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- Me, Myself, and I
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Make up Jagged Edge (aka JE), made by Jermain Dupri (aka JD)
Brian and Brandon are twins and are the lead singers.
JE have many hits such as...
"The Way That You Talk"
"Keys To The Range"
"He Can't Love You"
"Let's Get Married"
"Where the Party at" (Feat. Nelly)
"I Got it 2" (Feat. Nas)
"Walked Out Of Heaven"
"What It's Like"
"So Amazing" (Feat. Voltio)
"Good Luck Charm"
"Season's Change" (Feat. John Legend)
"Stunnas" (Feat. Jermaine Dupri)
Identical twin brothers Brian Casey and Brandon Casey, Kyle Norman, and Richard Wingo--known collectively as Jagged Edge--have built the group's career and reputation from one simple premise: make great music and make sure the music's for real. The tabloids are full of urban artists acting flash and talking trash, but while it might be fun to give good copy today, it's far better to give people music that touches souls deep enough to last a lifetime.
Jagged Edge began recording that special blend of deep soul music with the group's debut single, "The Way That You Talk," in 1997 and inaugural album, A Jagged Era, in 1998. And now, on the fifth Jagged Edge album, the group delivers its most refined and soulful set yet. Like a fine vintage wine, JE's music grows richer and fuller in time, becoming more subtle and complex with each album. "We try and make an album that is totally made up of singles," says Brian with complete candor. "No filler material. Just solid songs that expand upon what we've done before and allow our fans to witness and hear our growth."
Jagged Edge, the group's fifth album, was executive produced by JE's Brandon Casey and Brian Casey and features tracks produced by Tha Corna Boyz, Dwayne Nesmith & Pierre Medor, Jermaine Dupri, Chad "Dr. Cuess" Elliot, Don Vito and Cheese, as well as Brandon Casey and Brian Casey. Guest artists on Jagged Edge include Bad Girl (on "Crying Out") (Bad Girl are artists on the Casey brothers' own 581 Music Group), Voltio (on "So Amazing, the album's first single), John Legend (on "Season's Change"), and Big Duke of Boyz N Da Hood (on "Sexy American Girls").
Jagged Edge premieres lush studio versions of songs ranking among JE's very finest compositions and performances, to which they credit a renewed sense of confidence and a willingness to take creative chances. "I'm proud of all of the albums we've done," Brian says, "but this time we stepped out on our own and fine tuned things without a lot of outside help, did the majority of the work. I really think that this is one of our best albums."
You can hear that creativity and confidence in the lyrics, which Brian allows are a bit more suggestive than previous efforts. The reason? "During our career we've made positive, meaningful and uplifting songs like 'Lets Get Married' and 'Promise,' and we're very proud of that," says Brian, "but no matter what your forte might be, if you're a true artist you get to a point where you want to step out of your box a little bit. So this time you're hearing a different side of Jagged Edge. We're never going to forsake our classic sound. We're just going to present it in a new way."
The motivation? "We realized that we don't put out a lot of party records and we wanted to get back into that vibe again," Brian offers, "as well as show love to the music that influenced us as we were coming up."
A different type of love song--directed not at a culture but at a female--is the frank and sexy "Good Luck Charm." Produced by Chad Elliot and Don Vito and Cheese, "Good Luck Charm" is an unabashedly emotional ode to that special lady who keeps you warm at night and is always in your corner.
Equally sexy and ever so spicy is the album's first single, "So Amazing" (featuring Voltio), one of two tracks produced by long time JE collaborator Jermaine Dupri. A steamy shout-out to the woman who rocks your world, "So Amazing" is infused with reggaeton's red-hot rhythms and smoothed out with JE's R&B finesse. The result is a song Brian declares is "super hot and really unique because of the way all of the different elements are combined."
Another collaboration that will please the fans is "Season's Change," featuring Columbia labelmate John Legend. "Recording that song was beautiful," says Brian. "First to walk into a room with a guy that you respect and then to find out that the feeling is mutual. Right away the project and relationship is uplifted. Plus, every singer does a song
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