A new album that marries football and music is due for release October 20.
“NFL Jams” features Boyz II Men, Destiny’s Child, Xscape, Faith Evans, Next, DJ Hurricane, Quad City DJs, Johnny Gill, LaTocha Scott, AZ, Foxy Brown and Eightball performing with NFL football players including Kerry Collins, Danny Kanell, Garrison Hearst, Jeff Blake, William Floyd, Scott Galbraith, and Corey Harris among many others.
Several tracks from the album were debuted on a radio station in Atlanta Monday night including the song “Promises,” sung by Xscape’s LaTocha Scott, rapper AZ and the Falcons’ Ray Buchanon; and “Get Down,” by Xscape and the Falcons’ Chuck Smith and Esera Tuaolo, along with Ashley Ambrose (Cincinnati Bengals) and Michael Strahan (New York Giants).
Other highlights include the Kansas City Chief’s Andre Rison teaming up with Foxy Brown for a version of “Burning Down The House,” a hilarious inclusion considering the widely reported domestic dispute that saw Rison’s
former girlfriend, TLC’s Lisa ’Left Eye’ Lopes, burn down Rison’s house.
The inspiration for the album lies with the football players’ interest in music, according to publicist Ellen Zoe Golden, and vice-versa. Golden points out that at least one player, the Falcon’s Buchanan, who performs on a track with rapper AZ, would like to put out his own album. The sessions also yielded a few pleasant surprises. While many of the football players chose to rap, Falcons’ tackle Tuaolo for one, says Golden, turned out to sport an excellent singing voice.
The NFL Jams album is being released in conjunction with a similar project featuring country stars called “NFL Country.” Both are being issued by a company called eMusic. Two videos, distributed by Polygram Videos, will be accompanying the releases.
An anthem called “We’re All In This Together,” which features most of the album’s performers, as well as additional allstars including Jerry Rice, is featured on both albums
— one is an R&B version, the other a country rendition. That track will make its game debut at a Monday Night Football event in November.
Part of the proceeds for the recordings are being donated to the United Way.