Mention the name Kim Waters to any fan of smooth jazz, and their ears immediately perk up. That's because the saxophonist, composer and producer has been a prolific fixture on the scene for the course of his over 30-year career. Waters is showing no signs of slowing down as he readies the release of his 24th album, Shakedown, on May 29th. He describes the project as, "music that makes you happy and soothes the soul," and in these uncertain times we could all use a little – OK, a lot – of that. Kim gives us a sneak peek of the upbeat collection with his take on Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up" in a SoulBounce exclusive world premiere.
"Boo'd Up" was one of our favorite bops from the past few years, and Kim Waters stays true to Ella Mai's GRAMMY Award-winning single with his mostly instrumental cover. His sax sings in place of Ella's vocals on the verses before a chorus of background singers chime in on the chorus. You'll easily find yourself singing along to Waters' delightful cover of this familiar jam.
Covering this track was a no-brainer for Waters. "My sister Joyce loves this song plus it was a mega-hit," he shared with us. "I always try to have one or two familiar songs on each new CD so Ella Mai's 'Boo'd Up' felt like the perfect choice."
We'll soon get to hear what other artistic and creative choices Kim Waters made when Shakedown is released next month. The 10-track collection is forthcoming on Shanachie Entertainment.