Singer. Songwriter. Producer. Musical maestro Joe is one of the truest R&B voices of his generation. After 18 years, this Southern soul singer is still giving fans — More & More — of himself through his passion for his craft, and the emotion he brings to his music. On Oct. 18, he will offer true romantics and lovers of R&B his latest gift, his ninth studio album, The Good, The Bad, The Sexy. Rolling out had the opportunity to speak to the silky-voiced sensation about his new album and how he has remained relevant for so many years. –christa e. jackson
Tell us about your new album, The Good, The Bad, The Sexy.
My album [came] out on Oct. 18 and I have about 12 songs on the album produced by some young producers who I kind of stumbled across. Very incredible young guys, very eager, very hungry to deliver some of the best products that they have out. … Each song [has] to do with being good, bad and sexy.
What is your favorite track on the album?
I switch them up. I go from song to song. I like every song on the album.
Do you feel like you’ve reached that plateau that you wanted to reach as an artist at this point in your career?
I’ve crossed some pretty good hurdles, I must say, but I never imagined myself being here at this point. I’ve come a long ways, but now that I’m here, I see so much stuff that I can do, so I show no signs of slowing down. I’m gonna be in it for a long time.
How do you keep yourself relevant in today’s music business since it’s changed so much since you’ve started?
Being grounded I think, is a big part of it. Each day is always going to be a challenge. I try to make my challenges easier, especially with the way I present myself on a personal level to people when I meet them … I think that goes a lot further than just being an artist. I think a lot of that has to do with me still being grounded and also relevant as far as just staying in the street. Just keeping with it.
I’m a better man today because …?
I’m a better man today because of my mom. She always helped to keep me focused and keep my mind right. She is the key and my inspiration, because I want to make sure that she’s going to be OK.