JJ Thames has a very strong, powerful, and striking voice that is sultry as all git out, steamy. The music is a fusion of blues sung with the strength of gospel and at other times it is so filled with earthly desire that it is going to fog a lot of windows. You can hear it all in the opening cut, Souled Out, which has a strong gospel choir sound behind her, she does all the lead and background voices, never gives you a moment to catch a breath. This is a song that this reviewer could listen to time after time after time, it is that powerful. This woman has power in her voice and though we never see her she has an unconditional command in presence that is compelling. Hey You follows with a solid blues that is rooted in the earth; so deeply implanted that you want to get down and make it a part of you.
She has a strong solid band behind her with Sam Brady on keyboards (he is also the producer), Celeb Armstrong on guitar and Grady Champion guests on harmonica and is also the Executive Producer and the owner of this new record label, Dechamp Records, which is dedicated to bringing Mississippi artists to the publics attention. There is also a solid horn section backing her.
I would say with this new release that JJ Thames is going to be on people's radar and for reasons that will make them take note. The power of the voice is there along with her strong sensuality it is sure to open many eyes. She is definitely a presence and a voice I will be looking for.
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