Your Woman

Everybody loves the sunshine, said jazzer Roy Ayers, and 25 years later, that sentiment rings true with Soulife/Atlantic's debut act, Sunshine Anderson.

Everybody loves the sunshine, said jazzer Roy Ayers, and 25 years later, that sentiment rings true with Soulife/Atlantic's debut act, Sunshine Anderson. At 26 years old, the North Carolina singer/songwriter has created a warm, well-crafted set with Your Woman. Infused with rich tones and honest lyrics, the vocally gifted Anderson follows in the soul-sister tradition of such artists as Mary J. Blige and Faith Evans, with tales of love found and lost forming the album's backbone. The set's lead single, the ultra-hot funk-fueled "Heard It All Before," is already a bona-fide smash on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and Hot 100 charts. Other high points include the piano-embellished "Better Off," the Gladys Knight-styled "He Said, She Said," the blues-etched "Saved the Day," and the slinky title track. Veteran producers Mike City and Mark Sparks deftly maintain a cohesive sound throughout.—RH