Good news, Aaliyah fans — an album of the late singer’s unreleased material is on the way, according to Jeffey “J. Dub” Walker. The producer, who co-wrote the tracks “I Refuse” and “What If” for her Aaliyah’s 2001 self-titled album, tweeted the following yesterday: “Just got great news today; the smash unreleased song called ‘Steady Ground’ I produced on #Aaliyah is gonna be on her upcoming album:)” Hear a demo of the Static Major-featuring track below.
Walker told site You Know I Got Soul the following yesterday, regarding “Steady Ground”:
“It was really the first single after ‘Rock The Boat’, but my engineer was mixing the record and somehow lost the vocals. So the vocals that you hear are really just the demo vocals. The final vocals got erased, so yeah. So that’s why it didn’t make the album.”
UPDATE: Aaliyah’s brother Rashad Haughton tweeted today, “There is no official album bring released and supported by the Haughton family.” (Interesting — though, essentially, this doesn’t mean there won’t be an album released at all.) Rashad’s tweets are private, but You Know I Got Soul posted a screen grab of the short Twitter statement.
Aaliyah, who would have celebrated her 33rd birthday in January, died in an airplane crash on August 25, 2001.
Are you looking forward to hearing her unreleased songs, including a properly-produced version of “Steady Ground”?