Made To Love Him: Celebrating Love

by Nhojj

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Jazz album re-imagines 12 classic love songs with male pronouns. Interpretations include Nat King Cole, Luther Vandross, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder and India.Arie. We brought LGBT musicians and allies together to show that love wins.

Features Tona Brown, the first Trans woman to perform for a sitting president; Bassist Lonnie Plaxico (Cassandra Wilson, Art Blakey); Drummer Swiss Chris (John Legend), and Jazz NAACP Image Award nominee Onaje Allan Gumbs.

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released February 14, 2014

Recording & Mixing - Mavericks Recording Studio
Studio Engineer - Kevin Schinstock
Assistant Engineer - Alain Paradis
Mixing Engineer - Jon Evans

Recording (Strings) - Inner Ear Recording Studios
Studio Engineer - Don Zientara

Mastering - THI Mastering Studios
Mastering Engineer - Robert Honablue

Rehearsal
Euphoria Rehearsal Studios
Michiko Rehearsal Studios
Ultrasound Rehearsal Studios

Artwork - Baron
Photographers - Jerry James & Rod Patrick Risbrook
Camera Crew - Michael Burlingame, Yasuaki Nakajima, Igor Dmitry
Voice-acting Coach - Robert-Allan Arno

Executive Producer - Ron San Marchi
Associate Producer - Bryan E. Glover

All Songs Produced by Nhojj
All Songs Co-produced by John F. Adams

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Nhojj New York, New York

Combining a fine blend of diverse influences and genres, Nhojj sings his truth... living out and proud through his recordings.

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Track Name: Nature Boy
VERSE 1
There was a boy
A very strange enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far
Very far, over land and sea
A little shy and sad of eye
But very wise was he

VERSE 2
And then one day, a magic day
He passed my way, and while we spoke
Of many things, fools and kings
This he said to me
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return"

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return"
Track Name: He Heals Me
VERSE 1
Told him my biggest secret
And he told me four.
He smiled at me and said that makes me love more
And then he made me laugh
And I knew it was a sign
That he was a man,
That I wanted in my life
And with every passing day
I feel more and more of that way

CHORUS
He heals me
He knows the real me
And he accepts me, he never hurts me
He heals me
He knows the real me
And he accepts me, he never hurts me
He heals me,
He heals me

VERSE 2
I can play him songs, all through the night,
And he will listen to every line,
And even when I'm wrong, he is still kind
He chooses his words wisely when he tells me I'm not right.
And yes he is a beautiful man,
But he is also a beautiful friend

VERSE 3
The moment that we met, he made me smile.
He has so much compassion in his eyes
I have no idea, how long he'll be here
A season or a lifetime, forever or a year

BRIDGE
But for the first time in my life I'm not worried about the future
Cause we have such a wonderful time when we're together
However things turn out, it's all right
Cause he's already changed my life.
Yes for the first time in my life I'm not worried about the future
Cause we have such a wonderful time when we're together
However things turn out, it's all right
Cause he's already changed my life.
Track Name: He's Got A Way
VERSE 1
He's got a way about him
I don't know what it is
But I know that I can't live without him
He's got a way of pleasin'
I don't know what it is
But there doesn't have to be a reason anyway

VERSE 2
He's got a smile that heals me
I don't know why it is
But I have to laugh when he reveals me
He's got a way of talkin'
I don't know why it is
But it lifts me up when we are walkin' anywhere

CHORUS
He comes to me when I'm feelin' down
Inspires me without a sound he touches me
and I get turned around

VERSE 3
He's got a way of showin'
How I make him feel
And I find the strength to keep on goin'
He's got a light around him
And ev'rywhere he goes
A million dreams of love surround him
ev'rywhere

CHORUS
He comes to me when I'm feelin' down
Inspires me without a sound
He touches me and I get turned around

VERSE 4
He's got a smile that heals me
I don't know why it is
But I have to laugh when he reveals me
He's got a way about him
I don't know what it is
But I know that I can't live without him anyway
Track Name: How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
CHORUS
How sweet it is
How sweet it is to be loved by you

VERSE 1
I needed the shelter of someone's arms and there you were
I needed someone to understand my ups and downs and there you were

With sweet love and devotion
Deeply touching my emotion
I want to stop and thank you baby
I just want to stop and thank you baby

CHORUS
How sweet it is to be loved by you
How sweet it is to be loved by you

VERSE 2
I close my eyes at night and wonder where would I be without you in my life
Everything was just a bore, all the things I did, seems I'd done them before

But you brightened up all of my days
With a love so sweet in so many ways
I want to stop and thank you baby
I want to stop and thank you baby

CHORUS
How sweet it is to be loved by you
How sweet it is to be loved by you
Track Name: Someone To Watch Over Me
There's a saying old says that love is blind
Still were often told, "seek and ye shall find"
So Im going to seek a certain lad Ive had in mind

Looking everywhere, haven't found him yet
He's the big affair I cannot forget
Only man I ever think of with regret

I'd like to add his initial to my monogram
Tell me, where is the shepherd for this lost lamb?

There's a somebody I'm longing to see
I hope that he turns out to be
Someone who'll watch over me

I'm a little lamb who's lost in the wood
I know I could always be good
Someone who'll watch over me

Although he may not be the man some
Girls think of as handsome
To my heart he carries the key

Won't you tell him please to put on some speed
Follow my lead, oh, how I need
Someone to watch over me
Track Name: I've Been Waiting For You
VERSE 1
My soul has been longing
For some belonging
Searching never found
Ever spinning round
My heart has been waiting
Anticipating
Joy truly ever flowing
Peace beyond my knowing

CHORUS 1
I’ve been waiting for you
Been up been down been all around
I yearn the warmth of your sound
I’ve been waiting for you
I hoped and prayed then cried for days
But now you’re here in me

VERSE 2
Motion always comes to rest
Flying birds soon come to nest
Immersed in beauty void of sight
Midnight sun illuminate my night
It’s quiet here inside me
Harmony reigns over me
I come to rest within myself
Here I do belong

CHORUS 2
I’ve been waiting for you
I rest in peace my agony released
I’m sleeping in your arms
I’ve been waiting for you
Melody passes through me and I’m born again

BRIDGE
Now I don’t care what you think about me
I only know there’s peace within my soul
Now you may choose whatever Thing that pleases you
But it won’t take my love.
Track Name: So Amazing
VERSE 1
Love has truly been good to me
Not even one sad day
Or minute have I had
Since you've come my way
I hope you know, I'd gladly go
Anywhere you take me
It's so amazing to be loved
I'd follow you to the moon in the sky above

VERSE 2
Got to tell you how you thrill me
I'm happy as I can be
You have come
And it's changed my whole world
Bye-bye sadness, hello mellow
What a wonderful day
It's so amazing to be loved
I'd follow you to the moon in the sky above

CHORUS
And it's so amazing (So amazing)
I could stay forever (Stay for ever)
Here in love and no, leave you never (leave you never)
'Cause we've got amazing love (Amazing love)

Truly it's so amazing (So amazing)
Love brought us together (We're together)
I will leave you never (Leave you never)
I guess, we've got amazing love (Amazing love)
Track Name: Twelfth Of Never
VERSE 1
You ask me how much I need you
Must I explain
I need you oh my darling
Like roses need rain
You ask how long I'll love you
I'll tell you true
Until the Twelfth of Never
I'll still be loving you

CHORUS
Hold me close
Never let me go
Hold me close
Melt my heart like April snow

VERSE 2
I'll love you 'til the bluebells
Forget to bloom
I'll love you 'til the clover
Has lost its perfume
And I'll love you 'til the poets
Run out of rhyme
Until the Twelfth of Never
And that's a long, long time
Track Name: Love On Top
VERSE 1
Honey, honey
I can see the stars all the way from here
Can't you see the glow on the window pane?
I can feel the sun whenever you're near
Every time you touch me I just melt away
Everybody asks me why I'm smiling out from ear to ear
But I know...
Nothing's perfect, but it's worth it after fighting through the tears
And finally love put me first

CHORUS
Baby it's you
You're the one I love
You're the one I need
You're the only one I see
Come on baby it's you
You're the one that gives your all
You're the one I can always call
When I need you make everything stop
Finally you put my love on top
Come on baby
You put my love on top, top, top, top, top
You put my love on top
Ooh oooh!
You put my love on top, top, top, top, top
My love on top
My love on top

VERSE 2
Baby Baby
I can hear the wind whipping past my face
As we dance the night away
Boy your lips taste like a night of champagne
I kiss you again, and again, and again and again
Now everybody asks me why I'm smiling out from ear to ear
But I know...
Nothing's perfect, but it's worth it after fighting through my fears
Finally love put me first
Track Name: Made To Love Him
VERSE 1
I grew up in Georgetown
Knew a boy named Steve Brown
We were always hand in hand
He wore flip flop, jeans and t-shirts
Steve hung out on the outskirts
But I knew I loved him even then
You know my father disapproved it
My mama boohooed it
But I told them time and time again

CHORUS
I was made to love him
Built a world all around him
Yah! Hey, hey, hey

VERSE 2
He's been my inspiration
Showed appreciation
For the love I gave him through the years
Like a sweet sweet mango tree
Our love blossomed tenderly
Our life grew sweeter through the years
I know that my baby loves me
My baby needs me
That's why we made it through the years

CHORUS
I was made to love him
Worship and adore him
Hey, hey, hey

CHANT
All through thick and thin
Our love just won't end
Cause I love my baby, love my baby

VERSE 3
My baby loves me
My baby needs me
And I know I ain't going nowhere
Even if the mountain tumbles
If this whole world crumbles
By his side I'll still be standing there

CHORUS
'Cause I was made to love him
I was made to live for him, yeah!
I was made to love him
Built my world all around him
Hey, hey, hey

I was made to please him
You know Nhojj ain't gonna leave him
Hey, hey, hey
My baby loves me
My baby needs me
Hey, hey, hey
Track Name: Our Love Is Here To Stay
VERSE 1
It's very clear
Our love is here to stay
Not for a year
But ever and a day

The radio and the telephone
And the movies that we know
May just be passing fancies
And in time may go

VERSE 2
But, oh my dear
Our love is here to stay
Together we're
Going a long, long way

In time the Rockies may crumble
Gibralter may tumble
There're only made of clay
But our love is here to stay
Track Name: Over The Rainbow
VERSE 1
Somewhere over the rainbow
Way up high
There's a land that I heard of once in a lullaby

VERSE 2
Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true

BRIDGE
Someday I'll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That's where you'll find me

VERSE 3
Somewhere over the rainbow
Blue birds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why then oh why can't I?

If happy little blue birds fly beyond the rainbow
Why oh why can't I?