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The best kept secret in music


"TY-D Top 100-Jon Bibbs"

It's come accustomed that singers who let's say are not 'blessed' or truly talented have come up trumps on the R&B scene in recent years (I won't drop names but they are out there). So what about the other end of the spectrum where there are truly talented singers who are not getting their fair shake their just due.

We know that the state of Virginia has been producing some fine talent of late. From Missy Elliott to The Neptunes to Jarrard Anthony to name a few and speaking of Jarrard, I must say a big thanks to him for sending me this young mans material. The young man is question singer Jon Bibbs a native of Richmond, Va who is been making a name for himself all on his own.

I received Jon's Anthology disc (a 2 CD set) from Jarrard the other day and I must say I was pleasantly surprised from what I heard. Upon one listen of Jon's track 'True Story' (taken from the CD of the same name) and I knew he was a special talent. A singer to show unparalleled maturity in his relatively short career, Jon has challenged himself to not be compromising but to be a perfectionist and has achieved such feats on each track. 'Call Me', 'If I Cared' and 'So High' are shining examples of his ability as is the delicious and sensual ballads 'The Apologetic Serenade' and the acoustic driven 'Amazin'.

Also offered here on the Anthology is Red - The Colour of Love which would naturally be seen as the next step in his 'colourful' musical journey. 'Liberation' offers a sensibility of inner exploration while my favourite of the lot 'So Glad I've Found You' gives props to the one you love. My one gripe is that some tracks are a little short (time wise some are a little over 2 and a half minutes in length) but that aside a great array of songs readily geared for your listening ear.

To date he's worked with Bilal and Frankie to name a few. His influences are of those who's R&B status is legendary Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Gladys Knight. He pulls no punches where his music is concerned it's honest, revealing and tells a tale in every chapter which is what good music is crafted to do. The message is clear love is what it's about and all kinds of love is available want it or not.

As Jon said in an interview on his Red - The Colour of Love CD ''Love is supreme, love is the highest of the highs, I just feel like we have to learn to love: one - we have to truly please God and two - we have to learn to love if we really wanna save ourselves as a species, as human beings. The truth about love that it's hard it's hard to keep, it's hard to get, it's hard to find but the reality is that once you got it, can't nobody take it away'' A thought for the masses I'm sure. A TY-D Pick for you to enjoy.




If I Cared
Behind Those Eyes -
The Soundtrack
Summer 2004

Red the Color of Love (LP)
Independent Release
February 2004

Let it Pass (Single)
Soul Students Records
March 2003

True Story (LP)
Independent Release
October 2002

The Xcalibre Discs
Xcalibre Entertainment
April 2000


Feeling a bit camera shy


How long has it been since we heard those powerful voices? Those voices that moved us - that made us believe in the power of love? It seems these days that those voices have grown so distant that we have forgotten them. Distant as they may be, those spirits still walk among us, and have inspired a new breed of soul singers that are taking the world by storm. JonBibbs is one such artist, inspired by the music of the masters.

The son of a preacher, Jon began his musical odyssey at an amazingly early age, in backwoods churches. His unique style, and his child prodigy won him acclaim on the local state and national levels. A Richmond, VA native, Bibbs has not failed to make similar progress in his recent endeavors, making quite a name for himself during his relatively short time on the soul circuit.

Everywhere his voice is heard, people agree that there’s something special about this 23 year old’s approach to music. He pulls upon the best of our musical heritage: the passion of Gladys, the imagination of Stevie, the consciousness of Marvin, the gospo-centricity of Al, and the musicality of Ella. When you hear this voice, you’ll believe again. You’ll know that love still loves, pain still hurts and music still lives.