Soul Comfort

by Nhojj

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Smooth R&B and Jazz to Caress your Mind, Body, and Soul. Nhojj's Bestselling Album... includes Barbados Music Awards 2009 video performance of "Love".

Echoes Magazine
Nhojj stands out as the real deal, his sweet-soul approach coming across like an understated Maxwell on an album, Soul Comfort, that exudes delicacy and controlled release. The Lucky Fellow-ish Peace & Blessings has already been picked up by many a DJ, a deservedly so - it really ought to be a big early summer tune. Dream has that under-current pull of sexiness which Urban Hang Suite achieved most of the way through. The opener Doing M' Thing pulses and bounces in just the right amounts.

Soul Walking
I got stuck on track two! The repeat button was on big time! This is a track called, simply, 'Music'. The album, overall, has a semi-acoustic feel to it's Soulful proceedings, which is very pleasing on the ear and culminates in the glorious anthemic 'Peace and Blessings'. A barnstormer of a song. A highly recommended offering.

CARIB Newspaper
'Soul Comfort' was written, produced and performed by Nhojj and features a number of gems that showcase his remarkable talents. With traces of Maxwell, Sade and D'Angelo dusted throughout the CD, His own brand of music is a fusion of soulful moods flecked with a joyous celebration of life and light. The musical journey on 'Soul Comfort' soothingly blends quiet storm, soul and sweetness all wrapped in a cozy blanket of spiritual awareness. It is easy listening spiked with organic layers of pure simple lyrics.

In The Basement Magazine
Supported by a mixture of real musicians and string and drum programming and using often a multi-tracked vocal approach, there's a warmth about this set that is often missing from product of today, probably because it eschews the bog-standard fare of insistent single-beat metronomic percussion to each track and instead displays a thought in both structure of the songs and in the arrangement stakes. Even the ultra-short title track - just 'Soul Comfort' over keyboards - and the short, wordless-beyond-the-title of 'I Like That', multi-tracked over strings, fit well within the whole. 'My Brother', immediately follows 'James Donovan', an a cappella hymn to "...my dear friends, James and Donovan and all those we've lost to AIDS." 'The Light' and 'Peace And Blessings' ensure the set goes out in upbeat fashion and indeed we've been taken on something of a journey which has begun with the breezy summery sounds of 'Doing M' Thing' and 'Music', traveling through 'Please Come Back', a contemporary love song and on to 'Love', which starts as a gorgeous floater and slows a little as it builds. 'Dream' is a down tempo number that drifts along nicely and the tender 'Spring Rain' is the only song not written by Nhojj, who shares the vocals with its composer and acoustic guitar player, Mike Ibrahim.

Acid Jazz Magazine
A voice that envelops the body and soul. 100% atmosphere in a mood of deep spirituality with strong connotations funk jazz and soul. Pressing the play button is the first step in a direct trip to calm, relaxed, sensual Caribbean atmosphere, accompanied by the unmistakable rich voice of an artist who has gradually gained more and more space in the nu soul and R&B scene, the genesis of soul and plenty of comfort and begun in 2007 and came to fruition thanks to the collaboration of musicians of the first order accompanying the persuasive voice of Nhojj on a journey through positive vibrations. Where reggae influenced the first records, Soul Comfort gives way to more pronounced connotations funk, jazz and soul. A disk made up of sensations, and where there is also room for moments of deep spiritual reflection as those evoked by "James Donovan" poignant piece a cappella or by introspection of "Dream" in which the vocals stand always in undisputed protagonists, a disc to let it flow. Dive in and be surrounded by a mood of complete relaxation.

GBM News
He's unique, original, spiritual, gifted and is a must hear, must see and don't walk, run out & purchase this piece of art. Trust me, you will be glad that you did. If you want something new, fresh and off the hook, just click and order your copy.

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released January 1, 2008

Producer - Nhojj
Co-producer - Jon Evans for Jonwerx Recording
Pre-production - Jonwerx Recording
Engineers - Jon Evans & Arsenio "Artie" Rodriguez
Additional Recording & Engineering - Brett Michael Wiesman, Dan Diaz, ClffSound Productions, Secret Forest Productions, Funk/Soul Productions
Mixing - Jon Evans
Mastering - Robert Honablue at The Disc Factory

Musicians:
Guitars - David Stark, Butch Taylor, Mike Ibrahim, Marcelo Cardozo
Keyboards - Carl Evans, Tom Camp, SMS, Sam Archer
String Programming - Carl Evans
Bass - Josquin des Pres, Butch Taylor, Mike Clinton
Drums - Michael Evans, Joel Rosenblatt
Drum Programming - SMS
Percussion - Tommy Aros, Jary Mall, Jennifer Corsaro
Horns & Flute - Chris Klich
Trombone - Bob Carlson
Baritone Sax - Scott Harper
Tenor/Alto Sax - SMS
Trumpet - Bill Losier
Scratch FX - DJ Kool Kat

Poets - baron & seân
Guest Vocalists - Mike Ibrahim, ButtaFlySoul, Dwaine Bramwell, Jesse O, Sam Martinborough
Background Vocals - Nhojj
Background Vocal Arrangements - Nhojj

Legal Representation - John Fitzgerald
Executive Producer - Ron San Marchi

Art Direction - Nhojj & seân for uni aum Entertainment
Design - Discmakers
Photography - Wilson Prunier, baron, George Dixon & Stephen Churchill Downes
Stylist - seân for uni aum Entertainment
Manufactured and Printed by Discmakers, Pennsauken, NJ, USA

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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: Doing m' Thing
VERSE 1
Its Sunday morning
And I’m alone on the beach
Watching the beauty of sunrise
Wind through my hair
Caressing my face
Feeling the sand beneath my feet
Later that day
I’m walking through the park
Listening to the song on the breeze
Love is the thought
Peace in my heart
I know why

VERSE 2
The candles are lit
Incense stick burning
Nurturing the spirit within
Warm waters running
Sea salts are falling
Badu badu do we do be
Music is soft
Jazz to be precise
Strawberries lay in a dish
You may expect to hear someone at the door
But no tonight
Track Name: Music
VERSE 1
Music is the song I’m singing
Music is the way I’m giving
Music gives my life the meaning
Music makes my world go round
Music is the healer for me
Music is the love that I need
Music is a friend I turn to
Music understands me

VERSE 2
Music is the space I pray in
Music is God blessing me
Music is the place I go to
When the world is stressing me
Music is the sea I swim in
Music waves wash over me
Music is the point I dream of
When I close my eyes to sleep

VERSE 3
Music takes me to a world
Where I am happy, I am free
Music is the One I turn to
Music lives inside of me
Track Name: Please Comeback
VERSE 1
I’m tired of being lonely
Even when you’re near
I’m tired of always fighting - so tired
The years have passed by
And yet we’re still together tonight
Arguing, bickering
Where did all the love we share go

CHORUS
Please come back
Please come back
Love our love
Please come back

VERSE 2
I’m tired of always hiding
Even from myself
I’m tired of all the lies we’ve told us - so tired
The years have passed by
Yet we’re still alone tonight
Words of pain, tears of hate
When did all the love we share die
Track Name: Love
VERSE 1
You’re eyes are closed
You’re next to me
Our fingers touching
Don’t fall a sleep
I want to see you nude in the moonlight
The shore is empty, this time its right

CHORUS
Cause you are the one for me
Baby can you see
We were meant to be
This is destiny

VERSE 2
Our lips are tender
Our bodies close
Our hearts reaching
Who could give the most, thoughts are dancing slow
Our thighs now meet, our souls are singing, harmony sweet

CHORUS
Yes you are the one for me
We were meant to be
Love is in so deep
This is destiny

VAMP
Love is so sweet
Love is so sweet
Love is so sweet
Track Name: Soul Comfort
Soul comfort...
Track Name: Dream
VERSE 1
Here are your thoughts
Here is your soul
Here is the time
Here is the goal
Here is your gift
Here is your light
There is the moon and
This is the night
So what’s your desire dear?
Write it down here
Make sure its clear
This is a prayer - Yeah
Now don’t you be afraid - No no no
The power lies within the body
Hold that picture in your mind
Now close your eyes
And realize
You’ll be alright
Its starting

CHORUS
So let go
And soar
Spread your wings and fly away
Let go
And realize
You’ll be alright
No need to fight
Its starting

VERSE 2
Here is your dream
Here is your life
Here is the truth and
Here is the lie
Here is your high
Here is your low
There is a way… but
Before you go
What’s your desire dear?
Write it down here
Hold it so near
Make this is your prayer - Yeah
Now don’t you be afraid- No no no
Dreams only live within your body
Hold that picture in your mind
Now close your eyes
And realize
You’ll be alright
Its starting
Track Name: Spring Rain Featuring Mike Ibrahim
VERSE 1
Inner falls
Search my soul
My silent soul
Inner lights
Need the sound of father sun before I find my way
In a spring rain
I was born

CHORUS
In this body
Nature's body
I've found my soul
It's angels' party… in my body
We'll dance with timeless soul
In spring rain

VERSE 2
On my hands
Water's falling in the forest inside of me
I'm already too far
And the sky sends its light for me
To clear my eyes
Track Name: James Donovan
VERSE 1
This world shun your light
Was too bright for its eyes
Left you to grope around
In darkness
Over the years
You fought for your right
To give to receive love
Now you leave us return to the light
Body lies in the grave
No more life - no more pain.
Track Name: My Brother
VERSE 1
My brother
I’m writing this
To tell you I love you
You showed me what true friendship means
This life is rough
But knowing you has made me better
You shared your strength

CHORUS
And I want you to know
Brother
You help me to grow
I thank you
Where ever you go
Always be/stay true

VERSE 2
Sitting here
Thinking of
Tough times I came through
You were there, helped me make it through
This life gets rough
But knowing you has made me stronger
You shared your faith
Track Name: Move to the Light
CHORUS
Let the sun shine in
Move to the Light
Relaxation…
Feel the power
Nature’s power
Healing power

VERSE 1
Make my step
Light and swift
So I can move to the Light
Light my path
Show me now
So I can get to the Light
Let my heart
Open wide
And I will move to the Light
Accept my gifts
Bless my soul
I’ve got to move in the Light
Track Name: Peace & Blessings
CHORUS
Peace be unto you
Blessings in all you do

VERSE 1
May you laugh loudly with all your heart and soul
Ancestors grant us love
May you bless each life you touch along your path
May you overcome your pain

VERSE 2
May prosperity forever be a friend of yours
Ancestors light our way
May your demons cease to scream and bring you fear
May they inspire you to grow

VERSE 3
May the raindrops continue to caress your soul
Ancestors grant us peace
May you always climb the mountain of your dreams
May happiness surround you