It’s really cool to see legendary songwriters and musical artists making a comeback. Although their music is ‘new’, their new songs still contain those high quality lyrics and sound that we have come to appreciate.
One songwriter is who reinventing themselves with success, is the legendary Bunny Sigler. You probably don’t recognize his name, but I guarantee you have heard some of the songs he has written. Some of the artists Sigler has written for include Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Barbara Mason, The Roots, Billy Paul and Stephanie Mills. Now after writing hit songs for others, Sigler is once again writing music for himself. One of his current songs is “When I think of you”. Just like his previous work, this song also contains a smooth sound and cool lyrics. I hope Sigler’s long time fans will continue to support him in his new music venture – I know I will.
Bruce Hawes is another name that most people probably don’t recognize. Hawes is a talented songwriter who has written hit songs for numerous artists that include Melba Moore and The Spinners. I want to note that Hawes co-wrote one of my favorite all time songs, “Mighty Love.”
Hawes started his songwriting career at Philadelphia International Records, a music company founded by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. During his career at Philadelphia International, Hawes had an opportunity to use his creativity and work with legendary music producer and arranger, Thom Bell. Hawes is now using his skills and experience to write new music and promote up and coming artists. He recently wrote a beautiful song entitled “One Night, One Kiss”. In addition, Hawes also recently published a book entitled, “Growing in the Sound of Philadelphia”. I have major respect for Bruce Hawes’ songwriting skills, and I hope his new book and music projects are successful. I also applaud him for using his influence and expertise to mentor and promote talented up and coming artists.
If you were a fan of 1980’s R&B music, than you have probably heard of Jody Watley. She began her singing career as a singer and dancer in the R&B group Shalamar, before launching a very successful solo career. Some of her hits with Shalamar included “Take that to the Bank” and “A Night to remember”. While some of her hits as a solo artist included “Everything” and “Looking for a New Love”. After taking a professional break for several years, Watley is back in the studio and reinventing herself with a new music and concert tours. Even after all these years Watley has managed to maintain her beautiful singing voice, fan base, and unique dress style.
I am a longtime fan of Bunny Sigler, Bruce Hawes, and Jody Watley, and I wish them all success with their new music ventures.