AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson
Signing with Atlantic and sporting a sexy image, Marvin Gaye’s grown-up daughter, Nona Gaye, set her sights on 1992’s urban contemporary market with Love for the Future. The inevitable question was, „Does she sound anything like her father?,“ and the answer is a definite „no.“ Nor does she need to. Gaye should, of course, be judged on her own merits and not held up to the impossibly high standards he set. Those who complained because this CD sounded nothing like What’s Going On were being ridiculous and unfair. Gaye obviously wanted to record urban contemporary music, not soul. But even by urban contemporary standards, this is an unremarkable album. Gaye isn’t a great singer by any means, and she sounds like a lukewarm Janet Jackson wannabe on both formulaic, knee-jerk synth-funk like „Fever “ (which features Charles Wilson of the Gap Band) and „Natural Motion“ and slower numbers such as „I’m Overjoyed“ and „The Things That We All Do For Love.“ Love for the Future is an album to avoid.
Mini Bio (1)
It was inevitable that Nona Gaye would become a singer – she is the granddaughter of Cuban jazz great Slim Gaillard, the niece of R&B singer/songwriter Frankie Gaye and the daughter of soul legend Marvin Gaye. Signed to Third/Stone Atlantic at 14, Nona released „Love for the Future“ in 1992, which included the top 20 hit „I’m Overjoyed“. But it was acting that give Nona a name of her own. With no acting experience and her agents warning her not to get her hopes up, she won the role of Ali (2001)opposite Academy Award-nominee Will Smith. Nona went on to play Zee in the „Matrix“ sequels, replacing singer Aaliyah after her sudden death in a plane crash. In 2004, Nona provided the voice for Hero Girl in The Polar Express (2004), which also starred Tom Hanks. Nona has plans to return to the music studio as well as the silver screen. „My music will always reflect upon my family’s legacy or people’s expectations,“ Nona told Interview Magazine in 2001. „But acting’s all mine.“