Braxton Cook Remains Himself On Soulful, Jazzy "Somewhere in Between" [Premiere]
R&B/soul newcomer Braxton Cook's new single "Somewhere in Between" has the Okayplayer crew going nuts.
Cook grew up in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area during the 1990s, listening to Motown records, Parliament Funkadelic, Cameo, Bill Withers and old jazz records. His saxophone chops landed him at Julliard and in the band for Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott. He now lives in Harlem, New York City.
"Somewhere in Between" shows off his multiple influences as a rich backdrop and a beautiful saxophone solo support solid vocals and lyrics about sticking to one's own artistic expression despite the rigid walls of genres. Cook shared a few words about the song:
"The overarching concept behind this song is about finding your own lane and trusting in it. It's about finding yourself and not conforming to the pressures around us. For me, my sound and musical identity has always been in between the soul music that I grew up on and the jazz that I have studied and grown to love. So I wrote this song to say, that it's okay to be a little different. We should embrace our uniqueness and follow through with it."