanie Newell
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