Ruben Studdard is bypassing Iyanla to fix his life, and after being booted from “The Biggest Loser”, he’s going back to music — this time, with super producer David Foster in tow. While Mr. Foster is executive producing the album (and is also the head of Ruben’s new label, Verve Records), this particular cut was produced by fellow artist Eric Benet.
That being said, this is a pretty dull cover. The original “Close The Door” was full of passion, even though it was still smooth as butter. Teddy Pendergrass was a whirlwind of soulful vocals, and in my opinion, this cover leaves me a little wanting. It’s not bad by any means however, and Ruben does a great job with his cover. However, in the words of “American Idol” judges of past and present, I don’t feel like he “made it his own.”
He has some vocal chops though and I am still interested in what this Unconditional Love album sounds like, which is out Feb. 4th. He’s finally putting out an album befitting of his nickname, The Velvet Teddybear. Black folks need their own Michael Buble’, can Ruben step into that role successfully?