Following a decade long hiatus, K-Ci & JoJo both agreed on the mantra “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” while recording their newly released album My Brothers Keeper. The former members of Jodeci tell ABC News Radio that the vibe of project is in keeping with the personal sound of their last effort, 2002′s Emotional.
“We doing what we left off at, and you know that was ten years ago,” K-Ci says. While he says they’re listening to contemporary sounds and styles, “We didn’t try to go that way and we said let’s stick with K-Ci and JoJo.” JoJo adds, “We’re still talking about love, but in a more mature way because we’re older now.”
Knowing how they wanted the album to sound allowed the brothers to record the project much faster than they originally anticipated, all while recently touring in Japan.
“I can’t believe how quick we did the whole album, while we were still touring,” JoJo says. “So that means go out and then go to the studio, go out and hit the studio, because we’re devoted to it.”
K-Ci and JoJo opted against working with major producers on the project. Instead, the crooners primarily worked with up-and-coming talent like Michael Bell, Eric Jackson and Jerome Perkins, who penned their lead single, “Knock It Off.”
“You don’t have to have a top producer to make a hit, it’s other people out there that’s just as talented, give them a chance too,” K-Ci explains. “So we put them together and we came up with ‘Knock It Off.'”
With one listen to the album suggests that the R&B veterans have not lost touch with what fans want to hear even after two decades in the business. So how do they manage to keep going after all these years? The crooners credit their undying passion as the key to their longevity.
JoJo warns, “Once you lose the passion for anything — it can be sports, whatever — if you don’t have the passion to do what you do, then you’ll give up and you won’t give it your all.
“Show & Prove” has been selected as the next single from My Brothers Keeper, which is available in stores now.
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