X Factor’s Jahméne Douglas has been relatively quiet under the radar recently, working hard on the future release of his second album, which he tells me is due to come out at some point in the summer of 2014. I bumped into Jahméne backstage at the The Show: R&B Superstars show at Wembley Arena. Here’s what he had to say:
Hi Jahméne! So tell me, who are you most looking forward to seeing tonight?
Definitely Kelly Price and Faith Evans, they’ve been holding it down for quite sometime.
Let’s discuss the album, your album ‘Love Never Fails’ came out in July, was there a specific meaning behind the title?
Yes, it’s from a scripture, from first Corinthians 13:8, usually a wedding scripture (laughs)
If I’m not mistaken, it had quite a lot of covers, including one of Beyonce’s ‘Halo’?
Yeah it was a cover album, I’m trying to move past that all now with a new album, I’m trying to move on to my my original stuff with the X Factor.
Any idea when the new album will be released?
I’m working hard on it, so next year, hopefully around summertime.
What about in terms of a new single?
New Single… Mostly all the stuff that I’m writing (brief mention of previous single ‘Titanium’) just trying to get my, “As a singer I’ve written this, to me it’s beautiful and it’s just perfect for me in this moment in life.” I’m very excited to release it.
Have you been watching the X Factor recently? Who are you rooting for?
Yes, I’m rooting for the soul, Hannah Barrett. I’m impressed by Sam Bailey, Sam Bailey is quite impressive, Tamera’s got that whole package definitely, but for me Hannah Barrett is the soul, that tone, that deep note she can hit, yeah she’s amazing.
So in terms of collaborations, who would you say are your dream people to work with?
I already worked with Stevie Wonder, which was like… I was like “What!”, I just couldn’t believe it! I’ve got a track with Nicole as well, but I would love to work with Eykah Badu, I’m just always talking about her. Or Faith Evans, I’d love to work with Faith Evans (laughs) shout out!
Okay well finally, what can we expect from you in 2014?
Just a lot of nineties, just those nineties sounds, I’m trying to get it back, I’m really trying to bring it back! I miss it, I miss the Faith Evans, the Kelly Price’s, of the nineties, they should be in the chart. Hopefully that will change next year.