Release Info: Marva Whitney With Osaka Monaurail - I Am What I Am
Marvellous Marva", "Miss Excitement" …Marva Whitney has been given a number of monikers over the years, but it was the late, great and sadly missed James Brown himself who summed it up best; dubbing her his "Soul Sister # 1".
Widely regarded as the funkiest of all James Brown's singers, Marva has been singing since childhood and first made her mark as part of the James Brown Revue in the late-1960's. However it wasn’t long before the Kansas born soulstress was cutting records of her own, many of which have since become rare-groove collectors items.
Marva’s aim to make "real soul music, that touches you and makes you dance" has seen a string of releases over the years, which have provided some of the hardest working samples in hip hop. The 45 King's classic "The 900 Number" features the looped sax intro from Marva's "Unwind Yourself", (although popularised by Chad Jackson's "Hear The Drummer Get Wicked"), along with many a career credited to her version of "It’s My Thing".
Since the rejuvenated interest in all thing funky (thanks to Mark Ronson et al!) the time is right for Marva to step back into the limelight and reclaim her crown as Soul Sister #1. Produced by Soulpower's DJ Pari and Ryo Nakata and recorded in Toyko and Kansas City, this album features all new material, recorded in the style of 1969’s classic “It’s My Thing” album. Fans will appreciate the raw and live, punchy feel of the tracks alongside some smoother moments which allow Marva to really do her thing – belt out that classic soul!