HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I'm currently writing and recording for my upcoming album release for 2015. I'm very excited about the new music. It will be an eclectic mix of my roots in Smooth Jazz as a saxophonist blended with my R&B/Pop style vocals. I'm very excited that this record will include some very talented musicians that I've worked with in the past as well as some new friends. I'm happy to be working with my co-writing, co-producer, mixing engineer, guitarist Shannon Wallace of WPI Studios again where my first nationally released title City Beat was recorded in 2010. I’ll also have longtime friend and bassist Eric Lampley joining in on the fun. Music Man Dre Forbes is yet again producing a couple of tracks on the new album. He famously produced my top 20 Billboard hit in 2011, I Think About Amy. One of the new songs he tracked, You Are So Special, features the silky smooth vocals of Geoff McBride. This is my first time to work with Geoff. He had an R&B career with Arista Records back in the day and most recently was a contestant on the popular TV show singing contest The Voice under team Christina Aguilera. He’s as soulful as Luther Vandross.
I’m ecstatic to be working long distance with London based smooth jazz artist Oli Silk. He is laying down keyboard parts and is producing some of the songs for the album. He is featured on Get Your Smooth On (might be the first radio release?)Drummer, Frank "Third", Richardson (ie. drummer for Dave Koz Summer Horns Tour) performed on three tracks and TAMA endorsed drummer Marcus Thomas will also play a vital roll on the album by adding his flavor to songs that are starting production. I had the pleasure of Marcus drumming for me at Seabreeze Jazz Festival in 2014. He really put the band in the mood to play. Another newcomer for me to work with is pianist Gino Rosaria. I met Gino in 2013 and had the privilege of playing some shows with him so when I was having writers block on a piano/sax duet I was composing I thought of Gino to help bring it to life and co-write it with me. The guy speaks four languages, five if you include music. I think he’s got this and it will be great. I love working with all of these musicians/producers. They all bring that extra little touch that is going to make this album something I can be proud of. I hope you will enjoy this new album as I'm expecting to.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!