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"Wonder Love 1"

Why, some might ask, do we need yet another remake of a Stevie Wonder classic? I’ll admit to asking the same question. What can this ensemble do with “Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing” that wasn’t already done by dozens of other bands and vocalists? Water Seed answers that question by infusing their arrangement with a percussive ....
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"the art and commerce of 'Wonder Love 1'"

This week is a big one for the band known as Water Seed. Not only is the Atlanta-based/New Orleans-bred soul/jazz/funk crew dropping its third album, Wonder Love 1, on Tuesday, March 12, but this Saturday, March 16, the group is celebrating the new project with a release party that also includes high-energy house music trio Tortured Soul, singer N'Dea Davenport (of Brand New Heavies fame), and Atlanta's own DJ Kemit. To get the lowdown on everything Water Seed (which consists of members Lou Hill, Cinese, J. Sharp, Shaleyah, I.M.A., and Abel Melody) has popping ..... - Cribe Notes Creative Loafing

"The Wonder of Water Seed"

The six member band with its roots in Atlanta and their parents’ record collections spent countless hours in the studio working to develop a suite around the concept of “love” and recorded so much material the project had to be split in two, with part two being released later in the year. Wonder Love Pt. 1 is not their first release, but it may be the most important, because Water Seed is an anomaly in Black music .....
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"Water Seed shows us their Hues of Blue"

Atlanta-based soul band Water Seed was first brought to our attention by our in-house DJ Keyknow who included their song "Feel Like I Do" featuring Jon Bibbs on a Mixologists mix back in 2011. Fast forward to today, and the four-piece outfit is readying the release of their EP, Wonder Love Part 1, in a matter of days on Tuesday, March 12th. In case "Feel Like I Do" wasn't enough to sell you, then the second single "Hues Of Blue" may just seal the deal. The video will definitely catch your attention as you watch the ....
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"Something in the Water...."

New Orleans was a hotbed for music long before Lil’ Wayne or even Master P put it on the hip-hop landscape; it’s the birthplace of jazz, has roots deep in blues and rock & roll, and the sounds of its .....

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"We are trying to change the World and that takes Sacrifice"

Water Seed is group of well-seasoned musicians from several different background. Water Seed originally started a writing and production team and then grew into a band. Originally from New Orleans, Water Seed was displaced in Atlanta after hurricane Katrina. Since we didn’t have a home to go back to for a few months we started putting in work in Atlanta. We have released 3 albums since 2006 and we have been on the road non-stop.
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"Digging the vibe"

Definitely digging the vibe of this one as Water Seed and Jon Bibbs connect, creating sexy soul sensations! If you like this, they have more in store: 2 more remixes of this track, one for the Hip Hop heads and one for the jazz lovers. - BamaSoul

"Wonder Love 1"

"it's a great mix of jazz, hip-hop and soul. I also like that it retains a "live" sound, especially when used in tandem with more synthetic sounds."
Carlton Hargr0 - Creative Loafing


Wonder Love 1
released March 2013

Feel Like I Do Suite
released June 2012

released September 2010

Early for the Future
released February 2008

Two Words
released August 2007



What do you call a musical gumbo that recalls the ancestral strut and joie de vivre of the New Orleans’ Tremé, the drama and ecstasy of the church’s wailing floor, and the suited-up sophistication of jazz threaded with the party funk of Parliament? What do you name sounds that hail from Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, and the red dirt South all at once? How do you label music that simultaneously evokes all of the uncontainable energies and passions exploding from so many disparate musical legacies? Well, here we call it Water Seed.

The origins of this hybridity reflecting the diverse feels and experiences of Black America begin in New Orleans, the birthplace of multi-instrumentalists Lou Hill and J Sharp, the architects of Water Seed’s cool, elemental sound. The band’s privileging of rhythm and groove, the elegant jazz flourishes, and lyrical songs deeply rooted in both alchemists’ classical education, all hint at the sacred training grounds that sharpened Louisiana jazz greats from Jelly Roll Morton to the Marsalis Brothers, creators known for marrying the traditional with the modern in the creation of the new.

Preternaturally aware of their paths fairly early, Hill began playing the alto sax in fourth grade while Sharp was developing his piano chops over the three-notes of “Hot Crossed Buns” at the tender age of five. Both learned as children to respect their crafts through studious dedication, rigorous practice schedules, and trying their hand at several different instruments before landing on their primary tools of musical expression, the percussion for Hill and the keys for Sharp, each finding their home.

These curators’ apprentice journeys took different paths, reflecting different exposures. Sharp reared in a home of classical music, engaged in demanding training while nursing concerto circuit dreams. Hill was immersed in the radio R&B and funk of the day and the jazz culture of his storied surroundings. Both formally trained in esteemed music programs, Sharp through the famed NOCCA, the Jazz and Heritage School at Southern University and Dillard University, Hill at the venerated Xavier University. With his first rock/funk/jazz band, Afrodeezifunk, Hill’s fine-tuning came through constant club gigs, an ill-fated record deal that ended as abruptly as it started, and later on the go-go and funk stages of Washington, DC. As a nightclub gigging teen, Sharp’s refinement wasn’t too far behind Hill, after a decisive turn toward the synthesized sounds and arrangements of Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock. Two college-age young artists—one barely out of high school—securing professional gigs, each starting their own bands, developing cult followings, and esteemed reputations in N’awlins incestuously small musical pond. It was inevitable they would meet and discuss the Earth Wind and Fire-inspired band and production company Hill had by then started, Water Seed, though it would take a later recommendation by their mutual friend to land the then 18-year old Sharp behind Water Seed’s soon-to-be trademark keys.

Conceptually on the same page in training and musical direction, Hill and Sharp developed and eventually evolved a writing process that became more mutually collaborative over several independent releases. A brief creative rift followed by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, separated the songwriting and composition team for a time, before Hill and Sharp reconvened Water Seed in Atlanta’s burgeoning music scene and really began to flourish.

Enter Pasadena bred flautist, Cinese. Inspired by the legendary Bobbi Humphrey, the orchestral-trained Cinese switched to jazz after a 10-year business and school-led hiatus with music. Answering a Craigslist ad for Water Seed, Cinese learned her classical meets jazz foundation found nice complements with Hill and Sharp’s, rounding out their sound.

Now, with a five-piece band that eventually included bass player Marius Tilton and lead vocalist Ryan Johnson, the concept albums soon followed. Their self-released, experimental 2006 EP debut, Two Words, uncovered an avant-garde Water Seed sound but developed enough notice to garner the band an audience and brief attention from Sony Music. Recorded live and direct at Atlanta’s Apache Café, their second indie release, 2008’s Early for the Future, boasted covers of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” and originals like “Pressin’” and “Dance in the Sunshine,” earning well-deserved critical praise and awards nominations for Best R&B Group with respected outfits like SoulTracks.com. Positive buzz begat opening opportunities for revered musicians’ musicians like N’Dambi and Janelle Monae, a three-month musical residency in Russia, and an international reputation as one of the few touring black American bands’ offering a truly electric live experience. By the time the orchestral, “futuristic funk” of the comic book derived Fresh was delivered to fans in 2010, more soul-pop songs like “Magnificent” announced a sound