Look what came in the mail! I'll be listening to submissions on Monday and voting next week for the first round of the GRAMMYs. This is my second year of being a voting member of The Recording Academy. It's exciting to be a part of the process and even more exciting that I'll have an opportunity to submit music from DRIVEN for the 60th GRAMMYs that will take place in 2018.
DRIVEN ALBUM UPDATE
(July 23, 2015) "I'm about seven months into recording my new album #driven and I would say it's about 85% complete. It will now be a 2016 release. I'm so fortunate to have access to the talent that is performing on this record. My musical ideas would be nothing without the ability and creativity of the musicians/producers I'm surrounded by that take it to the next level. It is an eclectic mix of my roots in Smooth Jazz as a saxophonist blended with my R&B/Pop style vocals. This record will include exceptional musicians that I've worked with in the past as well as some new friends. I'm proud to be working again with guitarist Shannon Wallace of WPI Studios, co-producer, co-writer, and mixing engineer from my first nationally released title City Beat (2010). Eric Lampley, bassist and long time friend, also is performing on almost every track. Yet again Music Man Dre Forbes returns to produce a track on the new album; he produced my top 20 Billboard hit in 2011, I Think About Amy.
I’m ecstatic to be working with London pianist Oli Silk. Silk is producing and tracking some of the songs for the album including Get Your Smooth On featuring Oli Silk. Simply Red's guitarist Mark Jaimes joins Silk to perform on those songs.. Frank "Third", Richardson, drummer Dave Koz Summer Horns Tour, along with drummer Omari Williams (Boney James) are driving the album on all but two of the cuts. Another newcomer for me to work with is pianist Gino Rosaria. I met Gino in 2013 and had the privilege of playing shows with him. He's worked with guitarist Eric Essix and flautist Althea Rene. I love working with all of these musicians/producers. My latest addition to the Driven album family is keyboardist/producer Trammell Starks from Atlanta. He is co-writing a song that I began writing in April titled "My Love". We met through our mutual vocalist phenom friend Geoff McBride. They all bring that extra little touch that is going to make this album something I can be proud of, which I hope you will enjoy." - Michael J Thomas