As among the most successful independent artists in the music game today, R&B powerhouse Ray J is leaving both major label artists and independent artists in the dust! Having matured before our very eyes as an actor and singer, there is no question that multi-faceted entertainer and fiercely independent entrepreneur Ray J is both grown and a superstar following the success of his top-selling 2005 CD Raydiation.
It was the third CD of his career but, more importantly, the first he unleashed as the master of his own destiny via his own Knockout Entertainment company. That album contained the single that changed the entire direction of his career, the galvanizing ballad "One Wish", marking his defiant state of liberation after two albums on "major" labels. As an independent artist, Ray J earned his first #1 single on the R&B charts with "One Wish" which helped push his Raydiation album over the 400,000 sales mark, phenomenal for an indie release in today's retail climate. Now with All I Feel (in-stores April 8, 2008), Ray J flexes even harder - partying, loving, and sharing reflections on life and growing older all set to the soundtrack of next level acoustic music and electronica tracks. Without a doubt, Ray J has his finger on the pulse of what his audience wants.
"Sexy Can I," the first single from All I Feel, came out roaring from its corner of the ring breaking records as among the fastest rising singles ever by an independent artist, serving up sexy musical TKOs to an audience of millions on radio and video charts. Charting Top 5 after a mere month in circulation, "Sexy Can I" (featuring rapper Yung Berg) is indisputably the fastest growing record in distributor Koch's history! Ray J composed the song with his partner out of Detroit, Detail. "My friend, Victor Carroway, gave me the beat, and I was feeling really good when we wrote that," Ray J remembers. "We felt it could crank up the engine for what we were trying to do. R. Malcolm Jones directed a video filled with honeys in Miami just before Christmas. We leaked it and when we came back from the holidays, it was on fire!"
After a year of well-documented personal trials, Ray J decided it was time to focus even stronger on his music, putting his acting and TV hosting duties on hold. Ray J wrote 90% of All I Feel with handpicked production collaborators. The album will be released as part of a 3-way venture between Ray J's Knockout company, Shaquille O'Neal's and Money Mark's Deja 34 entertainment company, and marketing/distribution powerhouse Koch Entertainment. Respected industry tastemaker DJ KaySlay is among the A&R people for the project. "This time instead of trying to do music to fit different areas of the marketplace, I'm just doing me!"
Ray J and Detail also crafted another sexy number simply titled "Gifts". "On that one, I'm talking about all the things that make a woman alluring - her lips...her hips...when I'm up in the club she makes me wanna give tips!"