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The Daily Feature: The Lush Mixture of R&B and Jazz in Robert Ball’s “I Need A Man”

Today’s Daily Feature is “I Need A Man” by Canadian R&B artist Robert Ball. This new single narrates wanting a deep soul connection with someone. The song talks of wanting the real deal, not just a short-term fix. Ball mentions this about the song: “I wrote this song about being fatigued of people only desiring sex and “something casual” rather than truly desiring a deeper connection with someone who knows your pain and will hold you and stay with you.”

Working alongside Grammy Nominated musician Marito Marquez and accomplished producer Eric Lundgren, “I Need A Man” oozes with silky R&B vibes mixed with jazz ones. The tune captures the listener’s attention with their alluring qualities found both in the instrumentation and vocals. The instrumentation features a groovy bass line that gives that calm late-night feeling. Glimmering chimes, gliding guitars, and bold drum beats are sprinkled in deepening this tranquil setting. There is a hint of dreaminess dripping from the jazz featured in the lush guitars chords.

Feelings of longing and lust are heard clearly in the instrumentation, but more in the voice. Passion and soul packed the vocal lines as Ball’s soft, rich vocals clearly express them with a multitude of emotions, range, and artistry. Each note expressed is a delectable listen that listeners cannot peel away from.

Robert Ball hopes that his music will encourage listeners to feel, to breath, to think deeper and to gain further understanding of the layered emotions and complexities of himself as an artist in his newest single. What do you think of “I Need A Man”? What emotions do you find in the song? Listen to Robert Ball’s “I Need a Man” down below and let me know what you think!


About the Artist: Robert Ball

Robert Ball

Born in Toronto, Robert Ball is a multi-faceted singer/songwriter with a soulful voice and jazz sensibilities. Inspired by everything from Broadway, pop, and world music, to R&B and country, Ball has toured the world, performing in over 60 countries as a featured vocalist and a headliner with Royal Caribbean International. His velvet tones and smooth, hypnotic delivery are reminiscent of Luther Vandross, D’Angelo, and Erykah Badu. 

Robert Ball hopes that his music will encourage listeners to feel, to breathe, to think deeper, and to gain further understanding of the layered emotions and complexities of himself as an artist, a man, and in particular a gay man. He confides, “There are so few examples of ‘this’ type of vulnerability, tenderness, and intimacy from black men…” 

Make sure to check out Robert Ball at the following:

Official Site | Instagram | Spotify | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube


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