Coline Cruezot - You Tried It

Should we be thanking Tamar Braxton for putting us on to Coline Creuzot? The singer and reality TV star’s token comeback phrase of choice, “You tried it,” has become especially popular amongst female social media crowds, and a catchphrase of sorts for avid watchers of the show Braxton Family Values.

“You Tried It” also happens to be the name of local R&B singer-songwriter Coline Creuzot’s newest single. Cruezot, Houston-born and bred but Hampton University-cultivated, is perhaps one of the city’s best-kept musical secrets. She’s opened for the likes of Drake, Keyshia Cole, and T.I. on their concert spots, and inked a deal with Sony ATV/EMI records back in 2011. Her debut EP, Acapella Now, touched down two years ago, and caught a few eyes and ears, but ultimately didn’t reach as many people as it could have.

So what’s the difference between 2012 and 2014? Evolution. The voice that had its beginnings at an early age and developed further in singing competitions and her church choir, now has the life experiences to accompany her strong vocals. Whereas Acapella Now was dominated by more a teeny-pop feel, there’s a maturity in Coline’s sound now that demands listeners take notice.

That maturity is obvious on “You Tried It,” where Creuzot sounds like the missing piece of a 90s R&B girl group – someone who would have fit in perfectly in a SWV or an En Vogue, yet clearly would have outshined everyone else. Producer Drew Scott merges horns and a riding beat over which Coline vents hurt and frustration over being betrayed by the man she loves. The hook alone will almost immediately call to mind Deborah Cox’s “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here,” but that’s where the comparisons end. For three minutes and thirty-seven seconds, Creuzot takes us on an emotional rollercoaster ride of a break-up/”fed-up” song.

“You Tried It” is the first taste of Coline Cruezot’s upcoming Cruez Control EP. There’s no release date for it yet, but “You Tried It” will certainly keep Coline’s name and voice in your head until more news about the project drops.