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by vivrant thang on underrated female soul singer
Judging by the response to my Old School Friday post spotlighting one of my favorite 90s girl groups, Zhane, I figured you might like to see more of what one half of the dynamite sangin duo is up to these days.
I had the opportunity to see Jean Baylor perform music from her solo album, Testimony: My Life Story at the Can A Sista Rock A Mic Festival back in October (yes, I know I’m late!). It was a simply beautiful set, just Jean and the guitar or behind the piano, sharing seven songs from the project that’s been in the works for 8 years.
Although we reminisce over the days when we had classy girl groups that could sang circles around most of these chicks that are hot in the streets today, I am really glad that Jean came back on the solo tip. The beauty of this woman’s voice is well-matched with the material. It was perfect for the intimate setting the venue provided. Since I did it backward and saw her live before hearing her album, I was more than excited to get my hands on a copy. I was in luck as I won a free copy of her EP after correctly guessing the artist she was channeling in “Made To Love You” (can you guess?)
The EP wasn’t enough. I had to get the entire album. I think you’ll see why.
Come Go With Me
This is the first project that Jean and her husband Mark (yea fellas she’s happily taken!), a fellow musician, put out under their Be A Light label. You can download it from her website for the low low price of $9.99.
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I will def purchase her album. Zhane were lovely, classy and talented. It’s nice to see Jean doing her thing. I hope to hear some news about Renee as well.
Soul UK said:
Lovin her sound!
Never really listened to anything by Zhane but will def be added to my list (somewhere near the top).
@sdg1844 – Renee did some work with Roy Hargrove and is featured on his Hard Groove album (an underrated album if ever there was one!)
Melody Cool said:
I saw her at SolVillage in NYC with Eric Roberson in September. She was great then. Definitely an underrated singer and Zhane was an underrated group. Keep bringing us new/forgotten artists.
PS Love your blog.
Props for this post. I always wondered what happened to Zhane. Now I know and will look forward to the album. Its good to see artists still doing good music. I happened to find out The Boys are still in the game the other day labeling themselves as Suns Of Light.
this is mos def one of my faves cd of 08…will showcased her music on our radio show.
fri & sat 6-10p
Oh man. I met her at a Corrine Bailey Rae concert. She was really cool and she mentioned her music page but I totally forgot to check it out. Thanks for the reminder and the concert clips. I think I am going to have to get this album to make up for lost time.
vivrant thang said:
@sdg- Yes, to cosign Soul UK, Renee is performing with Roy Hargrove and I believe her solo album is in the works. I’m glad to see that they both are still on the scene.
@souluk – Get your hands on Zhane’s first album ASAP. You will NOT be disappointed. Solid all the way through.
@Melody Thanks for commenting! I know that was a HELL of a show! Glad you’re liking it here. Please stop back again.
@squarerootz – Thanks for commenting. Ironically, I highlighted the Boys in one of my Old School Friday posts and mentioned that they were still performing. Was a pleasant surprise.
@jiovanni – She is mad cool. Like someone you can just kick it with for real. I love that. Definitely get her album. You will not be disappointed.
I love Zhane. It’s good to see that Jean is coming back out with music. Thanks for spreading the word.
Ry Nea' Soul said:
yes she’s dope…i love the album…i still hope for a Reunion though because Zhane was the best female duo, and there has not been any to come close
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Patsy Canady said:
Hi Jeanie!! I’m so proud of you and your Mr. I love your music and stage presence.