Singled Out: "I Thought, 'Tweet Would Sound So Great On This Song'"

Tuesday, Oct 11, 2011 12:15AM

Written by SOHH for Syleena Johnson

[SOHH highlights a single each week and offers a unique look at the song. After rapper J-EyE broke down his "This Goes Out" record, R&B diva Syleena Johnson talks about bringing singer Tweet back into the spotlight with their "Angry Girl" collaboration.]

Tweet and I were going to work on a project together [at some point], but we never got a chance to work on it. I've always wanted her for this song whether it was going to be for a project or not.

I've always loved her voice. When I wrote the song and sang it, it was [initially] going to be a song by myself but when I heard it I thought, "Tweet would sound so great on this song." It was just the perfect song for her voice so I was very blessed and lucky to get in contact with her and have her to do the song with me. I think I may have texted her and asked her to do this and it was great because my label stepped in as well and took over with her people and my people. I guess it's easy when the people know each other and they first agree, then everything else is really easy.

There's a void in R&B. [This song is] bringing back R&B music ... There's a lot of things missing from the industry right now, not just R&B. There's all kinds of good music. We're so focused on hip-hop that we don't even pay attention to any other kind of music. Not saying hip-hop is bad, but you have to be able to branch out. Music is the soundtrack of our lives.

Syleena Johnson is the daughter of '60s R&B/blues singer Syl Johnson, part of the famed Hi Records roster. She grew up listening to Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Tina Turner, the Dells, and Mavis Staples. Early on, she developed a love for music. She performed in local bands in Chicago. She sang in her church choir at Greater Christian Unity. She worked in classical and gospel choirs as well as jazz ensembles at Drake University and at Illinois State University, where she majored in music. After having nodes removed from her vocal cords, she took two years of speech therapy. She has seven years of vocal training. All the hard work made Johnson one of her generation's most soulful and realistic R&B singers.

Check out Syleena Johnson & Tweet's "Angry Girl" below:

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