RecognitioN (Jerrod Rankin and Rico Davis) was reared in the small town of Magee, Mississippi (approximately 44.8 miles from the state’s capital, Jackson). Growing up, the duo seemed to possess a notable level of talent and charisma that made them center of attention everywhere they went. As a result, J’Rod and Rico began crafting their own material with the hopes of releasing it nationally to the masses
In 2001, RecognitioN was introduced to manager Otis Thompson by a mutual family friend. After saving up some money for studio time, the then fourteen-year-olds paid for their first recording session with their mentor, Freddie Young. A few months later, Thompson signed the boys and relocated them to Jackson
“I chose to be RecognitioN’s manager because of their work ethic and phenomenal talent,” Thompson said. “I look forward to seeing them set a new precedent in R&B music.
RecognitioN’s musical influences include Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Smokie Robinson and Musiq Soulchild, amongst a host of others
The future looks very promising for RecognitioN, with super stardom on the horizon. Rico weighs in, “Everything is really happening fast and we’ve sacrificed a lot to follow our dreams. The thing that inspires us to do what we do is the smiles we put on our fan’s faces and the immense respect we have for the music. Our goal is not short-term successes. Our goal is to become legends. We’re going to transcend the current state of R&B music to the next level.
If one were to classify the duo’s sound, it would definitely fall into the genre of “edge music”, a genre and term coined by the group. “Edge music”, as they describe it, is a healthy mix of different genres including soul, pop, rock, jazz, R&B and several other genres. RecognitioN’s “edge music” pushes the envelope beyond previous leaps and bounds in the rhythm and blues genre
“Their name speaks for itself,” says Angie Stone, a R&B, soul, and neo soul singer-songwriter and avid supporter of the group. “It’s only a matter of time before the world recognizes them. In Webster’s Dictionary, the definitive term for “recognition” is the state of being recognized. J’Rod and Rico posses a certain relatability and level of musical talent that makes recognizing them inevitable.” Despite all of the setbacks and obstacles they’ve faced in their short lifetime, success, too, is inevitable for RecognitioN