Drawing comparisons to such blue-eyed soul singers as Teena Marie, newcomer Leigh Jones is ready to test the waters with her Peak Records/Concord Music Group debut, “Music in My Soul” (Sept. 9).

Jones (whose first name is pronounced “lee”) had been signed to Hidden Beach Recordings before segueing to Peak. Managed by Kerry Gordy, the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter is generating buzz on the Adult R&B chart with lead single “Free Fall” (No. 32). The song was produced by Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey).

Another album track, "Cold in L.A." was produced by Kerry's father, Motown founder Berry Gordy. Listed as co-executive producer of the 12-song album is another R&B veteran, former Stax Records chief Al Bell.

“Having Berry Gordy and Al Bell behind this project is great, but it still doesn’t solidify anything,” says Jones, whose influences include Carey and Chaka Khan. “I always knew I loved to sing and always wanted to do an album that’s a melting pot of different sounds: pop, R&B and neo-soul. Now I’m looking forward to the opportunity to show the best that I can be.”

In other Peak activity, the label has signed R&B/pop group All-4-One. The L.A.-bred interracial male quartet charted its first top 10 R&B hit in 1994 with “So Much In Love," which peaked at No. 5 on The Hot 100. That same year, the group claimed No. 1 on the pop chart with “I Swear” (No. 13 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs).

‘The whole group dynamic; there’s not anything like it now,” says Peak president Andi Howard about signing All-4-One. “We’re excited about having them here as well as expanding Peak’s R&B direction.”

All-4-One’s Peak debut is slated for second quarter 2009. Group member Jamie Jones is also one-third of the production team the Heavyweights (including Jack Kugell and Jason Pennock). The trio, who has worked with Destiny’s Child and Martina McBride, wrote and produced entertainer Wayne Brady’s first Peak album, “A Long Time Coming” (Sept. 16).