Michael B. Sutton

Michael B. Sutton

BandR&BPop

Michael B. Sutton's velvet voice with thick vocal harmonies, deep grooves and soul spilling over, has delivered a rich, contemporary r&b album of silky love songs.

Biography

Michael B. Sutton - Hopeless Romantic

"Take my hand, baby, come with me / My love won't hold you back, it will set you free / And you will feel what it's like / To soar like a kite / Higher and higher / I'll hold you so tight / Tell me, baby, all your desires / Let me fulfill all of your dreams / Oh deeper, I need to go deeper /
And find out what this love really means" - from "Flight"

In Michael B. Sutton's universe, music, romance and sensuality are inseparably engaged in a ménage a trois that both soothes and arouses. On the singer/songwriter's impeccably titled Hopeless Romantic - the behind-the-scenes veteran's long overdue debut album - Sutton weaves a bewitching spell, making it utterly impossible for you to press Pause or Stop until his skillfully sequenced audio passion play has come to its natural conclusion. This is the sign of a musical master - a gentle genius who has overcome crippling personal hardship to slow cook a feast for the loving and the lustful that will sate their appetites for many a bliss-filled night to come.

In the past, Mr. Sutton has penned hits for Smokey Robinson ["There Will Come a Day (I'm Gonna Happen To You)"], Cheryl Lynn ("Shake It Up Tonight") and a disco smash for The Originals ("Down To Love Town"). But during his seven years at Motown as a writer/producer, he earned his reputation as the go-to guy for quality album cuts that often became "fan favorites" - the tracks that make albums enjoyable from start to finish. This distinguished resume includes a young Michael Jackson ("Cinderella Stay Awhile"), Jermaine Jackson ("Stay With Me"), Thelma Houston ("Today Will Soon Be Yesterday," from her Gold-selling album Any Way You Like It), Switch ("It's So Real," from their self-titled platinum debut), former Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards ("When The Lights Come Down On Love") and ‘The Ice Man’ himself, Jerry Butler ("I Don't Want Nobody To Know"). Most recently, Texas rapper Scarface with special guests Jay-Z & Beanie Sigel sampled The Originals' "Sunrise" (yet another song that Michael co-penned) for the Source Award-winning hip hop hit, "Guess Who's Back.”

It is this Motown apprenticeship that thoroughly seasoned Michael B. Sutton into the artist he has become on Hopeless Romantic – 15 songs (and 2 interludes) of sensual inspiration from the man with “the velvet voice." It opens with the soul synthesized minuet "Body Music," then descends into a two-song story about seducing an abandoned beauty: "If You Let Me Love You (The Second Time Around)" and the bumpin' "Give It Up." This is followed by the blissful trinity of "Do That To Me," "Sweet Surrender" and "Flight," all quintessential bedroom grooves in the key of A: amour. Next is a very special treat for Michael’s longtime fans: a reunion with his former wife Brenda Sutton (now Turner) on a remake of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s 1972 classic, "Where Is The Love" (penned by Ralph MacDonald and William Salter). Then, Michael takes a naughty detour downtown with the ultra-provocative "Feelin' Down (Go Down On Me Blues)," the GET-down funk of "Love Me Inside Out," and the LOW-down, boldly blunt, "I Wanna Sex You" (also available in a remix by producers Christian B and Marc Dold, and Boris & Beck, who’ve mined hits for Enya, Luther Vandross, Thalia, Pink, and Celine Dion).

The final three songs of Hopeless Romantic comprise a relaxing home stretch that plays like a night cruise with the top down in tropical paradise. It begins with the Spanish tinged duet "Lovers Serenade," on which Michael is joined by his former Motown label mate Tata Vega. Next up is "Nobody," a steppers groove with a cha cha flair and a message every woman wants to hear. Finally, the ride arrives at its heavenly close with the title track, “Hopeless Romantic.”

Addressing the sensual elements of his album, soft-spoken yet philosophical Mr. Sutton explains, "Great sex stems from passion and the freedom to explore it. You have to feel good about it! Sexuality is a spiritual adventure. There was something opening up in me at the time that I wrote most of this material…a sense of freedom about who I am. These songs were born out of that liberation of expression."

Michael Burnett Sutton was born in Oakland, California, the second child of be bop trumpet player Burnett Sutton and his lovely wife Lula Mae. It was Michael's grandmother who steered him toward the Church of The Living God, where his high school buddy Ernie Jackson introduced him to the Hammond B3 organ. Soon, Michael was fellowshipping in musical ministries in Los Angeles. During a long drive back up Highway 99, Michael wrote his very first song to help him make it through the frightfully foggy night: "Jesus Will Give You The Victory." At 17, Michael moved to L.A. for good, living with friends at first. When the lady of the house's sister Brenda came to visit, Michael fell in love. They performed gospel together, eventually working with legendary James Cleveland a

Lyrics

Hopeless Romantic

Written By: Michael B. Sutton Bobbi Jo Lathan

HOPELESS ROMANTIC
M. Sutton B.J. Lathan

I’m a hopeless romantic when it comes to you
And I can’t understand it what am I supposed to do?
I am hopeless, romantically falling in love with you
It’s true

Never thought that I could be the one to feel this way
I’m supposed to be the one who’s in control
You came and you caught me by surprise
Now I don’t know what to say
It ain’t no way I can hide it
I got to let it go

CHORUS

Standing at your door with candy and flowers behind my back
And on a piece of paper I’ve written a poetry rhyme
I knock and then you open up the door and you
Stand there lookin like that
Lord help me somebody
I’m about to lose my mind

CHORUS

BRIDGE

Isn’t it funny how life changes and turns
Around every corner there’s
A lesson to learn
But every now and then somebody’s got to take a chance
And learn to romance
Can I have this dance?
Ooooh yeah

CHORUS REPEAT FADE

Words and music by Michael B. Sutton / Bobbi Jo Lathan

© 2002 Mibren Music/Right Smart Music ASCAP

Nobody

Written By: Michael B. Sutton

NOBODY
(M. Sutton)

Special lady in my life
My inspiration my paradise
You give new meaning to this heavenly thing
Called love
With just a touch you turn me on baby
Bring on a feelin so very strong yeah
Ooh baby baby keep doin what you’re doin
To me oh

Nobody, nobody
Can ever take the place of you
Nobody, nobody
Can ever love me like you do

I wake each morning to your embrace yeah babe
I see that look upon your face
And then you whisper in my ear
I wanna make love to you
Your tender lovin can’t be denied
I’m guaranteed to be satisfied
Ooh baby baby no other can compare to you oh

Oh oh oh oh

Nobody, nobody
Can ever take the place of you
Nobody, nobody
Can ever love me like you do

Lovers come and they go
Just like the wind in the trees
But one thing baby I know
Your kind of love is for me
Can’t you see
Yeah , yeah

(instrumental)

One in a million my heart and soul
You’re love is rich, solid gold baby
And if I could , I’d go and build a castle for you
Oh oh oh oh

Chorus(repeat fade)
©2002 Mibren Music ASCAP

Body Music

Written By: Michael Sutton Bobbi Jo Lathan

BODY MUSIC
M. Sutton B.J. Lathan
©
Play me with your Body Music
Make love to me slowly, measure by measure
Let me know how it feels to belong
Till I’m lost Deep in your song

This enchanted rhythm
Moving in and out
It’s the Magic of our love
Touching every note
Within me and without
Can you please me can you show me
What your love is all about
Chorus

I can feel your body moving under mine
Ooh you’re burning with desire
Exotic melody caressing in the night
Can you love me can you take me
Until the morning light, Play me
Chorus

Across the desert, away from time
Taste the pleasure that’s yours and mine
Love is calling, it’s in the air
Let the music, Let it take us there

Play me with your body music won’t your body
Play me with your Body Music
Slowly, measure by measure by measure
Taste me, Feel the pleasure
Love me, Love me till the morning light
Repeat fade

© 2002 Mibren Music ASCAP

Discography

Album: Hopeless Romantic
Single: I Wanna Sex You ( Dance and Urban mixes)
Nobody: Current Single