Classics: Angie Stone – Everyday (Album Version) (Arista)
“Tell me how you gonna get something. All you gave up, was nothing. Every day, every day, every day baby, You twisted my heart. Tell me why is it that I’m buggin’, Now that I’ve got everything Every day, every way you gonna pay, baby For dissin’ my love…”
I guess there’s nothing harder for each of us than havin’ someone takin’ advantage on our feelings. This being exactly what Angie Stone expresses on the evergreen ‘Everyday’. A mellow groove she co-wrote with D’Angelo with production work courtesy of Russell Elevado. Himself remembered for his collaboration with D’Angelo‘s on his ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Black Messiah’ albums…
Although I definitely digged with New Jack Swing at the time, I most definitely appreciated the arrival of Neo-Soul in the late 90’s. It just came as a breath of fresh air in the US R&B scene and its production that had gone way too much. Just the way the Brit-Soul had done ten years before as a matter of fact. In other words, some artists and producers had decided to get back to the essential. Thus leavin’ an impression of purity and, in the meantime, of timelessness in their respective approaches. With the smoothly syncopating ‘Everyday’ standing as a definitive must have in that kind of vibe. And one of the definitive highlights of Angie Stone‘s 1997 ‘Black Diamond’ album…
A native of Columbia, SC, Angie Stone first came to fame in the late 70’s. Back then she teamed up with Cheryl Cook and Gwendolyn Chisolm at the age of 16. The threesome givin’ Sugarhill Records one of their biggest classics ever by the likes of ‘Funk You Up’ under the Sequence banner. But also ‘Monster Jam’ with Spoonie Gee. Not to mention the seminal ‘Funky Sound (Tear The Roof Off)’. Meanwhile establishin’ themselves as the first female Rap group during the early years of Hip-Hop.
Together, they released 3 albums for the label before disbanding in the mid-80’s. This after Hip-Hop progressively lost is original party sound.
Stone came to work with Mantronix, then eventually got back to the forefront in the 90’s. Joining forces with David Bright and Willie Bruno, she released 2 albums – ‘A Matter Of Time’ and ‘Head First’ – under the Vertical Hold guise. With the groovy ‘Seems You’re Much Too Busy’ standing as their biggest success.
She then eventually shared songwriting credits on D’Angelo‘s first two studio albums – ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Voodoo’ (2000), and provided backing vocals when touring with him.
Stone‘s debut solo album, ‘Black Diamond’, saw the light in September 1999, on Arista Records. It featured the classic ‘No More Rain (In This Cloud)”, built on a sample of Gladys Knight & The Pips‘ ‘Neither One Of Us’ (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)’. But also the mesmerizing ‘Everyday’ which D’Angelo co-wrote with her. Meanwhile she would score her biggest success 2 years after with ‘Wish I Didn’t Miss You’. A cut from her second album – ‘Mahogany Soul’ – which interpolates The O’Jays‘ classic ‘Back Stabbers’.
Angie Stone has released a total of 8 solo albums. With her latest – ‘Covered In Soul’ – back in 2006. She has collaborated with countless luminaries. From Lenny Kravitz on his 1998 ‘5’ album to Guru on ‘Keep Your Worries’ in 2000. But also Omar (‘Be Thankful’) and Betty Wright (‘Baby’) among others.