Neo Soul lovers can start making room in their music collection, and save a space for the highly anticipated fifth studio album of Groove Theory’s former member, Amel Larrieux, who is set to release ‘Ice Cream Everyday,’ on August 27th.
Larrieux was introduced to the music scene in 1995 as the female singer, alongside Bryce Wilson who together made up the duo, Groove Theory. It was when Amel and Bryce went their separate ways that soul and jazz lovers alike were introduced to the sultry solo sound of Amel Larrieux, through her debut album, ‘Infinite Possibilities.’
The forthcoming album, ‘Ice Cream Everyday,’ will be Larrieux’s third album to be released off her self-owned independent label, Blisslife Records, which she founded with husband/producer Laru Larrieux. After a five-year hiatus from the music scene, Larrieux has been busy recording and promoting an album that only a couple of years ago, she was hesitant to give a release date for.
During a 2011 interview with Huffington Post, Larrieux explained why she does not like to put a date on any of her projects. “We almost regret when we give a release date, because one of the nice things about being independent is having the luxury of not really having deadlines.,” explained Larrieux. “We make our own deadlines and then we break them all the time, because in the end, the finished product has to be something that we can really get behind. This time around, it’s just been a lot of editing and changing our minds and things like that. We didn’t want to have a disjointed product. So I won’t give a date anymore. I won’t ever do that again.”
But the Grammy-nominated songstress has indeed done that again. Only this time, she sounds pretty confident in this release date of August 27th. The album’s latest single, “Afraid,” reached “the number one most added song in the country at Urban AC radio,” as reported by Eurweb.com. And is expected to do well in overall album sales and pre-order sales.
So what caused the huge delay in the production and release of the album? Larrieux explained the five-year waiting period during a recent interview with Essence.com. “…It took five years for a number of reasons. First, I’m raising two amazing teen daughters—which is a job.” Larrieux explained. “I’m not one of those people that say I can do everything. Throughout making the album, I’ve had to stop one thing or the other to focus on what needed my attention at that time. Funny enough, it was easier when my kids were younger but now there are different things I have to be available for, questions I have to answer.”
To read the full Huffington Post interview: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/26/amel-larrieux-new-album-ice-cream-everyday-groove-theory-comeback_n_2194115.html
To read the full Essence.com interview: http://www.essence.com/2013/06/12/exclusive-amel-larrieux-talks-new-album-and-five-year-absence/