In anticipation of my new CD, Certain Elements, releasing Fri., Oct. 5, we’ve pre-released a single from the project to contemporary jazz radio. The single, “Cherish,” is a contemporary jazz remake of the 1966 No. 1 hit by The Association, with an arrangement by producer/keyboardist Trammell Starks, who’s produced artists Carol Albert and the Rhythm Jets, lighting up Billboard over the past year. With its magnetic melody, a definitive groove, some melting rhythmic variation on the verses and lush strings, I loved digging into this Cherish. The players on it — Sam Skelton (Jeff Lorber, Elton John, London Symphony), Sam Sims (Boney James, Dave Koz, Michael Jackson), Lil’ John Roberts (George Duke, Stevie Wonder, Janet Jackson), top session guitarist Chris Blackwell and Trammell — captured the magic. And you can imagine my awe when I learned the song’s songwriter, Terry Kirkman of The Association, heard the track — and to my delight, graciously took the time to let us know he loved it, calling it a “beautiful surprise.” As a vocalist, that means everything! The track will be available for purchase on Oct. 5 when the entire project, Certain Elements, is released (more info on that soon). And look for a “Cherish” lyric video to be posted on my Music Page/YouTube channel soon.