Ross School - Senior Project 2006-07

Student: Andrea Cymone Jackson                     

Mentor: Jody Heneveld

Consultant: Phillip Walker

Domain: Performing Arts


Title: Love is Passionate   


My Senior Project was to show how rhythm and blues genre was created and how it became what it is today First, I researched how rhythm and blues were created, then I wrote and produced my own songs, and lastly I interpreted one R&B song, “Angel of Mine” by Monica. My goal was to learn how to write songs and create an instrumental background. I have learned that the task is not easy, and it takes hard work to not only create a CD, but a track itself. If you are dedicated and you love what you do, you will be successful.


Senior Project Track 1, Senior Project Track 2, Senior Project Track 3


For my Senior Project, I chose to create a CD; entitled Love is Passionate, which consists of 4 original tracks. I chose to use R&B, because at this stage of my life I am most acquainted with this type of genre. R & B is represented as Rhythm and Blues. It is Blues with rhythm; it speaks of a sad circumstance that has a sort of upbeat tempo.

The choice of singing is because music touches the souls of people and also by way of music souls can find joy.  I have always had a passion for the genres of gospel, jazz, and R&B. They seemed to have a unique style that tells a personal story. The uniqueness of the tempo, the beat of the music, and the story line somehow intertwines. I also chose to sing because I have a family background of singers. I learned mostly from going to church and singing in the choirs, so I knew I had to use my passion for my senior project. I didn’t want to have a Senior Project that I didn’t care about or I wouldn’t have spent the time and hard work that I did. I learned that if I do something that is a passion of mine I will fulfill it too the best of my abilities.

My Goals for the project were to not only finish a CD and say that I have completed my senior project, but to better my voice, and to learn how to produce my own song, therefore becoming more familiar with the studio. Since I love to sing so much, I wanted to be able to show everyone what I could do on my own with a passion I love so dearly.

My cousin Mr. Phillip Walker worked with me as my community member and also as a studio producer. We met every week, from November through January, to finish up the CD in 8 sessions. My mother and father took the time to drive to Amityville every Sunday so I could sing. I had eight sessions total to record 4 songs. Each song took about 3 hrs each, the reason why I was in the studio eight times was to perfect the song. I wanted the CD to be done at the best of my abilities so I made sure that happened.

On January 19, 2007 I had to perform one of the songs on my CD, “Angel of Mine.” This was a great performance even though I felt that I should’ve sung more for the performance.

On January 23, 2007 I had to present my process of the entire senior project. This was the easiest part of the project. Telling my experiences and what I learned helped me actually understand what I can do. Through out this project I learned I can do anything if I put my mind to it.

The next step I will be taking with my CD is meeting with James Todd Smith also known as LL Cool J, an amazing hip-hop artist, also I will be completing Love is Passionate during the summer of 2007.  Hopefully I can have all the songs copy written by the end of the summer and then my CD will be promoted and then sold.

Bibliography or Works Cited

Colarullo, Luigi. Personal Interview. 8 Nov. 2006.

Colarullo, Luigi. Personal Interview. 9 Nov. 2006.

Coryat, Karl, and Denise Dobson. The Frustrated Songwriter’s Hand Book. San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2006.

India Arie. Acoustic Soul. Arie/Miller. Compaq Disc, 2001.

Jackson. Dorothy. Personal Interview.  7 Sept. 2006.

Monica. The Boy is mine. Lawrence/Potts. Compaq Disc. 1998.

Pearson, Kyle. Personal Interview.  23 Aug. 2006.

Ross, Courtney, and Nelson George. Listen up the lives of Quincy Jones. New York: Warner Books, 1990.

Simons, David. Studio Stories. San Francisco: Backbeat Books, 2004.

Walker, Phillip. “Love is Passionate.” Jackson, Andrea. 13 Nov. 2006.

Walker, Phillip. Personal Interview.  19, Nov. 2006.

Community Member (Details)

Phillip Walker is a Producer at Paw Studios located in Amityville, New York.