Pronounced Jah-Nay

Pronounced Jah-Nay

by Zhané


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In late 1993, the R&B vocal duo Zhané scored a Top Ten pop hit with the '70s Philly soul meets disco meets '90s hip-hop R&B smash "Hey Mr. DJ," a sleek slice of earthy, sophisticated soul that stands as one of the best R&B/pop hits of the '90s. Several months later the duo issued its highly anticipated debut, Pronounced Jah-Nay, on Motown, and the album yielded hit single after hit single for the better part of a year. Melding classic soul with honey-sweet vocals, hip-hop beats, jazz, disco, and pop, the duo stood out from the onslaught of manufactured R&B acts that dominated the airwaves and pop charts in the early to mid- '90s. The duo scored a Top 20 pop hit with its follow-up single, "Groove Thang," which, although still smooth and infectious, sounds like "Hey Mr. DJ" part two. Other singles included the glorious, elegant, and sleek "Sending My Love," which also managed to crack the pop Top 40, the funky R&B hit "Vibe," and the ballad "You're Sorry Now." The duo seems to shine brightest when tackling jazz ballads, such as the Sade-ish "La, La, La" and "Off My Mind," two songs that were never hits but easily rank as the album's overlooked treasures. Pronounced Jah-Nay is definitely one of the better R&B albums of the '90s -- unfortunately, this album's success was never repeated, and that was most likely due to lousy marketing and single choices for the duo's sophomore outing, Saturday Night.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/1994
Label: Motown
UPC: 0737463636926
catalogNumber: 6369
Rank: 30475

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zhané   Primary Artist
Babyface   Vocals
Kevin Batchelor   Trumpet
David Bellochio   Piano,Keyboards
Alan Goldsher   Bass
Frank Gravis   Bass
Voe Hitmen   Keyboards
Craig King   Keyboards
Paul Levante   Guitar
Renee Neufville   Strings
Jean Norris   Piano,Keyboards
Wendell & Face   Vocals
?   Background Vocals
Kay Gee   Vocals
Steve Williams   Drums
Suga Pop   Keyboards
Hitmen   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Naughty by Nature   Producer
Zhané   Producer,Executive Producer
David Bellochio   Producer,Engineer
Jonathan Clark   Art Direction
Frank Fagnano   Engineer
Craig King   Producer,Contributor
Steve McKeever   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Renee Neufville   Producer
Jean Norris   Producer
Angela Piva   Engineer
Kay Gee   Programming,Executive Producer,drum programming
Hitmen   Contributor

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