Singer-songwriter DR King drops his debut single – “Love is a Drug” – on CelebMix. Reuniting once again with Jackie Foster, the two alums from The Voice serve up a scrumptious musical potion for listeners.
“Love is a drug” is from King’s forthcoming EP, It’s My Life. Co-written by King, two-time Grammy winner Marc Swersky, and Brielle Brown, the song was produced by Swersky, and cut-live at Shorefire Recording Studios in New Jersey.
From Cleveland, Ohio, King and his six brothers and sisters grew up in simple circumstances. At the age of three, King began singing in his church choir. Later, he sang in the R. Nathaniel Dett Choir at the Cleveland School of the Arts. After college, King taught music at St. John the Baptist Parish, LaPlace, Louisiana, followed by teaching first grade at Hope Academies in Cleveland.
King was a Top 12 contestant on Season 14 of NBC’s The Voice. A member of Team Kelly Clarkson, his dynamic voice and charisma established him as a fan favorite. In his battle round with Jackie Foster, the duo made Voice history when they performed a dazzling duet of Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times,” and were not eliminated.
The duet hit the Top 100 on iTunes’ inclusive chart, landing at #71, and soared to #22 on iTunes’ pop singles chart, as well scoring a spot on YouTube’s Top Trending videos.
Opening with creamy, radiant colors, “Love is a Drug,” flows into a softly shimmering pop tune flavored with nuances of soul and R&B. King’s lush, evocative voice handles the first verse, infusing it with aching passion. When Foster’s sumptuous tones enter, the song assumes simmering sensuality. The two voices merge on the bridge, and then soar with swelling, gorgeous harmony on the chorus.
When Foster hits the high notes, propelling the song to celestial heights, it sends shivers up and down your spine. What a voice! The music mounts with her tones, imbuing the tune with towering harmonics.
The lyrics are simple, yet unforgettably moving, especially when paired with the glorious music.
“How can I quit you / You’re all in my veins / You’re driving me crazy / You’re crazy insane / I can’t live without you / I gotta get some / You pierce like a needle / Then you leave me numb.”
“Love is a Drug” is superb, emotionally haunting, and suffused in scrumptious colors. The blending of two spectacular voices hits with the same impact as Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes on “Up Where We Belong.”
Stream “Love is a Drug” on Spotify.