Music in My Soul

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Leigh Jones has been quoted as saying that along the way, she encountered various producers who didn't see her the way she saw herself. One producer, according to Jones, envisioned her as an alternative rock singer; others wanted her to emulate Britney Spears. But listening to her promising debut album, Music in My Soul, it isn't hard to figure out what really makes Jones tick: she is a jazzy neo-soul singer along the lines of Jill Scott and Erykah Badu (with hints of Teena Marie at times). R&B is the main ingredient on this 2008 release, but jazz is definitely an influence on memorable tracks such as "Sick of Fools," "Same Game," "Cold in L.A.," and "Music." And ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Leigh Jones has been quoted as saying that along the way, she encountered various producers who didn't see her the way she saw herself. One producer, according to Jones, envisioned her as an alternative rock singer; others wanted her to emulate Britney Spears. But listening to her promising debut album, Music in My Soul, it isn't hard to figure out what really makes Jones tick: she is a jazzy neo-soul singer along the lines of Jill Scott and Erykah Badu (with hints of Teena Marie at times). R&B is the main ingredient on this 2008 release, but jazz is definitely an influence on memorable tracks such as "Sick of Fools," "Same Game," "Cold in L.A.," and "Music." And even though Music in My Soul isn't jazz per se, Jones clearly has a healthy appreciation of jazz and has the vocal chops to record a straight-ahead jazz album should she ever decide to do so. But then, one hopes the expressive Jones will always have a strong R&B connection because R&B works pleasingly well for her; it's a good thing she didn't let anyone turn her into a knee-jerk Britney Spears clone. Most of the songs on this 49-minute CD were co-produced by Kerry Gordy, son of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy; an exception is Jones' cover of DeBarge's 1980s hit "All My Love," which is the album's least memorable track and sounds like it was recorded with smooth jazz/NAC radio stations in mind. Unlike the rest of the disc, Jones' "All My Love" cover comes across as somewhat mechanical. But most of Jones' performances on Music in My Soul sound genuinely heartfelt, and 90 percent of the time, this is an excellent debut from the Los Angeles-based neo-soul singer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Peak Records
  • UPC: 888072307254
  • Catalog Number: 30725
  • Sales rank: 116,532

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:43)
  2. 2 Music (3:25)
  3. 3 All This Love (4:11)
  4. 4 Cold in L.A. (4:23)
  5. 5 Cain't Get Enough of Your Love (4:10)
  6. 6 Have It Your Way (4:39)
  7. 7 Free Fall (3:59)
  8. 8 Sick of Fools (4:01)
  9. 9 I'm Leavin' You (4:08)
  10. 10 Same Game (3:20)
  11. 11 Who What Why (4:05)
  12. 12 The Words You Never Say (4:22)
  13. 13 Goodbye (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leigh Jones Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals, Crowd Noise
Raymond Crossley Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Upright Bass, Crowd Noise
Lex de Azevedo Keyboards
Kerry Gordy Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Crowd Noise
Norman "Tiger" Jackson Keyboards
Bobby Rodriguez Brass
Nick Vincent Drums
Wayman Tisdale Acoustic Guitar, Soloist
Danny James Guitar
Carl McGregor Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Fretless Bass Guitar
Rick Watford Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chazzy Green Saxophone
Arturo Solar Horn
Luther "Mano" Hanes Keyboards
Dapo Torimiro Guitar, Background Vocals
Bryant Siono Bass Guitar, Keyboards
Lorenzo Pryor Drums, Keyboards
Natalie Martin Vocals, Background Vocals
Andre Moton Background Vocals
Mike Agorillo Drums
David Monetolongo Background Vocals
Jimmy De Julio Upright Bass
Danny Rodriguez Guitar
Nate Morton Drums
Norman Jackson Keyboards
Technical Credits
Al Bell Executive Producer
Raymond Crossley Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Audio Production
Bruce Fisher Producer, Audio Production
Berry Gordy Jr. Producer, Audio Production
Kerry Gordy Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Andy Hay Engineer
Dave Pensado Engineer
Michael Schlesinger Engineer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Mark Wexler Executive Producer, Audio Production
Wayman Tisdale Producer, Audio Production
Andi Howard Executive Producer, Audio Production
Carl McGregor Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, MIDI Programming
David Knauer Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Aja Kimura Creative Coordinator
Keite Young Producer, Audio Production
Richard Barron Engineer
Brad Mitcho Engineer
Luther "Mano" Hanes Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Clark Anderson Producer, Audio Production
Dapo Torimiro Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Instrumentation, Sequencers
Leigh Jones Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Audio Production
Bryant Siono Audio Production, Sequencers
Lorenzo Pryor Producer, Engineer, Audio Production, Sequencers
Natalie Martin Vocal Arrangements
Jerohn McGregor Audio Production
Mike Kelly Audio Production, Sequencers
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A star is born!

    Finally, a fresh voice, a musical talent not seen for at least a generation. I am stunned. Ms. Jones has the voice, the musical training and the expressive feeling to interpret the songs well chosen for this album. For the next album, I'd like to see some classic titles of soul singers together with new songs written for this extraordinary talent. Buy this one, and listen to it over and over.

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