Personnel: Will Downing (vocals); Chuck Loeb, Dwight Sills, Wah-Wah Watson, Eric D. Jackson, Phil Hamilton, Rohn Laurence (guitar); Rex Rideout, Chris "Big Dog" Davis, Herman "Peanut" Johnson (keyboards); Melvin Davis , Ronnie Garrett, Sekou Bunch, Mark Walker, Dwayne "Smitty" Smith (bass instrument); Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Audrey Wheeler Downing, John Stoddart, Keith Fluitt, Dwight Thompson (background vocals).
Will Downing makes most purveyors of smoothed-out, romantic R&B sound like Mortimer Snerd. Lush, sensual, and sparkling (one can almost hear the champagne chilling in the background), Downing's music follows the m.o. of Al Green, Barry White, and Marvin Gaye. SOUL SYMPHONY, Downing's 10th release, shows off the singer-songwriter-producer's well-brewed blend of soul, jazz, pop, and easy listening balladry--not to mention his knee-weakening baritone--to classic effect. Looking for the perfect soundtrack to a candlelit dinner and a cozy bubble bath for two? Look no further.