Having grown up listening to a variety of music from Bruce Springsteen to Metallica to Peebo Bryson, Luther Vandross, LTD, James Brown, Chaka Khan, Minnie Ripperton, Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Mahalia Jackson and James Cleveland, Inohs Sivad embraces all the music she’s heard over the years with Fourward.
Fourward is a much harder hitting project than her previous three albums No Goodbyes (2011), Changes (2007), and IS (2003). Though, it is more reminiscent of the rock slant and strong guitar sounds of IS, thanks to the heavy metal guitar influence of Inohs’ new musical director, Deus Christian of the heavy metal band (SBU – Strength Beyond Us).
Inohs welcomed the familiar connection with the guitar, having begun her musical journey on a 12-string acoustic that is heard throughout her debut album. Fourward offered a sense of renewal, and Inohs boosted her creativity by adding new songwriters to her team — LaVell Williams, Dana Anderson and Tomi L (on “Glass”). Along with Deus Christian, Chris Donaldson and Naomi Daniel the team created an album that plays to her reflective/story telling lyrical nature, while keeping to her signature soul alternative fusion of rock, soul, and funk. The album includes “Forward,” the hard-hitting title track, “Glass” and “Pearls,” which come with harsh messages; the sexy “Burn,” the hopeful “Epic,” the rock infused “Drive,” “Bridge” an honest love song, “Over” about an ended relationship, the uplifting “Spirit,” the reggae laden “Good Feeling,” and Inohs’ funky, rocked out version of Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative.”
Rounding out the sound are musicians Deus Christian (guitars, bass), Chris Donaldson (drums, percussion, intro and backing vocals on “My Prerogative”), Duáne Dawkins, Sr. (drums), LaVell Williams (lead vocals on “Burn,” backing vocals), Shinda Ewell (backing vocals), and Naomi Daniel (backing vocals on “My Prerogative”).
Inohs continues to be the driving force behind her record label, SoundThought Recordings established in 2004. The label now boasts four artists, including Bashiri Asad (“Living the Dream,” 2012), Drizz (“Soulful Rain: Love Sessions, Vol. 1,” 2013), and Zanye (“Don’t Let It Go To Your Head” single released in 2013, full-length album to be released in 2014). SoundThought Recordings artist’s music is gaining speed in Europe and Japan.