Lina - Morning Star (2008)

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It's the difference between having a job versus a career. Some people simply want to sing while others create art with their vocal instrument. Lina thrives on being an artist with a unique voice and a special message (love conquers all). Back in 1998, Lina got her first big break as a songwriter by penning a tune for Tyrese's self-titled debut album. She declared herself a Stranger On Earth in 2001, which was the title given to her own major label debut. The general public, however, didn't fully embrace Lina's brand of new-school soul music infused with elements of pure jazz and commercial hip-hop.

Lina's sophomore effort, The Inner Beauty Movement, was issued by Hidden Beach Recordings. The album proved that her style is authentic, but it soon fell by the wayside. Back again with yet another record label switch, Lina presents her third album-to-date, Morning Star (released by Mood Star Recordings).

It's the difference between having a job versus a career. Some people simply want to sing while others create art with their vocal instrument. Lina thrives on being an artist with a unique voice and a special message (love conquers all). Back in 1998, Lina got her first big break as a songwriter by penning a tune for Tyrese's self-titled debut album. She declared herself a Stranger On Earth in 2001, which was the title given to her own major label debut. The general public, however, didn't fully embrace Lina's brand of new-school soul music infused with elements of pure jazz and commercial hip-hop.

Lina's sophomore effort, The Inner Beauty Movement, was issued by Hidden Beach Recordings. The album proved that her style is authentic, but it soon fell by the wayside. Back again with yet another record label switch, Lina presents her third album-to-date, Morning Star (released by Mood Star Recordings).

The optimism and hope found on Lina's previous projects is still vibrant on Morning Star. Lina declares "I won't let you sleep on me" on the album's premier track "Wake Up." There's no sign of slowing down her momentum with regard to her life, love and career. Lina isn't crying the blues over her recently failed relationship with Hidden Beach Recordings (home to the mighty Jill Scott). Morning Star instead capitalizes on the integrity of the music, which is refreshing and relevant.

More stellar cuts include the club-friendly "Feel The Love," the tongue-in-cheek "Who's Your Daddy," and the Dave Hollister collaboration, "Glory." Every song on Morning Star fits in comfortably and is loaded with passion. Lina's longtime production team (T. House and Jeeve) aids in the process of solidifying a classic and identifiable sound for her movement. It's a movement of love. As she states on the socially-aware "Everyday," we all have a right to love. Lina uses her artistry effortlessly to entertain as well as deliver her most timely and thoughtful message. Morning Star shines in both of these aspects. Now, all she needs is someone to finally listen up.

By Akim Bryant

 
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