Michaux captures Marvin Gaye's breathtaking emotional depth on new CD
(Published: March 20, 2011)
(Austin, Texas) Written by Robert Sutton. The late Marvin Gaye was the Mount Olympus of soul. Reaching that summit is an impossible task. Many have tried, only to embarrassingly stumble.
However, Michaux was able to defeat the odds. On What's Going On...Still..., Michaux covers the five most powerful tracks from Gaye's timeless 1971 masterpiece, What's Going On.
Shockingly, they were recorded live with no retakes. Michaux should be applauded for his courage alone. Capturing Gaye's breathtaking emotional depth in a studio is difficult enough, but to cut it live? Yet there's no denying that Michaux nails
it. Michaux's icy crooning on "God Is Love" conjures the spirit of Gaye so eerily well that it almost feels like there's a ghost in the room. Roy Johnson's slinky bass echoes early ‘70s funk with pinpoint precision.
This isn't an American Idol-styled imitation, though. Michaux invests each track with his own silky smooth touch; there is real passion in his voice. "God Is Love" segues into "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" with astonishing grace. Mark Walker's jazzy piano and Nathan Hook's sultry sax sweeten the air with dulcet melodies. The eternal title track echoes the weariness caused by today's troubled times in the aching passion of Michaux's vocals.
But who is Michaux? Where did this talent come from? He answers those questions himself.
Q: Let's start from the beginning. What attracted you to music?
A: I've always been interested in music every since I can remember. My mother and sister were also singers. We grew up singing in church together. When I was little, my mother used to go to garage sales and one day she picked up records by Andrae Crouch, the Clark Sisters, the Walter Hawkins Family, Shirley Caesar, and others. My sister and I wore those records out at a very early age, and we played and sang at home and at church. We didn't have a TV at home, so playing and singing was how we entertained ourselves at home.
Q: When did you really start taking it seriously?
A: I think I was 12-years-old when I knew that I wanted to be a professional singer, and I've never wanted to do anything else.
Q: How have your views on music changed at this stage in your life now compared to when you were just starting out?
A: Just starting out, I was only exposed to Gospel and Christian music, but then later when I was about 12-years-old, I was introduced to Michael Jackson and other secular artists. I realized there was a whole other music world out there that I wanted to explore.
More Information: http://www.michauxmusic.com