Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Jun 1st 2011 11:00AM by Cameron Matthews
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In her early 20s, Jean had very little solo work to show for -- only a few tracks with hip-hop acts like Lupe Fiasco -- but when she got in touch with producer Sam Hollander and a few publishers, the singer was able to make her dream of co-writing with the greats of music a reality.
Jean ventured to Martha's Vineyard to work with Carly Simon, corresponded with Burt Bacharach on a song piece-by-piece and reached out to Bob Dylan, who in turn gave her a song to complete from his 'Shot of Love' era.
Almost 50 songs went into the making of what is now called 'Pennies in a Jar,' Jean's first full-length, and you can hear a little sample of her Tin Pan Alley revival. 'My Love' features the writing and production mastery of Lamont Dozier to achieve a throwback girl-group sound.
"I'll never forget the first time I went to his house," Jean tells Spinner. "He sat down at the piano and started playing 'Where Did Our Love Go.' I can't imagine a world without his contribution to pop culture."
Jean's 'Pennies in a Jar' will be available July 12 via S-Curve records.