While multi-hyphenate musician Kenneth Whalum III might not be a household name, but you’ve most definitely heard his work. Outside of his song “Away” with Big K.R.I.T., Kenneth has blessed the likes of Maxwell, D’Angelo and many others with his talents as a backing singer, saxophonist and composer. It’s no wonder, then, that a man of his immense talents can craft a haunting, achingly beautiful song like his latest single, “Ghost Town.”
The song deals with the aftermath of a relationship during the moment just before the finality of it all has sunken in. Melancholy keys, guitar and soft, restrained drums color the song’s mood as Kenneth delivers a pained vocal of love and loss. While he doesn’t seem to want things back to the way they used to be, he seems to still struggle to deal with the relationship’s demise, repeatedly admitting at song’s end, “Every night I wake up calling your name.” And though the subject isn’t an easy one, Kenneth and his band, which includes pianist Kris Bowers and drummer Jamire Williams, manage to make heartache and longing sound quite beautiful.
“Ghost Town” is but a taste of what’s to come when Kenneth releases his latest album, Through Hell and High Water, this winter. While we wait for the talent to give more details about the release, including a definite date, you can give “Ghost Town” a spin for yourself right here.