Storied hip-hop indie ABB Records makes its first foray into R&B with the launch of its ABB Soul arm and debut act Peven Everett. The Harvey, Ill.

Storied hip-hop indie ABB Records makes its first foray into R&B with the launch of its ABB Soul arm and debut act Peven Everett. The Harvey, Ill., native—who has toured with Betty Carter and Wynton and Branford Marsalis—offers his take on contemporary soul with the stellar Studio Confessions. Lead single "Testin' Me," which was released last year, is a laid-back affair that seduces with its driving bassline. The singer/songwriter, who also produced the entire album, offers a little Latin flavor on the acoustic-guitar-tinged "You Are to Me." Everett's smooth tenor glides over tracks like "World Love," "One More Time," and "I Can Give It." With this flawless set, look for Peven Everett to be one of 2003's breakout artists. For more information, visit abbrecords.com.—RH

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