Anthony Antoine once again challenges the norm of traditional popular music with a collection of should-have-been hits from his career in music spanning 25 years of recording. London 2 Atlanta: the Ultimate Collection celebrates the bold and courageous 17 year old that left the U.S. for London, England to be a recording artist. It's an eclectic music statement of pop, r&b and hip-hop for this independent out and proud artist.
The Prince of Edutainment's 10th CD London 2 Atlanta: the Ultimate Collection includes 5 songs from Anthony's London days that were never released, 6 new songs recorded in Atlanta, and 6 revisits or remixes of his recorded music in between to deliver an ultimate collection of Anthony Antoine songs. "It's amazing that some today don't know that I record music as I have been recording music for 25 years. This is the CD that gives them a snapshot of who I've been as an artist, who I am today and communicates my passion for recording music," says Antoine.
"Knock, Knock, Tap, Tap" the last song written and produced for the CD "is definitely my favorite song on the CD." Finding it difficult to choose a favorite song on past projects, Anthony Antoine explains "Knock, Knock, Tap, Tap" as the sexiest song I've ever written. "It came out exactly as I heard it in my head thanks to my long time producer Jimmy George. Once it was finished, I knew I had a CD. London 2 Atlanta was born from that song."
"I left for London in 1987 with a goal of recording an album. To be releasing my 10th project is truly a dream come true." Anthony explains, "I celebrate being an independent artist by recording what I feel at the time, never compromising a message for sake of fitting in. When I listen back to it, the music is all over the place but then it's all me. It's me at 17. It's me at the new 30. It's all me," he laughs. This is unfiltered, unapologetic and passionate pop music.
Here, Anthony explains the inspiration for a few of the cuts:
AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A THANG
"This song was originally recorded when I lived in Oakland and was the first song I recorded that solidified my shift in communicating my sexuality in song. If you listen to the lyrics, it was subtle messaging. I was peaking out of my closet. That's the route I thought I would go in 1997. 1999's "Dante's Got A Man Too" exploded that thought to be subtle away. I've often pulled out the cassette and listened to the 1997 version and recorded an updated version for the new CD London 2 Atlanta. I love that both version are included on the new CD. It's shows growth as an artist and again, heals a part of me that loved the song then and now. I'm so thankful that this song now lives on more than my personal cassettes and has a time to shine."
"Here's to my family at ARCA who has given me so much love for this song. This song had to be included on the project as those that know my music often call "Secret Lover" their favorite Anthony Antoine song. It's also included as a music video for the song has lived in my head for over a decade though never produced. As part of promotion for the new CD London 2 Atlanta, that video WILL be produced. "Secret Lover" was my attempt at writing like so many Babyface songs from the 90s that I loved. I think next to Madonna who is so underrated for her contribution to popular music, Babyface too, made huge contributions with songs and lyrics most songwriters would be proud of. I would die to hear Babyface or Jon B. sing this song."
KNOCK, KNOCK, TAP, TAP
This is the one. This is that sexy song that puts budding love in the mood. It's RnB. It's baby-making music. It's the song I really like of myself. It's THAT song. I love to play this song for others. As you see, I'm proud of this one.
More on inspiration and Anthony Antoine, visit his website at www.anthonyantoine.com.