October 26, 2009

SOULmate - the new album from JUNO award-winning jacksoul
in Stores Tuesday, December 1, 2009

All proceeds from the sale of SOULmate will go to the Haydain Neale Family Trust.

(Toronto, ON) Juno Award winning R&B/Soul artist jacksoul, led by Haydain Neale, returns with SOULmate, a collection of all new remarkable songs that tell of love, hope and endurance, set to his trademark unstoppable beats. With hits like “Can’t Stop”, which was the #1 Most Spun Canadian track for four weeks in 2000, and “Still Believe in Love”, the #1 Most Spun Canadian track and the #1 track on all formats simultaneously in 2004, jacksoul has been internationally heralded as an incredible artist that delivers soul stirring and intoxicating music.

On November 3, 2009, the first new single from jacksoul in over 3 years, “Lonesome Highway”, will be serviced to CHR/AC/Hot AC/Urban radio and made available for purchase on iTunes. This striking song was co-produced by Haydain Neale and Ron Lopata, and co-written by Haydain and noted Canadian guitarist, Stuart Cameron. The lyrics are powerful and underscore the beauty of a journey that is fulfilled with the love and support of the people around him. The message is especially bittersweet, given the incredible path that Haydain’s life has taken in the last two years. His legendary voice has been missing from the Canadian music scene since a serious motor accident in the summer of 2007, but Haydain’s strength and perseverance during his recovery have been moving and inspiring.

Over the past two years, with the unwavering love and support of his wife Michaela, daughter Yasmin and numerous others, Neale continues to physically recover, determined to finish production on the album he started almost 3 years ago. Back in the studio with his fellow jacksoul band mates over the last 6 months, Haydain has been quoted as saying: ”It takes me more time now, but I still orchestrate the room.”

An inspiring journey indeed that Haydain hopes continues to send the message he wrote so eloquently in the liner notes of his last album mySOUL - “I think music can heal and educate. If jacksoul never makes another recording, I'll always be proud that our music was a positive force for not just love between couples, but love of self, community and the world. It's been a crazy place, this earth, since the last record. And if we could all exercise some true tolerance of each others’ existence; some understanding of each others’ cultures; and accurate knowledge of our common histories, we would then find ourselves in a much better world indeed.” Haydain has now amassed this new body of work – some of the most meaningful and creative writings in jacksoul’s history – and created SOULmate.

Executive produced by Haydain and Michaela Neale, SOULmate is the fifth release from jacksoul, and is comprised of ten new tracks written before Haydain’s accident. It charts the return of a powerful voice in R&B/Soul music, a potent mix of smooth vocals and tight beats, showcased in the simplicity of brilliant songwriting.

Over the course of his career, jacksoul has earned a well-deserved reputation as a gifted songwriter. Haydain was awarded the SOCAN Award for “R&B Song of the Year,” a Canadian Urban Music Award for “Songwriter of the Year,” 2 JUNO Awards for “Best R&B/Soul Recording”; and has achieved numerous #1 chart positions for singles and videos, across multiple radio formats, MuchMoreMusic and Musimax.

All proceeds from the sale of SOULmate will go to the Haydain Neale Family Trust.







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