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Ann Nesby

This Is Love

(Shanachie; US: 25 Sep 2007; UK: 24 Sep 2007)

Ann Nesby is not as well known as a Patti LaBelle or a Gladys Knight, but she’s just as talented. Although she may be best known as the grandmother of 2006 “American Idol” contestant Paris Bennett, Nesby has an impressive resume. The Grammy winner’s been a consistent presence in the R&B, gospel and dance arenas as a solo artist and a member of The Sounds of Blackness. Her latest album, This is Love connects all of the above mentioned genres seamlessly. It’s a classy and mature, yet spirited soul album, the likes of which rarely get noticed these days. All of the album’s ten songs were written by Nesby, and the personal touch comes across well, whether on ballads like the yearning “I Apologize”, cool steppers’ grooves like “This Could Be Love” or up tempo tracks like the fierce dance workout “It’s So Easy Lovin’ U”. Definitely worth checking out if you need to hear some down-home sangin’.

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