After an impressive forty years in the industry, funk and soul legends Crack Of Dawn join forces with fellow soul queen Melba Moore in their most recent release. ‘Tiempo’ (translating to ‘Time’ in Spanish), is their latest funk-fuelled endeavour into the spotlight, igniting the excitement of funk and soul once more.
Making history in the ‘seventies, Crack Of Dawn were the first black Canadian band to sign to a major label. The band signed with Columbia Records in 1975, however, after the band’s break-up, the group’s members fleeted to other groups or started their own solo careers.
After reuniting in 2012 to perform at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, Crack Of Dawn shortly began working on a new album with an impressive line-up consisting of previous members, the Harvey brothers, Daley and Jones, as well as newcomers Alexis Baro, Bela Hajmann, Charles Sinclair, Dennis Nieves, Joaquin Hidalgo, Mark Daniels and lead singer Michael Dunston.
Five years later, the band released their 10-track album ‘Spotlight’ (produced by Carl Harvey) through Ford Street Records, which received recognition around the world and even won the IMPACT award (Inspirational Musical Pioneer And Canadian Trailblazer Award).
Also carrying a rich history under her belt, Melba Moore is four-time Grammy® nominee and the winner of the 1970 Tony Award® for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, for her performance as Lutiebelle in Purlie. Adding to her inspiring career, in 1995, Moore was the first black actress to play the role of Fantine in Les Misérables on Broadway. After achieving two number one singles with ‘A Little Bit More’ and ‘Falling’, Moore closed the decade with two more top-ten R&B hits and a headline spot on the CBS television sitcom Melba.
With these two volcanic forces of funk and soul combining, the outcome was destined to be nothing short of impressive. Their collaborative track ‘Tiempo’ was written many years ago by members Dennis Nieves and Michael Dunston about lovers needing time to find themselves after a tempestuous breakup. Though the lyrics were written many moons ago, the song’s meaning still holds a deep emotive value to Duston, with his wife battling serious medical issues, the emotion is the song is raw and true.
Following smooth vocal melodies and cool, R&B beats, ‘Tiempo’ captures a smooth and passionate atmosphere, igniting a beautifully modern take on funk and soul without affecting the genres integrity.
Stream ‘Tiempo’ below.