An audio clip of a brand-new WICKED WISDOM track, entitled "Something Inside of Me", has been posted online at WickedWisdom.net.
WICKED WISDOM, who have been confirmed as the final band on the second stage of this year's Ozzfest, were previously described by MTV.com as an EVANESCENSE-esque act that Pinkett Smith, the band's frontperson and the wife of actor/rapper Will Smith, has said is influenced by ANI DIFRANCO, PRINCE, TORI AMOS and SEVENDUST. The group also includes a guy named Pocket on guitar, another fellow named Rio on bass, keyboardist Cameron Graves and drummer Phillip Fisher (founding member of FISHBONE). This summer's Ozzfest stint will mark WICKED WISDOM's first North American tour: The group primarily perform club gigs in and around Los Angeles, although they have opened for PAPA ROACH and were the support act for BRITNEY SPEARS' 2004 European tour.
"Something Inside of Me" will be included on the Ozzfest 2005 summer sampler, which will be available at the Ozzfest Summer Sampler tent for free, and as a consolation prize in the Village of the Damned at any of the game booths.
In a recent interview, Ozzfest tour organizer Sharon Osbourne defended the decision to add WICKED WISDOM to this year's bill, stating, "I wasn't sure what to expect when I went to see WICKED WISDOM play last April in a tiny [Los Angeles] club at midnight. But let me tell you, I was blown away. When you see and hear Jada with her band it's apparent that she has nothing but love and respect for this genre of music. I totally respect that the band wants to pay their dues playing the second stage on Ozzfest."
WICKED WISDOM are said to be writing material for their debut album, which they are co-producing with Ulrich Wild (P.O.D., INCUBUS, STATIC-X). The group are managed by James Lassiter and Miguel Melendez at Overbrook Entertainment, the production/management company owned by Will Smith.