Single Of The Week: Daniel de Bourg – Waking Up With You (Terry Hunter’s 25th Anniversary Mix) (T’s Box)
Much has been said on these shores about Louie Vega, David Morales and/or Frankie Knuckles. And I suppose this was 1,000 times justfied at the end. But what about Terry Hunter? Probably a lesser known figure… Even though his legacy has certainly nothing to envy in regards to the ones of his alter egos. With his retouch of British R&B singer Daniel de Bourg‘s ‘Waking Up With You’ comin’ up as another illustration to this.
Once again, Hunter comes up with the right ingredients to bring this midtempo heartfelt message in the position to stand the test of the dancefloors. And, by that reach another level if not dimension. Meanwhile comin’ up with lush keys courtesy of Woody and a subtly arranged rhythm guitar line along with a seducive Funky bass-driven rhythm pattern courtesy of John Sherell. Nothing but Terry Hunter‘s trademark at the end, in the footsteps on his previous (re)works for artists such as Estelle, Jennifer Hudson & R. Kelly and John Legend to name but a few. And most definitely tailor made for de Bourg‘s soothing vocal delivery…
Mind you, we’re talking about top class music, with nothing but an accelerated version of R&B. The exact way R&B appeared back in the day in regards to Soul Music as a matter of fact. And what another love message at the end. “Coz’ waking up with you, girl, feels so good!” Hmmm…
Nuff reasons to welcome ‘Waking Up With You’ as our current Single Of The Week!!!
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No matter which version of ‘Waking Up With You’ you give a listen to – the original one or the remix by the likes of Terry Hunter – the impression remains the same. Daniel de Bourg was born to sing. Although it wasn’t his first choice. The London native felt like he was meant to become a dancer after he’d seen some videos of Michael Jackson. Eventually studying at the Royal Ballet School where he graduated top of his class with his final solo performance.
A knee injury causing some time out from his dance career, de Bourg explored songwriting. Penning ‘Money’ for Jamelia which reached the #5 position on the UK Singles Chart back in 2000. Recording a bunch of demos allowed him to catch the attention of Robbie Robertson who got him to sign a record deal with DreamWorks. This resulting in the release of his debut-album – ‘Tell The World’ – the year after with production work courtesy of Tim & Bob. With R. Kelly eventually crafting one cut by the likes of ‘I Need An Angel’.
Five years later, de Bourg auditioned for the fourth series of ‘The X Factor’. And although he reached the final twelve acts to sing in the live rounds of the competition, the judges eliminated him for some reason at the end.
Another six years on, and he released his second album – ‘London Bread’ – on Zeteor Records, produced by Drake and Lil’ Wayne. Then would come ‘X-Play Pt. One’ in 2014, a 6 tracker EP out of which Terry Hunter remixed ‘Waking Up With You’. Then its follow-up, ‘X-Play Pt. Two’, which happened to be more of a mini album. Thus displaying 9 tracks including the Terry Hunter‘s remix of ‘Waking Up With You’.
– A Chicago, IL, native Terry Hunter has travelled the globe sharing his passion for soulful House Music. His dad, a DJ who played mostly Soul and Disco at a West Side tavern, introduced him to music at a very early age. As a matter of fact, none of them could have imagined Terry‘s remarkable future career. Be it as a DJ, producer and remixer.
First and foremost a lover of all music, Hunter has delivered House Music remixes for countless talents. From Michael Jackson to Mary J. Blige. But also R. Kelly and Janet Jackson. Not to mention Barbara Tucker and Byron Stingily of the Ten City fame.
Terry has also collaborated with close friend Kenny Dope of Masters At Work on numerous projects. Eventually remixing Kanye West‘s ‘Addicted’ back in 2005. And also producing Mass Destruction‘s ‘Get’em High’ featuring Mr. V. 4 years later. Last but not least, the man has also co-written and produced cuts for R&B/artist Raheem DeVaughn and Syleena Johnson.
He launched his own label, T’s Box Records, back in 2004 with the aim to develop and produce the next generations of House Music superstars. In 2007, He released the soulful House instant classic ‘Wonderful’ featuring Terisa Griffin. Then 5 years later, the twosome went for an encore with ‘Yes’. He eventually came to collaborate with Chicagoan vet singer Chantay Savage. With this resulting in gems such as ‘Summer’ and ‘Holidays’. And he also shared the bill with Jo(h)n Pierce on ‘The Message’. This before resurrecting the first take of R. Kelly‘s ‘It’s Your World’.
Always in high demand for his unique production and remix skills, Terry continues to regularly churn out hits in the studio. How to not give a mention to his brilliant rework of Gianluca Pighi, Massimo Paramour and Ahmad Larnes ‘Ever Stop’ on Makin Moves? Then, more recently to ‘Love Alibi’ which he reassembled for Divine Brown???
In 2006, Terry was selected as the first new member in nearly 30 years of Chicago’s legendary DJ crew the Chosen Few DJs. A group which consists of Wayne Williams, Alan King, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Andre Hatchett and Mike Dunn. Altogether, they host the annual ‘Chosen Few Old School Reunion Picnic’ every July on the South side of Chicago. It is one of the largest and most eagerly anticipated House Music festival events in the world.
Always innovating, Terry also conceived and co-produced the first “Chicago House DJ Day” on Jan. 09, 2011. It was a history-making celebration. The event brought together and honored the 100 Most Influential DJ’s in Chicago House Music from 1975-1995.
That same year in December, Terry launched his wildly popular weekly residency, Bang Sunday, at the Shrine nightclub in Chicago. Bang filled a void in Chicago’s house music landscape, as a weekly House Music party emphasizing new soulful House Music.
Every Sunday at Bang, he presides over a packed house of soulful House Music devotees. There, he shares the stage with local and international guest DJs and performers. Among them, Louie Vega, Black Coffee, Joe Claussell, the Chosen Few DJs, Bucie and Josh Milan…
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