In addition to his brilliant and always more than satisfying work as an original songwriter, Jarrod Lawson over the years has covered several well-chosen songs by other artists, the latest is released today. “Footsteps In The Dark” was originally recorded by the Isley Brothers in 1977 and released on “Go For Your Guns”.
Jarrod’s new version includes some soulful guitar playing courtesy of Chance Hayden and also sports an amazing, longer keyboard solo midway through the song, adding some George Duke-style jazz/fusion touches to the recording. Jarrod seems to have the perfect voice for this classic, starting out with his cool falsetto and coming up with an intensely melodic backing vocals arrangement.
There have been a few cover versions over the years and I always thought that “Tell Me If You Still Care”, one of my favorite tunes by the S.O.S. Band, had a lot of “Footsteps” moments. I remember a cover version by the girl group Body, released on their 1990 MCA LP “Easy To Love”, with production and arrangement by Angela Winbush and Ronald Isley. Also, Maysa recorded the tune on her 2017 album “Love Is A Battlefield”. And there is another veritable version by singer Toni Redd on her 2004 debut “Straight From The Heart”.