Sometimes it’s just odd to use the word “debut,” as is the case with
Willie Norwood’s solo debut “’Bout It.” “’Bout It” marks the first time
Norwood has taken front stage but he is no stranger to the music industry.
In the 70’s Norwood was a lead singer and trumpeter for a soul band. Additionally,
Norwood is the father of superstar daughter Brandy and son Ray J. His
wife and manager, Sonja, along with plugs from Brandy finally convinced
Atlantic Records to listen and take a chance on him.
“‘Bout It” has a family theme, including a duo with Brandy on “A Love
Shared,” a song about a healthy bond between father and daughter. Additionally
Ray J. and W.T. Norwood join in the mix with “Have Thine Own Way,” which
starts off as a traditional hymn with W.T. doing a solo with piano accompaniment
then breaking into the harmonious pop duo of Ray J and Willie Norwood.
Willie Norwood penned “All That I Need,” a tribute to his wife and their
Although “‘Bout It” consist of mainly gospel remakes, Norwood adds a
fresh twist with his soulful vocals. Add to that the support team of The
Williams Brothers, Brandy, and Ray J., “‘Bout It” is bound to do well
in gospel and urban markets.