When Brandyn Burnette announced last year that he would be recording solo as EMAN8 going forward, we knew that he was definitely going to spread his wings stylistically. To date, singles such as “Amen” and “Inspired” have seen the L.A.-based singer/songwriter go back to his St. Louis blues and soul roots without losing any pop elements. “Grateful” is possibly the best preview yet of EMAN8’s upcoming album. It’s a song that simply makes you smile, drenched mainly in Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff reggae rhythms which connect with the soul and hip hop inspiration that have been integral parts of Brandyn’s previous releases. One thing we have all learned from his music is that EMAN8 wears his feelings on his skin – what you see is always what you get. “Grateful” is perfect soul food for feel-good sunny days where we can chill and enjoy and be thankful for one other.