Soul music has been around for a very long time and has won the hearts of many, as have twin brothers Kelvis and Kendall Duffie AKA Kloud 9. Originally performing together as part of a 4-member contemporary gospel outfit, the twins have now established themselves as in the words of Blues and Soul Magazine "Soul music’s hottest property right now." The group’s 1st release came in 1999 on a compilation project entitled Soul Stepp’n on the UK label Expansion Records, and gave them strong visibility at smooth jazz radio. After a short break from the scene, the brothers started working on material for their debut album. After months of studio recording and song writing sessions, the guys’ felt they had all the right ingredients for success and presented the project to Expansion Records. The duo was signed immediately and the long awaited CD was completed December of 2001. Keeping with their concept of smooth grooves and laid back vocals, the new CD entitled "On Kloud 9" is a collection of smooth soul, adult R&B and smooth jazz tunes.
The CD features Incognito doing what they do best on a powerful dance tempo groove entitled "Promise", which speaks to the heart of many of today’s issues. Karen Bernod is featured on the jazzy, feel-good tune "Let’s not lose" addressing the importance of relationships, the difficulties therein and making a declaration to not lose what you have. Saxophonist Kirk Whalum will blow you away as he lends a hand on the sultry yet slick "Make you mine" which reminds us that romance and chivalry is still alive while offering a refreshing twist to the monotonous theme of most of today’s love songs. The new CD released in the UK on April 22nd 2002.
The 1st single off the project "Can’t stop thinking about you" went Number 1 on various charts including Solar Radio’s Sweet Rhythm’s Chart in the UK and the Serious Soul Chart in Finland where it stayed #1 for 12 weeks. The group has recently shot a music video to this song which will start airing early October 2002. Since the release of "On Kloud 9" songs from the project have been picked up on various compilations around the world including With This Ring-Forever I do on Harborwood Records in The U.S.A, Soul Essentials Vol. 4 on Avex Records in Japan, Pure Smooth Jazz on Jazz FM records in the UK, and Aroma Gospel-Lovers Healing on Zomba Records in Japan.
The Album has been critically acclaimed in the UK and Europe and has charted in several countries. The future is bright and there’s a lot more music to come from these guys.
Kloud 9 is sure to offer something special to music lovers everywhere. And while the turn of the century doesn’t have us flying around in space cars on the moon, Kelvis and Kendall will be doing their best to put you on Kloud 9.