R&B singer-songwriter Joe has responded to embattled R&B superstar R. Kelly’s recent negative comments. In a Vibe magazine interview, Kelly said, “He (Joe) has a beautiful voice, but I think he needs a producer who is going to give him who he is, not who I am.”
During a conference call on Wednesday (April 10), Joe offered LAUNCH the following to response to R. Kelly’s comments. “I think it’s kind of distasteful, you know, especially with what’s going on with him right now,” he said. “I think he would have more things to be concerned with opposed to talking about my career, what I sound like, and who I sound like. You know, I produce most of my music and, you know, believe it or not, I like guitars. I’m sure he likes guitars. I like piano, he likes piano. I like bass and drums, he like bass and drums. Either I do an a cappella album… I don’t think that’s gonna happen. I think we like the same kind of music.”
Joe continued, “I think there was a time when he was compared to Aaron Hall from Guy, so it doesn’t really bother me. I think people just talk and want to just stir and get a whole bunch of things going. But, you know, what I’m not fearful of is ridicule or whatever, you know-I just do the music that I love to do. I’m flattered that he’s threatened by my ability to-I guess, I would say, if he says it, you know-sound like him. I’m just trying to do the music that I love to-that people and that my fans can appreciate.”
In related news, Joe will begin his North American tour on April 13 at the Union County Arts Center in Rahway, New Jersey. He will be joined on tour by the legendary Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.
Joe/Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly Tour Dates (Subject To Change):
April 13 – Rahway, NJ – Union County Arts Center
April 16 – Houston, TX – Jones Hall For Performing Arts