MP3 Felicia Hunter and Cheri Hunter (In Two) - To the Rescue
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URBAN/R&B: Contemporary urban, URBAN/R&B: Soul
PERFECT FOR VALENTINE'S DAY
This special 2007 re-issue of âTo the Rescueâ coincides with the song being featured in the upcoming Vanessa Williams film âAnd Then Came Loveâ (formerly known by its working title "Somebody Like You").
âTo the Rescueâ is a maxi single consisting of four mixes: 1) the main version featuring sisters Felicia and Cheri on vocals, 2) the âCore Mix,â minus strings and keyboard, 3) the âButta Mix,â a contemporary jazz-flavored instrumental with saxophone lead, and 4) an instrumental of the main version.
In addition to performing vocals on âTo the Rescue,â the song was created by the multitalented sisters, from beginning to end. It was completely written by Felicia (both music and lyrics), who also determined the instrumentation. The sisters, who both play viola, also teamed up to arrange and produce the R&B ballad.
The music consists of a seamless blend of lyrical piano, agile drums, insistent bass, counter-melodic strings and cadenced percussion, a combination that provides the perfect setting for the fluid, background-supported lead vocals.
Preliminary tracking for âTo the Rescueâ was done at Bar None Studio in Connecticut. During these sessions, pianist Vickie Tsui generously volunteered her time. The final, commercial product was recorded at three New York studios, with several different engineers at the boards at various times. The song was mixed by Carl Nappa (with the exception of version #3, which was mixed by Greg Pinto) and mastered by Chris Gehringer at New York's Hit Factory.
âWe did a tremendous amount of work in the studio,â says Cheri. âBut we wanted to take the time to get it right. The result is that we know we have a good product, something we can be proud of, that is exactly what we intended it to be.â
âTo the Rescueâ was initially released a few years ago, to rave customer reviews. The CD also received stellar critical acclaim. Here are some examples:
***** â â¦ absolutely beautiful and powerful vocals â¦ The harmonies remind us of Brownstone. Whilst vocally itâs in the Mariah and Whitney ballad territory, the sistersâ vocals have more maturity and oomph â¦ Thereâs a couple of quiet-storming instrumental mixes â¦ This could be a big radio or pop hit if it was picked up by a major. â¦â
-- âStreet Level with Kwakuâ in the UK-based Chillin online magazine
***** âTrue R&B heads can appreciate the fact that In Two doesnât possess the typical, helium-induced, Smurfette voices that R&B/hip-hop seems to be so fond of these days. âTo the Rescueâ is a lush, mellow, slower tempo song about a Mr. Do-Right who uses good old TLC (tender loving care) to chase away his belovedâs jaded views on love and relationships â¦ [S]trong, wise vocals â¦ tight production â¦ flowing arrangement â¦â -- Vonetta Booker, Umoja News
***** âTell you what: this should be a hit, and this is coming from someone who doesnât like many contemporary R&B ballads.â -- Fran Fried, New Haven Register
***** â â¦ mesmerizing vocals .. The original is gem enough, but the core mix drops the strings and provides a sparse backing over which the voices shine. Donât be fooled by the âButta Mix,â which is supposed to be an instrumental; itâs a bumping, quiet-storming, sax-featured track, but adorned by sweet, soulful harmonies.â
-- DJ Magazine (UK)
***** âIn Two has vocal power for the masses.â
-- The Hilltop, Howard Universityâs student newspaper
Previously available only at a few select music stores and through the sistersâ periodic direct-sale campaigns, âTo the Rescueâ is being re-issued commercially in 2007 to coincide with the upcoming release of âAnd Then Came Love,â a new film starring Vanessa Williams, Eartha Kitt and Ben Vereen. âTo the Rescueâ was licensed to be one of the featured songs in the film, which is expected to open in theaters later this year.
"We're so excited about our song being in a movie," says Cheri. "We can't wait to hear our voices on the silver screen. It's going to be such a thrill!"
While Cheri favors version #1 of the song, Felicia says her favorite is #4.
"I just love how the music flows, and how it stands alone on its own even without the vocals," says Felicia. "Every time I put on the CD, I wind up playing #4 over and over and over again."
Which version is your favorite? Why do you prefer it?
Felicia and Cheri welcome your comments and feedback. The sisters thank you very much for listening to and considering "To the Rescue." Your support is very much appreciated.
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