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Omar - Gave My Heart


Gave My Heart

Freestyle Records

Released: 2nd June 2017 | 6 track neo-soul ep

Love In Beats, Omars' most recent album, has further cemented his reputation as a truly individual artist - with a sound and style which is utterly unique. It features various special guests, but none quite as special as one of Omar's biggest influences - and someone who became his close personal friend and musical collaborator - the recently departed legend Leon Ware.

It's impossible to list them all, but just a few artists who benefited from his genius would include The Four Tops, Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, Al Jarreau, Minnie Riperton and Michael Jackson. Leon so trusted Omar that he allowed him and his co-producer brother Scratch Professer to use elements of his classic tune 'Rockin' You Eternally' within Gave My Heart - and also contribute his unmistakable voice too, as Omar elaborates:

I was blessed to know Leon for over 23 years, and what I remember most is the laughter! The musician was a bonus to experience, so the fact he allowed me and my brother to create a song with one of his creations was such an honour, and to think it may have been one of his last releases fills me with pride. Rest in Beats Leon, love you bad... like cook food Xxx

This 6 track EP not only features the beautiful original version of Gave My Heart (watch the video HERE), but 4 highly individual re-interpretations - imaginative and creative remixes from highly renowned names DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Reflex, Rob Hardt and also a trademark 're-twist' by Omars' Grammy Award winning brother The Scratch Professer. Stirred into the mix is Brainstorm - an exclusive track never heard before that features a on point rap from Maurice Brown.

Omar and Freestyle Records wish to dedicate this release to the music and the memory of Leon Ware - a beautiful soul and incredible ground breaking soul artist.

"Omar never seems to write bad songs and this is no exception"
Bill Brewster, Mixmag
"Omar & Leon Ware - the perfect match!"
sonic soul reviews
John Osbourne, Jazz FM
"so so good."
Mr Thing
"Top notch quality throughout, Didn't expect anything else"
Daz-I-Kue, Bugz In The Attic
"Great remix & dedication to the late great Leon Ware!"
Jay Scarlett, Sounds supreme
"I'm really into the original Radio Edit , the vibe on that mix is so nice. Summer feel and love it."
Dr Bob Jones
"A track that was already a tasty mesmeric dish of loveliness, is given the full a' la carte treatment, and the addition of 'Brainstorm' and the flowing reverb of 'Vicky's Tune' makes this another must have Omar/Freestyle offering. Me' belly full!!"
Rich Chocolate,
"Omar is an icon and these remixes do justice to the mans Genius....Vicky's tune & what Rob has done to Gave my heart ard amazing...brilliant"
richie roberts, The Dance Factory
"Stunning track in its original version and enhanced with quality remixes from DJ Jazzy Jeff & Rob Hardt"
Bigger, Colourful Radio