E&J Brandy is celebrating their 40th year of business by helping bridge the gap between three generations of soul music through their Generations of Soul campaign. The top-notch brandy brand has called on Lee Fields, Raphael Saadiq and BJ the Chicago Kid to represent their respected generations and to tap into the past, present and future of soul. To kick off this soul crooning family reunion, E&J have called on BJ to dig deep into Saadiq’s extensive catalogue and his funky jam “Charlie Ray.”
BJ lists this song, which was originally featured on Saadiq’s classic 2002 solo debut Instant Vintage, as one of his all-time favorites and he makes it evident that he has studied it over the years with this special cover. Other than slowing down the track a bit, he manages to stick to the original format of this groove while also making it his own and proving to us just why he deserves to be celebrated with the likes of Fields and Saadiq. His harmonies and adlibs are right on the money. “I see you and you see me / How serious can this be?” he sings, before Jairus “J.Mo” Mozee jumps in for guitar solo.
This remake is an all around good time, and we are looking forward to hearing what else E&J have up their sleeves as this campaign continues to roll out more soulful material from BJ, Saadiq and Fields. For now, visit E&J Brandy’s Generations of Soul website for more information and behind-the-scenes footage.