For those of you who have been waiting patiently, he is back! For those of you who don't know him, introduce yourself to Brandhi Irvon and let him touch your soul. You'll be glad that you did. It's been 9 years since this Atlanta-based artist's last release and his long-awaited sophomore project, The Renaissance Room, will leave you wanting more. As in his first release, Imagination Fruit, Brandhi's talent for storytelling and emotional expression through song is still strongly evident. Winning 14 Georgia Music Industry Association (GMIA) awards for songwriting, there seems to be a consensus that Brandhi is a genuine tunesmith. In The Renaissance Room, themes of love and human struggle run deep throughout the compositions. From the carefree, soft-loving feeling of Where U Are, to the perils of mistaken identity in the heart-stopping piece Moby, to the ethereal A Song For Josephine, each song will draw you in. You actually want to listen to what Brandhi is saying and sharing with the world. Not only is there a wonderful lyrical journey to be taken on The Renaissance Room, but there is also an equally beautiful musical path to explore. Earth-tone percussion peppered with African and Aboriginal rhythms, smoky-flavored bass lines, standout guitar licks, warm flute, heart-piercing vocals, as well as a sultry live horn section (played by Brandhi and his son Brookes) color this album. With such a sensual musical mix, an incredible ride is in store and you are pleasantly surprised as each song unfolds. Truly a Renaissance man, Brandhi has brought to life a room in his imagination in a way that only he could do. Besides writing, producing, arranging and playing instruments for The Renaissance Room, Brandhi has also created a series of oil paintings inspired by the songs -- exploring yet another artistic form to further bring his expressions to life. 'It was strange how it happened. In one room in my home I started working on new songs, not necessarily for any project ... just writing what I felt. In another room, I started painting oil expressions that seemingly had nothing to do with the music until it started to become obvious that one was starting to influence the other. The paintings evolved as I wrote the songs, quite unintentionally ... almost a life of their own. I then saw that I couldn't separate the two art forms from one another. It felt so unique and electric that I felt compelled to do a complete project.' There is really no one way to describe Brandhi's musical sound. The Michigan-born artist prefers the term 'New Age Soul'. This provides, for him, a melting pot where he pours pop, folk and blues over his R&B roots to come up with 'musical colors' uniquely his own. 'I used to be concerned about who would listen to or like my music -- The R&B listeners or the James Taylor/Tracy Chapman crowd? The funkateers or the Sade listeners? Now, I am comfortable enough with myself and my art to where I just let it flow. It will find it's listener.' In honor of his father, Melvin E. Wooden, who passed away due to complications related to diabetes, Brandhi will be donating proceeds from the sale of The Renaissance Room to diabetes-related causes. 'My father and many of my aunts and uncles have passed away as a result of complications from diabetes. My father lost both legs and eventually his sight. No one should have to experience that. It is time that we all became more aware of it's affect on our family and friends. I would like to do my part in helping to educate and eventually finding a cure.' There is something to be said for patience and anticipation. But hopefully, it won't be another 9 years before Brandhi gives us more of what we've all come to expect from this diverse musical talent -- head-bopping, toe-tapping, soul-stirring and thought-provoking music enveloped around quality songwriting and compelling storytelling ... honest, sensitive, sensible, sensual songs we truly want to listen to and love. But for now, the wait is over. Hit 'play' and come inside The Renaissance Room. You will never want to leave.