Self-taught singer, songwriter and producer, J-Hen, is an R&B/Pop Billboard recording artist from the Dallas metroplex area. He is a Grammy member and has had success on the Billboard Charts with his single, ‘Sex Instructor’, which peaked at #2 on the Hot R&B/HipHop Single Sales Billboard chart in 2012. His album, ‘Envision’, peaked at #46 and was on the Billboard chart in 2014. While his latest album, ‘On To The Next’, peaked at #8 and was on the Billboard chart in 2017. Now J-Hen bounces right back in 2018 with another potential chart breaker in the shape of his banging new single, “Gypsy Girl”.
Contemporary R&B is not at one of its strong points currently. I usually turn off the radio when I hear what some of these guys are dishing out. Sure, there’ll be a good tune once in a while, but for the most part the genre in the mainstream is stale.
Sometimes a guy will come in and seal up the genre with a massive song, and make it virtually impossible for anyone else to get any attention. J-Hen plans to be one of those type of guys with his latest single, produced by Christopher Billik aka OZ. The production is slick and strong throughout, so expect something top level.
I decided to take a listen. What I found was a tightly produced, well performed song that had some of the best hooks I’ve heard in a while. The lyrical matter was pretty clever too (as was the narrative in the smartly shot video by Jeff Adair, featuring Katherine Moran as the Gypsy Girl).
And J-Hen had a way about singing it that gave the song an added sense of emotion, that some of his contemporaries probably just couldn’t do. Like most R&B projects, the track is make or break on how much you enjoy J-Hen voice. Luckily he’s way ahead of his peers, showing a great range that makes “Gypsy Girl” somewhat unique.
J-Hen has certainly crafted something strong here, as “Gypsy Girl” blew me away for a good portion of its duration, and kept me thoroughly entertained during the rest of it. This is a perfect example of a straight fire and creative club track that doesn’t exhaust the listener.
Possessing a feel that is sure to identify with today’s fans, I’d bet that staying right here in this lane, J-Hen could really forge a path for himself that is distinct from the rest of the R&B pretenders in the industry. If there is one thing that “Gypsy Girl” proves, it’s that J-Hen is far more successful taking his own risks than trying to follow what his contemporaries are doing.
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