Joe Surprises Fans with Private Release Party for new album 'Doubleback: Evolution of R&B'
Last night multi-platinum selling singer Joe, held a private album release party for his fans at Stage 48 in New York City for his tenth album Doubleback: Evolution of R&B (on iTunes now). Joe produced more than half of the tracks on the album and also used producers Stargate and Derek "DOA" Allen for support. The R&B veteran who made us "Wanna Know" and "told us he'd do all the things our man wouldn't do", just may have another platinum album on his hands.
Dancing, and bar hopping was in full effect as fans waited patiently to hear the smooth sounds of the R&B crooner. The room was filled with anticipated fans who grew a little antsy as multi-platinum selling singer Joe was running a little behind schedule. Ladies in the crowd screamed “we want Joe, we want Joe.” The optimistic Lenny Green from WBLS 107.5 took the stage to introduce Joe. A smiling Joe walked on stage with a cigar and his mouth and a big smile. As soon as he walked on stage the ladies in the front begin to reach out there hands, Joe acknowledged them and begin the show.
He opened up the show with classic hits such as "More and More," "If I was Your Man" and “I Wanna Know.”
Turning 40 this month has not slowed Joe down. Doubleback is packed with romantic ballads and feel good soul music which Joe fans expect from the veteran. Fans got the opportunity to indulge into a mixture of old and new music tracks from the award winning singer. Joe performed "I'd rather have a love" first single off his new album which is already gaining quite the airplay and not to mention its a popular top 10 urban AC radio hit. Joe recalls this song as being a wake-up call for men. He says "it speaks to a lot of guys in relationships that may have a good thing going on, but forget what they have and start to treat the women differently. This song is a reminder "I'd rather have a love than nothing at all." Who wants to be alone?"
After about four songs Joe brought up some of his biggest supporters on stage. He introduced the audience to his brothers, managers, PR rep and band mates. He says these are the people that are often behind the scenes but made him who he is today and he needed to acknowledge that. Some fans didn't seem impressed, they wanted more music. Screaming “more music, more music”. Joe says, “OK enough of me talking, lets get back to the music. After only about a 25 minute set, he ended the night off with seductive song “Love Scene” from an earlier album, via audience request. He thanked his fans for their support and he concluded the party is not over. The after party has just begun.
Fan Courtney Bledsoe, 26 from Detroit says, "I brought the album today and I love it already. Him having this party was a very special gesture. He is a great live performer and I look forward to learning all the lyrics to all the songs. At the end of the day at about 40 years old, he still got it."