MP3 Zoe - The Situation
Soulful. Convicted truth laced with commanding vocals and creative musical arrangements. Inspiration to allow your romantic nature to take its course through situations of the heart.
16 MP3 Songs
URBAN/R&B: Contemporary urban, URBAN/R&B: R&B Pop Crossover
South Carolina native F.E. " Zoe" Wilkes is a self-taught musician who plays music by ear. Singing since the age of seven, his talents were discovered when he started performing throughout his small hometown community of Conway. Recognized as a gifted vocalist and storyteller, Zoe''s powerful voice, as soulful and caressing as it wants to be, is the vessel for a truth upfront, emotional journey. There is no doubt that this singer has great creative skills for vocal arranging. Early on in his career, Zoe performed as a member of a local musical group known as De''Jour and has shared the stage with R&B/Hip-Hop artists Jagged Edge, Brandy and The Lox. Displaying versatility in range and ability, he has performed in the highly acclaimed local area musical, "A Joyful Sound", at The Gatlin Brothers Theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC, on the nationally syndicated talent showcase "Showtime At The Apollo" in Harlem, NY, at the highly regarded Sylvia''s Restaurant in New York and at Keith Sweat''s club, The Industry, in Atlanta. He has also made appearances at the world renowned House of Blues and Hard Rock Café.
Wilkes cites the vocal and songwriting contributions of musical maestros such as Al Green, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye whose undeniably hypnotic love notes he is more than likely a product of. He is also influenced by the styles of chart topping old school groups such as Boyz to Men, New Edition and Jodeci as well as rising new solo artists Jaheim and Anthony Hamilton. Now Zoe steps into the shadows of these influences and relinquishes his own personal experiences to co-produce an album that contains true-to-life, thought provoking lyrics that project a variety of his own feelings in tough love, unabashed messages on productions that address such issues as the backlash of infidelity and, on the flipside, the quest to provide the love of a lifetime.
The debut album entitled "The Situation" presents the fusion of a strong and commanding spoken word intro with a jazzy mix of R&B/Hip-Hop instrumentation. The album unfolds in a performance that delivers rugged truths about love affairs and relationships all encased in a smooth yet streetwise R&B/Hip-Hop package. He also gives the listener a funky taste of upbeat rhythms in the head bopping cuts of a solo project that he hopes will appeal to the listener''s senses and deep, secret places in the heart and mind. "Luv Ya Neva Had", the first single from the album, is scheduled for regional market release February 2004.