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DAVE HOLLISTER’S The MANuscript DELIVERS R&B HIT-MAKER’S STATE OF THE NATION TAKE ON MEN, WOMEN AND RELATIONSHIPS
“I want this new recording to stand as a blueprint for guys on how to appreciate and treat your woman,” confesses Dave Hollister. The beloved R&B singer and Gold-selling artist beautifully grapples with the joys, challenges and intricacies of relationships between men and women on his new and anticipated recording The MANuscript, to be released September 9, 2016 on Shanachie in partnership with Conjunction Entertainment, TopNotch Music, and Hollister Music Group. The Chicago born and Bay area based singer, who came to notoriety as a member of Teddy Riley’s Platinum and hit-making group BlackStreet, is in top form as his gritty tenor, down home and soul-drenched 'keeping it 100' approach, blesses ten superb tracks on The MANuscript, and proves why he still one of the best voices in R&B. “I want to be appreciated but I did not come into this to be a star or a millionaire. I came into this industry for the sole love of this music. I am Soul,” declares Hollister, who like three of his greatest influences- Donny Hathaway, Al Green and Sam Cooke- seamlessly fuses auditory satisfaction with message-driven songs of soulful contemplation. There has always been an authenticity to Dave Hollister’s music. Hollister, whose songs have been featured on the silver screen in such films as Boyz In The Hood, The Ride and Baby Boy, among others, has long been admired for his ability to create anthems that speak to real life. Singing songs about love, the trials and tribulations of life and lessons learned, Hollister manages to effortlessly merge inspirational material with edgy songs that fuse the best of Soul, R&B and Hip Hop.
If Dave Hollister has one wish for The MANuscript, it is to let the world know that “love is back!” He explains, “I want to sing and praise women. Love is missing in music but I want to bring it back into the center of the conversation.” Hollister, the proud father of four children, is conscious of the songs he chooses to sing and the messaging out there by men about the women in their lives. “It is very important for me to sing songs that make a positive light,” states the down-to-earth, humble and instantly likeable singer. “I cannot see a man demeaning a woman. Most of us have or had influential women in our lives. I cannot sing something crazy about a woman. I have three daughters. My five year old can sing every song she hears. You may hear me sing my truth but you will not hear me degrade a woman.”
On The MANuscript, Dave Hollister enlists help from the respected songwriting duo Candice Nelson and Belewa Muhammad, who penned most of the songs. The duo have written for everyone from Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige and Angie Stone to Britney Spears, Justin Bieber and Timbaland. “The magic of Candice and Belewa comes down to their undeniable chemistry,” declares Hollister. “They have a real gift of writing just for you and speaking directly to situations in your life.” Hollister is hard-pressed to pick his favorite of the album’s ten tracks. As he speaks on each one he says “that is my song!” The album opens with the chart-climbing first single “Definition Of A Woman,” whose video stars actress and fellow Chicagoan LisaRaye. “When Walter (Milsap III) sent me this song I told him ‘I need this.’ This song is exactly how I feel about my wife Ayana.” From the very first note of Hollister’s warm, supple and soulful pipes, you know The MANuscript is about to unload a soulful roadmap for what is needed and missing in today’s R&B. The song “Receipts,” featuring Angie Stone, is about a man and woman who are now together, singing their truths about the hardships their previous partners made them endure in their custody battles over their children. Hollister and Stone take this heavy subject and break it down in a way that will have you rooting for them and shaking your head all the way. Hollister appears on Angie Stone’s latest CD, Dream, on the memorable duet “Begin Again.” “Angie and I have been friends for a long time,” says the singer.
“We want to continue to build our musical relationship.” “Creation” is a song that finds a man marveling at the beauty of a woman. Hollister says this is a song he sings with his wife Ayana in mind stating, “She is the one that God made for me.” The two will celebrate their 8th anniversary in December.
It is hard to resist the insatiable and playful “Ooh Ya Ya,” which finds Hollister swooning and head over heels while “Shortage” takes on a more serious tone and speaks to the act of compromising your virtues and standards in the pursuit of an available good man. When asked what advice Hollister gives or will give his own girls he replies “We are protective but I tell them ‘bring them home first so that I can look them over. Don’t say anything and I will check them out!” The blues-tinged and doo-wop inspired “Blind” urges all men to ‘do-right’ if they have a good woman. Hollister calls this song his 2016 version of his memorable “Take Care of Home” from his Chicago ’85....the Movie CD. He sums it up all in these lyrics stating “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight without no vision....look away!”
The MANuscript also showcases the beautiful “One Great Love,” which very well could become yet another timeless anthem and wedding song, as it perfectly describes the magic of finding that one true love. Hollister calls this his “Alexander O’Neal tribute.” If you’ve ever spent time in the barbershop, you won’t be able to help but smile in appreciation and nod your head to the spirited track “Barbershop,” which cleverly recreates the rites of passage all men make at the barbershop. “We needed a song to pay homage to where I am from and this song is amazing,” confesses Hollister. “I lost my mind when I heard it. There is no hook in the song. It is just like a conversation you would have at barbershop.” The sermonizing and gospel-laced “Let Him” preaches that if your man cheats, you should either do something about it and change the situation or let everyone have peace with the situation. “Listen to the lyrics,” requests Hollister. “I am not saying he is really cheating. Maybe the guy is flirting but he is coming home and not doing anything else. I am saying if he is out flirting, let him flirt as long as he is coming home to you and not stepping out on you.” Hollister has a little fun and sums it all up and does the math on The MANuscript with the funky tune “Geometry.”
“I am proud to be from Chicago. My city has deep R&B, gospel and blues roots,” states Dave Hollister. “I just wish there was some kind of relief for my city. Things are getting worse and I am sad for my city right now. When it comes down to killing women and children that is where I draw the line. There used to be a code and now there is none. I pray that God fixes my city.” The son of two pastors, Hollister grew up in a musical home. Both his mother and father were quartet singers. Even though music was in his blood he had plans to be an NBA star. He was all-city and all-state in both basketball and football and earned college scholarships for both sports. However, he went on to play basketball at college in Atlanta. After tearing his ACL and MCL, he fell into a depression and music became his salvation. In addition to sports and music, Hollister also had another calling. “I know that I was called to preach at the age of 17. I did not follow it at the time as I was not paying attention,” confesses Hollister. In 2007 Hollister’s Bishop noticed his ability to preach and soon after he decided that Hollister should take on the role as Pastor at one of his churches. He relocated Hollister to the Bay area. Hollister is the Pastor of Word Assembly Church in Antioch, CA and was recently given the title of Bishop of Music for the Family of Churches Fellowship International. Citing Donny Hathaway as a major influence, Hollister admires the iconic singer’s transparency. “He sung about what he wanted to sing about. You can feel him through his music. That is what I strive for.” And like Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Stevie Wonder and others, Hollister’s music is rooted in a spiritual center. “I prefer not be put in a box,” declares the singer. “If a song has a message and meaning that I want to sing, I do not care what you call it.”
Hollister’s first solo effort came in 1998 in a collaboration with Erick Sermon and Redman for the single “Weekend,” which was featured in the soundtrack for the movie The Ride. His recordings include 1999’s Ghetto Hymns, showcasing the hit singles “My Girl,” Can’t Stay” and “Baby Mama Drama” and 2000’s Chicago ’85...The Movie, highlighting the Top 10 single “One Woman Man” and “Take Care of Home.” Things in the Game Done Changed came in 2002 and yielded the singles “Keep Lovin’ You” and “Baby Do Those Things,” followed by 2003’s Real Talk, featuring “Never Gonna Change” and “Pleased Tonight.” 2014’s Chicago Winds...The Saga Continues showcased the Top 30 hit “Spend the Night.” Hollister also recorded the notable gospel albums The Book of David: Vol. 1- The Transition in 2006, Witness Protection in 2008 and United Tenors (with Fred Hammond, Eric Roberson and Brian Courtney Wilson) in 2013. Hollister concludes, “I came into this to be a messenger. I wanted to be different.” Close to two decades later and Hollister is still delivering that real, down home, unfiltered soul that resonates with our hearts and minds.
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