Naomi Shelton first lifted her soulful voice into our family back in the Desco days of the late 1990’s. Under her maiden name, Naomi Davis, she gave us Fourty First Street Breakdown which has become a secret weapon for funk DJ’s. Next came the coveted Wind Your Clock 10, which surfaced only as test pressing due to the record company’s untimely demise. Later she fronted Sugarman and Co. delivering 2001’s Promised Land.
All of these have earned her a box seat in the theater of Funk & Soul collectors. However there is another side of Naomi that has been stirring folks longer and deeper than any funk record could ever. Like most great Soul singers, Naomi is first and foremost a Gospel singer. She has spent her life lifting her voice in churches from Alabama to Brooklyn. Though her Gospel voice (and true last name of Shelton) has been a part of the Daptone Family’s life for years, performing under the musical direction of the legendary Cliff Driver whose band often featured members of the Daptone rhythym section, it has never before been allowed to fully blossom on wax in it’s most natural, beautiful, and powerful form.