Detroit’s K’Jon introduces his full-length major label debut, I Get Around, a superb collection with nods to both his contemporaries, including Kem and Robin Thicke, and his predecessors, like fellow Detroiter Marvin Gaye. While K’Jon’s music is well suited to Detroit’s ballroom culture and Chicago steppers, the appeal is much wider. Whether you’re holding up the wall in a Brooklyn club, roller-blading in Santa Monica or two-stepping in Chicago, K’Jon’s music fits.
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What separates K’Jon from his contemporaries, besides his lilting vocals, are the production values on I Get Around. You can hear acoustic guitar on the sweeping “Feels Like Love,” and the grandeur of a theatrical ballad on “I’ll Never Forget.” The music, handled in-house by K’Jon’s production team, is real soul music – the kind that speaks to an earlier time in our music history. From lively instrumentation to lush vocal arrangements, K’Jon does the Motor City proud with his approach to classic rhythm and blues. When asked about his personal favorites on his upcoming release, K’Jon can’t choose one. “That’s too hard!” he says with a laugh. “But I can say that a track like ‘This Time’ could become a bigger hit than ‘On The Ocean.’ It’s very special to me. And it’s one of those songs that people have been responding to.”