Three time GRAMMY Award Winner and 15 time Grammy nominated, JAMES INGRAM released his first inspirational album "STAND" (In The Light) in stores January 27, 2009.
Ingram's first single "MERCY", an original collaboration with award winning Debbie Allen and James Ingram is the inspiration for this phenomenal project. Produced by James Ingram, Keith Thomas (best known for his triple platinum recordings with Bebe and Cece Winans), Jeremy Lubbock, (awarding winning producer and arranger), Rickey Minor (Musical Director for American Idol) and Keith Andes.
"STAND" (In the Light) for James is a bridge over troubled water, in troubled times and he adds, "When you get to the other side, know that God got you there, so turn around and help someone else". "My father, who was a deacon in the church and also, my Sunday School Teacher, taught me about faith. Although my life has been through ups and downs, I have never been discouraged, because of my faith in God". Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen (Herbrews 11:1).
James began this inspirational journey with his first CD, "It's Your Night", produced by Quincy Jones. He won a Grammy for "Yah-Mo Be There" (interpreted: GOD WILL BE THERE), for "Best Duo or Group". This song was the most played song of that year. Before Warner Bros. Records released this song, there was skepticism about changing the name and Quincy Jones was asked if he could convince James to change the name of the song. Ingram responded "No", and informed Warner Bros. that he believed in the Word of God and this was his testimony.
Like many of his peers, James' formative years were very much defined by the Church and the teachings of the Bible, of which many stories have left an indelible mark on his life. James Ingram performed his first single "MERCY" from his new album, STAND (In The Light), on the TV One show, "The Gospel of Music", and Cathy Hughes (Founder, Chairperson of Radio One and TV One) was so moved that she asked if James had other inspirational songs that he had written. Through a lot of encouragement and perseverance, Hughes was able to convince James Ingram to release his first CD in 7yrs.
An astonishing piece of work, Tollak once again shows there is no end to his brilliance and ambitious reach as a writer, and his phenomenal singing voice has only gotten more expressive as his creative gifts continue to grow.
There is still plenty of his beautiful and unique mixture of soul-ambient-pop-jazz to satisfy those who were fans of his previous outing "Walk the Earth", but the artistic growth he shows in tracks like "Undertow" and "Paper doll" show an inspired creator at the top of his game still incorporating new influences but in such a sincere unaffected way that to this listener it feels like a very natural outgrowth of what he's already done.
He chose a Beatles tune for the one cover song on the album, "Come together", what a refreshing and incredibly soulful take on this classic. And a first rate supporting cast backing him up, featuring legendary players like Vinnie Colaiuta and Jimmy Haslip among others. A wonderful banquet of auditory pleasures from this unusually gifted artist, at once surprising and yet familiar, but always inspiring.
Jay Graydon is now releasing a NEW recording with Sherwood Ball titled - CRANK SINATRA. This is a modern arrangement of a Frank Sinatra song with all the brass, sax and horn parts played by Jay Graydon on guitars, and the amazing Sherwood Ball on lead vocals.
Jay's own words about his recording experiment: "Crank Sinatra - The Concept So around the middle of 2008, I happened to watch a Frank Sinatra TV special filmed in the mid 1960's. The opening song is Day In - Day Out. As always, Frank sang great and the Nelson Riddle arrangement was perfect for the era! What a great team they were! I dug the musicality so much I watched over and over and then began thinking what it would sound like to play the horn parts on guitar playing one part at a time as an experiment. With that in mind, I decided to take on the task of being a one-man band. The experiment turned out to be much fun and the result is a sound of guitars I had not heard before."
After 2 albums featuring the hit singles "Bye bye Superman" & "under the Fuse Of Love", Geyster is back with a brand new studio album full of surprises...
Geyster is a duo formed by Gaël Benyamin and Pernilla Grönlund in 1999. Their first cooperation occured in 1998. At that time they both attended the M.I. (Musicians Institute) music school in Los Angeles. Together they founded their own band “The Kites”, where they explored different musical genres through Gaël’s compositions from pop-rock to funk and jazz and performed live in music clubs across Los Angeles. In 2002, the project seduced Joachim Garraud, successful producer/remixer (David Guetta, Jean-Michel Jarre...) who became with Gaël co-producer of the first album of Geyster.
Signed with Virgin France, the band performed regularly promoting their first hit single “Bye Bye Superman” which was airplayed all over Europe the whole summer of 2003. Followed up 2 more singles ("It's About You" & "John Clay") and finally their first album “I Love 1984” released in spring 2004.
Torsten Goods was born in 1980 and it is four 1980 hits that form the backbone of his second ACT album, simply titled 1980 (ACT 9719-2). Goods has a special affinity with each of them. "I'm a huge fan of Queen," he admits, so he arranged Freddie Mercury's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" in a way typical for the whole album: "Freddie wrote it as an homage to Elvis. We've taken it that little bit further and transferred it to jazz." The other cover songs have been updated in a similarly unorthodox way: Billy Joel's "It's Still Rock' n' Roll To Me" has turned into a swinging Big Band number, David Paich's Toto hymn "99" is reduced to a cool easy–listening track and George Benson's popular "Love Dance" takes us back to the Brazilian roots of its composer Ivan Lins.
With his self-penned songs Goods has done the reverse: "They're meant to underline the 80's sound." This has been done to great effect in the up-tempo track "Don't Let It Get To You", right through to the final track "Shout It Out", a tongue-in-cheek homage to Robben Ford, one of his influences on the guitar.
Goods' international background shows through here: as the son of a Northern Irish mother and German father, he grew up in Erlangen as Torsten Gutknecht. Pop and rock shaped his first encounters with the guitar. In Peter O'Mara he found a teacher who introduced him to improvised music. Workshops in New York with the likes of Jim Hall, John Scofield followed. Here he sat in sessions with Les Paul, who gave him his stage name Goods.
His debut album for ACT, Irish Heart, saw his breakthrough as a guitarist and singer. His multi-faceted, expressive voice is as much at home in blues as in swing and pop and in 1980 this is evident. "99" is a beautiful cover version close to Toto singer Steve Lukather's original recording, whereas "Don't Let It Get To You" reminds us of Al Jarreau and "So Are You" brings out the crooner in him. "I Need You So Bad" is an impressive duet with ACT colleague Rigmor Gustafsson. As they got on so well together during Goods' appearances at her concerts in Sweden, Rigmor's guest performance was a "must". Guitar fans, too, are going to be pleased with the instrumentals on this album.
Several more guest performers accompany the basic line-up consisting of Christian von Kaphengst on bass and the talented young pianist Jan Miserre, who contributes to the authentic 80's sound with his funky style on Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer. Others include the 80's veteran Peter Lübke, who used to play with Jaco Pastorius, sax player Lutz Häfner, singer Jeff Cascaro on "99", Berthold Matschat on harmonica and rhythm guitarist Bruno Müller.
Steve Tyrell, whose appearances in the two "Father Of The Bride" movies, and whose albums "A New Standard" and "Standard Time" established him as a premier contemporary interpreter of the Great American Songbook, now turns his attention to one of the legendary composers in all of pop music: Burt Bacharach.
Steve has a personal stake in these classic songs. As a young man breaking into the record business in the 1960s, he became head of A&R and Promotion at Scepter Records, the history-making independent label that released the famous hits written by Bacharach and his lyricist partner Hal David, and recorded by the great Dionne Warwick. Tyrell was present at the creation of standards like "Walk On By," "Alfie," "I Say A Little Prayer," and many others. Moreover, he produced B.J. Thomas' Oscar-winning recording of Bacharach-David's "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head."
One can only categorize Tyrell's performances on "Back To Bacharach" as definitive. His supporting cast includes the top session players on two coasts, as well as guest collaborators Herb Alpert, Patti Austin, Dionne Warwick, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, and Martina McBride. Steve's own singular vocal style, drenched in the Texas tones of his sophisticated R&B approach, is perfectly suited to these great hits. He sings the songs exactly the way everyone wants to hear them. To top it all of, Maestro Bacharach himself appears on three tracks as a performer and two as co-producer.
Steve Tyrell's "Back To Bacharach" makes the case for adding Burt Bacharach to the roster of all-time great creators of the previous generation of American Songbook immortals---Porter, Gershwin, Berlin, Kern, and Ellington. And it does so with supreme style, taste, and expertise.
Angelmilk Records is extremely pleased to announce the signing of cult AOR heroes Alias for the long overdue release of their classic never released second studio album, to be titled Never Say Never. The album’s release comes after Angelmilk’s Andrew McNeice spoke at length with the band’s guitarist Steve DeMarchi and representatives of EMI Canada, who the album was originally recorded for. EMI were so enthused with the idea, they decided to undertake the remastering process from original master tapes themselves and will control the release of the title in North America. Rights for the world outside North America are with Angelmilk Records and a release across all territories is planned for March. An exact release date will be confirmed this week and announced ASAP - along with Soundbyte previews.
In 1990, former members of both Sheriff (“When I’m With You”) & Heart formed Alias and released their self-titled debut album which went on to Platinum sales and chart topping songs including “Haunted Heart”, “Waiting For Love” and “More Than Words Can Say”. Now after more than 18 years, here it is…the second Alias album…for all the fans who have asked through the years why the band never followed up their highly praised debut release! Recorded over a five month period in West Orange, New Jersey USA back in 1992, this album has not seen the light of day until now!
A few of the songs from these sessions were later re-recorded and appear on vocalist Freddy Curci’s solo debut release Dreamer’s Road, but other then that, the songs originally recorded, have remained in the vaults. Among the tracks featured are several songs written by James Christian (House Of Lords) and Mark Baker (Signal). It is fully expected that Alias will support the release of this record with a few select live performances in 2009.
Guitarist Steve DeMarchi states: “Unfortunately for us and many other rock bands at that time .. the Grunge scene exploded and had taken over … Even though the first Alias album was successful…the climate of music had changed almost overnight… Grunge was in … Rock was out. Through the years we always wondered if this album would ever get released…Never Say Never!”