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Joe hopes to return R&B to its romantic 'essence'

Joe hopes to return R&B to its romantic 'essence'

With more than 20 years of experience, R&B singer Joe has had a front-row seat to watch the genre evolve. 

And in 2014, the 41-year-old singer born Joseph Thomas believes R&B needs to remember romance — and being in love with more than only yourself — still matters. To him, the influence of rap's street bravado has chilled a genre that has long identified with warmth.

“I just want it to be a little bit more about love and more about respect, and to talk about things that's going on right now, as opposed to bigging yourself up and making yourself look real smooth and fly,” Joe said on the phone earlier this week from New Jersey. (He was calling from a waiting...