It’s Thursday again, and we’ve got a much anticipated PMJ debut today! Meet Rayvon Owen, joining us to help put a swingin’ 1940’s spin on R. Kelly’s “Remix to Ignition.” We guarantee that this is the absolute classiest way to hear this tune
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Rayvon's effortless voice combines a soulful John Legend-like tone with phrasing elements of classic crooners like Frank Sinatra on this video. It's fitting, then, that Sinatra's 100th birthday would have been only a few days from now. And, although I can't speak for the Chairman of the Board, I'm pretty sure he would agree that after the party is the afterparty, too.
For this arrangement, I want to capture the hard swinging feel found in so many Sinatra arrangements and combine it with elements of hiphop and modern day r&b. If you listen to the horns carefully, you'll hear a bit of Nelson Riddle and - in the breakdown - a bit of Dr. Dre. Although those two might seem unrelated at first, they were both responsible for creating a production style that came to define a genre.
Rayvon was a natural choice to bring these two traditions together, and he's one of the most polished young performers that I've ever worked with. Every take he recorded was a winner; this is a real voice to watch. For more Rayvon, visit his YouTube channel and say hi to him on Facebook.
p.s. in case you haven't seen the original version of this song, I've posted it below. If you HAVE seen the original, enjoy the nostalgia: