‘Introducing Gordon Chambers’ showcases the writer behind the hits

Jason A. Michael
By | 2018-01-15T23:51:26-04:00 October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

You may have never heard of Gordon Chambers, but odds are you’ve grooved off of him. Well, his lyrics at least. Chambers has written for some of the best. He won a Grammy for co-writing “I Apologize” for Detroiter Anita Baker. His “If You Love Me” by Brownstone became an out and out anthem and earned another Grammy nomination. In addition, he has written songs for Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Usher and dozens of others.
On “Introducing” though, Chambers steps front and center into the spotlight and proves he can make as much magic with a microphone as he can a pen. Attentive listeners will find they’re already familiar with Chamber’s voice – he often provides backing vocals on the blockbuster hits he writes for others – and feel the conviction in his delivery, the kind that only the writer of a song can convey.
Chambers revisits a few of the songs he’s shared with others, such as “My Valentine,” which was originally released by Carl Thomas, who does a guest spot on it, and a jazz-flavored super funky version of “Apologize.” He also samples a few other notable tracks such as Spandau Ballet’s “True” and Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You.”
Of the 12 tracks featured on the set, it’s hard to call any a standout, instead it’s much more accurate to say that Chambers’ debut disk is dead-on consistent. From the longing of “I’ll Miss You Most” and “My Imagination” to the lustfulness of “Touch You There,” Chambers switches gears smoothly.
As a writer, Chambers is known for catering to his artists and finding tunes true to their personalities. On his debut set, he has likewise done a fine job of finding the right tunes for himself.
“This has been a labor of love,” he said of the project. “After working with so many of my idols, the time came for me to work on my own project and express some things that only I could say.”
Chambers released “Introducing” on his own independent Chamber Music label, but one listen will convince you that the gifted songwriter with the golden voice is, indeed, a major talent!

About the Author:

Jason A. Michael
Jason A. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University before joining Between The Lines as a contributing writer in 1999. Jason has received both the Spirit of Detroit Award (presented by the Detroit City Council) and the Media Award from the Community Pride Banquet & Awards Ceremony for his writing and activism. Jason is also an Essence magazine bestselling author having written the authorized biography "Strength Of A Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story," which he released on his own JAM Books imprint.