By Eugenia Wright
Music world, get ready for a listening experience as a new artist in the Pop/R&B genre emerges into the limelight. His name is Tionne and he is on a mission to put the love back into music. There are no harsh, out of tune chords with Tionne, whose mannerism is charmingly silky smooth, demonstrating a very cultured upbringing and a smile that will warm your heart. In fact, Tionne boasts a rich music heritage as the grandson of gospel music legend B.J. Stanton.
At an early age, Stanton recognized her grandson’s musical abilities and nurtured his every move. As a doting grandmother and God-fearing woman, she made sure that Tionne’s ears were filled with gospel music—not by listening to her own recordings but by making sure Tionne was physically seated in the church pews each and every Sunday of his youth and that he join the choir.
Outside of the church, harsh realities loomed in the Watts area of Los Angeles where he spent his early years but the love that existed in his home and the love he received in church was stronger than any of the gang violence that he was exposed to on the streets. Churchgoers would define this type of protection as a “hedge” built around him to ward off negativity.
Tionne’s music reflects this type of unflagging love… secure and easy sustaining high notes with crystal precision. You can hear it on his single “Unfreeze “from his debut self-titled CD, “Tionne.” It is so suave it will melt your heart and liquefy your central nervous system. On hearing it, parallels could be drawn between Tionne and his contemporaries such as Ne-Yo, Usher or even Jackson.
The album is radio friendly. At 25, the timing is right. His image definitely crosses over. “Tionne,” the CD, should do well on the charts and Tionne, the man, should do well in life.
The public at large will be able to experience the album “Tionne” the first week of December 2009 in time for the holidays.
Tionne was recently nominated “Rising Star of The Year” by The Los Angeles Black Music Awards. He is often seen on Hollywood’s red carpets with stars such as Paris Hilton, Luenell and Vivica A. Fox.
“Unfreeze” is produced by Jason “Jed-I” Edmonds (Nephew of famed music producer/singer Kenneth “Baby Face” Edmonds.