Kenny Wesley The Real Thing

New Music: Kenny Wesley “The Window”

Kenny Wesley The Real Thing

Soul music lovers in the nation’s capital know the name Kenny
Wesley as a passionate purveyor of ballads who has opened
shows for the likes of Stephanie Mills, Carl Thomas and Anthony
David. But he’s taking a turn for the funkier on his official launch
single “The Window,” a collaboration with L.A.-based Noah
Lifschey, widely respected within the industry as a prolific producer
of sizzling music for TV shows such as “America’s Best Dance
Crew” and the MTV Movie and Music Awards programs.

“The Window” weds a thumpin’ groove to a self-affirming message
that Wesley rocks with a righteous and uplifting vengeance. The
song represents a sonic revolution as part throwback and homage,
part contemporary slam jam. “R&B is so overproduced and premanufactured
now,” Wesley states. “It’s missing the grit that it
used to have. Noah and I are trying to bring it back yet keep it
relevant.” Lifschey affirms, “I’ve always wanted to take music with
the `70s funk feel of Graham Central Station, Sly & The Family Stone
and Stevie Wonder but rock it with a modern feel of bigger drums
and slamming vibe to keep it from just sounding retro and old.”

As the lead-off single of a yet-to-be-titled contemporary soul
concept album, “The Window” has an intriguing point of origin.
“It began as a 40-second piece of music – a partial verse and a
chorus – I wrote for a contestant on ‘So You Think You Can
Dance,’” multi-instrumentalist Lifschey confesses. “The song got a
lot of great write-in feedback from viewers wanting to know what it was
and where they could get it. Because I’d already been working with Kenny
since June, I completed the music with live guitars, keys and custom
programmed drums, then invited him to help me finish the lyrics. I’m a big
fan of Seal who’s known for his lyrics being a bit vague. Generally speaking,
‘The Window’ is about being in the moment instead of allowing yourself to
get caught up in a train wreck of thoughts that stifle you.” Wesley, who
contributed to the lyrics and arrangement of the melody, adds, “It’s
about taking an introspective look at one’s self and being honest and
unpretentious with the people around you – something there isn’t
enough of in the music business today.”

For a guy whose early vocal influences were Burt Bacharach-produced
Dionne Warwick and the late, great Luther Vandross, Kenny Wesley is
embracing the edgier sound quite nicely. “I guess I’m going all the way back
to my original vocal roots,” Wesley concludes with a chuckle. “My mom
always said I came out the womb screaming!”

“The Window” is available on itunes, CD Baby, and many
other retail outlets.