From Radio Airplay Experts
In the world of music, he is known as Doc E.C., but behind the stage name stands Elijah Cole, a talented artist who has earned a Doctoral degree in Ministry. Hailing from the Petrochemical Capital of the World, Port Arthur, Texas, Doc E.C. shares his hometown with renowned musicians such as Janis Joplin, Clifton Chenier, DMD, Audi-Yo, and the legendary UGK.
Doc E.C. proudly labels himself as the Leader of the new Old School, a genre he believes has evolved over time, but he remains rooted in the classic R&B style akin to iconic artists like Charlie Wilson, Alexander O’Neal, and Johnny Gill. His music can also be described as "Soul Music," and he is open to letting his audience create their own categories, with "Mellow Funk" being one of the terms that aptly captures his vibe.
Throughout his musical journey, Doc E.C. has been greatly influenced by legends such as Prince, The Jacksons, and Luther Vandross, who continue to inspire him to this day. Producers and songwriters like Jam and Lewis, as well as Babyface, have left a lasting impact on his artistic vision.The likes of Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, El Debarge, James Ingram, and Jeffery Osborne are among the vocalists he deeply respects for their emotional and captivating delivery. Other influential acts that have contributed to his style include The Isley Brothers, Guy, and many others. Doc E.C. holds great admiration for artists who can match or even surpass the energy of their studio recordings in live performances.
Presently, Doc E.C.'s latest single is titled "Happy Tears." The song speaks about sentimental memories of a couple or a group of friends, cherishing the moments they shared with people who are no longer with them. The nostalgic vibe of "Happy Tears" tugs at the heartstrings, and Doc E.C. poured his emotions into the vocal delivery, making it a deeply moving and relatable piece.
As Doc E.C. continues to make his mark in the music industry, his blend of old-school soul and mellow funk promises to captivate audiences and evoke powerful emotions, solidifying his place among the greats he admires.
From Radio Airplay's Jon Wright
What's old is new again as Doc E.C. revives a soulfully classic R&B sound with the original track, "Please Take Care of My Heart"! From the beat to the lyrics and all the way through to Doc E.C.'s charismatic vocal performance, "Please Take Care of My Heart" is a love letter to the genres that shaped a generation! "Please Take Care of My Heart" is instantly endearing! The instrumental tones used here are delightfully nostalgic, capturing the essence of an era and made more engaging through Doc E.C.'s vocal work. Even the initial spoken call to action gives listeners an attention-grabbing glimpse of character from the artist and makes the rest of the song feel that much more lively. Doc's vocals are nicely controlled and pleasant for the style - giving gripping flashes of emotionality over the course of the track. Great lyrical flow and a nice vocal melody with moments like 2:23 bringing the experience to full life! Fans familiar with the Old School sounds of Soul and R&B will be delighted to know that Doc E.C. is cultivating hits from the NEW Old School - capturing a timeless romantic tension with nostalgia-drenched musicality in "Please Take Care of My Heart" and promising to catch the ears and win the hearts of listeners from a wide range of backgrounds! Artist target suggestions: Alexander O'Neal, The Whispers, L.T.D., The Deele, Change, DeBarge, Kashif, Phyllis Hyman, Freddie Jackson, Teddy Pendergrass, Karyn White, Al B. Sure!, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Teena Marie, Midnight Star, Meli'sa Morgan, Levert, Troop, Atlantic Starr.
About the Reviewer: Jon Wright is a trained multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and music educator with nearly twenty years of experience in the field. Working with musicians and their individual sounds is his passion and profession, and he strives to interact with and understand every aspect of the production process - from theory and songwriting to recording and mastering. He continues to teach students of all ages and is currently collaborating with artists in a wide variety of genres
"What Have I Done To You?" is the funky new release from veteran recording artist Doc E.C. The Native Texan wears his heart, as well as his musical influences, right on his sleeve. This track harkens back to the retro funk and soul sound that dominated the RnB scene in the 1980s and 90s, and features Doc E.C.'s mellifluous baritone vocals, as well as a synth and horn laden arrangement that's anchored by a rock solid funk rhythm section. "What Have I Done To You?" finds Doc being ghosted by a former lover, and him asking what he had done to deserve being cut off without so much as an explanation. Fans of classic RnB, funk, and soul should all be drawn to Doc E.C.'s authentic and emotional style, making "What Have I Done To You?" an easy recommendation for any enthusiasts of said genres.
The moment the song starts playing you feel like your at a party back in the day and ‘that jam‘ comes on and everyone is on the dance floor. ‘What Have I Done to You?’ is funky and the groove will instantly make you move.” - DA JOINT MUSIC BLOG - This Week In Music (Jul 26, 2021)
This track harkens back to the retro funk and soul sound that dominated the RnB scene in the 1980s and 90s, and features Doc E.C.'s mellifluous baritone vocals, as well as a synth and horn laden arrangement that's anchored by a rock solid funk rhythm section. "What Have I Done To You?" finds Doc being ghosted by a former lover, and him asking what he had done to deserve being cut off without so much as an explanation. Fans of classic RnB, funk, and soul should all be drawn to Doc E.C.'s authentic and emotional style, making "What Have I Done To You?" an easy recommendation for any enthusiasts of said genres.” - Steven Azami, Radio Airplay Song Review (Jul 09, 2021)