Touch The Sky – Chris Rob
Chris Rob hails from Chicago and currently resides in New York. He is an accomplished musician and singer-songwriter who has been making quality sounds for more than a decade. He has been a fundamental contributor to the success of many major artists – a classically trained pianist, he featured on Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothin’”, and for John Legend’s “Get Lifted” tour he took on the role as musical director in addition to performing keys and back up vocals. He performed at Barack Obama’s inauguration, and with DJ Spinna he co-wrote “Right On Brotha”, a gorgeous track which features Stevie Wonder and appears on Robert Glasper’s Miles Davis tribute album. The list of great artists that have worked with Chris is very impressive, he is certainly a well-respected performer, having supported the likes of Prince, Elton John, Common, Snoop Dogg, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Peven Everett, Roberta Flack, and Ashford & Simpson, to name a few. A very versatile man, he can work with any genre, and excels in a fusion of Funk, Soul, Hip hop and House. In the Soulful House world he has featured on many successful releases with Ian Friday including Found Myself, and a cover of Lionel Richie’s Love Will Find A Way, and he has recently toured worldwide with funk band the Nasty Delicious which features his elder brother Craig Robinson. Chris is one of those performers where music is at the very core of his existence, in every performance he is unassumingly superb, and with his long pedigree of world-class appearances, he has proved that he has the skills and passion to make any project stand out.
Darryl James, a Bronx native, is a man who has been on the scene for many years. A talented DJ, producer and remixer, he came to the fore in the booths of New York’s finest clubs including Bentley’s, The Silver Shadow and The Red Parrot. He was soon in demand by radio stations who were keen to showcase his turntable skills, and he has become a valued presenter on Kiss FM and WBLS. Darryl’s collaborations are extensive – he has worked with Robin S, Kem, Janet Jackson, Heather Headley, Ugochi, Mousse T, Will Reelsoul Rodriquez, David Anthony and House legend Todd Terry. He released You Make Me Happy and Where Do We Go on Todd’s prestigious Freeze label.
With the late R&B superproducer Fred McFarlane, Darryl founded the Altra Music Inc label. Altra is a label which promotes quality dance music including R&B and Jazz, and it continues to gain momentum with great releases including Voices from Leroy Burgess, Life, So Amazing from Ugochi, and Swingin’ from Reelsoul.
Touch The Sky is co-written by Chris and Darryl, with Chris performing keys and vocals, and Darryl providing his first-class production skills. This package includes an extended and radio version of the Darryl James Vocal Mix as well as an Instrumental Mix.
It is an inspirational song with a positive vibe that stirs the heart and mind of the listener from the opening bars. The smooth and silky vocals are delivered by Chris with the emotion of a man who longs for a better world. The lyrical storyboard echoes the feelings of many who have encountered a life of inequality, conflict, and oppression, and yet foretells of a beautiful existence that can be attained by coming together as one and changing perceptions to demonstrate that we can all live happily and respectfully with peace, love and unity. The production reflects the hope in the song’s message with its upbeat feel, energetic percussion, exquisite keys and heart-warming strings. As one dances to this superb composition, it is easy to get entwined in its beauty, feeling the faith of every beat, and as we move and sway, and reach high with our hands, we know that anything is possible – we can touch each other’s lives, and we can really touch the sky.
AMI009 – Touch The Sky – Chris Rob release date 11 May 2017 on Altra Music Inc