will downing (turn off the lights)*There’s great news for Will Downing fans!

The master singer/storyteller with the jazzy & soulful voice is releasing  the new single “Turn Off The Lights” from the forthcoming album Euphoria on his independent Sophisticated Soul label.

Always careful to avoid the term “Re-make” when treading on a true R&B classic, Downing’s approach is guided by artistic “Interpretation.”

Recognizing the listener’s uncontrollable urge to simultaneously hear and compare the original, the savvy crooner avoids the trap of imitation and the resulting track is a fresh, smooth and original take with a respectful nod to the late Philly legend and hugely influential Mr. Teddy Pendergrass.

With that said, let’s get to what’s real. Clearly this song (along with “Come Go With Me” and “Close The Door”) is part of the Trinity that launched Teddy-mania.  As with all songs Downing has interpreted, he doesn’t do it if he can’t bring something new to it!!!

To quote Will from a similarly themed segment on his weekly radio show, “It’s an Interpretation not a Competition,…one song done by two artists.”  On this 2014 version of “Turn Off The Lights” our Soul Brother Will takes some bold strides in his own direction, but trust and believe…you’ll get to the “promised land.”

This is seductive & sexy aural foreplay, further enhanced with a sax solo by Will’s long time musical partner Gerald Albright to seal the deal.  Always seeking and finding new ways to keep his fans engaged, Will Downing sets a more intimate lounge vibe on both this track and much of Euphoria, evoking the soft warm mood of a private show in your living room…or your bedroom…or wherever you need to Turn Off The Lights!

Click HERE to listen to Will Downing’s extraordinary performance of “Turn Off The Lights” at Soundcloud.


Selective discography






2012 Tomorrow R&B Sophisticated Soul
2012 Today R&B Sophisticated Soul/NIA/Eone
2011 Yesterday R&B Sophisticated Soul
2010 Love, Lust, & Lies: An   Audio Novel R&B, Jazz Concord
2009 Classique R&B, Jazz Concord
2007 After Tonight R&B Peak
2006 The Best Of Will Downing: The Millennium Collection Jazz Hip-O/Universal
2005 Soul Symphony R&B GRP/Verve/Universal
2004 Christmas, Love and You R&B GRP/Verve/Universal
2003 Emotions R&B GRP/Verve/Universal
2003 Collection [Import] R&B, Jazz Universal
2003 A Million Ways (Remix) R&B GRP/Verve/Universal
2002 Sensual Journey R&B, Jazz, Neo Soul GRP/Verve/Universal
2002 Greatest Love Songs R&B Island/Hip-O/Universal
2000 All the Man You Need R&B Motown/Universal
1998 Pleasures of the Night with Gerald   Albright R&B, Jazz Verve Forecast/PolyGram
1997 Invitation Only R&B, Jazz Mercury/PolyGram
1995 Moods R&B Mercury/PolyGram
1994 Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This with Rachelle   Ferrell R&B, Pop Capitol/EMI
1993 Love’s the Place to Be R&B Mercury/PolyGram
1991 A Dream Fulfilled R&B Island/PolyGram
1989 Come Together as One R&B Island/PolyGram
1988 Will Downing R&B Island/PolyGram

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