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Case says it was the death of his late grandmother that made him reconsider, along with the death of a superstar he was inspired by.

“From the time I was a little kid, she was real instrumental [in my musical career] from the time I was a kid. She introduced me to Ray Charles’ music and James Brown and she would make us do concerts for company. And then a month later, Michael Jackson passed who was the first person I really idolized in music. When they passed it made me go back and listen to that old stuff and that’s what sparked it back.”

Case, a New York City native that was the last artist on Def Jam that Russell Simmons personally signed says that he’d been ready to just do shows, collect residuals and take his four kids back and forth to school, but those death sparked a creative renaissance that got him back in the studio. The result is Heaven’s Door, which is no departure from the kinds of sultry ballads that made him a reliable hitmaker in the 90’s.

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