Canadian funk legends Crack of Dawn team up with soul diva Melba Moore on new track “Tiempo”

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With over forty years of funk under their belts, Canada’s titans of soul Crack of Dawn have released a brand new single featuring Tony Award winner, Melba Moore.

Their new track “Tiempo” (meaning time in Spanish) was actually written by songwriters Dennis Nieves and Michael Dunston many years ago. The lyrics of the song follow the story of lovers needing time to find themselves again after a tumultuous breakup.

In 2020, the lyrics really hit home for co-writer Michael, with his wife battling a serious medical illness.

It is due to these circumstances, along with the added female accompaniment in Melba Moore, that really takes this song to an unprecedented level.

Tiempo is filled with an emotional interpretation that is hard to explain but is conveyed beautifully through soulful melody and the incredible voice of Melba Moore.

Crack of Dawn hit a milestone as the first Black Canadian band to sign with a major record label, joining Columbia back in 1975.

After the band’s first break up, many members began solo careers or joined other groups. Brother’s Rupert and Carl Harvery had other music success, with Rupert starting a solo career under the stage name “Ojiji”, co-founding reggae band Messenjah in the process.

Carl became lead guitarist for the ska and reggae band Toots and the Maytals, winning the Grammy for Best Reggae Album with “True Love” back in 2004.

Crack of Dawn reunited for a concert at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in 2012. Shortly after, the newly formed group started work on a new album. Previous members the Harvery brothers, Daley and Jones were joined by newcomers, Alexis Baro, Bela Hajmann, Charles Sinclair, Dennis Nieves, Joaquin Hidalgo, Mark Daniels and lead singer Michael Dunston.

In 2017, the group released the Spotlight album through Ford Street Records, produced by Carl Harvey, which has won many Indie awards.

Melba Moore features on “Tiempo” showing her outstanding vocal range – no wonder she is a four-time Grammy® nominee. She also won the 1970 Tony Award® for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, with her portrayal of Lutiebelle in Purlie.

Her other achievements include performing on Broadway as the first black actress to play the role of Fantine in Les Misérables. 

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Alongside her musical theatre career, she has also had a total of 11 top ten U.S hits on the Billboard charts over the past 4o years.

In 1986, she scored two number one R&B hits including the duet “A Little Bit More” with Freddie Jackson and with “Falling”. Her other popular songs include “Love the One I’m with (A Lot of Love)” , “It’s Been So Long” and “This Is It”.

Listen on Spotify to Melba’s top hits.

She was also the first female pop/R&B artist to do a non-operatic solo concert at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House and at the Olympia in Paris.

In 1986, Moore also headlined the CBS TV sitcom Melba, but its pilot episode aired the same night of the Challenger explosion, and the show was abruptly cancelled.

As the decade closed, she managed two further Top 10 R&B hits, “Do You Really (Want My Love)” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Moore continues into the 21st century as one of pop music’s most enduring artists.