Chemistry has always been the key ingredient for 2 or more people to click. Kelvis and Kendall Duffie have been developing chemistry together for the past 15 years. Originally performing together as part of a 4-member contemporary gospel outfit, the twin brothers performed and recorded all over the continental U.S., Europe and South America and with many stellar artists.
After years of experience and growth in their craft, the brothers found themselves working on the industry side of things, being involved in radio promotions, artist development and production. With a strong desire to still make music, Kendall, the younger of the set by 34 minutes proposed developing songs as a duo and targeting what they have always done so naturally, smooth mellow grooves. Kelvis felt they had the experience and talent to do just that, and thus Kloud 9 was birthed.
The group's 1st release came in 1999 on a compilation project entitled Soul Stepp'n on the UK label Expansion Records, and gave them strong visibility at smooth jazz radio. After a short break from the scene, the brothers started working on material for their debut album. After months of studio recording and song writing sessions, the guys' felt they had all the right ingredients for success and presented the project to Expansion Records. The duo was signed immediately and the long awaited CD was completed December of 2001. Keeping with their concept of smooth grooves and laid back vocals, the new CD entitled "On Kloud 9" is a collection of smooth soul, adult R&B and smooth jazz tunes.
The CD features Incognito doing what they do best on a powerful dance tempo groove entitled "Promise", which speaks to the heart of many of today's issues. Karen Bernod is featured on the jazzy, feel-good tune "Let's not lose" addressing the importance of relationships, the difficulties therein and making a declaration to not lose what you have. Saxophonist Kirk Whalum will blow you away as he lends a hand on the sultry yet slick "Make you mine" which reminds us that romance and chivalry is still alive while offering a refreshing twist to the monotonous theme of most of today's love songs. The new CD will be released early 2002.
The 1st single off the project "Can't stop thinking about you" will also appear on a new compilation CD entitled "With This Ring-Forever I Do" which will be distributed worldwide through Zomba Recording Corporation in March 2002. The song was written and produced by Mitchell Jones of the famed Gospel group Commissioned, (who by the way are responsible for influencing superstar R&B and Pop acts Boys to Men and Black Street among others. The future is bright and there's a lot more music to come from these guys. Kloud 9 is sure to offer something special to music lovers everywhere. And while the turn of the century doesn't have us flying around in space cars on the moon, Kelvis and Kendall will be doing their best to put you on Kloud 9.
On Kloud 9 (Expansion Records, UK, 2002)
1. Can't Stop Thinking About You
2. If You Ever
3. Never Knew
4. That's How Love Should Be
5. Let's Not Lose- Featuring Karen Bernod
7. Soul Mate
8. On Kloud 9-Interlude
9. Promise- Featuring Incognito
10. With Me
11. Make You Mine- Featuring Kirk Whalum
12. Mercy Of Your Love
13. A Moment
14. Lullaby For K.C
15. On Kloud 9
16. Keep Me Coming Around
Produced by: Jean Paul "Bluey" Maunick, Mitchell Jones, Kendall Duffie, Ray Hayden, Joe Hogue, Ken Barken, Roger Ryan and Micah Whitley
1. Soul Stepp'n Sampler- 12" (Expansion Records, UK, 1999)
2. On Kloud 9- 12" (Expansion Records, UK, 2002)
1. Bebe & Cece Winans- Relationships (Capitol Records, USA, 1994)
2. Soul Stepp'n- Various Artist- (Expansion Records, UK, 1999)
3. With This Ring-Forever I Do- Various Artist- (Zomba Recording Corporation, USA, 2002)
Kendall's Production Credit's
1. Worship In His Presence Vol. I- (Harborwood Records, USA, 2001)
2. Songs For The Soul- (Harborwood Records, USA, 2001)
3. Quiet Times Christmas- (Harborwood Records, USA, 2001)
4. With This Ring-Forever I Do- (Zomba Recording Corporation, USA, 2002)
(courtesy of kloud9.net)