//Ad libs: But can he do "Franklin Shepard, Inc."?

Thursday, January 31, 2008

But can he do "Franklin Shepard, Inc."?

Singer Jubilant Sykes has a lower register that can be rumbling, husky, or as wide-open as a resonant well. Then he jumps up the keyboard and shows his clarion-clear higher tones. You could hate him, if you were a fellow vocalist trying to keep up. (I was hoping for some voice tips when I interviewed him last week, but he just said to drink a lot of water.)

Or you could take a minute-forty out of your day and listen to these clips of him singing Bruce Springsteen's "If I Should Fall Behind" and the gospel-blues piece "John the Revelator." Beautiful.