Dynamic young R&B-jazz saxophonist�s single breaking at radio, album receives accolades as the artist prepares to take the stage
It�s rare for a musician still in their mid-20s to possess the depth of talent, maturity and vision that saxophonist-flutist-songwriter-producer Jackiem Joyner has.� The buzz that began gestating late last year produced the birth of Babysoul, Joyner�s debut album that was released today in record stores nationally by the ARTizen Music Group.� Joyner�s original R&B, soul and contemporary jazz songbook heralds the arrival of a true artist and serves as a harbinger that the future of instrumental music is poised for reinvigoration and re-imagination in the astute hands of the next generation.�
Babysoul grooves seductively from beginning to end.� Although the sax is Joyner�s primary instrument, he croons equally as passionately through his flute.� He explored unique ways to engage the two disparate voices in harmonious and complementary discourses on five of the collection�s eleven tracks.� In fact, Joyner, who produced the album and wrote ten songs for the disc, played most of the instruments on the record.� Rick Braun, the album�s executive producer, contributed trumpet and flugelhorn and Peter White issued gorgeous acoustic guitar riffs on the first radio single, �Stay With Me Tonight.�� Joyner beautifully covered the sexy �Say Yes,� originally recorded by Floetry.
Breaking a new artist takes time, patience, commitment, creativity and a comprehensive approach that embraces technology.� That�s the formula ARTizen has deployed to introduce Joyner.� Top label executives began touting Joyner and his music to prominent industry tastemakers, radio programmers and members of the media late last year.� Joyner took the stage for cameo appearances at concerts headlined by label principals and smooth jazz icons Rick Braun and Richard Elliot.� In addition to the usual radio blitz to support a single, ARTizen teamed with the SmoothJazz.com network of terrestrial and online radio stations to add muscle to their attack. �Viral emails, banners on the SmoothJazz.com site, and interactive links with media player, information about Joyner and purchasing links have helped propel �Stay With Me Tonight� into the Top 15 and it�s still rising.� Joyner was invited to perform at radio-sponsored concerts in San Diego by KIFM (May 26), in Reno by KJZS (June 20), and for the JazzTrax Big Bear Festival (June 23).� Additionally he�s got shows booked in Riverside, California (August 4) and the Catalina Jazz Festival (October 13 & 20).� More dates are being added for the summer and fall.
The media is watching both Joyner and taking note of the label�s efforts.� All Music Guide stated that ARTizen in ��2007 got behind the very funky and contemporary, sometimes hip and often retro but always super soulful Jackiem Joyner.� Joyner came to the airwaves after amassing a great r�sum� for his mid-twenty-something age: playing with Marcus Johnson, Bobby Lyle and Jaared, co-headlining a 2004 (tour) with Ronnie Laws and Angela Bofill, and opening gigs for everyone from India.Arie to Boney James.�� Jazz Review declared, �Debuting with Babysoul is a watershed moment in Jackiem Joyner�s life as he transitions from sideman, opener and back-up player to a full fledged star in his own right�After years of playing with the big guys, Jackiem Joyner has learned what he�s about in the music world, incorporating the best in his own music. �Young, yet multi-talented, Joyner has a long and bright career in front of him.� Babysoul has all the ingredients a true professional provides in a hit album.�� Baltimore Times observed �His style shows his age, for though it is of a quality level of any sax player who has been at the top of the charts for years, you can tell his youthful influences��� Smooth Jazz Therapy concluded �Babysoul is an extremely accomplished collection and signals an association between Joyner and ARTizen that could well be a partnership made in heaven. �With the nurturing qualities of the label gelling with the obvious talent and sizzling potential of the artist, the name of Jackiem Joyner is bound to be around for a long time to come.�
Additional information is available at www.myspace.com/jackiemsoul and www.artizenmusicgroup.com.�