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Jaqué – Love Will Save The Day (Jellybean Soul)

Lost but not least! Jaqué – Love Will Save The Day (Ain’t Nothing But A House Party Vocal Mix) (Jellybean Soul)

‘Love Will Save The Day’… A title that should ring a bell to many of you. Even though it hasn’t been the most succesful piece from Whitney Houston‘s 1987 ‘Whitney’ album. Which didn’t get us from considering it among our all time favs here on IDMW. And this, most definitely because of its social connotation and evergreen message. Not to mention its stellar production courtesy of Jellybean Benitez with Roy Ayers on vibes and remix work courtesy of David Morales.

‘Love Will Save The Day’ would reappear 17 years after. This on Jellybean Benitez’s Jellybean Soul label, which has nothing of a surprise as a matter of fact. No more than the quality of its rendition should be. From Jaqué’s enlightening vocal performance. To man of the moment, Marlon D production work. Not to mention its firing keys courtesy of Albert ‘Sterling’ Melendez and Dennis Ferrer.

Therefore, no wonder how nor why Jaqué made quite a sensation during the WMC in Miami back in 2004. As in her NYC hometown where those vibes have always had an audience…

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A quick listen to Jaqué‘s vocal performances makes it easier to understand how she ended up landing on Jellybean Soul. In other words, the label of the one – Jellybean Benitez – who contributed bringing both Madonna and Whitney Houston to the path to stardom. But even though she only made a one off – her cover version of Whitney Houston‘s ‘Love Will Save The Day’ – for the label, she happened to do way more than that at the end.

In 2005, she was one of eight finalists on Oprah’s Pop star Challenge picked from 15,000 entries. “It was an amazing part of my life that I will never forget. It only motivated to continue doing with I love” she says on her site. As a result, no wonder how she managed to work with luminaries such as George Morel and Sandy Rivera of the K.O.T. fame or DJ Romain. Not to mention Roger Sanchez whom she toured with in Europe back in 2006.

Born JaQuita May, Jaqué has seen LifePeople Magazine callin’ her “the voice of Soul”. With a bunch of observers eventually comparing her to Martha Wash. If not Whitney Houston or Tina Turner. This for her vocal ability and her energetic performance. Jaqué‘s versatility comin’ from the fact she grew up in the church evolving in a Gospel infleunced-environment. But also listening to records from her uncle’s collection. Thus finding interest in Funk, R&B and Rock. This being for much in her obvious versatility and the fact she’s also been collaborating with Hip-Hop acts.

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