Five decades into a genre-crossing career, Jeffrey Osborne in 2018 released his first album of original material — Worth It All — in 15 years.
The richly deep-toned vocalist started out on the drum set during his teenage years, but by the time he joined then-simmering soul outfit L.T.D. in the early 1970s, the way was paved for his dynamic pipes to shine on.
The six-year recording period which saw him lead the band’s classics “Love Ballad,” “Back in Love Again,” “Holding On,” and “Never Get Enough of Your Love” to the upper reaches of the R&B charts was followed by nearly a decade’s worth of solo hits spanning both soaring ballads (“On the Wings of Love,” “You Should Be Mine,” “Only Human”) and contagious up-tempo anthems (“Stay with Me Tonight,” “Don’t You Get So Mad,” and “She’s on the Left”).
Worth It All finds Osborne picking up where he left off in the vein of new songs with 2003’s Music Is Life, remarkably displaying as much vocal agility and ease with range as ever atop a variety of urban-contemporary grooves and melodic R&B ballads that often reach back to harmonic and structural sensibilities of 1980s soul while bearing a rhythmic foundation that adult-contemporary audiences came to appreciate during the early 2000s.
Osborne’s solo career has brought him four Grammy nominations and five gold and platinum albums. He still performs around the world.