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James Bryan: Back In Those Loving Arms - feat. Divine Brown

Philosopher Kings and Prozzak member Bryan has just released a second solo album, By Your Side. The featured vocals of Divine Brown help make this cut a gently soulful charmer to ward off the winter blues.

James Bryan: Back In Those Loving Arms - feat. Divine Brown

By Kerry Doole

James Bryan - "Back In Those Loving Arms - feat. Divine Brown" (Independent): In the mood for some warm soul to ward off grumpy old man winter? Then step right up. Divine Brown lends her pipes to this new composition from James Bryan, and it's a charmer. His easy on the ear guitar work meshes neatly with Brown's vocals as she tenderly offers some sage advice – "when everything you've ever wanted turns to dust before your eyes, you better find some loving arms to hold you tight." Amen.


Bryan is best known for his work with Philosopher Kings and Prozzak, but he remains active as a producer and solo recording artist. His just-released second solo album, By Your Side, is all-instrumental aside from this track.

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He co-wrote and produced Divine Brown's Canadian radio hit “Old Skool Love" back in 2005, and it's a pleasure to see them collaborating again. Let's hope for more!

 

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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

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Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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