“New Orleans Medley”
Jerard and Jovaun
Independent (release date: December 4, 2020)
By Robert M. Marovich
Yes, this single came out late last year and yes, whatever vestiges of Mardi Gras that were able to take place this year are but a memory, but nevertheless, the “New Orleans Medley” conjures sufficient joy to be without season.
From Jerard and Jovaun Woods, a husband-and-wife duo who perform as Jerard and Jovaun, the medley sets congregational songs and gospels to New Orleans musical sass. The best part is when the couple breaks out into “What He’s Done for Me,” as a clarinet jazzes in the background. It would have been even better had traditional jazz instruments been prominent throughout, instead of a synth.
The couple produced “New Orleans Medley” with Quennel Gaskin, who also contributed to the songwriting. On their EP, the medley appears in two parts.