Kim Waters ninth album, Love's Melody was released in 1998 by Shanachie and dedicated to his twin girls. Self-produced with Chuck Loeb, Dino Esposito, Scot Rammer, and David Mann, the CD offers 11 sensitive and enchanting tracks with special guest performances by Chuck Loeb and James Lloyd. In a deviation from Waters' R&B-flavored background, Waters asserts his mastery of the soprano saxophone on this smooth collection of well-crafted tunes. Each composition adds a different dimension to his musical catalog. Lush, poetic rhythms combined with mid-tempo grooves and fresh melodies on songs such as "Nightfall" and "Possession," and assure his success in the contemporary jazz style. Waters' saxophone caters to the senses with the grace of a romantic on the beautiful title track "Love's Melody." His soprano saxophone speaks volumes with the mastery of tone and musicianship that defines the sensual nature of the saxophone. "Two Hearts of Mine," a ballad written for his twins, is compassionate and offers his most personal and intimate song to date. Other well-known works such as "Sunny" and "Midnight at the Oasis" are brilliantly distinct, with Waters lending former renditions fresh breath. The resulting creative ideas offer a splendid showcase of his eloquent, trademark saxophone voice.
Based in Los Angeles, The Waters are family group Luther, Julia, Oren and Maxine Waters who have recorded or toured as backing vocalists with many soul, jazz and rock artists through the '70's, '80's and '90's. These include Bobby Womack, Pharaoh Sanders, Herbie Hancock, Alphonse Mouzon, Benny Golson, Blue Mitchell, Neil Diamond, Patti La Belle, Paul Simon, John Fogerty, Janet and Michael Jackson, Gene Harris, Gene Dunlap, Billy Paul, Will Downing and Glenn Jones. In 2013, the group featured in the film '20 Feet From Stardom' (Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 86th Academy Awards), which was a movie dedicated to the role of background vocalists from an R&B background.