Recently released, the song “LIT” has become a real hit with the American public, and it has everything to explode among Brazilians! Performed by the vocals of singer and music producer Jeff Timmons, one of the founders of the group 98 Degrees, nominated for a Grammy, the track came to mark the beginning of a new era of his musical career.
Collaborated with Pompey, “LIT” debuted at #1 on the iTunes dance chart and peaked at #19 on Beatport. During his career, the Canton, Ohio-born singer began his career in mid-1996 by forming a boy band with Nick Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Drew Lachey. Check out the interview!
You recently released the single “Lit” with rapper/producer Pompey, which is available now on digital platforms. How was the creation of this project and how was the partnership with Pompey?
It was incredible working with Pompey. I was introduced to him by James Brown’s former business manager, Larry Fridie. We wrote and produced it for another artist, but Pompey and Larry liked the way I demo’d up the vocals and insisted we keep this version.
How does it feel to know that your song debuted at #1 on the iTunes dance chart and is already #19 on Beatport?
It’s been a dream for me. I never thought I’d have a number one on the dance charts, but I’ll take it. I feel I’ve been blessed!
What are the best memories you have as an artist? And what tip would you give to an artist who is just starting out?
I’ve performed for Michael Jackson with Usher and Luther Vandross, collaborated with Stevie Wonder for Disney, did a song with Mariah Carey, sang for Presidents, and the list goes on. It’s been incredible. For artists, I would say self-belief is of the utmost importance. Stay humble, and treat everyone with respect. Don’t let anyone out-work you, and have faith!
As we can see, new technologies have also been super important for artists, because in addition to getting closer to the public, through them we can see how music is being accepted by the public. In your opinion, what are the most important points for a singer to be in the media today?
I think what exists for artists and their ability to reach their fans is amazing. That being said, I think it’s incredibly important to grassroots promote and marry being there physically and doing the promotional work with all of the technical assets that are out there and ever-changing.
With the release of “Lit”, you said in a statement that you were looking to give a “new direction” to a song that was different and would light up the dance scene. What are your new expectations for this stage of your career?
I’m just having fun experimenting with all kinds of styles and music. There are no rules, and as long as people are accepting and excited about my music, I’ll continue to try new things.
On March 20th of this year, you and producer Pompey played “Lit” for the first time in Boston during the St. Patrick’s Day. How was the reception of the public and the experience of this presentation?
It was amazing. The crowd was incredible! I was especially excited for Pompey and his chance to perform in front of such a massive and energetic crowd.
Would you like to leave a message for the Brazilian public?
I hope you all enjoy “Lit!” There’s much more to come. I can’t wait to make my way to Brazil! Love you!