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Jaheim Signs With Atlantic, Preps Label Debut
R&B singer/songwriter/producer Jaheim has signed with Atlantic. The former Warner Bros. artist will release his as-yet-untitled label debut on Dec. 18.R&B singer/songwriter/producer Jaheim has signed with Atlantic. The former Warner Bros. artist will release his as-yet-untitled label debut on Dec. 18.
"This is a milestone project for me, which reflects on changes and growth in my personal and professional life. I produced and wrote half of the album. I'm just focused," Jaheim tells Billboard.com. "I'm with people that understand the market -- no disrespect to anyone over there [Warner Bros.]. At this point in my career, I need a company that understands and they [Atlantic] are taking me to a whole new level."
Babyface, R. Kelly, KayGee (Naughty By Nature), Jasper Cameron, the Clutch and Nat Adderley Jr. of Luther Vandross fame lent their production efforts to the set, the latter producing a tribute to the late Vandross. Keyshia Cole is the only feature thus far, though Jaheim hopes to record more collaborative tracks in the coming weeks. The first single from the album is titled "Never."
In addition, Jaheim can be heard on Atlantic's soundtrack to the new Tyler Perry film, "Why Did I Get Married?," released Oct. 2. He is featured on "DJ Don't (Remix)," alongside the late Gerald Levert.
Jaheim also plans on embarking on a U.S. tour later this year.