Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College FundGrammy-winning crooner Peabo Bryson is making a comeback with a new album produced by the duo behind Janet Jackson’s biggest hits: Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Stand for Love will be Bryson’s 21st album, and his first new album in eleven years. The 67-year-old singer tells Vibe that he knew Jam and Lewis were the right producers to guide his return to music.
Bryson says he asked Jam and Lewis, “Can you make me current without destroying what has taken me a lifetime to accomplish?” He adds that there’s “not more than two people on the planet” that he’d “trust with that particular task.”
“That’s not something you’d want to play around with at this stage of your life or your career,” he notes.
Meanwhile, Jam tells Vibe that his and Lewis’ goal was to add to Bryson’s legacy of quality music.
“We were just trying to do something that was indicative of Peabo’s really great work that he has done through his whole career,” Jam explains. “In studying his career, you had classic R&B records from “I’m So Into You” to “Feel The Fire” — those types of records that I grew up listening and loving. So much to pull from, as far as just inspiration.”
Bryson credits Jam and Lewis with giving him a contemporary sound, while continuing his tradition of timeless love songs.
“We’re telling the same story with a new pace, with a current pace, so that we’re passing it from generation to generation,” Bryson says.
Bryson’s new single, “All She Wants to Do Is Me,” premiered on an episode of The Chi. Stand for Love will be released August 3.
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