Vivek Shraya

A 1990s-style illustration of (clockwise from top left) Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, TLC, Tevin Campbell, Mary J. Blige, and Madonna, with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds at the centre, and colourful handwritten text: “Breathe Again: A Tribute to Babyface”.

Breathe Again: A Tribute to Babyface

Breathe Again: A Tribute to Babyface is a tribute to one of Vivek’s favourite artists, featuring covers of ten songs (co-)written and/or (co-)produced by R&B legend Babyface.

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“Over time I felt that I needed to make peace with the possibility that maybe we were just strangers with a blood connection.”

“Babyface was one of the first artists I was exposed to who could do everything…”

  1. Sittin’ Up in My Room* (Brandy)
  2. Breathe Again (Toni Braxton)
  3. Can We Talk (Tevin Campbell)
  4. Red Light Special (TLC)
  5. Queen of the Night (Whitney Houston)
  6. Melt Away (Mariah Carey)
  7. Not Gon’ Cry (Mary J. Blige)
  8. Take a Bow (Madonna)
  9. When Can I See You Again (Babyface)
  10. Water Runs Dry (Boyz II Men)
  • Performed & produced by Vivek Shraya
  • Mastered by Shane Smith
  • Artwork by Juliana Neufeld
  • * Featuring MC Jazz
  • Featuring Afi Browne
  • Featuring Shamik
  • Released

The resulting album ranges from the eponymous track ‘Breathe Again,’ a tender take on the desperately romantic song made famous by Toni Braxton, to an unapologeticly diva-licious stab at following in Whitney Houston’s tracks with ‘Queen of the Night.’... And yes, he covers ‘Red Light Special.’ And damn it’s sexy.

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Queen of the Night – Whitney Houston (teaser)

Water Runs Dry – Boyz II Men (teaser)

Sittin’ Up in My Room – Brandy (teaser)

Red Light Special (a capella)

Not Gon’ Cry (live w/ Catherine Legs Hernandez)

Sittin’ Up in My Room (feat. MC Jazz AKA Nari) / Red Light Special (live)

Red Light Special – TLC (teaser)