New Earth, Wind & Fire's New Single 'Never' Scores Big on Smooth Jazz Airplay Charts
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November 19, 2015
The highly anticipated re-launch of legendary Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White's Kalimba Music label (www.kalimba-music.com) is off to an explosive start, with smooth jazz radio jumping quickly to spin "Never," the first single from the re-mastered collector's edition of EWF's hit album The Promise.
The track is the #2 most added track on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart and #2 most added on Smoothjazz.com. It is also the #1 most added track on the Groove Jazz Music chart.
On all of these lists, "Never" is in the company of some of the urban jazz genre's most popular and enduring artists. On the Billboard Smooth Jazz Most Added Chart, it is just behind Jonathan Butler and a few slots ahead of Najee. On the Smoothjazz.com Most Added list, it's also one slot behind Butler and ahead of new releases by Native Vibe, Wendy Moten, The Rippingtons and Incognito. On the Groove Jazz Music chart, EWF tops a list also featuring Najee and Native Vibe.
Maurice is also excited about the recent signing of the label's first official artist, keyboardist/composer Greg Manning, whose debut instrumental single "Dance With You" was a popular genre airplay hit in 2013 - reaching #1 on the taste-making chart, The Smooth Jazz Top 20 with Allen Kepler.
Manning recently finished mastering his label debut Get Your Groove On for a July 8, 2014 release. In addition to Manning's previous hit singles "Dance With You" and "Groove Me" (featuring saxman Elan Trotman), the 11-track collection will include the newly released track "Cruisin' Down The Road," which features the chart-topping saxophonist Vincent Ingala.
White, who originally established Kalimba Music in 2003 as a vehicle to promote Earth, Wind & Fire as well as up and coming performers, decided to re-launch based on his passion and love for music and worthy artists.