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In My Life

by J.P. DeLaire

Authentic Minneapolis sound, mixed with smooth sexy R and B Ballads.
Genre: Urban/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover
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1. Never Enough
4:13 $0.99
2. The Prodigal Son
4:04 $0.99
3. I Need Your Love
4:08 $0.99
4. In My Life
4:12 $0.99
5. Gotta Keep The Funk Alive
4:45 $0.99
6. Last Call
4:17 $0.99
7. Special Lady
4:41 $0.99
8. We Can't Go On
4:23 $0.99
9. Living With A Broken Heart
4:28 $0.99
10. True Love
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J.P. DeLaire Steps Out on His Own with In My Life

Minneapolis, MN/May 7, 2009

J.P. DeLaire, noted sideman for Prince and Michael Bolton, has released his debut solo CD, In My Life on Tender Girl Music. This collection of original compositions was produced by DeLaire and is a rich musical menu that ranges from contemporary jazz to the Minneapolis funk of his native roots.

As member of the legendary musical “Peterson Family” of Minneapolis, DeLaire was schooled in straight ahead jazz and R & B. He has shared the stage with greats including Oleta Adams, Alexander O’Neal, Richard Marx, Solo, Donny Osmond and Cherrelle. DeLaire has also worked with famed producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

In My Life was mixed and mastered by super sound engineer Steve Hodge (Janet Jackson, Flyte Time Productions), and radio music programmers have already begun playing cuts. It features DeLaire's sexy, soulful vocals, as well as his keyboard artistry and smooth saxophone.

Listeners will love the hard-hitting message of "The Prodigal Son." Mico Wave lends Roger Troutman-inspired “Talk Box” assistance on DeLaire’s slow groove, "I Need Your Love." “Never Enough” is a sensuous ballad reminiscent of Mint Condition, while DeLaire delivers sinister funk on "Gotta Keep The Funk Alive." It's a tribute to the Funk Pioneers with references to The Time, Prince, Rick James, Zapp, and Earth, Wind and Fire.

“I think that there are many fans of the “Minneapolis Sound” that are hungry for something new from the Minneapolis scene. "The lyrics are original but the grooves we’ve laid down will be a homecoming for a lot of listeners out there,” said DeLaire.

The video of In My Life highlights DeLaire's extraordinary talents and was one of the most viewed videos on YouTube in 2008. The video contains emotionally riveting messages of hope and change and was dedicated to the campaign of President Barack Obama. “We are a nation that is hungry to know the truth behind what is being presented to us,” said DeLaire. The video can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yCtb3gbjp4.

iTunes link - http://www.itunes.com/j.p.delaire

About the artist:

J.P. (Jason Peterson) DeLaire is a member of the well-known musical “Peterson Family” of Minneapolis, MN. A master of both keyboards and saxophone, DeLaire also writes and performs his own music and lyrics. “Singing for me is my most natural attribute. I’ve made my living as a sideman for all these years and I felt it was time for me to step out front with my own voice,” said DeLaire.

DeLaire's uncle, St. Paul Peterson, starred in the movie Purple Rain, as a member of The Time, and later went on to be the lead singer of The Family. When DeLaire saw Purple Rain, he was inspired to follow his dreams and pursue a musical career.

A graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he studied film score and musical harmony, DeLaire has also extended his impressive artistic reach into the field of acting. He has several projects in the works.

DeLaire is currently touring with Michael Bolton on The Very Best of Me.

For more information visit: www.myspace.com/jpdelaire or www.jpdelaire.com

Authentic “Minneapolis Sound”, “Funky”, “Sexy”, ------- J.P. DeLaire “In My Life”

J.P. DeLaire - Exclusive Interview and Album Review
TDX EXCLUSIVE - Jason Peterson DeLaire Interview and Album Review

Jason is a member of the well-known musical “Peterson Family” of Minneapolis, MN. He is proficient on keyboards and saxophone, as well as being a talented singer, songwriter and producer.

Currently touring with Michael Bolton, he has also toured nationally and internationally with renowned artists such as Oleta Adams, Prince, Alexander O’Neal, Richard Marx, Solo, Donny Osmond, and Cherrelle. Jason has also done studio work with Michael Bolton, Alexander O’Neal, Prince, Donny Osmond, as well as Bobby Brown, Ben Sidran and Flyte Time Productions. Jason's New CD is authentic Minneaplolis sound mixed with silky smooth R and B.

TDX: Hi Jason, Welcome to the Dawn Experience ...For those of us who do not know anything about you tell us about yourself.

JPD: I am a member of the "Musical Peterson Family" of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am the nephew of Saint Paul Peterson, formerly of the Time and the Family.
I have been a professional musician since I was 15 years old, as a Saxophone, Keyboard player, and Vocalist. I have toured and worked with some great artists including, Prince, Richard Marx, Donny Osmond, Alexander O'Neal, and Jimmy Jam And Terry Lewis. I am currently touring with Michael Bolton.

TDX: Your new CD In My Life is very good. How long did the project take to make and who was involved?

JPD: Thank you!!! I wrote "In My Life" during 2007. A good portion of it was written and recorded in my hotel rooms on the road. I have a portable studio that I take with me.
I wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the CD. I did a few collaborations as well. Tre Balfour, Schuyler Deale, David Delhomme, and Mico Wave also worked on the CD with me.

TDX: The songs on the CD are mainly smooth RnB. What is it about RnB music that you like and would you ever consider doing a rock album (or some other musical genre)?

JPD: I like the sexyness of R and B. I like many genres of music, but Smooth R and B is one of my favorites. I like Funk and Rock as well!

TDX: Are all the songs based on your own real life experiences? Is “The Prodigal Son” autobiographical?

JPD: I think so. I think as an artist you draw on your life experiences as well as a little imagination. The "Prodigal Son" was written for a movie of the same title. It hasn't come out yet. It is a bit autobiographical as well!

TDX: Who are your musical heroes and why?

JPD: Prince is my all time musical hero! Growing up in Minneapolis and being a musician, that is an obvious choice! When I was in high school, my uncle Saint Paul did a little movie called "Purple Rain". That movie changed my life. When I saw Paul in that movie i was like: "I can do that"! I've been in music ever since!
It was a dream come true to be able to eventually be able to work with Prince! I also am influenced by Stevie Wonder and Babyface.

TDX: If you were not a musician, what do you think would have been your chosen career?

JPD: Growing up I wanted to be a professional baseball player.

TDX: If the opportunity arose, would you sign to a major record company like Sony or Warner Bros.?

JPD: I probably would simply because of the marketing power of the major labels. But an artist doesn't necessarily need a major company to get his or her music out to the world anymore.

TDX: What are your thoughts on the music business today and where do you see it in 10 years time?

JPD:I think that it is a great time for independent artists. Music is still in great demand and with the internet there are many ways to get your music "Out There" today.
I really don't know where it will be in ten years. The business is changing so much. I think that Major labels are slowly losing their power. But ultimately it will still be about the music!

TDX: What do you think of Prince as a person and as a musician?

JPD: Prince is one of my favorite human beings of all time! What some people don't know is how funny he is! He is obviously one of the most talented, complete musicians will ever see and I am blessed to have had the opportunity to hang and learn from him!

TDX: Do you think Prince (or any other artist) is right to censor his fans/supporters in the way that he has with Web Sheriff over the use of his image for no personal gain over the internet?

JPD: I think that is a personal choice of an artist although I don't understand what the problem is. I think it would be an honor to have your fans wanting to put up your images and talk about your music.

TDX: Could you tell us a funny story about Prince?

JPD: I was working with Carmen Electra's band opening for Prince on the Diamonds and Pearls tour. Prince had just fired all of Carmen's band except for me and Morris Hayes.
We were then joined by the NPG band for Carmen's gig. In rehearsal I was at the keyboard with Prince. I got a little hardheaded with him and he said "JP, do you notice some people are missing?" I said "Yes" and he said "You don't want to be missing do you" and I said "No Sir" and we went about our business.

TDX: What are your hopes for the future? Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years time?

JPD: I hope to continue working with great artists as well as continuing to put out my own CD's and touring them as well.

TDX: What would you like to say to your fans in the UK?

JPD: I've been coming to the U.K. for many years touring with Prince, Donny Osmond, and Michael Bolton. I absolutely love it there and I appreciate your love for good music! Love you guys!

TDX: Thanks Jason... We wish you every success with your new CD and all that you do in the future.

JPD: Thank you!!!! Love JP
Re: J.P. DeLaire - Exclusive Interview and Album Review

Release Date: Nov 18, 2008
Genre: R&B/Soul
℗ 2008 Tender Gril Music

J.P. DeLaire In My Life Album Review

Jason Peterson DeLaire (JPD) has independently released his new CD entitled “In My Life”. Who is JPD you may ask? Jason is a member of the ever growing, respected Minnesotan musical dynasty of the Peterson family. St. Paul Peterson (Co-lead singer of Prince Paisley Park protégé group The Family fame and solo performer) is Jason’s uncle.
This CD was sent to me from out of the blue with a personal request from Jason to listen and write a review if I wished for The Dawn Experience website. To be honest I have heard of Jason before and seen his name pop up on a few song credits for other artists (incl. Prince) in the past. I also recall seeing him play Sax at St. Paul’s gig at the 100 club in London a few years back. That’s all I knew about him.

Not expecting much thinking that he was just another sideman in the shadows looking for the spotlight, I was quite surprised by what I heard when I listened to his work and discovered that there was a bit more to him than that. If you are into slow to mid-tempo smooth RnB jams this album speaks your language. His vocal/musical style is akin to the slow ballads of Mint Condition, Babyface, Boys II Men, Jonny Gill and others of that era of 90s soul RnB. It’s not hard to hear his Uncle St. Paul’s influence in his voice either. Most of the songs on the album are written and produced by Jason.

No disrespect to Jason (and I hope he don’t mind me saying this), but his appearance as this ordinary looking (but talented) white guy disguises the fact that he has this authentically soulful “black” voice. Some people will make the mistake of judging books by the cover without reading its contents - much as I hate to say it, within an entertainment environment where style rules over substance, he’ll have to work twice as hard to make his voice be heard and overcome peoples prejudices. Who says white folks shouldn’t do RnB and black folks shouldn’t do rock n roll? Unless you’re a Prince or an Eminem of this world, it’s kinda hard for different races to overcome the stereotypes and successfully crossover into other musical genres not traditionally associated with their particular race. But that fact should not stop anyone from creating the type of music that they are truly passionate about. And it’s clear to my ears that Jason is truly passionate about RnB.

Never Enough – Jason smooth talks like Barry White on this album opener at the beginning of this song which evolves into a Mint Condition-esque slow jam where Jason croons his insatiable appetite for the love of his lady. Very modern sounding RnB... Great vocals, easy sing-along chorus with a gentle muted sax break.

The Prodigal Son – One of my own personal favourites. Gritty, harder hitting, mid-tempo jam with some hip-hop scratching effects on top. This tells the familiar story of a guy (Jason?) who takes a wrong turn in his life and how his actions affect the people around him. Eventually turning his life around.

I Need Your Love – Another slow jam which employs the Roger Troutman style vocoda talk box techniques (courtesy of Mico Wave) on the backing harmonies of the chorus...

In My Life – Title track to the album touches on political and spiritual themes. This is one of the more challenging songs lyrically on the album. Slightly spoilt in my opinion by the “Breakfast in Rome. Lunch in Paris. Dinner in New York City.” rap in the middle. Nevertheless, a good song and one of the album highlights.

Gotta Keep The Funk Alive – Funky jam in tribute to the old school funk greats... Name checks Prince, The Time, JB, Rick James, Cameo, SOS Band, EW&F, Kool & The Gang and even uncle Paul... Reassuring to know that there are folks like Jason out there keeping the old funk flame alive.

Last Call – Cool smooth Jazz/Funk instrumental where Jason showcases his sax playing abilities.
Special Lady –Mid tempo funk groove in which Jason sings in praise of this special lady he sees on the dance floor... Easy to sing along, memorable chorus with some great smooth sax playing.

We Can’t Go On –Heartbreaking song in which Jason sings about the ending of a relationship. This reminds me of Boys II Men “End of the Road” who kind of set the standard for this type of song. One for the ladies....

Living With A Broken Heart – This is another sad love song that continues on with the same subject matter of a lost relationship of previous track.

True Love – Here it’s just voice and Fender Rhodes keyboard (courtesy of co-writer of the track David DelHomme) which reminds me of a John Legend ballad. Jason gives possibly the vocal performance of his life sounding raw, emotional and sincere on this tender song.

Overall the production is very slick on this album, perhaps a little too much so. Vocally he has a soulful voice which sounds great. Lyrically some of the song writing does need a bit more work in places, if only to avoid some clichéd lines. There are countless other artists out there doing the same thing and writing similar songs. Jason just needs to be a little less of a traditionalist and a little bit more inventive/ creative to stand head and shoulders above the rest. The song “In My Life” hinted at this and shows that he has the ability within him.

Generally the cool laid-back sounds of this album were a pleasure to listen to. I’d recommend it to fans of smooth RnB. 7/10



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Corey Burrington

One of the best!!
This is one of the best R&B records I have heard in a very long time. It ranks right there with Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On", Stevie Wonder's "Innervisions" and Prince's "Purple Rain". JP is a visionary and a musical prodigy, who's music has been unheard for way too long.

If you can only own one CD in your life, this should be the one!!

Peace..... BUY THIS CD!!


Last Call for Funkin' Y'all!
J.P. DeLaire's latest CD is jammin' from beginning to end! His vocal styling is original, to be sure, but also reminiscent of Prince, Kashif, and sometimes the smoothness of Bobby Caldwell too! J.P.'s production is versatile - ranging from full-fledged funk to smooth grooves that easily play alongside classic soul tunes. Some of the album highlights for me are "Last Call", "Special Lady", "In My Life", "Prodigal Son"... Actually, every track is splendid. Oh yeah, his sax playing is spot on too! This will be our family's soundtrack for Thanksgiving!

Carol House

In my Life
Favorite: "We Can't Go On"
Hope to hear more...........