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Gordon Chambers Joins Nick Austin on New Soul Sunday

Fresh off the release of his 4th album, “Surrender,” New Soul Sunday sits down for an in-studio interview with singer/songwriter Gordon Chambers that runs the gamut of his career including working with the great Whitney Houston, creating the #1 R&B of 1994, and overcoming personal tragedy through music.

Nick Austin

After accruing two decades worth of accolades penning chart-topping hits for icons and legends such as Anita Baker (“I Apologize”), Angie Stone (“No More Rain”), Brandy, Tamia, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight (“Missing You”), Beyonce (“After All Is Said And Done”)–along with three successful solo albums under his belt (featuring Grammy-nominated guests Ledisi and Carl Thomas)–Chambers found himself at a fork in the road. His third solo album, 2011’s Sincere, yielded the much buzzed-about Darien Dorsey-produced track “I Can’t Love You (If You Don’t Love You).” The single was added to radio play lists across the country while the accompanying music video (featuring Emmy-nominated singer-actress Sy Smith) went into heavy rotation on outlets such as VH1 Soul. Yet amidst the success of Sincere, the landscape of the music industry had been undergoing some major restructuring. R&B as a genre had also begun to shift gears.

While Chambers has earned an unparalleled reputation as a successful songwriter across various genres, the impetus for Surrender actually came from new songwriters inspired by his own work. After fine-tuning the lyrics to offer a more personal appeal, Chambers began the recording Surrender and his own healing began. He later filmed the video of “I Made It” in the shell of his Brooklyn brownstone that had an unfortunate four-alarm fire on Valentines Day of 2016.

Check out the interview above to learn more about this wonderful artist.

Image credit: The Howard Theatre

Aired on: New Soul Sunday
About the Author

Nick Austin

Host, New Soul Sunday

Host of New Soul Sunday merging genres like soul and hip-hop with electronica and funk into a rich tapestry of sound that is uniquely Detroit.

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