Earl Dwayne | Nflow

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by Earl Dwayne

Undeniably powerful! A natural fusion of Soul & Jazzy R&B, that flows like liquid! Music "the old fashion way" Great! Strong crisp vocals delivered by a passionate singer/songwriter brings it all together for a cool, smooth vibe you don't want to miss!
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. Keep It Moving
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2. In the Flow
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3. Why Do We Still
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4. Push Pull
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5. Side to Side
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6. Above the Water
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7. What Good Is a Song (feat. Sumyia Dabney)
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8. Blind To Love
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9. I Can't Get Enough
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10. Pointless
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11. Trouble Soul
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12. Nothing Can Separate Me
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13. So Shall It Be
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At the age of 11 Earl began his professional music journey singing with the renowned Newark Boys Chorus. Having attended this highly acclaimed boys chorus school, Earl laid the foundation for his life long commitment to, and love for music. With this early exposure to diverse musical styles, Earl’s music appreciation was so enhanced as to include; Classical, Jazz, Gospel, and R&b with many stops in between! Performance highlights of the Boys chorus includes: international tours, television performances, and a nationally aired Kraft Food TV commercial featuring Earl. Concert Hall performances include Lincoln Center, (Avery Fisher Hall Dedication), the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Hall and others. These concert hall performances were often led by world famous choral conductors including, Leonard Bernstein, Robert Shaw, Peter Schickley (PDQBach) and others. After these wonder years, Earl continued to exercise his music skills participating in local and regional High School and community talent shows. Instrumental in the formation of the University High School chorus, Earl functioned as student conductor receiving many accolades for his directorship and the high standards for which the choir was known. Earl, along with the UHS chorus, went on to participate in many local and regional choral festivals. With vocal and piano training remaining high priority, Earl enrolled as a student at the Newark Community School of Performing Arts, participating regularly in musical stage productions and vocal recitals at the Newark Symphony Hall. In addition, serving as director of his church youth choir, Earl along with his five siblings, established themselves, (The Lambert Singers) as a highly regarded local family gospel music group in frequent demand throughout the Tri State metropolitan area. He was also a long time member of a local Contemporary Gospel Ensemble, “Loves’ Message”, a group highly regarded and widely recognized for its’ intricate harmonies and contemporary style. While attending Lebanon Valley College, Earl continued vocal training expanding his repertoire to include popular Gershwin tunes and classical arias for Tenor Voice. As a member of the Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir, Earl traveled extensively through out the US on an annual two week music tour performing a wide range of choral works at many renowned cathedrals and concert halls. Often featured as soloist for the Concert Choir’s Negro Spiritual repertoire, Earl pored himself into these heart felt, soul stirring melodies, resulting in what most audiences regarded as a show-stopper. To this day, spirituals remain among Earl’s personal favorites. With an ever growing passion for music, Earl eventually combined his unique personal style and creativity together, thereby making a natural transition into the role of singer / songwriter. After performing as a studio session background vocalist for a while, Earl refocused his efforts solely on writing and building an impressive repertoire of original songs. Inevitably carving a pathway of his own, Earl’s unique music style began to emerge and easily take shape evolving from obvious influences across a broad range of genres, (Gospel, R&B, Pop and Jazz) and artists such as, Steve Wonder, Luther Vandross, Baby Face, Tony, Toni, Tone, Mint- Condition, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Lionel Richie, James Taylor, Michael McDonald, Michael Franks, Andre’ Crouch, Richard Smallwood, The Hawkins Family and more. Influences from other music giants includes; Quincy Jones, Patti Austin, Massa & Incognito, Basia, Phil Perry, Will Downing, George Duke, The Brand New Heavies and others. Collectively, Earl has composed over 100 songs ranging from gospel, R&B Ballads, light Jazz flavored adult contemporary, easy listening songs sure to provide music satisfaction to even the most discriminating ear! Currently, Earl is continuing with vocal studies at the Settlement Music School of Philadelphia. Now, Earl has retuned to on the scene with his second album Nflow, which takes him along with his old, and sure to be many new fans on a powerful musical ride!


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Angie McDaniel

The music will soothe and relax the soul with its tranquil beats and soul-stirring lyrics. Then, when you think you have the rhythm figured out, it will turn a corner and catch you off guard with beats that cause you to sway in your seat, to the point you finally have to get up and grab someone, step on the imaginary dance floor and dance the night away. Awesome work!

Bill Buckley

Earl Dwayne hails from New Jersey, where, as a boy, he was a member of the prestigious Newark Boys Chorus. Not only did his participation with the choir lead to world-wide tours, TV work and high profile concerts, but it also bred in Earl a passion for all kinds of vocal music – popular, classical, standards, jazz, soul, gospel and more . Earl went on to study music before graduating to the position as lead vocalist with the acclaimed Lebanon Valley College Concert Chorus. From there he found work as a backing singer – most notably for Will Downing - but he always knew that he wanted to be his own man and he constantly wrote material for his own projects. His first album was 2008's 'I'm On My Way' and it was generally well received. He's now recently launched this – his second full solo LP and it's a great understated example of modern soul. Here there's nothing forced, no gimmicks or histrionics – just good, properly crafted songs, sung well and sympathetically produced. The work – a mixture of laid-back secular jazzy soul and gospel reflections - reveals the depth of his musical background and experiences as outlined above, and as that suggests there's something for soul lovers of all tastes.

Those who like to dance (albeit sedately) will love the crisp 'Push Pull' where the beats are perfect for the modern soul room. 'I Can't Get Enough' is a neat little mover too; pleasing harmonies on this as well. 'Keep It Moving' and 'Nothing Can Separate Me' are decent too... if a little more mellow. For those who like their music with a message – something to reflect on in a spiritual way – then 'Trouble Soul' and 'So Shall I Be' betray the singer's gospel background while 'In The Flow' wraps the same kind of message in a jazzy-soul setting. The set also boasts plenty of ballads – like 'Side By Side' and 'Above The Water' though the best is a wonderful duet – 'What Good Is A Song'. This is a little bit of an oddity in that the writing and production team are different to anything else on the album and the whole production sounds "bigger" with some great sax weaving in and out of the meldoy courtesy of Bruce Williams. The duettist here, by the way, is Sumya Dabney whose musical background, like Earl's, is clearly a Church-based one. I'd like to hear more of her. The cut is a quality soul ballad; but then the whole album is full of quality music ... a good, no nonsense, modern soul set, this. Earl Dwayne's 'N'Flow' is currently being promoted by www.soulchoonz.com

(BB) 4/5

Tom Coyne

Liquid Flow
Fantastic Music & Great Vibe

author: Tom Coyne, Sr. Engineer Sterling Sounds, NY NY
by Tom Coyne / Sr. Mastering Engineer Sterling Sounds “Music the old fashion way………GREAT…….cool smooth vibe!! What a great album…you can tell you put your entire heart and soul into it!!

Laurence Prangell

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Quality timeless old school sounding new soul album from Earl Dwayne with well sung quality songs with positive lyrics and a great jazzy soul feel good vibe throughout. The uptempo ‘Keep it Movin’, ‘In The Flow’ ‘Push Pull’ and the modern soul dancer ‘I Can’t Get Enough will keep the feet moving. The fuller production 2 stepper ‘’Above The Water’ , Mid tempo ‘Why Do We Still’’ and ‘Blind To Love’ and ballad ‘Pointless’ are also good. songs. Strong album throughout

Howard Dukes

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Gospel purists may give silky voiced crooner Earl Dwayne heat for straddling the fence. The criticism could come because Dwayne new CD, NFlow, includes songs like "Trouble Soul" and "So Shall It Be," which are clearly spiritual in nature and songs like "Pointless" and "Push Pull," which are about Eros rather than agapic love. But a closer listen shows that a song like "Pointless" could almost pass for a religious song. In fact, I didn't realize that this very good song was a love ballad until the second verse. And then, only a couple of well place ‘babys' and ‘dears' gave it away. Besides equating a song about romantic love with carnality and pathology is kind of reductive. The kind of passion to which Dwayne gives a voice on "Pointless" is the single minded love that Bible readers find in the Song of Solomon. Clearly, God has no problem with a man declaring that he loves his woman.
At any rate, there is enough spiritual and inspirational material on NFlow for the purists to know where Dwayne stands. A song like the contemporary R&B tune "Nothing Can Separate Me" draws its inspiration from the New Testament Book of Romans. On the inspirational duet "What Good is a Song," Dwayne wants listeners to know that his aim is to do more than entertain: "What are the lyrics/if they can't soothe you/if they can't ease a troubled mind/what good is the beat if it can't move you/it would be a waste of time."
Of course, the music has to sound good, or the artist won't be able to inspire anybody. Nflow succeeds on both counts. The purists might not cut Dwayne any slack, but most listeners will conclude that this New Jersey native is making a very joyful noise.
Notable tracks: Above the Water, So Shall it Be, Push Pull, Blind to Love
Vocals: 3.5
Lyrics: 3.5
Music: 3.0
Production: 3.0
Soultracks Call: Recommended
By Howard Dukes

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Tom Coyne, Sr. Engineer Sterling Sounds, NY NY

Fantastic Music & Great Vibe
by Tom Coyne / Sr. Mastering Engineer Sterling Sounds
“Music the old fashion way………GREAT…….cool smooth vibe!! What a great album…you can tell you put your entire heart and soul into it!!

Barry Towler

Soulchoonz Radio UK
Album Reviews

Earl Dwayne - NFlow
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Earl Dwayne’s debut release combines his superb soulful vocals with real instruments, melodies and good old fashioned lyrics. The album does not hark back to another era nor does it try to be too trendy, although a few nods to the rap generation are at hand this does not detract that there are some very, very fine moments on here and these start from the very offset. The warm, expansive and jazzy first song is called “Keep It Moving” and has a stylish British flow. I can hear the likes of Everis approaching this song in a similar fashion, and musically I hear shades of Nigel Martinez. Vocally, though I suggest a mixture akin to both Jesse Campbell and Howard Hewett. No more can this magical mix be heard than in the superb midtempo effort “In The Flow”, complete with a scrumptious female backing support and lively melody.

The jazzier flavour of “Why Do We Still” also echoes the best of an early 80s American sound with the fresh new UK soul flavours and skilfully, smoothly is the way that the instruments – horns and bass, coupled with keys – melt into the vocal flow. For those experiencing warmer climes than jolly old Blighty at the moment this song should fare very nicely indeed. It takes the weather with you, wherever it goes! I heartily recommend that “Push Pull” be given a real chance...yes, it’s real grower and after a few plays firmly establishes itself as a stepping groove of some real fervour! Urban flavours aren’t usually my bag and the nod towards the street is ever-present on “Side To Side”, but I cannot help but love this song...played over and over again it really does work well, and I can yet again her the likes of Howard Hewett and Jesse Campbell. Brilliant.
For me though, all these great songs aside I cannot pay enough homage to the beautiful, atmospheric and totally unmissible ballad “Blind To Love”. This reminds me of a quality ballad that would have been commonplace – and welcome – back in the mid – late 1990s. Even if you weren’t struck on the aforementioned songs (and trust me, folks, you will be!) the set is rendered essential for this and this alone. The haunting intro to “Pointless” again reminds me of a quality major label mid 1990s affair. The vocal phrasing and backing harmonies are simply delicious and echoes of Mario Winans a la his Motown album shine through this ballad. Anyone who has loved and thought about not having that person in their lives will subscribe wholeheartily to this song’s theme...quality lyrics, born from real life experience and created and served with expert production. I suppose that last comment really sums up both Earl Dwayne and this CD...a real must. Come on, alleged Major labels...check stuff like this out. Would it hurt?... BARRY TOWLER