With over 40 years of funk under their belt, Canada’s finest soul legends Crack of Dawn have already proved they have a lot to offer. Always looking to raise the bar, they’ve teamed up with the unbeatable soul diva Melba Moore on their new single ‘Tiempo’, meaning ‘Time’ in Spanish. The track was written many years ago by Dennis Nieves and Michael Dunston and explores the story of two lovers who need space to re-find themselves after a difficult breakup. Now in 2020, Michael found himself in a stage of life where the lyrics began to hit home once again due to his wife battling serious medical issues.
The addition of Melba as a female accompaniment to the track elevates the sound to a new level and adds a further layer of emotion that can only truly be portrayed through experiencing the single in it’s full glory. You can hear ‘Tiempo’ for yourself on Soundcloud below.
If you’re not already aware of Melba Moore’s work, she is widely known for her work in theatre after winning the the 1970 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, for her performance as Lutiebelle in Purlie. She also appeared on Broadway in 1955 and was the first black actress to play Fantine in Les Misérables. Since turning to music, she’s landed a total of eleven top ten U.S. hits on the Billboard charts over the past 40 years, drawing in fans through her unique soul sound and interesting back story.
Also securing impressive titles, Crack of Dawn made a name for themselves as the first Black Canadian band to sign with a major record label after joining Columbia in 1975. After a brief break to focus on solo projects, the band reunited for a concert at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in 2012 and began working on an album soon after. Original members the Harvey brothers, Daley and Jones, were joined by newcomers Alexis Baro, Bela Hajmann, Charles Sinclair, Dennis Nieves, Joaquin Hidalgo, Mark Daniels and lead singer Michael Dunston. Their album Spotlight gained them many indie awards and proved that they were back and better than ever.
You can listen to all of Crack of Dawn’s previous tracks and stream ‘Tiempo’ via the links below. Make sure to give them a follow on social media to be the first to know what these titans of soul will bring out next.