By the age of 9, singer/songwriter Eamon
was performing doo-wop across the Northeast U.S. as a member of his dad’s oldies review, learning to appreciate the legacy of acts like the Coasters, the Drifters and the Platters. Less than a decade later, he was filling stadiums around the world with now-generation hip-hop flavored anthems, charged by his own woman-done-me-wrong global smash "F**k It (I Don’t Want You Back)." His term for the unique blend of influences: "Ho-Wop."
"There’s a lot more similarity between doo-wop and hip-hop than most people would think," says Eamon (pronounced Ae-Mon). "They both started out on street corners—whether it was these doo-wop guys in the '50s and '60s or folks free styling in the '80s and '90s—as a genuine way for young people to express what they were feeling. I’ve experienced both sides; I feel like an old-school dude in a young person’s body."
Eamon continues to apply his musical stamp to current pop culture with full-length second chapter Life Is Good due this fall on Jive/Zomba. The album’s lead single "(How Could You) Bring Him Home," was produced by Happy Perez (Frankie J
), with a video clip directed by Lenny Bass.
The album's launch single "(How Could You) Bring Him Home" is an ideal bridge between "I Don't Want You Back" and the new material on "Life Is Good." It again finds Eamon unlucky in love, as he returns home early only to find his girl surprisingly occupied—and then the crossed lover takes action. He sings: "I never thought that I’d do something like that/When I saw you two it hit me like a heart attack/Oh no, how could you let somebody in through our door/How could you bring him home?" The accompanying videoclip (directed by Lenny Bass) illustrates the complex conundrum that the singer faces, with a surprise ending that, in this case, allows the underdog to be a hero.
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