It’s hard to believe music mogul Andre Harrell died just last month (May 7). Known for founding Uptown Records in 1986, Harrell helped launch careers of some of R&B’s finest voices including Jodeci. K-Ci Hailey, the lead vocalist of the quartet, is paying tribute to Harrell — who was also his friend and mentor — with his new track titled “Tears In Heaven.” He also shared the accompanying visual, which can be watched below.
Hailey’s rendition of the grieving tune was originally performed by Eric Clapton, who co-wrote it with Will Jennings. The heartfelt song earned Clapton three Grammy Awards in 1993, including Best Pop Vocal Performance Male, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
K-Ci recently signed a record deal with P Music Group and is expected to drop more new music soon.
“This is a special time in my career, and I am thrilled about signing with P Music Group,” he said in 2019. “Now is the right time to reintroduce myself to my fans, and I promise that they won’t be disappointed in this new chapter.”
Listen to “Tears in Heaven” by K-Ci Hailey below. Watch the accompanying video below, as well.