Chantae Cann‘s Kia Soul Jam series – a partnership with Kia Motors America in support of her Kia Sol Empowered Tour – has elevated “carpool karaoke” to an eargasmic artform. During each stop on the multi-city tour, Chantae connects with local artists who not only share her musical “drive,” but her creative spark and improvisational talent as well. So far, Peter Collins, Snarky Puppy‘s Michael League, The Fuzz Band and Phonte have ridden shotgun for the mobile jam sessions, blessing us with acoustic flips of some amazing songs. The trend continues for the series’ fifth installment when Ms. Cann links up with Dave James and The Amours in Washington, DC for a unique spin on The Stylistics‘ classic, “People Make the World Go Round.”
Before we even heard a note, we already knew that this particular quartet was beyond awesome. The oh-so-talented Mr. James – a former member of Ndelible, who left a lasting impression thanks to a sultry duet with fellow DMV artist, Ari Lennox – is still receiving praise for his 2017 debut solo EP, Where the Sidewalk Ends. Meanwhile, harmonious sister act The Amours (Jakiya Ayanna and Shaina Aisha) parlayed their local buzz into a steady gig as background vocalists for PJ Morton, singing the roof off venues around the world in support of his Gumbo Unplugged project.
Supported by the infectious twang of Dave’s guitar, the ballad-like social commentary anthem is almost unrecognizable as the foursome rearranges the composition into a jazzy tune. Chantae’s elastic vocals sound especially sublime when partnered with The Amours’ ethereal harmonies and the earthy grit of Dave’s voice. The sparse beauty of this gem is worth several listens. Check it out below, tell your friends about Sol Empowered and keep up with Dave James, The Amours and Chantae Cann on Instagram.