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Freddie Jackson - Love Signals

Posted by April Galenzoski on 2018/07/31

When it comes to African Americans who start singing in church there is an incredible amount of spirit in their vocals. It’s something ingrained at a young age. Belief, love, struggle, hope. With singer Freddie Jackson’s first album in eight years and especially on the song ‘One Night’ his singing is reminiscent of the Reverend Al Green. Born and raised in Harlem and singing at a young age at the White Rock Baptist Church of Harlem, Freddie was soon turning heads with his soulful baritone even to the point where Melba Moore saw his nightclub act and brought him on tour as a backing vocalist. His first album Rock Me Tonight in 1985 was a platinum seller with four top ten singles followed by a year later with Just Like The First Time which became one of the longest-running number one albums on the R&B charts for 26 weeks! His dedication to the church was a blessing. He’s never really given up what he does best. His slow jam style of singing reverberates on songs like ‘All I Wanna Do’ and ‘One Night’ and ‘Hold You Tonight’ featuring Gerald Albright on sax. With over 40 years of professional singing there was a time in the 80’s when he felt he had some competition on the charts. In a 1988 L.A. Times article titled ‘Freddie Jackson Won’t Sell His Soul For A Pop Hit,’ he was quoted as saying “Listen, the black man is still the soul singer. People like George Michael and Michael Bolton are good singers. I’m not taking anything from them. White singers can have soul too, but it’s not the same as black soul. Black singers are born with soul, we live it.”

His ‘Love Signals Tour’ continues with selected dates including Seattle and Oakland this week. Be sure to see him live and for more tour dates go to

Gary James


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