Port of Spain, Trinidad, Two of the most sultry, sexy and soulful voices from the Caribbean have teamed up together for the first time. Kees Dieffenthaller, lead singer from KES THE BAND and the sexy songstress from Jamaica, Tessanne Chin have collaborated on a track they both wrote together, along with KC Phillips and which was subsequently produced by Precision Productions (KC Phillips and Nikholai Greene) at the Underground Studio in Jamaica. The new track is titled â€œLoving Youâ€.
The idea for the collaboration came after hearing Tessanneâ€™s mega hit â€œHideawayâ€ which took the airwaves by storm roughly two years ago. The song – a fusion of reggae with rock riffs was a style that Kes The Band has also been exploring (songs like Stalker, Runaway, and Till The Morning) and felt that working with Tess would be a perfect union.
â€œIt took us a little while to actually reach out to herâ€ says Kees, â€œand through management and a friend of hers, we finally were in touch with her camp. After some discussions on both sides we decided the best thing would be for myself and KC Phillips to fly out to Jamaica and spend some time thereâ€. Once in Jamaica, Kees, KC and Tess hit it off and spent a week writing the track, and also recording it. â€œThe musicians were called in, we had the studio, it all seemed to flowâ€â€™ says KC.
â€œI first heard about Kes through Alicia Powell when we did the Basia shoot,â€ says Tessanne, â€œShe mentioned that she thought we would make a great partnership. Since then, it had been in my thoughts, about a year before the Kes Management team reached out to us! Once that happened, I started to do some research on the band. I checked out you tube where I saw performance clips, and also heard his songs. Very quickly I realized that I would be part of something wonderful if we were to work together.â€
â€œKes the Band represents everything I love about music and its ability to break down barriers, transcend, change and evolve. I feel very strongly that we are helping it progress in our own way. We dare to be different and refuse to be limited or be put in a box of any kind! I am so happy I had the chance to work with them and look forward to a great musical futureâ€.
After hearing the final version of the song, the duo decided that a music video would be the icing on the cake! Life Garland, a well established music video director out of LA, (who has worked with Nelly, Lil Jon, Jermaine Dupri, Pretty Ricky and Juvenile to name a few), was asked to direct. In 2004 he was nominated for the VMAâ€s best Rap Video for Lil Jonâ€™s â€œGet Lowâ€ and in 2006 he won the award for Chamillionaireâ€™s â€œRidin Dirtyâ€. Garland, along with a local team that included the very talented Director of Photography, Sheldon Felix (Militainment), shot the music video over a two-day period.
â€œThe experience was phenomenalâ€, says Tessanne. â€œThe production was smooth, professional and the video has a story line that we are excited to show to the worldâ€.
â€œThe whole way it happened, the song, the video, working with Tess has been a really positive one for me, and the band,â€ says Kees. â€œShe is a incredibly talented woman, her voice, is amazing! And she is just gorgeous!â€ he smiles.
There are more things to come from both Kes the Band and Tessanne Chin. Kes has another video that will be released in summer along with some touring, and Tessanne is currently working on her debut album. Look out for more from these two powerhouses!
The song will be released on Thursday 22nd April in Trinidad & Jamaica and then internationally. The Video release will also happen worldwide on Thursday 22nd April. More details on that can be found on the two artist fan pages:
KES THE BAND: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kes-the-Band/7493494652
For more information on Kes the Band please contact Question Mark Entertainment on 1 868 624-2844, 1 954 636 8215 or via email at [email protected]