Tennerz: Jasper Street Company – Wanna Be Happy (DJ Spen & David Anthony DA Vibes) (Basement Boys Records)
No matter what, a good song, whenever cleverly reconstructed, remains a good song. Just like Kenny Bobien did it years ago with ‘Why We Sing’, Jasper Street Company give their own rendition of Kirk Franklin‘s ‘Wanna Be Happy?’. Originally a downtempo which opened his 2015 ‘Losing My Religion’ album. This confirming, if ever needed, the massive influence of the latter on the Gospel scene…
As a matter of fact, ‘Wanna Be Happy’ is one of those positive songs coming up as a breathe of fresh air in the trouble times we’re living. And also right on time to celebrate the Miami togetherness at the Winter Music Conference.
Taking the centerstage, Vonita White, Randy Roberts, and Martin Wilson deliver an unparalleled performance in the classic Jasper St. vein. With DJ Spen and David Anthony crafting the perfect groovy environment to bring the whole to another dimension.
Sounding like another potential classic in the genre. Don’t you think?
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Sounds Of Blackness and Jasper Street Company have at least one thing in common. Their obvious inclination to Gospel vibes, although the first most likely made themselves a name in the R&B circuit. Meanwhile the latter made themselves a reputation in the House scene.
Jasper Street Company saw the light in Baltimore, MD back in the second half of the 90’s. A multifaceted group, their line-up varied from a release to another. Welcoming members such as Tracy Hamlin, Vonita White or Wondress Hutchinson among others. Not to mention current Quantize Records label head DJ Spen.
Among their biggest classics to date, ‘Solid Ground’, ‘God Helps Those (Who Help Themselves)’ and ‘Lift Every Voice (Take Me Away)’ to name a few. But also ‘A Feelin / You Gave Me Love’ along with Kenny Bobien. And, more recently, ‘Reach’.
Jasper Street Company have released 2 albums. ‘In A Spensane World’ back in 1998 and ‘Stand!’ 5 years after, respectively on Basement Boys Records and God’s House.
– From the early 90’s David Anthony has been knee deep into the US sound. First picking up with the vibe of Detroit his real love coming from the soulful sound of New York. Spear headed by the legendary Tony Humphries.
David teamed up with Anthony Baugh to start Vice Versa. A label which went on to be one of the UK’s leading underground Dance imprints of its times. He soon found his music was being played and aired on major radio stations and night clubs. Using the alias’s Device and Devibes, they produced over 35 releases having much success.
Starting to branch out licensing deals began to flow. Azuli Records picked up Michael Watford‘s ‘Coming Home’ along with Fayleine Brown‘s ‘You Know I Missed you’ and ‘Joy’. Licensing also followed with StrongHouse, Freetown Records and Public Demand.
Through the success of Vice Versa Records they quickly moved into the remix arena working for the majors (SDA was launched as another production name). These included Polydor, Universal and Ministry of Sound.
Early 2001 David launched HiLife Records which was a reflection of the market change from vinyl to MP3. He worked with Kathy Brown, Lisa Millett and Aleyshia Lei. And he also did remixes for Code Red, Universe Media and Liquid Deep. Eventually reworking Sted-E, Hybrid Heights & David Shaw feat. Byron Stingily‘s ‘Candy Rain’ along with DJ Spen. But also Jasper Street Company‘s ‘Wanna Be Happy’ with the latter among others.
Time has gone since with 2016 seeing Anthony releasing the aptly titled ‘Emotive’ long player on Quantize Recordings. An album where he collaborated with an impressive line-up of artists such as Sheree Hicks, Lisa Millett, and Byron Stingily. And also Rescue Poetix, Tasha LaRae (‘Live To Love’) and Beverlei Brown among others. The latter contributing to ‘I Don’t Know Why’ then ‘I’m Free’ a few months later. With both of them receiving the remixing treatment courtesy of Manoo.