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The Ocean Man, K’Jon is Back: “Man” Timeless
Grammy-nominated R&B star, K'jon releases new cd and lead single "Man". Album's UK success (#2 R&B Charts) followed up with stateside push.
Much like a Motown-era record, MAN has shown its staying power – climbing in the charts and earning top marks internationally. Released on his independently owned label, Up&Up Records – the new offering features Gwen Foxx, Seven The General and a special remix of the wildly popular This Time (This Time 4 Real) featuring Lyfe Jennings.
"I wanted to make a fun album while paying tribute and continuing the Motown legacy of Detroit,” says the singer. K’Jon rounds out MAN with a dedication to one of Motown’s greatest voices, Marvin Gaye with “Come Get to This”.
Despite no major distribution, the success of MAN continues to top charts. In the UK, it peaked at #2 on the UK Soul Chart receiving stellar reviews from Soultracks.com. The singer’s focus has been on broadening his appeal overseas but he’s never forgotten home.
MAN’s special stateside release will have K’Jon gearing up for a 10-city tour that starts in his hometown, Detroit. “Motown is where it’s at,” says the honorary Motown Alumni. “… To have a ‘Motown’ legacy someone has to still do that type of music.” This album does so in grand style.
Title track and lead single “Man” is a soul-dowsing ballad that speaks to the strength of being a man. K’Jon’s poignant lyrics are amidst doo-wop and heavy chord riffs. – There was some who fought for equality/ there was even one who defied gravity. There was so many who stood out from the rest/ like this one minority who became president.
“I feel like I can promote and perform this album for the rest of my career, because that Motown sound will never die.”
K’Jon performs his new and known collection at Sound Board Theatre - MotorCity Casino Hotel on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM for a special concert performance with Blackstreet. Tickets for the show are available through StubHub! and Ticket Network Direct.
About K’Jon and Up&Up Records:
The CEO & producer wrote all the songs he’s published. The album I Get Around also debuted at #1 on the Hip Hop/R&B album charts while the single “On the Ocean” was the spark that elevated K’Jon’s career to new heights sitting at #2 Hot Adult R&B song of 2009 making the largest jump to the #1 spot on the Nielsen ratings. K’Jon also set the record for the longest run on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip Hop Song with “On the Ocean”, surpassing platinum selling artists Usher’s single “You Make Me Wanna” and Mary J Blige’s single “Be Without You”, which logged at 75 weeks.
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