D Edward, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, has played with numerous groups over his long and storied career, and now releases his new solo project titled "Love Is".
"Love Is" was two years in the making and features catchy hooks and grooves with a familiar, yet unique and modern pop and retro soul sound. D Edward has the ability to sound different on every song yet maintain his own signature style throughout.
"Love Is" features Grammy Award winners piano player Laura Sullivan, trumpet player Steffen Kuehn and saxophone player Tony Peebles, all from 2013 Grammy winning band Pacific Mambo Orchestra, and Billboard Music Award winner Leah Tysse. Also featured on the new album is Marlon “Wild Bill” Curry, percussionist for r'n'b hit-maker Kem, bassist Eric EQ Young, who the legendary Larry Graham calls his direct bass legacy, and Ben Reyes, who recorded on Bobby Brown’s multi-platinum "Don’t Be Cruel" album.
"Love Is" was recorded at Chungo Boogie Music Studio in Oakland, CA, and at the legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. Grammy Award winning engineer Michael Starita mixed the entire album at Green Day’s Jingletown Studios in Oakland, California. The album will be released on D Edward’s own 10th & Clay Records.
An Oakland California native, D Edward began his musical journey growing up in an eclectic musical household, influenced by what his parents and older brothers were listening to on the radio and on records. These influences included old school r'n'b, funk, soul, pop, hip-hop, country, latin and African music, as well as crooners like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.
D Edward’s career thrived in the 90’s San Francisco Acid Jazz scene for many years playing percussion and keyboards, and he co-produced 2 CD's with a group called Know Jazz. During this time D Edward recorded with celebrity DJ's Jay-J and Julius Papp on "The Shuffle EP Vol 1".
He is an accomplished percussionist and currently tours with legendary r'nb/funk group Con Funk Shun. He is also currently working with 2013 Grammy winner Laura Sullivan on her new project and has worked with Genevieve Goings from Disney’s Choo Choo Soul, actress-singer Brely Evans, DJ Alex Mejia, Grammy winner Samuelle of Club Nouveau, songwriter Taura Stinson and Grammy nominated producer PC Muñoz.
His first solo CD "Little Red Box" gained radio airplay around the USA. His song "Truly" broke the Top 20 of the FMQB Adult Contemporary Chart and his album topped out at number 21 on the Smooth Jazz Top 50 Radar Chart.
Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at HEMIFRAN