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Friday 28 July 2023

Paulette McWilliams [2023] -These Are The Sweet Things [Expansion Records] (Full Album)

South side Chicago born, L.A. resident, Paulette McWilliams sang with The American Breed who later became Rufus before introducing them to Chaka Khan when she decided to leave to give birth to her daughter in 1972 and moving to L.A. She has worked with soul legends Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, The Jacksons, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones.

In 1977 she recorded her debut solo album "Never Been Here Before" on Fantasy. The album wasn't a commercial success and she spent several years performing and recording with Johnny Mathis and continued to work with Quincy Jones and featured on Michael Jackson's, Jones produced, "Off The Wall" album. After working with Mathis she became a member of Bette Midler's backing group, The Harlettes, and was introduced to Luther Vandross who she worked with between 1982-2002 and appeared on every tour and album except his last.

As a backing singer, McWilliams has, as well as artists already mentioned, featured on many recordings for artists such as Candi Staton, O.C. Smith, Harvey Mason, Mandrill, Becker Bros., Johnny 'Guitar' Watson, Carl Anderson, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, James Ingram, Thelma Houston, Dennis Edwards, Stephanie Mills, Boz Scaggs, Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle and many others.

McWilliams' latest album "These Are The Sweet Things", released today by Expansion Records, is a collaboration with with her former husband Ivan Hampden Jr, who was a drummer for Luther Vandross and a four time Grammy winner. As well as Luther's albums, he has appeared on recordings by Ashford & Simpson, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, The Temptations, Beyonce, Mavis Staple and  Ann Nesby to name some of the more famous ones. They released a single together last year, "Mama's Kitchen Table", which is surprisingly not included on the album.

There are so many great tracks that we won't even attempt to recommend any particular ones as this is one of those rare albums that you can play from start to finish without being tempted to skip. The album is sure to receive plenty of rotation on the better radio shows.

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Rating: 8.8
Explicit: N
Genre/Style: New Soul / Soul Jazz
Format: Single
Media: Digital
Label: Expansion Records
Cat No: None
Date: 28/07/2023
Price: £7.99
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