[youtube id=”9TF7JsQEnyQ”]Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis are releasing their first compilation album this year after writing decades of hits for others. They explained in their Instagram post how they had intended to release an album as artists thirty years ago but songs they wrote were eventually used by Janet Jackson on Control, her breakout album. In their quest to expand they started Perspective Records and made the Sounds Of Blackness their first artist and they had a hit with their single “Optimistic.” Jam and Lewis reunited with Ann Nesby and the late James “Big Jim” Wright who both were past members of the group. Singer Lauren Evans is also featured on the gospel-heavy tunes. The song is the first one from the forthcoming Jam & Lewis Vol. 1 due in the coming months.