Written & Produced by Xolisa JeromeExecutive Producer: Xolisa JeromeMixed by Xolisa Jerome for XOLISA MUSIC at THE XOVE StudiosEngineered & Mastered by GC. Garlow for MOTIVATION MUSIC at GCG Studios"The Fallen" Mixed, Engineered & Mastered by Keita Juma for 5STAR AUDIO
"Crossing" Written by Jemelle & Akyah Williams"The King & Him" Written by Deneeck Hibbert & Xolisa JeromeStyling by Alivia Comrie & Xolisa JeromeAll Photography by Chantal Rose
____________________________________At the end of it all,We are overcoming obstaclesboth within ourselves & as a mass of people.I'm often left amazedat how resilient we are as human beings...yet left disturbed to my coreat how toxic we have the ability to beto both ourselves & to one another.How can one single being have the capability to warrior through & withstand some of life's most excruciating winds,yet have the same capability & tenacityto do some of the most unthinkable acts to another?
Humanity both amazes & worries me.Inspires & confuses me.Nonetheless,my hope & belief in the LOVE& GOODNESS we possesremains UNMOVED.This album is dedicated to us.This album is dedicated to people. We've done much damage to one anotherover the course of history& we have done just as much damage to ourselvesover the course of history.We have left nations,ethnic groups,classes & countries depleted& in a state of lifelong healing,processing & relearning.We've fucked up.& we continue to fuck up,day after day.But this album is my HOPEpersonified in song.This album is my plea & beliefthat we will reach the other sideof our collective pain& our collective healingone daysoon.I know we will.
I give the deepest, most outstretched thank you to Most High for allowing me to take this journey, with the creation of this album & for allowing me to involve some of the people I hold dearest, in this process. Thank you for them:
Chantal - Thank you for your love poured into these photos & for helping to bring the visual aspect of this album together in many ways. Your combination of care, patience & eye for detail is unmatched and a rare find. Alivia - I remember describing to you the look I wanted to accomplish for this album by stating the word, "Black". I'll never forget, you came to my apartment with a duffle bag & additional hand bag full of Black clothing. By the time we laid everything out there was black leather, black lace, black jersey, spandex, sweat pants, toques, face mesh...my room looked like the dressing room for The Matrix cast. I've had so much fun bonding with you, laughing with you and exploring fashion with you. There is NO ONE ELSE I would've wanted to accomplish this aspect of the project with. Thank you.Keita & Garlow - Thank you for bringing the music on this album to new heights with your attention for detail & expertise in sound. Garlow, you are truly blessed with a talent that artists could only HOPE to get to work with during their careers & i'm humbled that I could have experienced that.
Deneeck & Yafet - How can we get to the otherside without hearing HIS story? Thank you for being the men on this project who have stood against the teachings we've been conditioned with, for years, of what a Black man should do & should not do, when coming to showing vulnerability. Thank you for your ENERGY, SPIRIT, HONESTY & BRAVERY in sharing the stories that I hope many men can come to relate to & find comfort in, in time.Yafet - Thank you for being both the listening ear & the guided voice as you've watched me weather the highs & lows of creating this project - and in many ways, have weathered them with me. Thank you for your patience, kindness, toughness & understanding & LOVE. You are a BLESSING.
S-Quire, Flowchild & my family at Coalition Music - Thank you for your support, care, honesty and overall encouragement. Throughout the process of this album, you guys have continued to offer FUEL & ENERGY as we chugged along & it has meant more than you'll ever know!Mom & Dad - I love you both so much. Thank you for your time, investment, belief, support & LOVE as you've watched me give my entire self to this project day in & day out...there is no way this project would be what it has become, without either of you. I just want to be able to give back to you, what you've given to me & this project is just the beginning. Thank you for standing behind me - even when the moves I make don't always make sense at first. And with that, thank you to my family who continue to support my journey & continue to shower me with love, just the same.
To my dearest friends - I appreciate you more than you'll ever know. I know I have been MIA over the last few months, now you can hopefully understand why. It means so much to me that you can be patient & understanding as I continue to build this. Though I may not always be there in the physical, do know that I take y'all with me, in my heart & spirit every step of the way.
Lastly, thank you to my listeners. To those who have waited patiently for this project & have been there to see me evolve as an artist. For those who continue to give life to my music & welcome my music into their everyday lives - into the most private areas of their world. Whether you've been there from the jump, or are just tuning in - I thank you for your time, investment & belief in this music.
I am a blessed woman & a wealthy woman in that I am surrounded by so many beautiful individuals in my life. Many of the family, supporters, listeners, dearest friends mentioned above, are pretty much all of the same people in which, I can call many of my listeners & supporters my friends or my family. Not many can say they have that. I'm thankful that I can.- Xolisa