[Article from Billboard Online]
Janet Jackson, D'Angelo, and Stevie Wonder are among the superstar R&B artists who have contributed new songs to "Down In The Delta," a film that is the cinematic directorial debut of Maya Angelou. Due Dec. 8, the Virgin Records' soundtrack is a gorgeous homage to the poet/novelist, who specifically requested some of the set's featured acts, most notably Ashford & Simpson, a cappella powerhouse Sweet Honey In The Rock, and composer Stanley Clarke, who wrote the movie's score.
The first single from the soundtrack is the Leverts' "Where Would I Be," a poignant melody that shipped Oct. 27 to R&B outlets and has a video in rotation on BET. Chaka Khan's "Don't Talk 2 Strangers," the second single, will not be released to radio until January, but will have a video ready for BET by mid-November.
Among the other artists included on "Down In The Delta" are Luther Vandross & Cassandra Wilson, Sounds Of Blackness, Vanessa Williams, the Roots, and Sunday, a choral group being shepherded by Whitney Houston.
NEWSFILE: 14 NOVEMBER 1998
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