R&B crooner Joe has a reputation for making songs that make ladies feel cherished and loved. The Georgia native has been on the scene since 1993 creating hits like “All The Things (Your Man Won’t Do),”Â “Stutter,”Â and his new single, “If I Was Your Man.”Â His latest album, Ain’t Nothin’ Like Me, has already soared to the number one spot atop the R&B charts. The former church choir director is reveling in the success of his new album. Joe definitely isn’t taking a break to sit on the bench. Rap-Up.com got down with the singer to discuss his new couture clothing line, creating his own sexy wine, and readying for the first leg of his tour in Japan.
How are you enjoying the success of your new album?
I’m good with it. I’m just on tour right now and I’m still promoting at the same time. It’s going real good.
Is it hard promoting your album and being on tour right now with Brian McKnight?
It’s not hard at all. It’s real easy to be honest with you. It’s a lot easier now with the record out. I can do some songs on there that people might have heard by now.
You have a couple of features on this album with Nas, Papoose, Fabolous, and a few others. Which artist do you see working with again in the future?
I’ve always been a huge fan of Nas since Illmatic. It will always be a pleasure to work with him again. Papoose is that new kid. When I was with 50 back in the day, he was like, “This is the dude.”Â The Nas one is definitely the ultimate one I look at like, “I can definitely work with him again.”Â No question.
You write plenty of songs on your albums. Are there any artists that you would like to write for?
I got this song that’s sort of like a “What’s Love Got To Do With It”Â kind of vibe. I think that with Tina [Turner], she would be out of here with this record. She’s like the ultimate.
Are you single or are you settled?
I’m definitely not settled down. I’m single. I definitely want something serious though. It’s no fun when you want to put your heart into something but you’re just holding back. I don’t want to hold back no more.
What’s the craziest rumor that you’ve ever heard about yourself?
I heard at one point that I was seeing a real good friend of mine. It was a rumor about me and Chico.
Chico DeBarge. Yup.
What was the pressure like being the son of not one, but two preachers? Do you still experience any pressure making songs?
No. I got over that a long time ago after I did “All The Things Your Man Won’t Do.”Â That just broke me real good. Now they understand and the business is so great for them too.
When was the last time you’ve been to church?
It’s been a minute.
You’ve been in this game for over a decade now. What are some of the major changes that you see in yourself or in the industry that has made you change as an artist?
This record industry will definitely make you change. It will make you grow up a lot faster. When you start taking on a lot of money, you start helping out a lot of people. It definitely makes you step up a lot and it makes you realize that no matter how bad you want it, you will never be young again. You have a lot of great benefits and a lot of great things that can happen to you. I credit everything through my success by remaining humble. My loyalty, my dignity and my integrity means a lot.
What was the last big purchase that you made?
I just bought this new whip. I don’t know if I should tell you.
Tell me. A Maserati?
No. It’s a little crazier than that. It’s this Aston Martin.
What’s the next thing for you with 30 being the new 20?
I just got a couple of small things, a clothing line called J. Thomas. It’s a European feel and it’s more high-end kind of couture. I also have my wine, Sauvignon Blanc, and a tequila called SoHo. I’m touring right now with Brian McKnight. We’ve been on tour for a couple of weeks. I’m doing my own tour at the end of the year. I’m leaving for Japan at the end of August.