Tue. Sep. 28, 2021

Ty Causey – Rock With Me (album version)

First Listen: Ty Causey – Rock With Me (album version) (Tyvonn Music)

Better sayin’ it first so that you all know… ‘Rock With Me’ belongs to the R&B First League. Not that formatted sh** you would most likely come to hear almost 24/7 on the corporate radio stations. But the real dope that gets you bumpin’ your head and / or stomp your feet from the very first note. Oh c’mon, you know wot I’m sayin’. I mean those things in the caliber of let’s say Maxwell‘s ‘Ascension’ for instance. If not Donnie‘s ‘Cloud 9’ as remixed by DJ Spinna to name a few.

‘Rock With Me’ just does what its title says as a matter of fact. With Ty Causey occupying the whole stage. Delivering a one of a kind vocal performance over a smooth and bumpin’ groove which he has fully arranged and produced.
The kind of thing you would probably hear in a 10 year time with the same pleasure. Remember where you’ve heard this first…

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Indiana native Ty Causey started early in his life singing in his church choir. This would be the first challenge for the painfully shy boy he happened to be at the time. As a matter of fact, he would do everything to stay home and avoid singing. Not that he didn’t like the excercise (contrary then!). But most likely because he was too timid even to face forward.

Hopefully, a friend of his told the musical director of Fort Wayne’s True Love Baptist Church that he had to hear Causey singin’. That man, Marshall White (now director of the Voices of Unity Choir) happened to be the first to discover Ty’s boundless talents. From then on the once shy kid would regularly solo in front of revival crowds all over the United States.

A few years more, and Causey was singing in a 4-part harmony group called the Collaboration. This is how he got to the attention of R&B sax star Najee‘s manager whose protegee and singers Freddie Jackson and Melissa Morgan swung through town as part of their Tasty Love tour. Causey didn’t have any demo to show off but performed his own version of ‘Me and Mrs. Jones’ with a karaoke machine as backup. The result thrilled Najee who invited him to fly out to Oakland, CA and work with him. First on his own demo and later on the ‘Morning Tenderness’ album. Not to mention as a featured performer on Najee‘s worldwide tour of the likes.

After the tour with Najee, Causey came back home to Fort Wayne, decided to record his own album. The only problem was he couldn’t play any instruments. Meanwhile and his musician friends were all busy working on other projects. This got his mom – his biggest fan ever – to buy him a keyboard. An instrument which he christened ‘Emma’ in her honor and used it to record his debut-album – ‘N-Tysing’ – in 2004. A recording debut which featured both Najee and bass player Nelson Braxton of the Braxton Brothers fame. It established him as a serious player on the Soul music scenes of Japan, Germany and, most notably, the United Kingdom where his regular appearances on the Soul charts top 30 earned him the nickname of ‘Mr. Consistent’.

Since that time Causey has been building a significant discography. Counting 13 albums to his credit, including the recently released ‘Tyangles’ and its opening cut, ‘Rock With Me’. Meanwhile, Soultracks nominated him as male vocalist of the year, as a recognition for his work on his 2015 ‘Cause & Effect’ album.

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