Vocalist Will Downing has a tale of love to tell. It may or may not be based on a true story, but it's one that we've all lived through at one time or another. Downing's version, Lust, Love and Lies (An Audio Novel) - which he fondly calls "an audio soap opera," complete with intermittent vignettes of intimate conversations that help move the story along - includes elements of comedy, tragedy and all the subtle shades in between.
How does an artist who rose to prominence “yesterday” stay relevant “today” or for that matter “tomorrow”? It’s been said that creativity keeps long-term relationships fresh, interesting and exciting. Recording artist Will Downing obviously believes in applying that same principle to the relationship he’s enjoyed over the years with his many loyal fans. Ever evolving and unafraid to push the sonic envelope closer to the edge, Downing follows up his 2010 release Lust, Love and Lies “audio novel” concept with an innovative “musical trilogy” entitled Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
Emotions is an exclusive invitation to the secret places in the heart and creative mind of Will Downing. Soothing us once again with his rich and sensual baritone voice, the Grammy nominated soul-jazz vocalist continues to mesmerize fans with intoxicating intensity on what is probably his most personal album to date.
On his 2007 album, AFTER TONIGHT, veteran R&B/soul singer Will Downing presents an assured set of songs that are often rooted in 1970s funk and jazz. Highlights of the record, which features guest appearances by saxophonists Gerald Albright and Kirk Whalum, include the slinky "Will's Groove" and the catchy title slow jam, tracks that ably showcase the New York City native's deep, resonant voice.
Will Downing is often unheard of but once you get a taste of this passionately talented vocalist, you just can't get enough! It's a definite collectible!
Will is one of the most underrated male artists in recent history. He gets almost no love in the U.S., probably because he can't really be pigeonholed into one category or neatly packaged in a radio playlist. I consider Will a Jazz artist, but he definitely has an R&B sensibility. He has enjoyed some success periodically, mostly in the adult contemporary format, but this man is a fantastic vocalist. I think his biggest hit to date was a duet with Rochelle Ferrell "Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This" from his later CD "Love's the Place To Be."