When: Sat., Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. 2013
Much as Sam Moore and Dave Prater did in the Sixties, Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey and Joel “JoJo” Hailey draw on the Southern gospel quartet tradition for their emotive soul vocals. The Monroe, North Carolina-born brothers were half of the hit-making new jack swing group Jodeci in the Nineties, and topped the R&B charts as a duo in 1998 with “All My Life.” K-Ci sings in a raspy, back-of-the-throat low tenor reminiscent of Bobby Womack, while his younger brother answers with higher pitched cries. Their one-two punch guarantees a knockout performance. The two, who recently released My Brother’s Keeper, their first full-length album in more than a decade, open for new jack swing king Keith Sweat on Saturday’s KBLX Hot Winter Night concert at The Paramount Theatre (2025 Broadway, Oakland).