SINGLE REVIEW: Everyday is Your Day (The Wedding Song) by Tone Malone
Contemporary R&B fans rejoice: there’s a new set of golden pipes in town, and they belong to none other than Sacramento’s Tone Malone. In his new single, “Everyday is Your Day (The Wedding Song),” which is available now for digital download, Tone Malone delivers everything that soul-lovers want in a slow jam; stunning vocals, slick piano, a beat that makes you want to pull your lover closer, and lyrics that inspire and relax the mood. There is a nostalgic bend to Malone’s style that recalls Teddy Riley’s earliest swingbeat experiments, but also leans heavily on a gospel-like softness in his voice that emanates a powerful, brooding air around the listener.
You’d never know it, but Tone Malone is fairly new to the keyboard, picking up piano just in the last couple of years. As his musicianship has evolved, so has his lyrical abilities, as evidenced in “Everyday,” a positive power ballad about soulmates. Although Sacramento hasn’t always been known to have the most vibrant of music scenes, artists like Tone Malone have been collaborating and working together on a much wider scale in the last few years. Just recently, Malone joined forces with Midwest lyricist Choqlate Songbird and Kaleo Ross on the track “Stay Down (By My Side),” which is also out now on CDBaby. No matter where he pops up or who he’s collaborating with, its Malone’s distinctively smooth singing that shines above all else.
If you’ve had the opportunity to see him live, than you’re already aware of Tone Malone’s gripping stage presence, which some have even compared to the captivating styles of Marvin Gaye, who is also a huge influence according to Malone. That’s definitely noticeable in “Everyday,” which opens with a sexy, blues-based piano, giving way to shimmering vocals that appear to descend from heaven. In what reads like a letter to the love of his life, Malone proclaims that no matter what day of the week it is, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, he’s going to be there, giving himself over to you, honestly devoted to making every single day your day. This is the kind of deep music that doesn’t really require much to appreciate.
Malone’s commitment to his lover and his music is reflected in everything he has done in his career thus far. It’s rather surprising that he hasn’t found mainstream exposure sooner, but that is often the case with career artists who put much more stock in the quality of the product as opposed to the eventual payday that awaits on the horizon. If you’re looking for beats that you’ve already heard before, or songs that could probably be performed by anyone and be relatively a safe bet for the performer, this is not your kind of music. But for those looking for a little more adventure and a lot less predictability in their tunes, “Everyday,” is a great introduction to the man and the music of Tone Malone. For more info, check him on Facebook as well as Twitter (@tonemalonemusik), and stream “Everyday is Your Day” on Spotify.
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