Written by Teyquil Skelton
It seems that the times we’re facing are only getting worse and the world we live in is damaged. People are confused, hurting, separated by loved ones, and walking with severe pressures of societal discomfort. Through it all, we manage to brave the storm and make it to another day. These were just a few of my concerns that I shared with the singer, songwriter, and composer John-Robert during our interview.
I asked him how he was coping in this pandemic and he explained that nothing much has changed as he has been in isolation/quarantining for most of his life. So, what’s a lousy six months stuck inside when you have what you love surrounding you on the daily.
Recently, he teamed up with singer/songwriter, Kathleen, on their track, “Adeline.” He explained that “her professionalism was the one that stood out to him the most and with restrictions on how we communicate and work in space makes things even harder to get things done.”
Due to the COVID-19 setbacks and interruptions on how our daily normalcy is performed has now required a new set of skills to complete tasks and the rapid-fire of its movements is sometimes quicker than lightening. Though Kathleen and John-Robert couldn’t work in the same space, they both worked really well in recording the song in different spaces at different times. In doing this in this way, Kathleen worked around her schedule best she can to get the work done in a strong and sufficient manner. They also made sure to do it according to the COVID-19 guidelines to keep them and everyone else involved safe
However, “Adeline” collaboration didn’t stop there, it also reached new heights as it fell into the hands of instrumentalist Rob Moose who put his spin on it and brought it to life from a different perspective. John-Robert feels that the lyrics from “Adeline” are very conversational, somewhat like a place of comfort and care which to me explains why the need for this song was such a success. There wasn’t any promotion that was posted informing the public of Moose and John-Robert’s amazing collaboration.
Apparently, the fans found the magic and the rest was history from there. You can’t go wrong when the power of music is vital; especially when voices of bliss emerge with a tangle of strings from an 1800’s time period that is always organically elevating in every romantic level possible as it plays on. Once that process met its peak, music producer/extraordinaire Ricky Reed took the wheel on producing it.
John-Robert’s connection to Warner Records is via Reed who is a sole reason for Robert’s stardom and why he’s signed to Reed’s label Nice Life, under Warner.
Before John-Robert and I ended our conversation, I asked him one last question. Did he ever think he’d be where he is right now 1.75 million streams later? He said that he doesn’t base his self-worth off of things like that but much rather put it in the name of humbleness and in the hands of those he loves and respect. People such as his best friend Robbie and his mother whom I would assume are his two biggest supporters.
Be sure to check out John-Robert on all social media platforms and of course the world release video of “Adeline” featuring Kathleen.
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