S-Curve Records/BMGPhiladelphia soul legends The O’Jays‘ final studio album, The Last Word, was released today, April 19.
Founding singer Eddie Levert says the new collection features songs that comment on — and offer a positive response regarding — today’s political and social issues.
“I look at what is going on in the world and not much seems to have changed from when we first started doing this,” he notes. “We are still dealing with the same issues.”
“On this album we addressed those issues as well as the intolerance we see coming out of the Trump Administration on a daily basis. We also offer a solution,” he adds. “That solution is to combat hatred with love and acceptance.”
Adds fellow founding O’Jay Walter Williams, “With this final album, we are providing a soundtrack for those that are speaking truth to power and encouraging people to come together through love.”
This Tuesday, April 23, The O’Jays will appear on NBC’s Today show, where they’ll perform “Stand Up (Show Love),” their latest single from The Last Word.
The album also includes the recently released single “I Got You,” as well as “Enjoy Yourself,” a song co-written by Bruno Mars and Train singer Pat Monahan.
The O’Jays will celebrate the release of The Last Word with a special concert on Friday, April 26, at the historic Apollo Theater in New York City. Check out the group’s full concert schedule at MightyOJays.com.
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