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What does it take to be great? Have you ever thought of what goes into being recognized around the world for excelling in your work and accomplishing what most would consider impossible? What does it feel like to become immortalized by text, sound and picture? How much discipline does it take to stay relevant at your field of work for over 40 years? What does it say about a persons character when their memory will live on long after they physically leave the earth? How do you become a LEGENDARY FIGURE? Many people will live their entire lives without even trying to fathom the answers.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST
Born June Deniece Chandler (birthdate June 3, 1950) known by her stage name, Deniece Williams is an American Grammy Award-winning singer,songwriter and record producer who achieved success in the 1970s and 1980s. Ms. Williams, whose music has been influenced by Soul and Funk, is known for her hits such as Free, Lets Hear It for the Boy, Its Gonna Take a Miracle, and for her many vocal duets with Johnny Mathis. Before entering into the music industry, Deniece attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland in the hopes of becoming a registered nurse and an anesthetist. During that time she performed on the side.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST
One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists, two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and sax prowess since her debut album in 2000. No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and abandon. She has garnered ten #1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 spots on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz album chart.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST
For three decades, the GRAMMY®-nominated pianist/composer/ arranger David Benoit has reigned supreme as one the founding fathers of contemporary jazz. But, like an actor who has been known primarily for one role, he wanted to show other dimensions of his artistry, influenced by Stephen Sondheim, Burt Bacharach, Dave Grusin and Leonard Bernstein. Ive done records where I had a token vocal tune, all the way back to my first album, Benoit says. But I never did an entire record [with vocals]. So the thought here was to do something really different. The result is Benoits thirty-fifth recording as a leader and his first with a vocalist.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and raised in Kansas City, Kansas, GRAMMY® Award winner Norman Brown first picked up a guitar at the age of eight. Inspired by Jimi Hendrixs mind-bending rock sounds, Brown soon discovered his fathers favorite artist, Wes Montgomery, and found his stylistic holy grail. After high school, Brown moved to Los Angeles to pursue his musical career, attending the Musicians Institute where he also taught for a time. While playing with his own group in local clubs, and drawing comparisons to George Benson, Brown was discovered and signed to the MoJazz label, a division of Motown.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST
South African singer-songwriter-guitarist Jonathan Butler is tending to his herb garden at his suburban Los Angeles valley home. Growing tomatoes, bell peppers, rosemary, sage and thyme, his new pastime that he says gives him a new sense of heaven is part of a mindset hes cultivated that hes dubbed the season of me. The musical counterpart to this harvest season in the two-time Grammy nominees life is Living My Dream, a bountiful feast of organically-nurtured contemporary jazz instrumentals and soul-mined R&B vocal cuts all original songs that he produced and tracked live in the House of Blues studio in Los Angeles.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST
Javier Colon has a lot of heart. In fact, that heart is precisely why he captivated America as winner of the inaugural season of NBC's hit television show, The Voice. It's why he never gave up on his dream of a career in music even in the face of numerous setbacks and what seemed like endless adversity. It's why every time he writes a song, it strikes a chord. It's also why when the world hears his forthcoming 2011 debut album, Come Through For You, on Universal Republic Records, they will feel it. Colon is no stranger to the music business.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST
When tenor saxophonist Richard Elliot began preparing Summer Madness, his follow-up to 2014s critically acclaimed Lip Service, he knew exactly what he wanted to do. First and foremost, it had to be funky. When I was growing up in the 70s and first learning to play the saxophone, he says, I was mostly attracted to instrumentally based R&B and to jazz that had R&B roots. This record definitely goes down that path, leaning more on the funk side. He also knew precisely who he wanted to accompany him on the new music. I wanted to involve my band, Elliot says.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST
Larry Graham, Jr. is an American baritone singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as both the bass guitar player in the popular and influential psychedelic soul/funk band Sly & the Family Stone, and as the founder and front man of Graham Central Station. He is credited with the invention of the slapping technique, which radically expanded the tonal palette of the bass, although he himself refers to the technique as "Thumpin' and Pluckin'. " Bass Player magazine, Apr 07 Larry Graham Jr. was born on August 14, 1946 in Beaumont, Texas but he was raised in Oakland, California.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST
Hailed by the New York Times as a modern soul man, Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore has landed another Top 10 hit with Love Me Back. The simple feel-good track was the lead single from Lattimores seventh R&B solo album, Anatomy of a Love Song. The project was the first release from the singers eOne Music-distributed Sincere Soul Records. Says Lattimore, whose signature For You became an instant top 10 hit, This project brings together all the musical elements of songs I have loved throughout the years. From breakup and makeup songs, to the highs and lowsI wanted to make sure this album touched everyone on my journey back to love.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST
The number nine in numerology is considered a magical and divine number. It symbolizes completion, wisdom and fulfillment. Multi-talented saxophonist, producer and composer Michael Lington has arrived in his own sacred space with the release of his newest and ninth solo project, Second Nature, due out on Copenhagen Music in April 2016. The title of the album refers to being at one with my instrument and the music, shares Lington. My vision for this project was Retro-Modern! While honoring the original vibe of the Memphis sound, I wanted to put my own stamp on it.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST
My melodies are my living testimony, declares internationally acclaimed pianist, composer and humanitarian Keiko Matsui. A world citizen, Matsuis music speaks to the hearts and souls of fans around the world, transcending borders and building bridges among people who share a common appreciation of honest artistry and cultural exchange. Music creates a oneness, says the striking, petite powerhouse who has worked alongside everyone from Miles Davis and Stevie Wonder to Hugh Masekela and Bob James. A consummate artist, Keiko views each show and recording as a unique opportunity. Journey To The Heart is my gift to my fans. I want to deliver the most beautiful and emotional experience.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST
Born and raised in Houston TX, Chris Walker began singing before he began speaking. He got his start in the church as a member of his family gospel group, The Walker Brothers. Chris plays the bass upside down like one of his early heros Jimi Hendrix. The Walkers raised their children with a strong hand, and once Chris graduated from the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, he was all too happy to high-tail it to New York, with only forty dollars, in pursuit of his dreams of doing his own music.... CONTINUE READING ABOUT ARTIST