Jackie Stoudemire

A chance meeting with Jackie Stoudemire- at a high school talent show-seemed, to Jeremiah, entirely fortuitous. By now, however, his pattern had been set. Like the other youth Yisreal recruited. Stoudemire grew up in Harlem, not far from the temple, and attended the High School of Music & Art with Annette Denvil. By 1982 standards, Jackie was patently hip, hanging with schoolmates Dana Dane and Slick Rick's Kangol Crew. In Jeremiah's eyes, she combined the perfect trait set: mature talent and work ethic with youth and impressionability. Within a few months, she was in-studio with Redd and Yisreal, where she would spend the lion's share of 1982. Jeremiah was putting significant dollars into the recordings, using dozens of musicians for every session, sometimes spending weeks perfecting the backing tracks. He upgraded studios, recording primarily at Right Track and Power Station, neither of them known for their affordability. Jackie's voice was cool and sure, not a hint of her age coming through the mix. The real nugget was "Guilty," one of the last songs Gene Redd would ever pen and some of the finest production work in a career that spanned four decades.

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