NEW YORK, Aug. 23 - The urban/pop/soul musician Lyfe Jennings is back on the charts as his new album, The Phoenix, enters the Billboard Top 200 at #2, having SoundScanned 136,065 pieces its first week in the stores. The Phoenix has also debuted at #1 on the R&B Album Sales chart, according to SoundScan. The Phoenix is the eagerly-awaited successor to Lyfe's breakout debut album, Lyfe 268-192." Released in August 2004, Lyfe 268-192 peaked at #39 on the Top 200 nearly a year after its release and went on to achieve an RIAA platinum certification (for sales of 1,000,000 records) in January 2006. It's been an amazing couple of years for Lyfe, who brought down the house at "Good Morning America" on August 17 with a passionate performance of "Goodbye." Lyfe's recent duet with Alicia Keys, a soul-shaking version of the Curtis Mayfield classic, "People Get Ready," may be heard in the Jerry Bruckheimer film, "Glory Road." Lyfe closed out 2005 with his highly successful "Lyfe Experience" headline tour, which included guest artists Goapele and Vivian Green. Lyfe spent the larger part of summer 2005 on tour with his Grammy-winning Columbia Records labelmate John Legend. A two-time #1 Billboard Heatseekers album (2/20/05 & 3/6/05), Lyfe 268-192 was released on August 17, 2004 and immediately established the worldly and poetic Lyfe as an aesthetic force of nature with mainstream and underground support. Rolling Stone (Nov. 11, 2004) found Lyfe's songs "... eloquent in their depiction of struggle ... ." "Filled with a genuine rawness reminiscent of Sam Cooke or Donny Hathaway," wrote the edgy New York taste-making YRB, "'Lyfe 268-192' is a thought-provoking journey into the soul of a man whose lyrics tell a melodic story of the everyday realities that affect us all, yet allows us to exhale because somebody finally gets it." Lyfe brings the full force of his songs to his concert audiences, winning converts wherever he plays. "Bringing only an acoustic guitar to the hallowed 125th Street venue," wrote the hip-hop bible The Source (July 2004), "Lyfe won over the notoriously demanding Apollo crowd and dominated the Amateur Show competition, winning five straight times." ------------------------------- Source: Sony Urban Music/Columbia Records
Lyfe Change, the new album from Lyfe Jennings, marks the artist's second straight #1 on Billboard's Top R&B Albums Chart, a feat he first accomplished in August 2006 with the release of his sophomore collection, The Phoenix. Lyfe's latest album includes the hit "Never Never Land," currently at #14 as it climbs the Urban Adult Chart, as well as "Brand New" featuring T.I., and the beautiful love song "Midnight Train," guaranteed to pierce anyone's heart. "Lyfe's success is due to having an amazing ability to connect with his female audience through his lyrics and melodies," said Music World Entertainment's Mathew Knowles. "Lyfe has a keen sense of the business of music, works extremely hard and is open to suggestions of improvement." It's been an amazing road for Lyfe, who developed the gritty and soulful vision displayed on his debut album LYFE 268-192 while serving a ten-year sentence in prison. Within weeks of his release from prison in 2002, Lyfe was performing on-stage at Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater. He's since gone on to establish himself as an aesthetic force of nature with mainstream and underground support. His incredibly raw talent and ability to own the stage was proven during his highly successful 2006 headline tour "The Lyfe Experience." Lyfe is scheduled to give his fans a powerful concert experience this summer as he embarks on a twenty city tour. Stay tune for details.