On the duet, both artists excite the heart and soul with masterful vocals and lush harmonies as they create a landscape of togetherness.
“I’m feeling the love again, ever since you came around,” Downing sings. “It’s like whatever you touch, turns into gold.”
Avery adds, “I was guarded before this happened, but I prayed for something new / My life needed real compassion, cause I been through so much too.”
“I’m Feeling The Love” is taken from Downing’s 20th album, Soul Survivor, released on September 22; the project serves as a celebration of 30 years as a recording artist.
“I started my music career in the early 80s with, in some ways, more talented artists who had better management and connections and who were willing to do whatever it took to make it,” states Downing. “People often asked me why I wouldn’t conform to the music of the time and I would reply that I knew my strengths musically. I stuck to my convictions, while I saw a lot of artists come and go through the years. In an industry that is youth driven, I consider myself blessed to still be relevant, still in the race and one of the few Soul Survivors of my era.”
For Downing, his mission was simple. “My goal every time I’m behind the microphone is to record a timeless piece of music. I want the listener to feel what I’m feeling when I sing it and understand the story of the lyrics.”
Soul Survivor should not only entertain, but also educate and inspire a new generation to continue the legacy.
Will Downing’s voice is one of the most distinctive, loved and instantly recognizable voices in R&B. His flawless, emotive, buttery-smooth and honey-toned baritone, along with his impeccable phrasing and jazz-fueled agile runs, seamlessly bridge the worlds of R&B and Jazz.
Watch the lyric video for “I’m Feeling The Love” below: