Known for their timeless hits, "Rock Steady", "And the Beat Goes On" and "It Just Gets Better With Time", One of the most respected and enduring vocal groups in the music industry, The Whispers, with a stellar career that spans over four decades, has released their latest CD entitled, "For Your Ears Only”. It charted on Billboard's Top 100 R&B/Hip Hop at number 94 on September 2. It’s been 9 years since their last CD (Songbook, Volume 1, Songs of Babyface, released in 1997), and fans have been clamoring for a new collection of songs perfected by their smooth, harmonious voices.
The musical community continues to let its voice be heard in support of this nostalgic, classic, soul sound with a contemporary ambiance that has virtually disappeared under the overwhelming dominance of Rap and Hip Hop. But Dee Bellington, a fan in San Francisco says it best, “You Guys Are One Of The Few Artists That Have Not Forgotten That There Are Still Millions Of Us Out Here That Want And Need To Hear Some Compositions Of Depth And Weight. Butta, Hold On, Don't Say No, You Name It! This Whole Disc Nearly Made Me Weep Because Of The Nostalgic Aura Released Into The Air. The Atmosphere Just Changed!!!
“For Your Ears Only” is the first to be produced on the Whispers’ independent label, Satin Tie Entertainment, which is headed by the Whispers themselves. It’s a heartfelt project and is definitely created for and dedicated to their many fans as a way of saying thanks for all of the years of support”, says Nicolas Caldwell, singer/ songwriter of the Whispers.
The song collection is a mixture of classic soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, and pop, performed in “pure Whisper” tradition from the classic “Don’t Say No” penned by their musical director Grady Wilkins and Road Manager Alonzo Ward, to the smooth, sexy “Butta”, written and arranged by the great Teena Marie. On Valentine’s Day, wives and lovers will be serenaded with the passions of “Diamonds”, “Love Stroking”, “Hold On” and Nicholas Caldwell’s “Love”. On the dating scene, guys looking for a soul mate can woo them with Ollie Woodson’s “Can I Get Next To You” and “It’s You” (Nicholas Caldwell and the Whispers’ guitarist Emilio Conesa). For the dancers and steppers, “Get It On” and “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” will electrify the party goers and add a touch of soulful, funky class to the local DJ’s night club collection. The “Believers” and “Fans” were not forgotten; “I Sing This Song For You” is dedicated to the Man Upstairs whose gifts of song and songwriting elevated the Whispers to where they are today. As for their longtime fans, the last song on the CD, “The Whispers Love You Too” says it all: “My heart compels me to tell each and every one of you, if it’s the last thing I do, I pray you know it’s true, the Whispers Love You Too!” Whispers’ fans will not be disappointed. A Collector’s Limited edition of the CD will be available at any of the public venues where they will be performing beginning Mid February.
The Whispers have finally achieved their goal of establishing an independent label where they can exercise their creative talents and manage their own musical destiny in the new millennium.
Seven Gold Albums, Two Platinum Albums, 12 Top Twenty Singles, 40 Charted Hits Since 1970, Four Decades of Pop & R & B Favorites, American Music Award Nominees, Soul Train Award Nominees, Grammy Award Nominees,2003 Vocal Group Hall of Fame Inductees, 2005 Regional Grammy Governors Award,2002 NAACP Image Award
Jet Magazine, Black Insight Magazine, Rollingout Magazine, Amsterdam News, Soul Train, the Apollo, Newark Symphony Hall, In The Basement Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Hollywood Park, Landmark Theatres, Fox Theaters, Tom Joyner’s Skyshows, Mango Festival, BB King’s, Detroit Opera House, Essence festivals, The Taj Mahal Hotel Casino, Paramount Theater, Constitution Hall, The Grove, Star Plaza in Merrillville, PBS TV “Old School Soul Party”
For more information on the CD, tour or media scheduling go to the Whispers’ website: www.thewhispers.com.
Also check out: www.myspace.com/therealwhispers