Singled Out: "Nowadays It Can Seem Like We're Missing That Real Soul Music"
Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 5:24PM
[SOHH highlights a hot single each week and offers a unique look at the record. After Capital Punishment contributing producer Mike "Trauma" D reflects on crafting the album's title track, R&B newcomer CJ Hilton explains his "Cold Summer."]
This track definitely comes from a real place for me. Basically, me and my baby's mother had a little situation and she decided that after all we been through, she left me.
I'll never forget it, it was the third day of July. That was a really cold period of time for me and I decided the only way I could really get through it and get past that was to write about it. So that's how you have "Cold Summer."
Making personal songs like this have never really affected my personal life because I always keep it 100 so it never cause a problem. The type of music I make is personal and I refer to it as young soul, it sounds like Marvin Gaye or Sam Cooke.
What I want people to understand through listening to my music is that good music is still around. Nowadays it can seem like we're missing that real soul music that speaks to heart and the soul, so I definitely try to keep my music soulful but still give people something that appeals to the younger crowd.
CJ Hilton is a R&B singer from Baltimore, Maryland. The son of a gospel vocalist, CJ is currently signed to J Records. His influences included such popular artists as Usher, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.
Check out CJ Hilton's "Cold Summer" below: