It's always good to hear about artists who started out as background singers or musicians getting an opportunity to come out on their own. Some of our greatest Soul singers like the late Luther Vandross spent a considerable amount of time on backing vocals before getting their own shine in the spotlight. Such is the story of Bounce-Worthy Soul artist Rogiérs. He spent five years touring with Alicia Keys as a backing vocalist and his experiences in that role and life in general helped him pen his debut CD Life & Music: All of It. While we wait patiently for a new disc, he is tiding us over with the release of a new single, "One of Them Good Girls," with a B-side cut, "Forever," available as special with purchase. On both tracks, Rogiérs is definitely getting his Alicia Keys on--modeling the songstress by doing the Soul/Pop switcheroo before we can blink and decide this is the direction we want to head into. "Forever" is 100% Pop, no ands, ifs or buts about it, but, admittedly, it's a bit catchy and an upbeat holler that Rogiérs is still alive and kicking. If you aren't feeling the Pop vibe, you may be a bit more satisfied when listening to "One of Them Good Girls" though, if you are seeking a Soul remedy. Yet, I must admit, the vibe on this track is definitely the one Jamie Foxx brought us earlier with his latest CD which may make us consider this try by Rogiérs a second runner-up.
In this case, second isn't necessary that bad, but who really wants to be a substitute? Here's hoping that Rogiérs doesn't give up on believing and knowing that his rich, smoky voice is good enough and not in need of the Pop injection that many artists often apply to their detriment.