First Listen: Kyle Maack reintroduces himself with "Here I Am"

Darnea N. Samuels • • May 29, 2018

"After introducing himself to music fans through fresh remakes of Temptations classics on his 2017 debut EP, Shakey Ground, soul man Kyle Maack - the first artist signed to the 10/30 International record label, run by Dr. Otis Williams of The Temptations - assured fans that they could expect new, original content from him, starting with the music video for "Here I Am," the original track that he and Dr. Williams penned together for Maack's EP.

Following much anticipation, the "Here I Am" video premiered just days after Kyle Maack performed the smooth slow jam in his live set for The Temptations at their album release party, celebrating the legends' latest album, 'All The Time'..."


The Temptations, SJ soul singer Kyle Maack host event to help veterans

Carol Comegno • Courier Post/USA Today • Apr 25, 2018

"The Temptations of Motown fame are coming to a small Camden County town to support the premiere of a music video by a local protégé, newly signed rhythm and blues recording artist Kyle Maack.  The R&B legends also are celebrating a new album, “All the Time,” —  the group's first in eight years.

Maack and The Temptations, his idols and mentors, will appear May 3 in his native Berlin Borough at The Vault listening room inside the headquarters of Victor Records, a musical history repository of the famous recording company that began as the Victor Talking Machine Co. in Camden..."

Follow-Up: Soul man Kyle Maack responds kindly to criticism on Temptations remake

Darnea N. Samuels • • Dec 9, 2017

"Back in May of this year, we shared a "First Listen" with you that was the debut release from a young blue-eyed soul singer named Kyle Maack, the first artist signed to the 10/30 International record label, which is run by the co-founder and only remaining original member of The Temptations, Dr. Otis Williams (Williams received his honorary doctorate from Stillman College in May 2006). 

Maack's first single was a cover of The Temptations' 1984 hit, "Treat Her Like a Lady," and it featured the 2017 lineup of The Temptations - including Williams - on background vocals.  That was one of three Temptations covers on Kyle Maack's debut EP, Shakey Ground, released in August 2017.  The EP concludes with a stirring original ballad penned by Maack and Williams called, 'Here I Am'..."

Sky's the limit for soul singer Kyle Maack

Kimberly C. Roberts • Philadelphia Tribune • Aug 25, 2017

"With only five months remaining before his separation from the U.S. Air Force and a contract with Temptations’ legend Otis Williams’ record company, 10/30 International, already in place, it appears that the sky is indeed the limit for soul singer Kyle Maack, whose five-track EP titled “Shakey Ground,” hits online platforms on Friday.

Only 25 years old, Maack first became aware of the Temptations by listening to their music with his grandmother, and watching the Emmy and Image Award-winning miniseries, “The Temptations.” It is Maack’s lifelong fascination with the group that led to this unique opportunity for the Berlin, N.J., native..."

First Listen: Alongside protégé, The Temptations “Treat Her Like a Lady” again

Darnea N. Samuels • • May 9, 2017

"In 1984, The Temptations showed us that chivalry isn’t dead with their now-classic tune, “Treat Her Like a Lady,” which featured then-lead singer Ali-Ollie Woodson.  Now in 2017, the song has been given some new flavor.  And for Kyle Maack, who sings lead on this updated version, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. 

No, Kyle isn’t the Tempts’ new lead singer; rather, he’s Otis Williams’ protégé, a young old soul who grew up idolizing the Emperors of Soul, learning their songs and studying their choreography.  (He’s also connected to The Temptations in other ways -- his godfather Bruce Williamson is a former lead singer of the group; and Kyle performed in the Air Force’s music ensemble, Tops in Blue, as did 20-year Temptation Terry Weeks)..."