J.P. DeLaire, noted sideman for Prince and Michael Bolton, has released his debut solo CD, In My Life on Tender Girl Music. This collection of original compositions was produced by DeLaire and is a rich musical menu that ranges from contemporary jazz to the Minneapolis funk of his native roots.
As member of the legendary musical Peterson Family of Minneapolis, DeLaire was schooled in straight ahead jazz and R & B. He has shared the stage with greats including Oleta Adams, Alexander ONeal, Richard Marx, Solo, Donny Osmond and Cherrelle. DeLaire has also worked with famed producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
In My Life was mixed and mastered by super sound engineer Steve Hodge (Janet Jackson, Flyte Time Productions), and radio music programmers have already begun playing cuts. It features DeLaire’s sexy, soulful vocals, as well as his keyboard artistry and smooth saxophone.
Listeners will love the hard-hitting message of “The Prodigal Son.” Mico Wave lends Roger Troutman-inspired Talk Box assistance on DeLaires slow groove, “I Need Your Love. “Never Enough” is a sensuous ballad reminiscent of Mint Condition, while DeLaire delivers sinister funk on “Gotta Keep The Funk Alive.” It’s a tribute to the Funk Pioneers with references to The Time, Prince, Rick James, Zapp, and Earth, Wind and Fire.
I think that there are many fans of the Minneapolis Sound that are hungry for something new from the Minneapolis scene.
“The lyrics are original but the grooves we’ve laid down will be a homecoming for a lot of listeners out there,” said DeLaire.
– Press release provided by Cheryl Hughey Promotions