With "A Life To Remember," singer, songwriter and producer Tomi Jenkins has tapped into a deep well-spring of creative and exciting, wholly original music.
With composing and expert track and vocal production assistance from producer Lee Hurst, engineer and producer Greg Charles, producer/writer John Crossley and his S&S Entertainment Management crew, along with the legendary Leon Sylvers lll and his talented son, Leon lV, Tomi masterfully covers a range of diverse genres.
The album erupts with the funk blast of “Barbarians," a blistering commentary on the state of current American politics, segues into the bumping “Real Life Superman” then slides easily into the jazzy mid tempo love song “One Of A Kind." Following that is the Leon Sylvers lll and Leon lV produced title track, “Life 2 Remember,” a beautiful string-laden ballad that recalls the classic sound of the past while maintaining a firm foothold in the present.
“Stepper Delight” will have those familiar with the popular dance known as “stepping” flooding dance floors around the world, while “Masterpiece” brings to mind the breezy, lyrical style of Seal, or Sting. “Automatic” closes the collection as it began, with a nod to Tomi’s rock-funk roots with Cameo, including a guitar solo by long-time Cameo partner Charlie Singleton.
released May 31, 2017
1- Barbarians - Words - Tomi Jenkins. Vocals-Tomi Jenkins. Additional background vocals - Deniese "Nieci" Payne. Vocals arranged by Tomi Jenkins. Music produced and composed by Lee Hurst. Additional guitars - Charlie Singleton.
2- Real Life Superman - Music composed and produced by John “Swan” Crossley of SSEM. Vocals - Tomi Jenkins. Lyrics by Gregory Tabor and Kenyatta Whitfield.
3- One Of A Kind - Words- Tomi Jenkins. Vocals -Tomi Jenkins. Produced by Tomi Jenkins, Lee Hurst and Greg Charles. Vocals arranged by Greg Charles and Tomi Jenkins. Bass, Guitar, Keys, Drum programming – Lee Hurst. Guitars – Charlie Singleton.
4- Life 2 Remember - Written, produced and composed by Leon Sylvers lll and Leon Sylvers lV. Lead vocal - Tomi Jenkins. Background vocals - Leon Sylvers lll, Tomi Jenkins. Vocals arranged by Leon Sylvers lll.
5- Stepper Delight - Music composed and produced by John “Swan” Crossley of SSEM. Vocals - Tomi Jenkins. Lyrics by Gregory Tabor and Kenyatta Whitfield
6- Masterpiece – Words by Tomi Jenkins. Vocals - Tomi Jenkins. Vocal Arranged by Tomi Jenkins. Music produced and composed by Tomi Jenkins, Marvin Sperling and Lee Hurst. Guitar and Bass - Lee Hurst. Synths, String programming - Tomi Jenkins, Marvin Sperling.
7- Automatic - Words by Tomi Jenkins, Produced by Lee Hurst and Tomi Jenkins. Vocals - Tomi Jenkins. Vocals arranged by Greg Charles and Tomi Jenkins. Synths, sampling - Jeffrey Nelson. Bass Guitar, Guitar, Synths - Lee Hurst. Guitar - Charlie Singleton. Drums - P.J. Spraggins.
Barbarians- Recorded and mixed at Relentless Entertainment Studios Atlanta by Lee Hurst and Himalayas Los Angeles by Yeti.
Automatic and One Of A Kind- Recorded and mixed at Need More Recording Studio, Atlanta, GA.
Engineered by Greg Charles. Mixed by Lee Hurst.
Masterpiece- Recorded at MarvinBass Digital Audio, Sherman Oaks, CA. and Relentless Entertainment Studios, Atlanta, GA
Mixed and Engineered by Marvin Sperling, Lee Hurst and Tomi Jenkins.
Real Life Superman and Stepper Delight- Recorded at Studio 11 Chicago. Engineered by Steve Anderson.
Vocals recorded at Himalayas Los Angeles. Engineered by Yeti, Mixed by Yeti, Lee Hurst and Steve Anderson.
Life To Remember- Recorded in Los Angeles, CA. Engineered and mixed by Leon Sylvers lll and Leon Sylvers lV.
All tracks Mastered By Mike Tucci, NYC.
Special Thanks to everyone connected with the production of this record, you put your heart, soul, love and unparalleled musicianship into it, and I will be eternally grateful. Also to Ingrid, D. Channsin Berry, Marvin Sperling, Chris Rutherford, Aaron Mills, Jeff Nelson, Charlie Singleton, Nieci Payne, and DHT.
Dedicated to Thomas L. Jenkins, Helen Jenkins, Kim Goodson, Carla Jenkins, Nina Jenkins, Paizley Carwell-Bowens, Kylee Carmouche, Hasha Ali Smith, and Brian Hall.
Management and Booking - Dwayne Sparks at Sparks Entertainment Group for SRI International.