Holiday Wishes: Aossey adds R&B flavorWritten by Jason Mack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jameil Aossey and Charles Lane are a double threat on “Holiday Wishes” with “Mistletoe Love,” an original R&B song on the album.
“They were looking for something urban and more dance or two-step,” Aossey said. “We came up with the mistletoe idea because it kind of related to New Year’s, but it was still holidays without singling out a specific holiday theme. We wanted to go in a different direction than the standard holiday stuff you always hear.”
Aossey and his collaborators wrote and recorded the nontraditional song in just nine days.
“It was basically nine days in a row with all-nighters,” Aossey said. “It was a lot of squeeze, but we do that all the time. I have my own studio and people I work with. It was easy to pull everybody together and pull that off.”
Lane is the lead vocalist on the track and Aossey performed spoken word parts. Aossey also played keyboard and did the drum programming. Other musicians performed guitar and saxophone parts.
“I think it’s necessary to have R&B when you’re doing a compilation,” Aossey said. “When you’re throwing that many tracks on there, you should have multiple styles. It gives you something different and unique. Our track could be one you come back to.”
As a father, Aossey said he appreciates what the Make-A-Wish Foundation does and was excited to write a song for the album.
“Once you have kids it increases your sensitivity to the whole thing,” Aossey said. “It makes you appreciate that you have healthy kids, and you want to help out with anything that could ever come along. That’s how I was raised.”