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Otis Stokes

by Otis Stokes

Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Stares and Whispers
5:22 $0.99
2. Money, Power or Love
4:24 $0.99
3. When I'm Gone
4:51 $0.99
4. I Wish It Would Rain
3:55 $0.99
5. Street Soldiers
4:31 $0.99
6. I Aim to Please
4:18 $0.99
7. Desperate Times
4:07 $0.99
8. Double Standards
4:12 $0.99
9. Don't Break My Heart
4:52 $0.99
10. Monkey Off Yo Back
4:13 $0.99
11. No Amount of Time
4:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
Otis Stokes
"As an artist, I feel that I have a responsibility to the public, therefore I choose to incorporate more positivity into my writing", says Singer/Songwriter/Musician/ Producer Otis Stokes. The former lead singer with the hit making R&B group Lakeside, steps out with his first solo album "Otis Stokes". The album covers a full gamut of social topics ranging from gangbanging with "Street Soldiers", to interracial relationships with, "Stares and Whispers", materialism reflected in "Money Power Or Love ", to spirituality in "Desperate Times". Otis devotes special care to songwriting, which represents a very important part of his career. "It's pretty sad that songwriting today is not as important as it used to be in the music industry. For some reason, people tend to concentrate more on grooves. A great song will last, a groove will pass.” When asked about the writers that have influenced him, Stokes admits his admiration for composers such as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart and Norman Whitfield, to name a few. In fact, it is one of the reasons why Otis decided to record a remake of The Temptations "I Wish It Would Rain". "It has always been one of my favorite tunes", states Otis, “It brings back great memories. I grew up with The Temptations. I chose "I Wish It Would Rain" because I did not know of any other cover on that particular song". "I Wish It Would Rain", the only song on the album which was not written by Stokes, is complemented by an array of beautiful love songs such as "When I'm Gone", "Don’t Break My Heart" and "I Aim To Please" which highlights his composing skills and arranging talents.

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Stokes never considered anything besides music as a career. "I'm the youngest of five boys, and two of my brothers are entertainers who influenced me”, he recalls. His listening taste as a youngster leaned toward rock, with the Stones, Santana, Rod Stewart and Yes among his favorites. From the late '70s into the '80s, Lakeside released eight strong selling LPs and won acclaim for their dynamic stage performances. As a vocalist with the group, Stokes became a major factor in the group's success. In 1981 he co-wrote "Fantastic Voyage", one of the group's biggest hits for the platinum LP of the same title. His arrangement and co-production of Lakeside's outstanding cover of the Beatles’ " I Want To Hold Your Hand" in 1981 was another high point. Stokes, who plays several instruments, has also worked as a writer/producer with artists such as: The Whispers, Chaka Khan, Shalamar, Klymaxx, branching out internationally with French recording artist Emmanuelle and Argentine vocalist Jeronimo. Otis Stokes has emerged as an individual talent bringing his songwriting to a more mature level with a deeper meaning. He offers songs we can listen to and appreciate lyrically. The self-titled album by Otis was his first release on JustUs Records, a label that is independently distributed. “I am happy that my first solo project was released through JustUs Records, which shares the same philosophy about music and what it should be”.



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francina mcdonald

i wish it would rain
Hey O,
Your songs are great. Good to hear your voice again. Hearing your songs made me remember how much i love hearing you sing. You have made my day over and over. I can't wait to see you sing again oneday. You have moved me in so many ways. Just so you know, You still put a BIG smile on my face. Thank you baby.....Even if you were 100 years old today, I would still, love Otis Stokes.....

Maxine Trammel

i aim To Please, Double Standards.
Hey Otis, This is Maxine glad to see the CD came out. I was just thinking about the song I aim To Please and was telling one of my friends about it and they did'n't believe that I was one of the background singers. keep up the good work.. Hope you're still making great hits. The CD is slamming. Thank's for letting me be apart of it Maxine.

david a. moore

otis stokes
dear otis: I understand to talent cannot be contained r minimized but it was a sad day for me when you left lakeside. I thought your falsetto soprano vocals were the perfect compliment to Mark Adam Wood Jr.'s thunderous sound. I ish you would consider touring with them as often as allowable both as a solo act and/or as part of the band. Great music never dies.

Francina McDonald

Don't Break My Heart
Baby!, wow,, I love that song. you sound Great baby.....

Francina McDonald

No Amount of Time
You Shine your Brightest when you sing through your soul! Thats whats up.......Most people don't do that anymore. It's really a shame. Never give up on what makes your soul moves.......

Francina McDonald

I Aim to Please
I love it. Never stop doing otis.. I would also like to hear you do gospel. I know i would be in tears. Hearing your beautiful voice get really spiritual, Wow, it would be hard to hide my true feelings about my spititual beliefs. Some people have it Otis, and some don't. You got it baby..You got it.