NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A top singer with deep Connecticut roots is turning his attention to the recent police shootings of African American men.
Bernard Jackson was the lead singer of the hit-making R&B group ‘Surface’ in the 80’s and 90’s.
“I have a home study which with the computers you can do everything,” said Jackson.
A generation of music fans grew up listening to silky smooth voice of Bernard Jackson, lead singer of the group Surface. The trio churned-out mega selling hits like ‘Shower me with your Love’, ‘Closer than Friends’ and ‘The First Time.’
“For me, it was always about the craft, honing my craft it was always about performing, always about singing, always about getting feedback from the people in the crowd because they let you know where you are,” said Jackson.
In recent years Jackson has concentrated on his solo career, giving him a chance to show off his considerable versatility as a singer. He gave us a demonstration of his talents replicating to a ‘tee’ the sounds of some of industry’s most recognizable voice from Andrea Bocelli, to the King of Pop Michael Jackson, to legendary crooner Nat King Cole, and the soulful Marvin Gaye.
In the spirit of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going on’ Jackson’s latest solo project, ‘The Victory,’ also carries a strong social message.
“It’s kind of a cry out in a sense to say… you know we need help, we need help,” said Jackson.
Jackson was inspired to write ‘The Victory’ in response to the recent killings of unarmed African American men like Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner.
“It’s really about hope and lending a voice to the marchers, and the people who have no hope, that seem like they have no voice in the country, it doesn’t seem like we’re getting justice for all,” said Jackson.
The latest chapter in a singing career that has spanned more than four decades, with no sign of slowing down. If you would like to watch and listen to the ‘The Victory’ record, it’s available on YouTube. Jackson is also releasing new material through his own company www.PhonicGuru.com.