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Maurice James - Ocean View - REVIEW

Cross on the water Maurice James Ocean View

Maurice James, a talented singer-songwriter based in Chicago, Illinois, has been captivating audiences with his soulful sound and heartfelt lyrics. The son of a Baptist pastor, Maurice spent much of his childhood in the sanctuary of a church, where he found solace and inspiration at the keys of a baby grand piano. It was in these moments that his unique musical style began to take shape, rooted in the rich traditions of gospel and soul music.

In 2020, Maurice James made his mark on the music scene with his debut EP, "Rare View." This piano-driven collection showcased his genre-bending approach, blending expressive vocals with honest lyricism. His follow-up release, "Angels Exist," further demonstrated his ability to convey universally relatable emotions, solidifying his position as a rising star in the music world.


With his latest release, "Ocean View," Maurice James invites listeners into an ethereal space, expanding his musical horizons while staying true to his roots. The song represents a significant evolution in his sound, as he experiments with new elements and textures. Gone is the simplicity of just his voice and piano; in its place, Maurice has introduced a subtle rhythm through simple programming, adding a new dimension to his music.

The addition of background spacy guitars in "Ocean View" is particularly noteworthy, as they add a rich texture that complements Maurice's soulful vocals. The song also features other sounds sprinkled throughout, enhancing the overall listening experience. However, it's the background vocals that gradually intensify towards the end of the track that truly stand out, adding a layer of depth and emotion that is both powerful and moving.

Listening to "Ocean View," it's hard not to hear the strong influence of Seal, the British soul and R&B singer known for his distinctive voice and emotive songwriting. This comparison is by no means a complaint; rather, it's a testament to Maurice James's ability to channel the essence of great artists while forging his own path in the music industry.

Maurice James believes in the power of music to unite people in times of discord and to heal in times of struggle. With "Ocean View," he continues to harness that power, creating music that resonates with listeners on a deep and personal level. As a reviewer who has followed his journey from the beginning, it's exciting to witness his growth as an artist. "Ocean View" is not just a song; it's a milestone in Maurice James's evolving musical journey, and I can't wait to see where it takes him next.

I'm curious to know what YOU think about the new single "Ocean View" by Maurice James. Get in touch on social media everywhere @JoeJoeKeys and let me know. Also, make sure to share the post and let Maurice James know you read the review right here on Indie Music Plus!

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