American international recording artist Jafar Curry returns with soul meets funk offering ‘Loving My Girl’. Armed with an electrifying R&B sound that embodies the greats such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Michael Jackson and Prince. Jafar was born to Caribbean-American parents in Harrisburg. The family later relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where Jafar began learning, singing, writing and performing music. Finding his love for music in middle school with a group of friends, the rest is simply history.
To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.
Funky, Eclectic, Innovative
What made you decide that music is the right path for you?
As a bag boy at a grocery store (Winn Dixie) in my teens, I heard Stevie Wonder play in the overhead music. It was a song called “For Your Love” then I heard Babyface “When Can I See You Again”. It was the first time I heard music and said “Wow I wanna do that!”
What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?
Oddly enough for me, it all comes together. Usually music via a rhythm (bass & drum) and some vague harmonics. After I can suss out the exact thing I’m hearing rhythmically I lay down some chords with matching arpeggiations until I can get it exactly how I hear it. If I’m writing in Soul or Jazz music I like big horns and solos after I’ve put together the primary parts of the song. So music, rhythm, melody, harmony then lyrics
Do you prefer performing live or recording, and why?
I think that I equally enjoy both. I get the same rush upon completing a new record to my standard as I do performing live. The cool thing with live music is that there are no do- overs. Pressure! Ha
If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
I’d love to work with Jimi Hendrix on a Rock or Blues collab and I would enjoy working with Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak)