Izzy James | A Call To Conscience

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A Call To Conscience

by Izzy James

Retro R&B/Jazzy/Pop featuring strong direct vocals and lyrics to re-connect your mind with your heart.
Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover
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1. It's All Right
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2. Change The World
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3. This Way
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4. Fallin' Sky
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5. Stand Up
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6. Caught Up
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7. Something
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8. Could It Be You
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9. Best We Can Do
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10. You Make Everything All Right
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11. Your Love
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Hello World!
I am "Izzy James" a.k.a. "James Israel McLoryd" a.k.a. "Jack McLoryd". I am a working musician who challenged my fears and produced this debut CD entitled "A Call to Conscience". Like so many creative artists, I grew up very sensitive to the "pains" of the world. As an African American raised in a predominately white town, I learned early on that the world's pain became "my pain" in both subtle and obvious ways. I also learned that we are much more alike than we are different, once you get beneath the surface. Now, through the grace of God I know that we are all "one". My intention is to touch your Heart with my music. The Heart's energy is so much stronger that the brain's energy. Please let your Heart lead the way!

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Mark Davenport

All You Need Is Love--And a Little Bit O' Soul!
The self-produced CD by Izzy James is nothing short of phenomenal. Highlighted by solid musicianship, in-the-pocket grooves, and sophisticated arrangements, A Call To Conscience, has much going for it. Add heartfelt, uplifting lyrics, and the impeccable baritone vocals of James, and you have the recipe for creative success. The opening track "It's All Right" hits with an old-fashion dirty low down 70's funk groove with horns and backing vocals reminiscent of Steely Dan or Average White Band, but James, lead vocal falls closer to the R&B stylings of James Ingram or Luther Vandross. "Change The World" continues with themes of hope, faith and ultimately love, "Show some love to your brother and all that love will come back to you," the main message of the CD. The horn arrangements, courtesy of Noah Bless, are squeaky clean and tasty: Scott Kreitzer's sax solo on this track really shines.

"This Way" is a rare gem. The chromatic chordal and melodic motifs evoke classic Stevie Wonder. The lyrics continue to remind us that all you need is love, supported by a soaring and powerful vocal track—perhaps the best on the album. The piano work of Aaron Swinnerton provides sensitive and bluesy accompaniment with some outstanding playing by James on the bass as well.

"Fallin' Sky" throws down the nastiest groove on the album with some funky guitar work compliments of Dave "Bad Ass" Snider and another sizzling horn arrangement. "Stand Up" is a catchy feel good track continuing the message of believing in yourself and featuring a smokin' sax solo by Angelo DiBraccio. "Could It Be You" is the perfect "chill out" track, highlighting the talents of jazz guitarist Chuck Loeb.

In fact, from the opening track to the last ("Your Love"), this album is rock solid, beautifully produced, and an extraordinary musical treat. Highly recommended!
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