"The important thing I want people to know about me is that I'm a musician, so rather than the emphasis being on me and my voice, it's on the band as a whole, the songwriting and production. Piano is my first instrument so when you see Jack Herrera play live, I'm more behind the keyboards. Although stylistically it's different, conceptually it's kind of the same as when Phil Collins did his solo things and then he did the albums with Genesis." Indeed, the vibey jazz-soul/hip-hop of Jack Herrera couldn't be more in contrast with the polished R&B radio formatted appeal of Jon's solo work. "Jack Herrera is the epitome of what soul music stands for which is originality and depth," he claims proudly.
"There's also a lot more hip-hop coming with Jack Herrera than on my own albums." Jon can take his place behind the keyboards in Jack Herrera, safe in the knowledge that in Deluxe and DominiQuinn, he has two showmen and vocalists of the highest standing. Men, who to him are more than fellow group members, but best friends too, having traveled the world with him as background vocalists on his last solo tour. In fact, the band found it's name while on the road in Amsterdam, Holland. "The band actually formed on the back of Jon's tour bus, where he had a full studio built," explains DominiQuinn. "After a show we would go back there and start writing.
This was before we even thought about a band; then when Jon suggested it, it made perfect sense." A native of Philadelphia, the charismatic DominiQuinn cut his teeth vocally singing on hip-hop records while hanging out with fellow "Illadelph" artists and friends such as The Roots, Boyz II Men, and Will Smith. Spending ample time in L.A. he became a noted fixture on the live circuit through his band Jazzmatix, encompassing some of the city's finest session musicians. It was through the band's trumpet plater, Tyrone Griffith, who also doubled up tour chores with Jon B, that the two "cats" met. Thoughtful and laid back, Silky Deluxe hails from a large musical family in Dallas.
He originally moved to L.A. at 18 as part of a male vocal R&B group. However, when the Hollywood shuffle proved too much for the other members, Deluxe diverted his attention to songwriting, eventually landing a publishing deal and through that a solo deal at Epic Records. Although his album was never released, he had firmly established himself as a gifted singer/songwriter, working in the studio with Jon B and on stage with DominiQuinn. More than just a desire to create good music, Jack Herrera represents three conscious souls yearning to express a unified and heartfelt message. "The song 'Silver & Gold' means a lot to me because of the lyrics," states Deluxe.
"It kind of sums up what Jack Herrera is about. It's saying that materialistic things - cars, houses, or whatever shouldn't be the priority. The focus should be on gaining the knowledge to deal with all the ill situations in the world. You should look towards yourself and if the wealth and riches are meant to come, they will." Adds DominiQuinn, "'Free To Believe' is simply stating to young people that it's not all about the establishment, it's about understanding 360 degrees of who you are, taking the knowledge of self and manifesting that into who you want to be." Jon B concurs, "The lyrics on the album are very spiritual and relate to our philosophies about freedom to express yourself the way you want to.
The new millenium's here and a lot of kids out there are lost." Musically Jack herrera more than matches it's worthy words, and that's word! Whether it be the mellifluous "U & I" that comes over like classic Stevie Wonder at his most mellow, the gentle reggae infused "Say U Gotta Man" or the ruff n' rugged basement jam, "Jack Herrera For President," this band has flava for days. "The live show comes first for us," emphasizes DominiQuinn. "We all come from a live music background, soldiers on the front line of organix. The video and things of that nature are cool, but secondary. There's no substitute for seeing Jack Herrera in a live performance." Read more on Last.fm.
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