Wednesday, August 12, 2015
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jacksoul
The Neo Soul group Jacksoul had success in their native Canada. I don't think their music was ever released in the US. Their biggest hit was Can't Stop in 2000. The lead singer of Jacksoul was Haydain Neale. He was born Sept. 3, 1970 in Hamilton, ON. He formed Jacksoul in 1995 with guitarist Justin Abedin, bassist Dave Murray, keyboard player Brett Setterington, sax player Adam Leo and drummer Roger Travassos. The other key figure was Philosopher Kings keyboard player Jon Levine who was their producer. They released the CD Absolute independently in 1996 and it caused enough buzz that Jacksoul signed with the RCA Canada label Vik Records. The CD Sleepless was released in 2000 and Can't Stop reached #8 on the Canadian Singles chart. The album won a Best R & B/Soul Recording Juno Award. Levine wrote Can't Stop. Jacksoul released a couple more albums but only in Canada. Because of Canadian content requirements, they were guaranteed airplay on radio and on MuchMusic. The US is a larger market but also a more competitive black music market. In Canada, Jacksoul was a big fish in a small pond. Maybe Neale didn't think they could break the US market. On Aug. 3, 2007, Neale was seriously injured when a car hit his scooter in Toronto's east end. He was in a coma but by Jan. 2008, he was starting to record again. Sadly, Neale, a non smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer and died on Nov. 22, 2009 at age 39. It's too bad because he was a talented guy. You can get all of Jacksoul's hits on this comp released by Sony Music Canada last year. Here's the video for Can't Stop by Jacksoul.