Grammy nominee JOE, who has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, once again proves the staying power of soulful R&B success with his Billboard Urban A/C Top 10 (and growing) hit single, “Love & Sex Pt. 2.” The song features Grammy award winner Kelly Rowland, accompanied by a charismatic video shot by famed film director Billy Woodruff. “Love & Sex Pt. 2” is the lead song from the chart-topper’s forthcoming album, Bridges, which will be released June 23, 2014 on his new label Plaid Take-Over, with new partner and manager Gerald “Plaid” Isaac, through BMG Artist Services with distribution from RED.
Bridges, described as a therapeutic retrospect, takes a look into the multi-talented singer, songwriter-producer’s outlook on life’s relationship endeavors and where they have taken him. Derek “DOA” Allen (Tyrese, Wale, Smokey Norful), Edrick Miles (Trey Songz, Nikki Minaj, Lil Wayne), Gerald Isaac (Mary J. Blige, Mario, Angie Stone) and Taj Jackson (Ne-Yo, Monica, Janet Jackson) are among the producers and songwriters who collaborated on Bridges with JOE. BRIDGES follows his 2013 critically acclaimed album, DoubleBack: Evolution of R&B, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 6 on the Billboard 200 Charts.
Why Bridges? “We build them, cross them, burn them, then soon realize how much we need them. Relationships are bridges and at some point we must take responsibility for where we have allowed those relationships to take us. Most important, what relationships or bridges are we currently building, crossing into or burning?” says JOE.
“This album has all of the criteria needed in bridging JOE into other audiences and genres while remaining a staple with his core fan base,” states Gerald Isaac. “The album is simply what it says.”
On Bridges, Joe again brings to the forefront the elegant simplicity and amazing vocals that have made him one of music’s most accomplished and popular singers with a strong foothold in today’s R&B music. Songs like “Sex Ain’t A Weapon,” with its strong shuffle beat reminiscent of Marvin Gaye, keeps you grooving on the subject matter of the women who choose to hold back or deprive their man of lovin.’ A Queen B should never hold back the honey…not later but sooner girl you’ll hear the rumor that other fish been swimming around in your sea.”
Then there’s the powerful and thought-provoking ballad “If You Lose Her.” The song positions JOE as a spokesman encouraging guys or the gambling man to think about the consequence of neglect through their own selfish pleasures, placing them at the very cusp of losing a good woman. If you lose her, there’ll be a hole in your soul, no grave deep enough to bury the pain….
Other songs include the future ladies anthem “First Lady,” “The Rest Will Follow,” the party driven “Take It To The House,” “Blame Her Broken Heart On Me,” and the eloquent soul-stirring ballad “Till The Rope Gives Way.”
JOE, who has collaborated with some of today’s most contemporary artists, will be on a national and international tour in support of Bridges. He will perform his hit single, “Love & Sex Pt. 2,” in addition to his other hit songs that include: “All The Things (Your Man Won’t Do),” “All That I Am,” “No One Comes Close,” “Love Scene,” and “I Wanna Know.”
Up-Coming Tour Dates:
April 26 Raleigh, NC Duke Energy Center
April 27 Las Vegas, NV Government Amphitheater
May 3 Montego Bay, JA Royalton White Sands Luxury Resorts
May 10 Oakland, CA Paramount Theater
May 11 Columbia, SC Township Auditorium
May 16 Dover, DE Dover Hotel & Casino
May 24 San Diego, CA Omni Costa Resort
May 25 Omaha, NE Omaha Civic Auditorium
June 8 Columbia, MD Capital Jazz Festival
June 13 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
June 14 Orlando, FL Walmart Annual 100 Black Men Event
June 18 Silver Springs, MD WMMJ Radio Acoustic Intimate Performance
June 27 Boston, MA Agganis Arena with New Edition
June 28 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center with New Edition
June 29 Brooklyn, NY Barklay Center with New Edition
July 3 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
July 5 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion with New Edition
July 10 Dallas, TX Verizon Theater Grand Prairie with New Edition
July 11 Houston, TX Reliant Arena with New Edition
July 13 Newark, NJ Performing Arts Center
July 19 White Plains, NY Westchester County Center (T)
August 2 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena with New Edition
August 3 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theater with New Edition
August 9 Detroit, MI Chene Park Amphitheater
August 12 Harlem, NY Harlem Park
August 30 Orlando, FL Gaylord Palms Resort
September 12 Southaven, MS Landers Center
September 26 Lubbock, TX Fair Park Coliseum
October 3 Uganda Africa Uganda Soul Jazz Festival
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