This song was supposed to have been featured last Wednesday, but I took the day off.
Early this year, I came across this new single called “For You” by Brian Owens and the Deacons of Soul. I had heard Owens before, but only once. He had sung a song that I liked called “Love, Love (The Anthem)”, which featured Nao Yoshioka. I had found that song by visiting SoulTracks.com. SoulTracks also helped me find the new single as well.
Two things I didn’t know about Owens: 1) He was one of the lead singers of the Air Force Band Sidewinder; and 2) He hailed from Ferguson, Missouri. The second would be important, because this single features another singer who also comes from Ferguson. You may have heard of him. Goes by the name of Michael McDonald. Sung lead for the Doobie Brothers, duets with James Ingram and Patti LaBelle to name a few, and backup for Steely Dan and others. Yes, that guy. Apparently, the two struck up a friendship years ago, which resulted in Owens going on tour with McDonald. McDonald apparently returned the gesture by appearing on this song.
As far as the single goes, it sounds like it wouldn’t be that far out of place with some of Motown’s 1960s output, or on any of McDonald’s Motown hit covers sets. McDonald’s familiar voice leads off the track, while Owens takes the second verse. Both men join forces towards the end. I really like the retro vibe, and both men sound really good. The song is available for sale at all the usual digital retailers, and can be found at just about all of the streaming services, if you use those. “For You” is the first single from Owens’ upcoming album, Soul Of Ferguson, which is scheduled for release on February 24th.
Take “For You” for a spin, and see what you think. As always, thanks for reading and listening.