“Jeffrey Osborne Feels Love is worth it All”-ALIANTE Hotel, September 15- by Sandy Zimmerman

September 12th, 2018 • by Sandy Zimmerman

“Jeffrey Osborne Feels Love is worth it All”-

ALIANTE Hotel, September 15

by Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Anna Webber)

INTERVIEW with Jeffrey Osborne, four time Grammy Award Nominations, Gold and Platinum albums.

SZ: “You feel Love is Worth It All”, as in the name of your new album.”

OSBORNE: “The single talks about long time relationships, it’s better to
fight the trials and
tribulations we go through with a relationship when
you truly love someone then it is worth fighting for all the trials and
tribulations – love is worth all of that. Why start all over again that creates
new problems. The best thing get through those times and you’ll find
out love is worth it all!

SZ: “Your songs are so personal, they have such meaning to you.”

OSBORNE: “I’ve been married for 36 years.”

SZ: “So you know!” (Laughing)”

OSBORNE: “Year, I know! (Laughing). I wrote and produced all of the songs in the new album except one I produced with my son, Jeffrey, Junior, a song called “Work It”. I never thought I
would write a song like that. My son went to college, hanging out in the dorm with his friends and told me he was going to be a rapper. I said, wow. He made his own music and now he travels with me and does my sound engineering. We got together and wrote a song. I thought it would be nice if he gave me something that was a little more today but his song is more R&B than any on the record. (Laughing)”

SZ: “That’s funny! (Laughing). You write with so much feeling, you exemplify the way people feel about love.”

OSBORNE: “I grew up in a house where I had to listen to everything, my father was a great trumpet player, all my sisters and brothers listened to Ella Fitzgerald, and the songs back then were all about love, it seems everything has changed. I’m not crazy about some of the vocal concepts, it’s getting a little too dark for me. I think love is a universal language and it touches people all over the world.

That’s the most important thing for me, if I’m going to sing a song about love my goal is to touch someone, I don’t think you can touch anyone with derogatory lyrics (Laughing). I think you can touch someone if you’re speaking about love from the heart.”

SZ: “You have gone thru music of different genres throughout your career and succeeded in all types of music- soul, R&B, and you do it all!”

OSBORNE: “Yes, I’ve been doing it a long time, I started recording with LTD in 1972 and I’ve seen a lot of changes in music before then. It was the jazz singer then we came into the Motown sound and moved into R&B, went to hip hop, then rap, and I don’t know what it is now. (Laughing).”

SZ: “You have a mixed vocal range and can switch from soul to punk and R&B!”

OSBORNE: “Yes, I think that was the beauty of being in a group like LTD. We had many visions and we all wrote so we had a chance to sing all types of songs from the different types of writers in the group. That’s a nice combination for a show, if we have real up tempo songs and can deliver ballads that makes the show complete.

There are not a lot of artists out there, they are either balladeers or funk and there’s not a lot of them who can mix it up and do both.”

SZ: “I like your saying, ‘I spread love the old school way!”

OSBORNE: “That’s what old school is all about. We’re into a whole new era now. Everything is remote control, back then we had relationships. The kids play video games today, no interaction.”

For interviews, reviews, contact Sandy Zimmerman, sandyzimm2003@yahoo.com  (702)-515-0846.


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