Every Beat Of My Heart

Studio Album by released in 2005
Every Beat Of My Heart's tracklist:
Intro
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I Got Love
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I'm Heat (featuring The Game)
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In Love with A Thug (featuring R. Kelly)
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Sumthin'
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Youll Never Find
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Take Me as I am (featuring Wyclef Jean)
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Every Beat Of My Heart
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I'm Through (featuring Millie Jackson)
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You Can Do Better (featuring Tank)
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Thats Enough
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Come Around My Way
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Not Looking (Written by Mike City) (bonus track)
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Every Beat Of My Heart review

Every Beat of My Heart examines the joys and perils of inner city life and love

No one remembers Sharissa, the R&B songstress responsible for the 2002 hit Any Other Night featuring Busta Rhymes. Her first album, No Half Steppin’ was only moderately successful, and upon release its author quietly faded away and out of our memory. Fast-forward to 2006, and Sharissa has resurfaced with a new album, this time determined to stay on top of R&B world. The streets are always talking and their disciples listen closely. However, there are few who can bear witness to its manifested truths and recount them like urban folklore to the world. It takes a musical apostle to give voice to gritty street tales of love and war through the gift of song. That voice of the streets is Sharissa. Every Beat of My Heart unapologetically examines the joys and perils of inner city life and love. "This album is a diary of my life," says the songstress. "I didn't talk about anything that I haven't experienced. I've been through it all and these songs have given me an opportunity to reflect on my life and learn from my mistakes." Having been a backup singer, Sharissa understands the importance of support, and on her sophomore effort she employs heavyweight talent to boost her own profile.

R. Kelly, Wyclef Jean, The Game are featured

The musical autobiography begins with the mid-tempo duet In Love With A Thug featuring R&B kingpin R. Kelly, a conflicting confessional by a woman lamenting about the repercussions of falling in love with a drug dealer. The melancholy torcher You Can Do Better featuring Tank, compares an unrequited love to a platonic friendship, which evolves into a budding romance, while the hip-hop infused Take Me As I Am featuring Wyclef Jean, pays a respectful nod to the beauty of unconditional love. The bass-heavy club banger I'm Heat featuring rapper The Game, is sure to be a bona fide club hit, while the sentimental That's Enough, shuns materialism for the simplicity of love. Female anthems such as I'm Through featuring Millie Jackson (a spin on the Bobby Womack classic I'm Through Trying to Prove My Love To You), and Youll Never Find serve as an appropriate tandem to the cause-and-effect of ending a fledging relationship. Also in this sensuous aural mix is the ultra-sexy Sumthin' and the heartfelt I Got Love.

Sharissa does a good job keeping her rhythms varied

From childhood, Motown's Sharissa wanted to carve a place for herself in the world of music. Raised in New York City's infamous Bronx borough, Sharissa's musical tastes were influenced by her mom's affinity for legendary greats like Sugar Hill Gang, Stephanie Mills, The Emotions and Denise Williams. At the tender age of seven, the diminutive songbird's vocals permeated her neighborhood street corners. Despite her youth, the songstress developed a cult following in her Edenwald Projects neighborhood luring crowds with her soulful timbre. Like most singers, Sharissa once sang in a local church choir, but later ditched the pews for a local R&B band. At the start of her career, Sharissa found herself providing backing vocals. During this period she worked with a list of artists that included Wyclef, Beanie Sigel, Father MC, and Carl Thomas. Though she calls her new album the “diary of her life,” Sharissa is much more comparable to Mary J. Blige than Alicia Keys. Like Mary, Sharissa has an affinity for singing over hip-hop beats, and supplementing her songs with verses from popular rappers and fellow R&B singers. The production is fairly solid; most notable are beats by R&B producers Mario Winans and Tim & Bob. Sharissa also does a good job keeping her rhythms varied, with songs styles ranging from the bluesy I’m Through to the rock tinged You’ll Never Find. Sharissa’s brand of street soul is authentic and unconventional. Upon listening to Every Beat of My Heart, one can learn the true essence of this woman.