Entertainment Music

Monday 20 February 2017

Craig David unaware of Motown label

Published 20/03/2010 | 07:21

Craig David didn't know Motown was a record label
Craig David didn't know Motown was a record label

Craig David has admitted he didn't know that Motown was a record label, saying he believed his latest album was based on the Motown "genre".

  • Go To

Craig's record Signed, Sealed, Delivered contains 12 tracks, but only seven or eight are in fact Motown.

He said: "[I] didn't actually know that Motown was a label ... I thought it was an era or genre, like New Jack Swing or something - I didn't know that if you weren't on Motown records, it wasn't Motown."

He added: "But then that didn't matter, because I wasn't conceptualising the album at all, it was purely songs that I liked and had inspired me, and songs that when I sang them, were a challenge too."

He had said the death of Michael Jackson prompted him to make the new album.

"I wanted to make an album of me re-recording famous songs," he said. "There was no strong concept, but it ended up falling into a Motown thing, which really stemmed from Michael Jackson dying last year.

"I'd got my tickets, and really wanted to see his show, so when he died I listened to his records a lot like a lot of people. I then looked at other music that had inspired me, from my childhood and later in my life, started singing them and realised that a lot of the records were Motown songs."

Explaining how his cover of Curtis Stigers' I Wonder Why ended up on the album, he added: "It's a bit of a curveball, isn't it? I just liked the song and could never understand why no one had ever covered it."

:: Craig David releases Signed, Sealed, Delivered on March 29.

Press Association

Read More

Promoted articles

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment