R&B Veteran Glenn Lewis talks new single, Melanie Fiona, Upcoming Tour
Fresh off his 12-year hiatus, Glenn Lewis comes back strong with a highly-praised and much needed R&B song. The Canadian singer is known for his chart-topping singles such as "Don't You Forget It" and "It's Not Fair" and in 2013 has added a new single, "Can't Say Love" (on iTunes now). His new project is expected October 15, 2013 and brings back familiar collaborators Dre & Vidal and ushers in new talent like Melanie Fiona, a fellow R&B singer and Canadian who has had her fair share of success in America. Moment of Truth is expected for release on October 15, 2013 via Ruffhouse/Caroline.
On his hiatus..
There were times that I got lost along the way but I was always staying busy. I never really stopped performing and writing There would be people I would run into and that I developed great relationships with and so I was still working. Been doing a lot of interviews, great to actually be in the swing of things.
"Can't Say Love" is the single from your upcoming album, Moment of Truth. Tell us about the record and is it about anyone in particular?
Well kinda' - nobody in particular yet but hopefully. The song is about how it’s not all that often that you make that connection with a person like that and it is really about realizing that there can be only one person you’re in “love” with. And there is going to be different relationships in your life but what I had with that one person was what I wanted – everything that makes a relationship enjoyable, functional, and you know, what makes a relationship special.
You feature fellow Canadian and R&B singer Melanie Fiona on your album. How was it working with her?
It was great working with her. She is absolutely beautiful and talented with an amazing voice. She is a real professional in the studio and we just vibed and it didn’t really seem like work.
*Laughs* you know, we’re cool. That’s my people and don’t get me wrong obviously she is an extremely attractive person all around and it was great to work with her. She is very focused on what she’s doing and I’m extremely focused on what I am doing. We’re close, like that’s family but it’s still very respectful.
Would you say Canada is the new spot to find all the hot artists and new and emerging talent?
I would say, from Deborah Cox, myself, Tamia, Melanie Fiona, The Weeknd, and Drake, there’s a lot of others on come up – they definitely have something to say. There's definitely some special talent out this way and I am personally thankful that the American music scene has embraced us the way that they have. It means a lot because we have been inspired for so long for the music that has come from there – it's kind of like giving back. Its rewarding to feel like you’ve been embraced by the culture and the people.
You worked with Dre & Vidal at the beginning of your career and working with them now. How has your relationship changed musically and professionally?
We all grown up a little bit from the first album with experiences we’ve gone through and how they affect us not only as people but how we create. We are now seasoned at what we do and they definitely know how to get to a record, as do I. Now it’s less pressure – we’ve always done it for the love but now more than ever there’s a real sense of knowing how to get to the heart of things cause we’re familiar with each other. They my strengths and they know when to push me and challenge me and we have open, honest dialogue. The familiarity makes the work a lot easier.
A lot of women want to know if Glenn Lewis is involved.. Wife? Girlfriend? Kids?
It’s come up in several interviews. Nah, though - im single. I’ve been very driven at doing this and focused on doing what I gotta do. I love the relationship thing but I can appreciate the single life too. But for right now, it makes more sense for me to be single to really focus on what I am doing. It would be hard on anybody to move around and have the work schedule that I have.