Let's Fall in Love Final Mix Plus 2 Bonus Tracks
What's love got to do with it? Everything, according to James Whitney, Soul singer extraordinaire and was one of the childhood lead singers of the Whitney Family musical group. It was love songs that captured James' feelings so much that he had to express those feelings by singing and writing love songs himself. At age 4, James was only four, when his mother was hanging clothes in the backyard and he started singing harmony to his Mother's lead. His Mother was amazed not only that he could sing, but that he had the 'musical ears' to hear and sing harmony to any song that he heard. 'I used to press my ear against the families radio, listening to the music with no distraction from the outside world...the Bass rumbling through my body...my soul...until one of my parents would pull me away...'Boy, you gonna go deaf if you don't move back! But, I knew better. I was learning from all those songs'. As he grew older, James was possessed by the desire to express himself through song...first by singing and then by writing his own original materials. A friend and contemporary of Stevie Wonder, (whom he met through his sister, Mary Lee Whitney who sang background on many of Stevie's biggest hits) James remembers singing together while riding in his convertible. Another contemporary was Marvin Gaye, with whom James shared creating a music sound track for the movie Chrome and Hot Leather. James' early musical influences were Bobby Blue Bland, Frankie Lymon, Little Willie John and a non-descript Sanctified Church that he would hear on Sundays through the fence of one of his early homes. By age 12 James joined his brother's singing group, the Parakeets who sang at College dances, nightclubs and Concerts. By age 14 the group had worked at nearly all the Nightclubs in the Oregon, and Washington area. Next James at age 14 formed the singing group The Monoreys who followed the Club circuit in Portland and Seattle. Then James helped to form the Harleguins with his sister Mary, Tony Lytle, Henry Moore and Bill Diz. Dreaming of California they headed to LA and then eventually the name to the Seven Souls, where other prominent musicians like Bob Welch, Bobby Hunt, joined the group. James also wrote several songs with and/or for some of the top names in the business. For Michael Jackson he wrote 'Goodness Knows', 'Disco Kids' and 'Sweet Music'. He also wrote 'As long As There's You' for the group Main Ingredient, featuring Cuba Gooding Sr. James arranged background vocals for some of the songs by Quiet Riot and opened for Santana, Tower of Power, and Canned Heat to name a few. He worked all the nightclub circuits in Los Angeles. Before now I would have to say 'unfortunately for us, some of these great songs were never released'. But today, we will get to hear some of them as they are included on his New Album Let's Fall In Love Remix with 2 Bonus tracks. 'Today's music scene represents 15 to 20 years without music being included in the Public Education system nation wide. Without the understanding of music or how to play it being taught to the kids, they have come up with what we hear today...but even they agree, it's not music you want to woo a girl with...or dance close with someone too...with someone you love. For that you need 'Old School' and that's what I specialize in. 'Old School' was about love...and caring, family, heartache, and like Mohammed Ali, getting back up after being knocked down....about keeping on keeping on...not letting the hard knocks of life keep you down or make you bitter. It was about hope for a better tomorrow, being spoken out in the lyrics of songs....being felt in the strings section even as we danced to the beats of the Bass and Drums.... In 1989, James found himself in London, England. Hitting the ground running, James played the Pubs and bars in and around London then was asked to perform at Ceasars as it's host, the largest club in London, seating 3,000 people. There, he was joined by the leading British and American Acts.. !