As I start to write this article, I’m not sure what I’m more shocked by: a. the fact that Smokey Robinson hasn’t retired yet (because he deserves to), b. the fact that he just signed to a new label, or c. the fact that his new album will be his 29th!
Motown icon Smokey Robinson has just signed with Verve Music Group, the Universal label chaired by legendary veteran producer David Foster. The iconic singer will release his 29th career album (a very impressive accomplishment in my opinion) this coming fall and will be a collection of duets. The news came at a perfect time as Robinson’s music was featured on American Idol this week as the show’s top eight contestants were challenged to perform songs by artists who hail from Detroit, where the influential Motown sound was born.
Foster said in his announcement, “From the early 60’s to this very day, you can turn on a radio anywhere in the world and hear his music. Smokey Robinson’s contributions to the world of music as a performer, producer and songwriter are nothing short of a ‘miracle.’ I’m so pleased to welcome Smokey to the Verve Music Group family. We’re looking forward to a great collaboration worthy of the legacy of this great label.”
Good for you Smokey! Keep on cranking out the hits for as long as you can!
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