NEW YORK, July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The buzz on the street is solid and
building for J. Holiday, the newest signing to the Music Line Group/Capitol
Records roster, whose new single "Bed" is picking up true believers at
Urban radio formats everywhere, setting the scene for the October 2nd
release of J's hotly anticipated debut album, BACK OF MY 'LAC.
"Bed" (written by The Dream and produced by Carlos McKinney) was #1
Most-Added at Mediabase Urban and #2 Most-Added at BDS Urban last week,
gathering top spins across the U.S., from J's hometown of Washington, DC,
to New York, Atlanta (#1 phones and #1 ranked at WVEE), Detroit, Chicago,
and beyond. After being added to the AOL Radio stream a couple of weeks
ago, "Bed" became the highest-testing new Urban song, with a user rating
average of 9.3 to 9.7 out of 10. "I will say one thing," confirmed the
Music Editor at Concreteloop.com, "he has people talking with this song."
J. Holiday was named BET's Rated Next -- a moniker given to only a
select few that the channel believes will be the "next big thing." The
video premiered on BET's 106 & Park last week as "New Joint Of the Day,"
and immediately went into Medium Rotation on the cable channel and on BETJ.
"Bed" has been added to the rotation at MTV Jams, MTV Hits and VH1 Soul.
The video can also be seen at J's MySpace website,
http://www.myspace.com/jholiday, which is now previewing four songs from
the album -- "Bed," "Be With Me" (whose video is also up at the site), and
the title tune, "Back Of My 'Lac." The three songs have accumulated over
490,000 plays at the site, which is filled with
everything-you-always-wanted-to-know about J. Holiday. It has become a
blogger's delight with more than 1,000 comments and photos from fans posted
One listen to "Bed" is all it takes to get right to the heart of the
musical world occupied by 22-year-old singer/songwriter J. Holiday. A
classic rhythm and blues storyteller in the tradition of Marvin Gaye, Otis
Redding, Donny Hathaway, and Al Green -- the foundations of J's soul when
he was a teenager in DC -- he was also caught up in the hip-hop rhymes of
Jay-Z and OutKast. Add to that his fascination with '90s R&B vocal groups
Boyz II Men, H-Town, and Jodeci, and a portrait emerges of the artist as a
J's musical craft was tempered by life on the mean streets as a
preachers' son, raised up in the church by a hardworking mother. "I can say
that I've lived that street life," he testifies of his time growing up in
DC. "The streets are not anything to glamorize. I'm trying to let my people
back home know that I'm with them. DC has a lot of talent and I'm just
trying to show people that we are here."
A giant step came J's way when he hooked up with Corey Green and A&R
veteran Anthony "T.A" Tate of Music Line Group (Ciara, Teairra Marie) which
led straight to a deal at the Capitol Tower in Hollywood. J's talents as a
singer and songwriter and the autobiographic flav of his tunes found
sympathetic support from the album's producers, who include hitmaker Rodney
'Darkchild' Jerkins, Carlos 'L.O.S.' McKinney (Faith, Chris Brown, Whitney
Houston, Usher), and Music Line's Ciara and Teairra Mari. "You just have to
stay true to yourself," J. says of his journey. "There are a lot of
different stories out here and people just need to listen to them."
Can't wait to get to 'BED'? Hear four songs by J. Holiday here:
SOURCE Capitol Records