When people hear “Chicago,” it’s very seldom that people think of R&B. So many times people think of Kanye West, Common, and sometimes Chief Keef, but a new star is on the rise and his name is Jeremy Foster. His velvety voice is enough to make any woman’s heart melt. From For You to his newest #Selfie, he’s definitely all about giving women a new love anthem. We chatted with the singer about censorship, confidence, his soft spot for women and how does he feel about R&B being “dead.”
Artist Name: Jeremy Foster Twitter: @iamjeremyfoster
Hometown: Dolton, IL
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You were inspired by 80s & 90s R&B, why are those eras so special to you?
“More so 90s than 80s R&B, but anytime I go back and listen to a song from these eras there’s so much passion and emotion in the music. That’s what I love most about these eras, great songwriting and great singing. I also felt like I could really relate to the artists, no matter what they were talking about I was convinced. These eras of music just make me feel so alive and like life is a beautiful thing. I think we need more of that from R&B in today’s era.”
What do you think makes a great R&B song?
“I think a great R&B song has to have emotion, transparent lyrics, and a singer who can deliver! When I think of great R&B songs I think about R. Kelly with Bump & Grind, Boyz II Men with I’ll Make Love To You and Usher with Nice & Slow just to name a few. At the end of the day a great R&B song has to make you feel it, whether it’s a love song, party song, or whatever!”
Every good R&B story draws inspiration from somewhere. Where do you draw your writing inspiration from?
“I draw my writing inspiration from the inner thoughts in my head. I used to censor myself a lot early on when I first started out, but I think I’m finally getting 100% comfortable saying whatever is in my head on the record. I want to be that artist that says what everyone else is thinking, but is just too scared to say it. I wouldn’t mind being a voice for my generation. We are living in an interesting time now so I want to use my music to document everything happening around me and share my thoughts on it with the world.”
What do you think when you hear someone say “R&B is dead?”
“It’s funny that you bring this up because I’m always having debates with people about this. I personally don’t think “R&B is dead,” it has simply evolved. R&B is more experimental now then it’s ever been, so there’s maybe a disconnect with the fans of the genre. People are still adapting to this new R&B wave, I like where it’s going though. There has definitely been a HUGE shift, but you can say the same for the other genres as well. Now I do believe that R&B isn’t as big as it was in the 90s and early 2000s, but I sense a strong comeback.”
Tell us about your single #Selfie?
“#Selfie is a really special song to me and it’s my favorite song that I’VE written so far. I have a soft spot in my heart for women so I always make songs about them. With this song I really wanted to channel that vibe like “yo she’s killing the game right now, and everyone should know about it.” I was inspired by women who take the most amazing selfies ever and i’m just like “this can’t be real right now.” I wanted to make a song that was dedicated to women who take selfie game to the next level. I wanted it to be one of those songs that could be an anthem for women. The song has a deep narrative, it gives you a 1st person and 3rd person view into a woman’s selfie process. We live in the golden era of selfies, so I was like why not! I also just thought it was a great cultural stamp in the universe, I always want to record songs that create a moment in time.”
What’s coming up next for you? An EP, an album?
“So I have 3 more songs I want to drop as apart of my “Single Series” I guess you could call it that, then once that’s done I plan on dropping a 3-5 track EP sometime in the Spring of 2016. For me it’s all about taking it one song at a time and building my fan base organically. Once I feel like a project is in demand from my fans I’LOL reward them with a dope full body of work, and then turn them into super fans! The “Single Series” is just the appetizer. I’m always in the studio cooking so continue to expect great R&B music at its finest.”
Jeremy’s EP is slated for a Spring 2016 release, he can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @iamjeremyfoster. Check out his music, including his latest single #Selfie below.