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Braxton Cook’s Latest is “Somewhere in Between” Beautiful and Wonderful


“Somewhere in Between” is the perfect title for Braxton Cook’s newest release because he makes you feel something you can’t really put your finger on.

Pour a glass of wine, settle down by the fire or near a bubble bath, and press play. No need for a date, Braxton Cook will be joining you soon.

Just in time for the height of cuffing season, the young, extremely talented artist put out his newest release, “Somewhere in Between,” a sultry jazz tune that feels like it was meant for cuddling but could stand a bit of swaying around an empty dance floor. His voice comes across smoothly and clearly, with the slightest hint of Eric Benet-type jazz soul. Not to compare him with anyone, because he can surely stand on his own as an R&B artist to be reckoned with, but I found him to be “somewhere in between” Ro James, Maxwell, and Miguel, with a hint of Anderson.Paak to taste. It stays in the same range for most of the song, but surprises us with a welcome belt of emotion after rattling out a rhythmic flow in the first verse.

The music – composed by Cook, who also played the keyboard and the saxophone – shows off his musicality. A student of jazz at the prestigious Julliard School who has has been fortunate to share the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Jon Batiste and Christian Scott, Braxton Cook’s musical prowess is evident and listeners can tell he knows his way around his instruments. He uses them less as background music, and more as a secondary main feature, almost as if he’s singing a duet with the music.

But sorry, ladies: as sultry as the song is, Braxton says it’s not about us this time. According to the über-talented artist, the song is about “finding your own lane and trusting in it. It’s about finding yourself and not conforming to the pressures around us.” (Is it just me or does that explanation make it sexier?)

Jaded as you may be, it is in your best interest to check out Braxton Cook’s music and to remember his name. This is not the last you’ll hear from him. He may be “somewhere in the between” right now, but he’s heading swiftly to the top.

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Hope Carter
Hailing from "Screwston," Texas, Hope has been immersed in music since birth, first being exposed to Motown by her parents, then discovering her love for all genres as she trained as a dancer. Her unique set of life experiences growing up in Houston's Historic Third Ward as a lower middle class child, attending schools in more affluent neighborhoods, all the while attending an international church in which she was very involved, created her open-minded approach to music and art. Hope is very socially conscious, and prefers to take songs as a whole - both lyrically and sonically - before making her final judgment on their quality. As a dancer, she is inclined to be interested to anything she can move to, but her Dirty South roots give her room to appreciate a more laidback, chill (screwed) vibe. Her taste in music continues to change as she discovers new artists and as genres evolve.