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Toby Keith sings Barry White on smooth jazz album

By malcolm Published: April 9, 2008

I'm very much looking forward to hearing this song.

Toby Keith Joins Wayman Tisdale On Remake of Barry White’s Hit “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up”

Former basketball great and accomplished jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale is no stranger to one-on-one match-ups but playing with country music star Toby Keith was an unexpected pairing. The duo recently joined forces for a remake of Barry White’s hit “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up” on Tisdale’s eighth album ‘Rebound,’ set for release on Rendezvous Entertainment on June 3rd.

Driven by Tisdale’s steady bass performance, “Never, Never Gonna Give You Up” features a vocal rendition by Keith, who embodies the sounds of a true Barry White protégé. While reminiscing on first hearing Keith’s interpretation, Tisdale notes, “My mouth was wide open. I could not believe what I was hearing! Toby nails it!”

New York Daily News suggests that the song may be a reflection of the county’s open-minded political climate. Coupling Keith, a traditional country star famous for his “red-state patriotic songs” and Tisdale, a soulful jazz musician, demonstrates that “America might be ready for President Obama.”

‘Rebound’ personally marks Tisdale’s recovery following a bone cancer diagnosis last year. According to Tisdale, “this record is definitely a reflection of me and where I’m at today.”

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