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by Jonas

Stevie Wonder was caught humming one of Jonas' songs, saying "when can I get my copy of the album?". Since he's shared studio and stage moments with Omar, John Legend, Bilal, Lynden David Hall, Sy Smith, Eric Roberson a.o. WAITT is soul music at its best!
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Two Times Love Is One
4:16 $0.99
2. Chariot
5:19 $0.99
3. Crash and Burn
4:24 $0.99
4. Balance On the End
4:04 $0.99
5. Electric
3:52 $0.99
6. Hopes Are High
3:31 $0.99
7. Light My Fire
4:19 $0.99
8. Not What You Want
3:19 $0.99
9. Whisper
3:35 $0.99
10. Sensational
4:43 $0.99
11. My Trust In You
4:17 $0.99
12. Time Is Working For You
4:00 $0.99
13. Too Close Too Far
5:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
”Two Times Love Is One” (Rendbo/Hall)
This is what came of my first co-write session with the late Lynden David Hall. I got to know Lynden because we had the same manager at the time, and I had been a fan of his ever since ”Sexy Cinderella” came out. He was an amazing singer, songwriter, producer and musician, but more importantly the sweetest and most humble guy you could ever meet. Being in the studio working with him was fascinating and taught me a lot. Those who knew Lynden knew that he was one of a kind, and his legacy will live on through his music. He played me about 3 albums worth of more or less finished material, which still hasn’t come out. I think the world needs to hear it, and I hope that it will be released some day, somehow.
I dedicate this to Nikkie Hall, ’cause I know that’s who Lynden had in mind when we wrote this song - ”When all is said and done, you’re my perfect company”

”Chariot” (Rendbo/Trail/Fridell)
I met Kevin Mark Trail through a friend, when I was doing one of the many showcases and open mic nights in London. Kevin tours as a singer with The Streets, but is also an extremely talented artist and songwriter in his own right. We agreed to get together and do some songwriting and Kevin came down to my house where I have a little home studio, and we wrote and recorded this song within a couple of hours. The original demo was a funny blend of a hip hop drum loop with Bob Marley samples, a reggae bassline, the chords from an old Tracy Chapman folk song that I revamped on my scrappy acoustic guitar, and lyrics inspired by old spirituals and feeling alienated by big city life. People get different things out of this, which I think is one of the reasons it works so well. In many ways it encaptures the direction in which im trying to take my music on this album, with references to folk, blues, soul and reggae.

”Crash And Burn” (Rendbo/Trail/Fridell)
This is the second song Kevin and I wrote together, and it came just as easy as the first one. We started vibing to one of Daniel’s beats, and I think the old school sound of the track set the mood for these lyrics. In these trying times its hard to see yourself out of a situation when the weight of the world is getting you down. We have to come together and restore a sense of community if we want to change the way things are going. If you think I am naive for still believing in peace, love and understanding then blame it on my hippie parents and the music I grew up listening to.

”Balance On The End” (Rendbo/Quilter/Fridell)
When I recorded the first demo of this song, I had a feeling it was the best song I had ever done. I co-wrote it with my long time writing partner Nicola Quilter, an Australian girl who lives in London, and as with most of the songs we’ve written together, Nicola is responsible for most of the lyrics. This one is extremely personal to her, and beautifully describes what she was going through in her relationship at that point in her life.

”Electric” (Rendbo/Nelkin/Fridell)
For my first album I went to New York to do some songwriting with different people. The best song that came from that was ”More Than Friends”, which I wrote with Englishman Marc Nelkin, who also penned songs for Corinne Bailey Rae, Charlie Wilson and many others. Since then Marc has moved to L.A. and got married. Just recently he became the proud father of a beautiful daughter. We have many things in common... On my last trip to L.A., Marc and I wrote this song together. It’s very much inspired by the latest album by Al Green, which made me believe in soul music all over again.

”Hopes Are High” (Rendbo/Lyefook/Fridell)
Scratch Professer is Omar’s brother. We have now written a good bunch of songs together, and I think that is slowly becoming an album of its own. He is a great friend and inspiration. When we get together there’s an openess and mutual respect from both sides, which makes it very easy to be creative. Usually Scratch throws a beat at me, and we start vibing. At the end of the day we have a finished song. Up until now it always works out like that. Bless up! This one is about keeping hope alive and staying positive.

”Light My Fire” (Rendbo/Ewing)
During the time when my wife and I were still just dating, and I was going back and forth to London all the time, I developed a great relationship with a guy called Paul Ewing, who is a gifted singer and songwriter. This black Scotsman, who lives in South London with his Thai wife, had us over many times for long nights of conversation, food, music and good cognac. In between those things we managed to get some songwriting in as well. This is the second song we wrote together, and it’s simply about searching for a purpose in life. A higher ground.

”Not What You Want” (Rendbo/Quilter/Fridell)
Another one I did with Nicola Quilter. I simply love her lyrics. We’ve written so many songs together now, and they usually start at a small cafe in West Hampstead, London called the Wet Fish. We start our sessions by meeting up there for coffee, and catching up on eachothers lives. Our conversations usually supply the subject matter for the song we’ll write on that given day... Sometimes life takes you down an untravelled road to experience things you didn’t expect. Maybe not what you thought you needed or was looking for, but somehow exactly what you needed. That’s what this one is about. You should just go with the flow, and not try to fight it.

”Whisper” (Rendbo/Trail/Fridell)
Kevin and I wrote and recorded both this one and ”Too Close Too Far” in the same day. A very productive team effort. I was playing, recording and putting together the musical pieces at the same time as Kevin was writing lyrics and humming a melody. When I was done with the structure of the song he put down a vocal, and that was it. The more I listen to it the more I love it. I’ve found with my songwriting recently that most of the time the best things come out when I just go with the first thing that comes to mind. I think Kevin’s words for this are beautiful. I guess they’re about acceptance and trust.

”Sensational” (Rendbo/Lyefook/Lyefook/Fridell)
Omar is hailed by many of his peers as the originator of neo-soul. Stevie Wonder even said ”when I grow up I wanna be like Omar”. I’ve been a fan since I first heard ”There’s Nothing Like This” in 1991. We met in 1998 when we both had the same manager and were talking about possibilities of working together, but it didn’t happen at that time. We then met again in 2007 in a waiting room in the maternity ward of the hospital with our partners, when they were both pregnant. We were having a little girl and they were having twin girls! As we were living near each other it was easy for us to meet up at Omar’s Backyard Studios, which is in a little house in the back of his garden. We did this song together with Omar’s brother Scratch Professer, who provided beat magic and chord greatness. Since our first studio sessions Omar and I did a tour together in Denmark, Sweden and Holland, which was absolutely amazing. You will see footage from this tour on the DVD. I consider it a great honor and a blessing to be working with an artist who is such an inspiration to me.

”My Trust In You” (Rendbo/Lyefook/Fridell)
I wrote this song with Scratch Professer on a day when I was feeling frustrated and angry because someone I trusted had let me down. I tend to always believe in the best in people untill proven wrong. It’s not necessary for me to name any names, or go further into explaining the situation. I just had to let off some steam. Look forward to hearing a version of this song that’s much more hip hop on the album that Scratch and I are doing together!

”Time Is Working For You” (Rendbo/King/Fridell)
One of the great things about moving to London has been getting to know the amazing people who are part of a vibrant underground soul scene here. I have met so many ridiculously talented, creative individuals, who have been generous and supportive of me and my music, and made me feel welcome and appreciated. I met Simon King the first time in Poland, when we were both doing a big TV show there. He was doing backing vocals for Nate James, and I was pretending to be the pakistani rapper of the danish hip hop group Outlandish (Waqas had the flu, and was at home with his family). The next time we met, was at Soul Family Sundays at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in London, where I found out that Simon was regular in the houseband. We really clicked and talked for a long time about doing some music together. When we finally met up, this song was what came out of it. Its about trying not to be a slave of time, which I’ve learned much about since I married a woman who is half Jamaican.

”Too Close Too Far” (Rendbo/Trail/Fridell)
This is another song I wrote with Kevin Mark Trail. It comes so easy and natural when we write together. Its a great feeling and we have to do it some more! This one is about how hard it can be getting a relationship to work. Sometimes we take each other for granted, and we’re unwilling to compromise.



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This album is HOT!!! The best album to come out of the quarter !!!!!