By Selina Kaye
Last night I went to the Joe/Chico DeBarge album release party in New York City. Both Chico Debarge’s new album Addiction and Joe’s record Signature hit stores this week, and they each performed their classic hits while introducing new music to an intimate audience. It was so refreshing to hear music dedicated to women, to hear a man sing how much he appreciates and values us for who we are. For a short time we were missing that in the music game, especially considering the dearth of soul men these days. Where were the gentlemen of music? We did get a taste of it from artists like Ne-Yo and Musiq Soulchild, but it seems like those guys were few and far between. They have shown that it is cool to hold open the door for a woman again. And with Maxwell topping the charts and Ginuwine and Al B. Sure also dropping new music after long absences, women get to hear plenty of sweet, soothing voices.
Chico DeBarge is the younger brother of the group DeBarge from the 1980s. He came on stage with a cool, confident demeanor and drove the ladies crazy. He started his career in the late ’80s and had success with his rugged good looks and smooth songs.
Joe sang his classic ballads, topped by his heart-melting classics “If I Was Your Man” and “All the Things (Your Man Won’t Do).” He struck quite a silhouette in a sexy gray and burgundy three-piece suit, and the women in the audience hung on his every note. Hearing both these sexy R&B singers make you appreciate good sensual, romantic music.