Lost Gem: Joose created a masterpiece with "The Rain"

Jay Farmer, Trell Lewis, Rocky McKaufman and Leonardo Pettis -- collectively, Joose -- came out of the gospel music community in Oklahoma City, and the strong gospel training showed in their work.  Really outstanding harmonies and a spirituality that came through even when singing secular songs. 

Jay Farmer, Trell Lewis, Rocky McKaufman and Leonardo Pettis -- collectively, Joose -- came out of the gospel music community in Oklahoma City, and the strong gospel training showed in their work.  Really outstanding harmonies and a spirituality that came through even when singing secular songs. 

They were signed by Elektra and released their self-titled debut (and final) album in 1997.  It was an exceptional album that should have been a smash. While the production was at times overly programmed, the vocal arrangements were superb and the material solid.  They hit on Adult Contemporary and Urban AC charts with an interesting cover of fellow Oklahoman Garth Brooks' "If Tomorrow Never Comes," turning an instant country classic into a beautiful soul ballad.  And that fine first single gave an indication of the vocal work that would highlight the disc. The remainder of the album Joose had a decidedly old school sound that was extremely entertaining.  But the real gem was "The Rain," a haunting 5-minute masterpiece produced by the Rhythm Syndicate that was, in my book, the best song of 1997.

"The Rain" never really received the shine it deserved on radio, but we're all about making things right. So check out "The Rain" below. It is our latest SoulTracks Lost Gem.

By Chris Rizik

 
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