ATL Collective brings shine to Stevie Wonder classic

(April 1, 2021) We love the artists we cover, but we have a special love for some of those who've been part of SoulTracks since the beginning. That includes Atlanta-based singer and songwriter Rhonda Thomaswho we've followed as a solo artist, as part of the group Jiva and even as a longtime collaborator with the late, great Isaac Hayes. Similarly, SoulTracks Readers' Choice Award winner Cleveland P. Joneswon us over years ago with "Free Yard Sale" and never let go of our attention.

(April 1, 2021) We love the artists we cover, but we have a special love for some of those who've been part of SoulTracks since the beginning. That includes Atlanta-based singer and songwriter Rhonda Thomaswho we've followed as a solo artist, as part of the group Jiva and even as a longtime collaborator with the late, great Isaac Hayes. Similarly, SoulTracks Readers' Choice Award winner Cleveland P. Joneswon us over years ago with "Free Yard Sale" and never let go of our attention.

These two longtime faves have teamed with some of Atlanta's best musicians, together called ATL Collectivefor a fresh group take -- 2021 virtual style -- on an iconic Stevie Wonder classic. "Knocks Me Off My Feet" was a highlight of Stevie's Songs In The Key of Life, and it has been covered dozens of times. But this is a special version, with two fantastic vocalist and a crack band delivering five minutes of musical bliss. 

Rhonda tells us, "This recording was a great way to feel the musical love and camaraderie  that we get from working with fine musicians, in spite of the Corona epidemic. There is no better selection to exhibit love than one from Stevie Wonder's catalog! I believe that Cleveland has one of the most beautiful voices in the soul music scene and it's always a joy to share the microphone with him."

We love seeing performances like this, and miss seeing them in person (hopefully, soon, right?). Check out "Knocks Me Off My Feet" below, and welcome ATL Collective to SoulTracks.

By Chris Rizik

ATL Collective feat. Rhonda Thomas
and Cleveland P. Jones
"Knocks Me Off My Feet"

Publisher's Note: It has been a tough year for musicians, with live performance venues shuttered around the world. So...if you're digging this one, please consider tipping ATL Collective (they will share equally among all of the musicians) by CLICKING HERE.

Musicians:

Robby Handley (band director, bass and mixer)
Nick Rosen (keys)
Rhett Huffman (keys)
Charles LaMont Garner (drums)
Colin Agnew (percussion)
Nick Johnson (guitar)

and Jean-Paul Steele (video production)

 

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