Throughout the course of music history, there are certain artists that time simply refuses to forget. Their artistry has left such an indelible mark on the industry, far beyond what the gold and platinum standard can ever hope to measure. No matter how long their absence may be, it only seems to make the hearts of the listeners grow even fonder – eagerly awaiting their return. It’s safe to say that recording artist/ songwriter Glenn Lewis fits the description. His voice. His style. The unique way he effortlessly blends the sonic echoes of a bygone era with a soulful contemporary aesthetic, traversing an ocean of clichés in the process. With his forthcoming sophomore album Moment Of Truth on the venerable Ruffhouse Records, widely recognized for breaking the careers of successful multi-platinum period-defining artists such as The Fugees, Cypress Hill, Kriss Kross, and Ms. Lauryn Hill.
Raised in a West Indian household where R&B, soul, calypso, soca, and reggae shared equal space on the record shelf, music was an ever-present force during Glenn’s formative years. With his father being a member of popular Columbia Records vocal group Crack Of Dawn and his mother a singer-songwriter, the Toronto native was essentially destined to express himself through the gift of song.
In 2001, Glenn introduced himself to music lovers via his self-penned “Don’t You Forget It." The standout song began to take on a life of its own, soaring on Billboard’s Top 40 (#30) and R&B (#10) charts. His debut album World Outside My Window (Epic Records) was released the following spring. An introspective and soulful affair, the album shot to #4 on the Billboard Hot 200 and #2 on the R&B Albums chart, landing him on tour with mega starlet Alicia Keys– solidifying Glenn’s lofty post as R&B’s new shining prince and musical force to be reckoned with. The following year Glenn made an appearance in the film Maid in Manhattan featuring Jennifer Lopez, with his romantic hit "Fall Again" included on the soundtrack. In 2004 Glenn netted his first Grammy nomination via his rendition of “Where Is The Love” - the classic 1972 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway hit - with label mates Amel Larrieux and legendary bassist Stanley Clarke.
Several Juno Awards later, Glenn Lewis is making a confident and dynamic return to the spotlight with Moment of Truth. Featuring guest appearances by the likes of Canadian recording artist Melanie Fiona and the work of multi-platinum producers Andre Harris & Vidal Davis (Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, Usher) and Ivan Barrias & Carvin Haggins (Musiq, Raheem Devaughn, Jill Scott, Justin Timberlake), Moment Of Truth flaunts a soulful, yet contemporary sound that aims to breathe new life into R&B. The lead single “Can’t Say Love,” produced by production team CertiFYD (Keyshia Cole, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill) and written by Grammy-nominated songwriter Latif (Trey Songz, JoJo), is an intensely passionate ballad while Melanie Fiona trades verses with Glenn on the reggae-influenced duet “All My Love.”
Moment Of Truth valiantly arrives as a brimming musical oasis in a nearly barren soul/ R&B landscape. As the title suggests, the album fashions itself as an open book of raw emotion, unbridled love, and refreshing honesty from a man seasoned in life’s experiences and ready to lay it all on the line. Moment Of Truth finds Glenn rekindling the soulful musical magic that brought him critical acclaim while gently expanding the boundaries of the genre. In the process, he has created a body of work that is as timeless as many of R&B’s most classic efforts.
Glenn says, “Every song is a conversation piece, a truthful moment. Moments that draw commonalities where people can really feel me and get to know me. This is a chance to see a different side of me as a man and all the experiences I’ve gone through since the first album till now.” See more on Grammys.com