Conversations with Music Sept./Oct. 2015

Conversations with Music Sept./Oct. 2015
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

R&B Group Jagged Edge Gives Music Lovers HOPE with New Project

by Cyrus Webb

They are one of those groups that have given the world songs that bring back memories, relationships and situations you will never forget. For almost 20 years Jagged Edge has been thrilling music lovers and creating anthems that are sure to be classics for lovers of R&B for quite sometime. There is something about JE that keeps the fans coming back.

Now Brian, Brandon, Kyle and Richard Wingo are back on the airwaves and on stage with new music---JE Heartbreak II---giving HOPE to those who missed them and new listeners who are discovering them for the first time.

I talked with the group about the love of the music, their brotherhood and why fans can't seem to get enough of them.

JAGGED EDGE ON THE RESPONSE TO THE SINGLE HOPE: "It was amazing. We haven't put out an album in a minute, and seeing the fans respond by saying they missed us means a lot. When you get that kind of energy from your fans it makes you feel so blessed. We know we are going to gain new fans as well so we have really felt overwhelmed by the love."

JAGGED EDGE ON THE EXPECTATION OF THEIR RETURN: "We embrace that expectation. Our fans expect the best from us because they feel like they have gotten that from us in the past. Our best is all we want to give both for them and for ourselves."

JAGGED EDGE ON THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA: "When you're in this business you look for any kind of vehicle that can put your music out to the masses. Social media makes it so much more accessible. There are so many things you can do as an artist to reach out to your fans. It provides content to the fans and opportunities for the artists, so it's a win-win."

JAGGED EDGE ON THEIR LONGEVITY TOGETHER: "We understand and respect each other. A lot of groups have came and went.  From day one we have been four brothers. Each one of us have had our back up against the wall, and the others have been there. We protect each other. Everybody has a role, and nobody plays that role begrudgingly. At the end of the day we love what we do, we love the music and we love our fans."

JAGGED EDGE ON RELATABILITY: "The goal is always to be able to get a reaction out of that woman who is listening to our music but you want to be able to speak for that brother, too. That's been our formula from day one, and we're still sticking to it."

JAGGED EDGE'S ADVICE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF ARTISTS: "Keep God first. Don't be afraid of the work, because it's not easy...but it's worth it. Hard work pays off. Try to be original. Try to stand out. Love what you do, and don't get it in for the wrong reason."

Without a doubt if anyone can give solid advice for anyone pursuing their passion or dream it would be the men of Jagged Edge. Stay connected with the group, the music and upcoming appearances at www.jeheartbreak.com. You can also find them through social media at www.twitter.com/official_je and  www.facebook.com/theofficialje. The new album JE HEARTBREAK II is available wherever you buy your music online. 

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