“Play… a song for the good times, for the bad times…When you wanna lay your problems down and just be…It’s the music that moves you”– “Play”

Words by LeNora Jaye


In a musical wasteland crowded with posers, gimmick peddlers and rump-shaking pop tarts, singer, songwriter and vocal arranger LeNora Jaye stands out like a luxuriant diamond amongst the ashes.

Possessing a soul-sweetened voice that evokes the magic of the 1970s, LeNora’s original songs reconcile old skool R&B, street-wise funk and velvety Adult Contemporary pop.

While her deep felt lyrics capture the essence of modern femininity in all its wondrous complexity  independent yet nurturing, strong yet alluringly vulnerable, cautious, yet capable of wild-eyed impulsiveness.

Formerly the lead female vocalist for the Black Rock Coalition band Rhythm Republik, LeNora has opened shows for the esteemed likes of Teena Marie, The Meters, Roger Troutman & Zapp and Roy Ayers, while her solo career has found her sharing stages with some of the classiest names in hip hop, pop and soul, including The Roots, Floetry, India.Arie, Amel Larrieux and others.

Introducing: LeNora Jaye

Now, with the release of her independently produced solo debut album, the talented Ms. Jaye officially steps onto the world stage, with magnificent results.

Featuring 14 original compositions and interludes, The Story is an answered prayer for the legions of doubters who thought they couldn’t write and sing ‘em like they used to.

Assisted by a bevy of skilled co-producers like  Steve Wallace, Thierry DeJean, Armand Tulumello (Astral22), Supa, indie-soul star Angela Johnson and Jonathan Lloyd & Douglas Glover (NewBlackMusic.Net), The Story heralds the arrival of a truly unique singer songwriter.

Asked if there is a theme to the album, LeNora contemplates for a moment, then replies matter-of-factly. “It’s a woman’s experience… an urban black woman’s experience.” While The Story may chronicle the experience of a black American woman, there’s no denying the album’s universal appeal.

A Silent Prayer {Astral22 Rework}

Discerning music lovers will relate to LeNora’s singular perspectives on life, love and sexual politics, not to mention her enviable ability to convey dignity without ever crossing over into finger-wagging preachiness.

As its literary title suggests, The Story is an assemblage of revealing musical chapters authored by a truth-seeking artist. “I’m a pocket therapist,” LeNora says with a laugh. “I always want to get to the root cause, and I think that comes through in my songs.”

Indeed, LeNora’s straight-shooting approach to life is evident throughout The Story. On tracks like “So Right” and “Giving It Up,” she celebrates finding the trusting kind of love that restores her faith in romance.

The sensuous “Taking Over” finds the singer bedevilled by passionate thoughts after encountering an old flame, while “Will You Love Me The Same” ponders the durability of a new relationship. The powerful title track, LeNora deals sensitively with the issue of single moms, deadbeat dads and the unintended heartbreak often left in their wakes.

TAKING OVER

Its insightful lyricism aside, The Story is equally notable for its lush, organic sound; a righteous vibe LeNora and her accompanists achieved by keeping digitization to a minimum, while emphasizing meaningful songs and real-time vocal and instrumental performances.

“Anyone who can work a sampler nowadays can consider themselves a producer, but that’s not me,” LeNora says. “I wanted live instruments on this CD, so I sought out co-producers who were musicians and instrumentalists.

Every single producer on this album plays one or more instruments.” Born and raised in the legendary Brooklyn neighbourhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, LeNora Jaye grew up in a household where she was exposed to everything from gospel, bebop and Motown, to opera, cabaret and even Broadway show tunes.

As a featured vocalist for the funk-rock band Rhythm Republik, she performed at a host of venerable NYC venues including B.B. King’s, House of Blues, The Blue Note, S.O.B’s, Tramps, The Wetlands, CBGB’s, Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar and many others.

A series of session jobs followed, including performances at the St. Lucia Jazzfest as a vocalist for saxophonist Robert Zi Taylor, as well as live performance vocals for Purpose Records artists Angela Johnson, flautist Monet and Anonka recording artist Lisala.

Launching her solo career at the turn of the millennium, LeNora became a favourite at clubs around her native New York environs. “I like my live show to feel like a party,” she says.

“I like people to feel like they’re a part of the live performance, like they’re engaged to the point that they want to get up, grab the mic and sing off-key.” With the long-awaited arrival of her solo debut album, fans can finally experience the performing magic of LeNora Jaye in their everyday lives.

Lenora Jaye The Story megamix

by DJ Niceness

But for LeNora herself, the album symbolizes the realization of a lifelong dream. With its soul-stirring original songs and peerless vocals and performances, The Story marks the auspicious beginning of a recording career that promises to influence the shape of R&B to come.

“From the start, I always wanted to make sure that whatever I did was real and true to who I was,” LeNora says, earnestly. “That certainly applies to this record. I love these songs 100 percent, because I feel them 100 percent.”

NEWFLASH!!!!!!

She is part of a project called “U TURN” in the UK , The U Turn Project clearly represents quality music, a wide range of creativity that showcases various genres and “Unity”.

The project represents our stand on producing great soulful music It’s a U Turn. We’re going back to the days when such a demand was created for music.

Do It For Love (snippet from U TURN LP)

Lenora song will be  produced by multi-platinum producer Herb Middleton ( Nas, Mary J. Blige, SWV, Al Green) for Big Herb’s Music/NuVybe Records

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The Story (Import) – Tracklisting

01. Shoo Fly Pie (introducing…The Story)

02. Don’t You Stop (intro)

03. Giving It Up

04. So Right

05. The Rain

06. Taking Over

07. Do You Wanna

08. You’re Not The One

09. It’s On Tonight

10. Always Get Away

11. Remember When (Old Skool Luv)

12. Will You Love Me The Same

13. The Story

14. Times Are Hard

15. Living For Today

16. Introducing (outro…featuring c-t-c)

NEW REMIX MUSIC

Giving It Up (Street Sounds Remix)

Always Get Away (Ahmed Sirour Rework)

LeNora Jaye “Always Get Away” (Astral22 Extended Mix)

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SOUL BROTHER RECORDS (UK) – Review of THE STORY

http://www.soulbrother.com/webreviews/92058.html

The debut album from LeNora Jaye has been one of the most anticipated in the past year or so. It’s been worth the wait LeNora is a great new soul singer with a fantastic soulful voice and great vocal range.

The songs are good as well, ‘It’s On Tonight’ is a modern soul dancer, ‘Always Get Away’ is another dancer, and the bright and breezy good time dancer ‘Living For Today ‘ is outstanding. The mid tempo shuffler ‘The Rain’ and the quality mid tempo ‘Giving It up’ ‘So Right’ and ‘Taking Over’ are also great, but this album is consistently good throughout.one of the best of the year.

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* The original cut appears on LeNora Jaye’s debut CD “The Story”, in addition to a beautiful Neil Tomo “regroove” which are both available from Fourth Child Records on iTunes worldwide.

NEW CD ANNOUNCEMENT: “Quantum Heart”

LeNora Jaye is currently in the studio with producer Armand Tulumello (Astral22) recording her sophomore CD titled “Quantum Heart”.

This new global sound will infuse soul, jazz, funk, soulful house, Brazilian & lounge influences, and is set for release on Trans Phatt Records in Autumn of 2012.

All tracks from the forthcoming CD “Quantum Heart” will be available as digital downloads and in hardcopy.

Download iTunes UK
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/its-on-tonight-astral22-first/id524973845
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http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/its-on-tonight-astral22-first/id524973845
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http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lenorajaye1

MORE INFO

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FACEBOOK
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REVERBNATION
http://www.reverbnation.com/lenorajaye

Listed below are the UK outlets selling

THE STORY

(list in alphabetical order):

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BREAKING ARTISTS ON-LINE STORE

WWW.BREAKINGARTISTS.CO.UK

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CAVERN RECORDS

High street. Walthamstow, London E17

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CD BAR – BRIXTON, SOUTH LONDON

Reliance Arcade

455 Brixton Road, Brixton

London, SW9 8JZ

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CD BAR – STRATFORD , EAST LONDON

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CD PLUS – LUTON

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CD URBAN – WALTHAMSTOW, EAST LONDON

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DUB VENDOR

Clapham Junction

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GOLDEN DISC – SOUTHEND

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MAESTRO RECORDS – PECKHAM, SOUTH LONDON

161 Rye Lane, Peckham

London, SE15 4TL

020 7635 7299 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            020 7635 7299      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

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PLAYERZ – EDMONTON , NORTH LONDON

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REDS/R1 – BRIXTON, SOUTH LONDON

92 Acre Lane

London, SW2 5QN

020 7737 1116 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            020 7737 1116      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

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REFLECTIVE RECORDS – SOUTH WOODFORD, EAST LONDON

180 George Lane

London, E18 1AY

020 8530 7878 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            020 8530 7878      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

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SIMPLY SOUL/FIRST EXPERIENCE RECORDS

http://www.firstexperiencerecords.com/

Simply Soul Mail Order, PO Box 5255, Mountsorrel, Loughborough,

LE12 7ZB, England.

Tel / Fax – + 44 (0)116 2375461 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            + 44 (0)116 2375461      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Email – sales@firstexperiencerecords.com

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SOUL BROTHER RECORDS

http://www.soulbrother.com/

1 Keswick Road, East Putney, London, SW15 2HL.

Tel 020 8875 1018 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            020 8875 1018      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email us – soulbrothers@soulbrother.com

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SOUNDS – PORTOBELLO ROAD, WEST LONDON

236 Portobello Road, Notting Hill

London, W11 1LJ .

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SOUNDS II – HARLESDEN, NORTH WEST LONDON

Bank Buildings

High Street, Harlesden

London, NW10 4LT .

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STREET VIBES – WOOD GREEN, NORTH LONDON

Unit 3-4 Wood Green, London N22 6YA

020 8889 1832 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            020 8889 1832      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

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The Stratford Centre,

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The Mall, London E15 1XQ

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TRUE DISC – STRATFORD MARKET, EAST LONDON

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