Nigerian-born, Los Angeles-based singer Douyé (pronounced Doe-Yay) is
influenced by Sade, Dianne Reeves, Chanté Moore, Regina Belle,
and Rachelle Ferrell. A high measuring pole and at the same time
commitment, which Zouyé wants to achieve.
Douyé started her career in 2007 with her debut album Journey now
followed by her sophomore album So Much Love (2013). Douyé
has written all songs together with British songwriter Terry
Shaddick. She is supported by some known musicians such as the late
Ricky Lawson, bassist Ron Jenkins, saxophonist Eric Marienthal,
trumpet player Rick Braun, keyboardist Phillip Saisse and more.
The album opens
with Til Morning Comes, you can say all great theater. Not
only that she is amazingly close to Sade's style, even the
instrumentation is finest. Love Rules excels through subtle
chorus with impressing harmony. Most of the instruments of this song
are performed by JR Hutson, who also recorded with Jill Scott.
Dance With You starts with a nice Flamenco guitar intro by
Craig Bell and stays in this style during the whole piece. This
Spanish flavored song reminds me of Madonna's La Isla Bonita.
Especially the song
Man Enough needed great efforts
to record, as Douyé describes in her
blog. With keyboardist Phillip Saisse and his team of prolific
musicians they "nailed it".
Golden Days gets his lyrical character by Rick Braun's
excellent interpretation on the flugelhorn. Also interesting is how
Douyé brings into play different variations of her voice.
Whoopsadaisy, So Much Love is a big tribute to Fela Ransome
Kuti. What a thankful African influence Douyé lets shine on her
work. That is a class act of African Pop in the style of Angelique
Kidjo or Khadya Nin.
Wake Up goes into another direction again with great
orchestration perfectly realized by Phillip Saisse. Douyé
"I was touched to write this song because of the way the
issues surrounding mental illness have become more visible in our
society lately, often in tragic and difficult-to-deal-with ways.
Writing this song was my way of talking about it.
With Live Is Good Douyé spreads positive mood, cheering up the
listener. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal contributes to this
More thoughtful tones Douyé intones with Writing On The Wall.
This contemplation give Douyé and Jeff Pescetto with their vocal
diversity a forceful character full of repentance. There sounds
With You much happier. The relationship is also the central
theme of You're The Only One. Douyé has nothing but praise
for her partner. With the reggae-flavored Loved By Love she
continues her favorite subject. On the mellow Through It All
Douyé finally duets with Ramon Stagnaro, who accompanies her on
album So Much Love is matured like a fine wine. A strong
personality is leaving her musical tracks.
Buy the album in all stores
Title: So Much Love
Genre: General R&B
Label: Betsy Blue Music/Groove Note Records
01 Til Morning Comes [4:11]
02 Love Rules [5:54]
03 Dance With You [4:33]
04 Man Enough [3:47]
05 Golden Days (Featuring Rick Braun) [4:34]
06 So Much Love [6:12]
07 Wake Up [3:52]
08 Life Is Good (Featuring Eric Marienthal) [4:34]
09 Writing On The Wall [3:45]
10 With You (Featuring Eric Marienthal) [4:19]
11 You're The Only One [4:57]
12 Loved By Love [4:03]
13 Through It All [1:54]