First Listen: Sheila Ford – Why Can’t You See (Louie Vega & Spen Extended Vocal Mix) (Quantize Recordings)
“Why can’t you see?”, wonders Baltimore songstress Sheila Ford. Well, I suppose we can find many reasons for that. If not the fact that we simply don’t wanna see in certain circumstances. “Why can’t you see I’m in love?”, she vibrantly asks. This with Louie Vega and label head DJ Spen crafting the perfect environment for the lady’s performance. Eventually turning her why can’t you see interrogations into like an obsessive matter along with time.
Rollin’ with the deep… Don’t you think?
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Sheila Ford is a graduate of the elite Berklee College of Music, Boston, MS where she majored in Music Education. In addition to exceptional vocals, she plays the piano, organ and has studied several woodwind, brass, string and percussion instruments. And although she has a special love for Jazz (Ella Fitzgerald is one of her earliest and best loved influences), she has dazzled audiences in nearly every musical style. From Jazz to Funk, R&B, Blues, Soul, House, Latin and even Rap. As many factors which explain her obvious ease in so many different moods. And makin’ of her a sought after performer.
Therefore, no wonder how she came to collaborate with so many producers. From Charles Dockins with whom she made her debut back in 1995 on ‘Higher Love’. To DJ Pope‘s ‘Moody State Of Mind’ on Black Vinyl Records 7 years after, but also ‘Beautiful Day’ in 2007. Then ‘When Will There Be’ in 2009 or ‘So Into U’ in 2015. Not to mention DJ Spen‘s Quantize Recordings where she released her only album to date – ‘Here You Are’ – the same year. This in addition to an impressive series of goodies, on her own or as a featured artist.
Among her chosen cuts for the label, ‘Oh I (Miss U)’. A gem she recorded with The Muthafunkaz and Marc Evans although for Code Red Recordings at the time. This with remix courtesy of Atjazz. But also ‘Why Can’t You See’, as reworked by DJ Spen and Louie Vega. Not to mention the jazzy ‘Share’ (on her own) and ‘Harmony’ along with Kiko Navarro. These in addition to ‘La Costa’ and its original Latin Mix by the likes of DJ Spen, Gary Hudgins and Reelsoul. Eventually joinin’ forces with the latter on his own Reelsoul Musik label back in 2017 on ‘Found A Way’…
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