Flashback Friday: Luke James and Johnny Gill

Playa, wasn’t BET’s New Edition Story an awesome miniseries? After a long, trying week, we all needed this trip down memory lane.

While all the performances were mesmerizing, the real show-stealer was my dude Luke James, who portrayed one of my all-time favorite artists, Johnny Gill. Today, Flashback Friday is dedicated to both those brothers.

whispers in the dark

Luke James, Whispers in the Dark (2012)

Most of you who frequent the hallowed halls of Soul In Stereo are very familiar with Luke James and his impeccable voice. But if BET’s New Edition Story was your introduction to the homie, allow me to catch you up. Your first homework assignment is to cop Luke’s 2012 mixtape, Whispers in the Dark, which rivals ANY R&B album in the past decade. No hyperbole here, playa. Check out the tracks below and see what you’ve been missing.

Also check out:

“Heart Beat”

“Strawberry Vapors”

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Johnny Gill, Still Winning (2011)

Y’all can call him a “replacement” all you want but you can’t deny this fact – Johnny Gill’s mature, robust vocals finally broke New Edition away from their bubblegum roots and evolved their sound. The boys finally became men. Johnny’s voice has long been his hallmark, even in recent years. That voice is still front and center on his 2011 release. This one flew under the radar but definitely had jams.

Also check out:

“It Would Be You”

“Just the Way You Are”

Now, it’s your turn. Email soulinstereoblog@gmail.com  hit me up on Twitter @etbowser, or stop by the comments section and share your Flashback Friday album. Leave a couple of sentences describing what makes it so great. I’ll feature your album on the blog. 


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