"When I heard ‘Push,’ it just felt like I was breaking out of a box mentally,” says Lattimore. "The sound doesn't conform. One of the things that I did think about was staying true to myself. We wanted to create something contemporary and timeless."
“Push” is the first single from Lattimore’s upcoming ninth studio album Vulnerable. Due Oct. 13, the effort is the follow-up to the singer/songwriter’s 2015 outing Anatomy of a Love Song. The latter project (No. 14 debut on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, No. 3 on Top R&B Albums) featured the top 20 R&B hit “Love Me Back” produced by Dra-kkar Wesley —whom Lattimore tapped to oversee the 10-track Vulnerable. Like “Push,” the forthcoming album intriguingly melds classic and ‘80s R&B into a contemporary sound that enhances Lattimore’s signature sexy, smooth style and relatable storytelling.
"I was inspired by Dra-kkar's fresh approach,” explains Lattimore. “He brought a different sound and energy into the studio. His respect for my catalogue brought a new perspective to my sound that I wanted to run with."
Vulnerable’s tracks include the romance-themed “Falling for You” and “Perfection” as well as “More Than Life,” a song about Lattimore’s teenage son. "I wrote on almost every song of this album," adds Lattimore. "I’m living these songs now or have lived them before. This is the project that shows I'm open to being in a relationship again."
Best-known for his Grammy-nominated, No. 6 R&B hit “For You,” Lattimore also scored two top 10-charting R&B duet albums with singer Chanté Moore: Things That Lovers Do and the gospel/R&B double-CD Uncovered/Covered. His catalog also includes the 2008 covers album Timeless and the 2016 holiday album A Kenny Lattimore Christmas, which reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums.
The forthcoming Vulnerable also marks the first release under the partnership between the Lattimore’s Sincere Soul Records and Liger Enterprises. The latter is a full-service global entertainment company launched by music veteran Ron A. Spaulding and Major League Baseball Hall of Fame member Frank Thomas.
Lattimore’s upcoming shows include Yoshi’s in Oakland, Calif. (Sept. 9) and the Carson Jazz Festival in Carson, Calif. (Oct. 7) as well as stops in Atlanta and New York City through October. For more information on dates click here.