In a time where many are convinced “young people don’t know music” and all they want to do is turn up and sing about getting a girl back to the crib to hit, Kevin Ross is giving you an inspiring and musical alternative. That alternative is with his album, The Awakening.
The Awakening is a genre-less timeless musical effort that is far beyond Kevin’s years. You feel that classic R&B like you were listening to an R. Kelly or Boyz II Men album. Then you can hear that unique Michael Jackson influence and then you can even feel inspirational gospel, soulful rock and elements of bands like “Toto” in it. Kevin Ross may make you feel all this and much more, but this is a project that has it’s on land and stands firm on its own. You can tell the influences run deep, but he’s crafted something tailor made to his voice and journey.
The Awakening is a call to be great, be inspired and a sincere love of music. The original “Be Great” with Chaz French and the remix with BJ The Chicago has two different feels with the same inspirational message. Do you want to be great? That is the question being asked and Kevin Ross delivers in great fashion alongside the accompanied features. Greatness could also be a running theme for the album. Lecrae lends a dope and Pac inspired verse on “Look Up”. The spiritual and inspirational song that encourages you to look up to God when you are need of someone to get you through is not alone on this album. “Genesis 1 and 2”, “Her Hymn” “Pick You Up”and “New Man” all compliment this album well.
“Long Song Away” is tearing up charts across the country and is a very smooth track for any music lover. My favorite song on the album is “Don’t Go”. It gives me the feeling of Michael Jackson’s “Butterflies”. I know I’m putting it in big shoes, but it’s truly a first listen and instantly love song.
Kevin Ross is not trying to save R&B music. The Awakening is an album that’s meant to inspire the masses. It’s a soundtrack to a young man and his journey in this music industry and his quest to be great. You can listen to this album and be inspired and in a better spirit. That’s not something you’re going to get from just any album. Definitely get your ears on The Awakening.