The Resurface of David Pic Conley from the Platinum Recording Group Surface
It has been many moons since we’ve last heard from this guy, but the latest release from R&B musical group ReSurface only proves once again, that some things just get better with time. With the arrival of this new project after so long a hiatus – an effort that may ever so cleverly be called “Resurface” - this phenomenal group rises like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes of its quietude to reclaim its rightful place in the spotlight. And, one might add, to the profound delight of their many legions of fans the world over. Surface began as the collaboration of three incredibly talented artists – flutist David Pic Conley, guitarist David Townsend, and vocalist Bernard Jackson – who together created one of the most distinct sounds, and longest string of hits, to emerge from that magical era for black music, the 1980’s and early nineties. Whether up-tempo tunes or smooth ballads, the music of Surface has earned a permanent place on the urban contemporary playlist, where one is sure to hear songs like Falling in Love, Shower Me with Your Love, Happy, Closer Than Friends, The First Time, You’re My Everything, among many others. Today, ReSurface is the collaboration of David Pic Conley and legendary singer John Feva. Conley began his career as the sax player and background vocalist for the seventies funk band Mandrill, who in addition to the body of work he built up with Surface, wrote, co-wrote, or produced an extensive array of artists from the period, including Aretha Franklin’s Grammy nominated album What you see is What You Sweat, Melba Moore (Do you Really Want my Love), Jermaine Jackson (Don’t take it Personal), Barbara Weathers, former lead singer for Atlantic Starr (The Master Key), and Gwen Guthrie (Ain’t Nothing Going on But the Rent), and many more.
John Feva’s long musical influences trace back to his father George Malone, who as a member of the famous Doo Wop group the Monotones, brought us the tune Who Wrote the Book of Love? Eventually his talents were discovered by song writer Vincent F Bell, who was then enjoying huge success with his monster hit The Rain, by Oran Juice Jones. Bell in turn introduced Feva and his group to Russell Simmons, who signed the teenagers immediately to a deal under the new name, Black Flames, of which Feva would become the lead singer and principle song writer. John Feva’s abilities as a vocalist are striking, and the smooth, dulcet tones of his first tenor effortlessly delivers that signature sound which his fans have come to expect, and indeed demand. In a word, Feva got the goods! The new single, We Can Fly, accompanied by their first video, is the breakout hit of the summer and is instantly recognizable by its smart lyrics and catchy melodies. The highly anticipated CD will be coming soon.
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