Will Downing, widely known as “The Prince Of Sophisticated Soul,” is an icon in both the R&B and Jazz worlds. Having sold more than 4 million albums in his brilliant career, Will continues to tour nonstop to the delight of his devoted fans! Black Pearls is an homage to some of the greatest female vocalists in the history of R&B: a collection of superstar R&B songbird classics, re-imagined from a male point of view! Featuring guest appearances by Kirk Whalum and Najee and a full string ensemble, with arrangements and production by such superstar producers as Barry Eastmond (who has produced the likes of Aretha Franklin and Anita Baker) and Chris “Big Dog” Davis (George Clinton, Najee, Kim Burrell), Black Pearls is the crowning achievement of Will Downing’s 28 year career! The track listing tells the story:
“Street Life” - originally by Randy Crawford
“Black Butterfly” - originally by Deniece Williams
“Get Here” - originally by Brenda Russell
“Meet Me On The Moon” - originally by Phyllis Hyman
“Don’t Ask My Neighbors” - originally by The Emotions
“Your Smile” - originally by Angela Winbush
“Everlasting Love” - originally by Chaka Khan and much more!