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Friday, 26 August 2022

Raja-Nee' [2022] - The Sovereign of 14742 [JARF Music Group] Album Samples

Following the release of a double single "Take My Breath" / "Breathe" on 11 Aug 2022, Raja-Nee' announces the release of her new album on CD only "The Sovereign of 14742" on 28 Aug 2022.

A big thanks to Roger Williams for designing above artwork at very short notice. 

The CD will only be available via Raja-Nee's Bandcamp store but, owing to exorbitant shipping costs from US to UK, Raja-Nee has sent a very limited quantity for sale on SoulStrutter to reduce postage costs. All CDs are signed and can be obtained for £15 incl. postage by emailing
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Another three tracks have been released as singles in the last year, "Come Get This Love" (Jul 2021),  "Love In A Groove" (Oct 2021), "Rolling At Midnight" (Apr 2022), however the album includes the previously unreleased "Midnight Vibe Mix". 

The new album has twelve tracks with two interludes and is dedicated to Raja-Nee's parents with the title being a reference to the address she grew up in at 14742 Lincoln Avenue, Harvey, IL. Raja-Nee tells us: "The entire CD is dedicated to my parents. That’s why you see all of the old pictures. My parents, my 8 siblings, both grandmothers (mother & father), Auntie, my daughter and husband. They are all important to who I am and who I’ve become. So it’s all about them!"

Putting the four singles already released to one side, there are six new songs. One is a cover of the Bacharach & David song "One Less Bell To Answer", possibly best know by The Fifth Dimension (1970) with Marilyn McCoo on lead vocals, but also recorded by many others including Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Dells, Dionne Warwick, Barbara Streisand and Shirley Bassey, so very big shoes to fill on that one and she does a terrific job. I believe that there are at least another three tracks which have potential for future singles i.e. "All I Need (Vicky's Song)", "Close To Me" and "I Adore You".

Raja-Nee' was 'discovered' by Marshall Thompson (founder of The Chi-Lites) who mentored her and she toured with The Chi-Lites and performed on their 1990 "Just Say You Love Me" album. Later she signed to a deal with Auto & Cherokee who got her an audition with Jimmy Jam Harris and Terry Lewis which led to a solo project on their Perspective label where they produced her hit track "Turn It Up" which also featured on "Low Down Dirty Shame" movie soundtrack in 1994. She released a few singles and an album "Hot & Ready" and had a UK #42 hit with 'Turn It Up' in Mar 1995.

In 2020 she re-emerged from her musical hiatus with a vengeance with "Come Get This Love" making a big noise, especially in the UK reaching #1 on the UK Soul Chart, and gaining a vinyl release on LRK Records.

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01 - I Adore You
02 - Goldie's Interlude (Max Julien)
03 - Kiss Me Touch Me
04 - Come Get This Love
05 - One Less Bell To Answer
06 - Take My Breath
07 - Rolling At Midnight (Midnight Vibe Mix)
08 - Love In A Groove
09 - All I Need is Love (Vicki's Song)
10 - Close To Me
11 - My Window
12 - Ll Bob's Prayer (Bobby Ross Final Interlude)
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Rating: 8.7
Explicit: N
Genre/Style: New Soul
Format: Album
Media: CD
Label: JARF Music Group
Cat No: None
Date: 28/08/2022
Price UK: £15 incl P&P from SoulStrutter
Price US: $15 + US P&P from Raja-Nee

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