Soul Love, Actually

Clinton’s Own Love 22 Mixes Soul, Funk, Pop and Rock to Create a Sharp, Groovy Sound

By Annamarya Scaccia

love 22 1Love 22 signifies more than just the name of a band.

For the Clinton-based outfit, their Love 22 moniker symbolizes a way of life—their love for creating music and the numerical representation of success. “Turning the most ambitious dreams into reality, which is the goal of Love 22,” says vocalist Dani Jordan, “to be as successful as possible doing what we love to do.

Jordan, a Washington, D.C. native and child of musician parents, is just one of the nine members that make up the burgeoning Prince George’s County group. Other members include bassist Michael Hawkins, keyboardists Sherrod Corey and Jason Woods, vocalists Keenan Ivory, Deon Best, Jason Kelly and Courtni Brown, and drummer Little Kevin.

Originally known as ReCreation Band, Love 22 can’t easily fit into one mold and their sound can’t be isolated to one genre. After all, their sly, clever fusion of soul, rock, pop and funk rhythms meld seamlessly together to create a singular sonic style all their own. Plus, with so many different musical influences that merge within the band—from Prince and Michael Jackson to Tank and Jill Scott—prescribing Love 22 to one label would be careless, to say the least. Instead, the troupe “would like to be considered a great group of musicians,” says vocalist Keenan Ivory.

And, according to Best, that’s the point. “Our goal is to deliver music that can reach the masses,” he says. Currently prepping to go into the studio, Love 22 fans can expect a smooth, distinctive blend of soul, pop and a bit of rock, says Best. They plan to eventually release a full-length album of original songs.

love 22 2Like their music, their creative process is just as fluid, says bassist Michael Hawkins. It is not something that is set in stone–instead Love 22 creates from what they “feel.” “Wherever the music takes us is where we go,” says Hawkins, a Washington D.C. native who, while solely focusing on bass guitar in the group, played bass, drums and electric guitar as a teenager.

When they’re not travelling the country and playing the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area, admirers of the Prince George’s County outfit can catch Love 22 performances every other Saturday at Indulj Restaurant & Lounge, 1208 U Street NW in Washington, D.C., from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. According to keyboardist Sherrod Corey, it’s their favorite place to perform because, in addition to the great acoustics, it’s “a grown and sexy professional, diverse environment for people to just relax from the work week and enjoy themselves.”

Love 22’s next three gigs at Indulj take place Saturday, May 12, Saturday, May 26, and Saturday, June 9. They will also appear at Thai Palace, 2732 Crain Highway in Waldorf, on Thursday, May 10 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Follow Love 22 on Twitter: @Love22Music.

Photo: Top, left to right: Jason Kelly, Keenan Ivory, Dani Jordan, Deon Best

Photo: Bottom, left to right: Sherrod Corey, Courtni Brown, Michael Hawkins

(Photos Courtesy of Love 22 Manager Molika Best)

Published on Prince George’s Suite – Monday, April 30, 2012

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