It took six months into a relatively dried up 2017 but we finally got a release that’s ‘da business’ by composer, director and prolific recording artist, James Fortune. This Houston-native has dropped an infinitely personal, artistically commendable album curiously called, Dear Future Me.
This delightful disc that features fabulous cover art, also offers twelve, tightly produced, brand-spanking new tracks. After a self-imposed hiatus, it was important to achieve two very important goal with the release of Dear Future Me…reestablish Fortune as a formidable, forerunner in Gospel music…declare James as a contrite and converted man.
Many know of the well-documented calamities Fortune underwent in recent years. With the return of Fortune to the public domain, many wondered if the mishaps and misbehavior would yield a better or bruised man. Over the course of this crazy, new album, we get all our answers and much more.
The project starts, not with a bang, but rather with a sober soliloquy by James Fortune, as he pens his faults and hazy future to paper. The pressure is on !!!
We get our first GO at it on Dear Future Me, a slow, scintillating track that beats like a pulsating heart. James speaks life into his imminent future, filled with hope, heartache and heavy expectation…the struggle is real y’all…at least for Fortune. The sound is a progressive leap into Urban Pop from the progressive, pioneering James Fortune at the helm. The single certainly sets up an album off to a super start.
On It Gets Better, we have a head-boppin’, finger-snappin’ jubilant joint. This feel-good groove gets points for its positivity. It’s a summer smoothy that will have you rolling down the car windows, as you sing along with FIYA. Just remember, ‘It will get better’. On the opposite end of the spector, I Forgive Me is in the mold of his mega hit, I Trust You, a stirring, tear-jerkerdesigned to set one free from guilt and regret. This is classic Fortune flexin’ his musical muscle with a style that will stir to the bone. James knows how to hammer the immortal message of forgiveness through cadence and chorus.
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