• Bryon Harris

Coast 2 Coast Feat. The Fantastic Gems - "What's Going On 2021"

Review by Patrick Joseph & Staff

Coast to Coast featuring The Fantastic Gems have struck gold with their cover of Marvin Gaye’s classic “What’s Going On.” Listeners will love how these artists stay true to vibe and feel of the original track while injecting a fresh and vital energy for 2021. Absolutely jaw-dropping vocal performances are supported by a top-notch rhythm section and a virtuosic keyboardist. Every musician this track seems completely comfortable, giving the music a feeling of effortless mastery.

The song choice is appropriate and emotionally stirring in today’s climate of cultural and race relations. In an emotionally charged display of solidarity, the artists plainly and simply state the names of those who fell victim to police brutality. The effect is empowering and inspirational. This song gives voice to those who are now voiceless and chooses the perfect backdrop of a genius song being replicated by modern masters of the style.

“What’s Going On 2021” cuts straight to the heart of the matter. An anthem of justice and equality is revisited with sensitivity and persistence. Fifty years have passed since the release of the original song. Half a century later, the modern generation gives a new voice to this song of strength and peace in a stunningly powerful message of dedication to positive change. Beautiful in every way, “What's Going On 2021” is a powerful and important work of art.

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About Coast 2 Coast Feat. The Fantastic Gems

Back in 1968, at Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey, a music group called The Fantastic Gems was born. After graduation, the talented musicians went off to college, the military, and new careers. Years later, two of the original members reformed in Washington D.C. as "Coast 2 Coast" and began recording and performing from 1986 to 1990. In 2016, The Fantastic Gems got back together to fulfill a promise they made to each other when they were young students in New Jersey.

The result of their reunion was the release of The New Old Skool. The project took three years from conception to completion. The album is a tribute to their musical roots, and was made in recognition of the community who encouraged, supported and shaped their musical spirit. The New Old Skool features great songs that fans of R & B,Gospel, Pop, and Jazz will love.

For more information on Coast 2 Coast, please visit their website.


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