Monday, July 21, 2008
AUSTRIALIA'S R&B PRINCE EMBARKS ON A COMEBACK
Austrailan R&B pioneer Selwyn is making a comeback, and he sounds better than ever. I happened to be looking an YouTube and I ran across a clip of him recent performance and since I'm a huge fan of the talented singer, I decided to take a see how good he sounds, and he I have to say he sounds and looks good, being that this was his first performance in over two years.
Originally born in Duban, South Africa, Selwyn moved to Perth Australia with his mother and sister and would sing while pushing trolley carts at his job. It was there where he was discovered by Audius, an African producer who gave him his business card, and told him to call him to work on some tracks. Selwyn opted not to, but a few months later, he appeared on Austrailan idol, and though he didn't win the competition, he landed a deal with Epic Records, and teamed with Audius who produced his debut which went gold and scored three hits including "Buggin' Me," "The Way's Love Supposed To Be," and his remake of the Daryl Hall & John Oates classic "Rich Girl." What made him appeal to fans was his looks, his clear, soulful and powerful voice (He can give many American singers a run for their mastercards) his ability to sing, rap and write.
In October, 2004, Selwyn released his follow up "One Way" which despite going gold didn't do as well as his debut, and forced him to be dropped from the label.
I first became a fan of Selwyn in 2005 after seeing his CD in Virgin Mega store, and after doing research and downloading some of his songs, I was impressed with his voice, and four days later, I purchased "One Way" and was impressed with the growth and direction he was taking at that time. He recorded a African-flavored song called "King of The Jungle" which was one of his favorite songs on the album, and he had had hoped to have shot a video for. He also recorded a hot R&B/Rock song called "Cutie" which featured him singing against a rock guitar and on the remixed version (not the one that has the same beat with a Rapper spitting verses) he showcased his ablity to sing falsetto.
I also began to play some of his music to my friends and they were suprised that he didn't become a huge star over in the United States. The reason I feel that he didn't do as well is because his former label failed to released any of his mid-tempo songs and ballads as singles. Singles like "Way You Make Me Feel," "Negative Things," and "Take My Time" would have been great songs that could have helped him tackle the American Market as well as "Cutie." Hopefully with his new CD, he will release more ballads as singles, so he can reach a larger market, and conquer the United States, where he has many fans who are eager to hear and see him perform live.
MEANT TO BE
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: JULY 2002
THE WAY LOVE'S SUPPOSED TO BE
LIKE THIS, LIKE THAT
SONGS RECOMMENDED TO LISTEN TO
TAKE ME TIME
WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL
ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE JUNE 2004
OTHER SONGS RECOMMENDED
CUTIE (REMIX FEATURING STAN BRAVO)*
BOOMIN' (REMIX FEATURING MR. CHEECKS)*
* SONGS ARE AVAILABEL ONLY THROUGH DOWNLOADING