Amelia Monét releases debut single ‘Baddest’ featuring EO. The track which premiered on GRM Daily continues to grow after gaining over 1.4 million views in a week. Joining forces with EO who burst on to the scene earlier this year with his hit single ‘German’ which peaked at #13 in a 9 week run in the Official Charts Top 20. Amelia Monét and EO join forces with the hottest production duo Da Beatfreakz (Giggs, Mr Eazi) to create the ‘Baddest’!
Amelia Monét is not new to the world of showbiz having starred as the longest running Nala in the Lion King, gaining praise from the likes of The Arts Desk for her “magnificent” performances. The young star is also known for her quirky, girl-next-door personality which has gained her a following of over 57 thousand YouTube subscribers and over 237k Instagram followers. The North Londoner begins her journey as a singer, stay tuned for more music.
Any serious list of highly influential keyboardists in the soul/pop/funk field would have to include the Isley Brothers’ Chris Jasper. Jasper can be heard laying down adept acoustic piano, organ, funky clavinet, and Moog/Arp synthesizer lines on such seminal ’70s hits as ‘Who’s That Lady’, ‘Fight the Power’, ‘For the Love of You’ (covered by Whitney Houston on her multi-platinum Whitney album), and ‘Who Loves You Better’ over a catalog that includes 11 gold and four platinum albums. Most are still in print.
In January 1992, Jasper, along with the rest of the Isley Brothers, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. At an early age, Jasper began tickling the ivories. At age eight, his mother encouraged him to take piano lessons after she heard him play Motown tunes by ear. After high school, he went to study to study at Julliard. The Isley Brothers and Jasper grew up on the same block in their native Cincinnati. In 1959, the group scored their first big hit, ‘Shout’, later covered by the Beatles, and moved to New York. More hits followed, including ‘Twist and Shout’ and ‘This Ol’ Heart of Mine’ on Motown.
While visiting a sister who lived east, Jasper struck up a friendship with one of the younger Isleys, Ernie. Every summer he and Jasper would get together and jam. Ernie started on drums before moving to guitar. Another young Isley, Marvin, would bring along his bass and joined the duo. The teenagers patterned themselves after the Young-Holt Unlimited and covered jazz, pop, and Motown. While they’d be rehearsing, the other Isleys would walk through and suggest they’d go into the studio. They cut some demo tracks with Ronald Isley singing lead.
In 1969, the Isleys got a manufacturing and distribution (custom label) deal with Epic Records. The ‘It’s Your Thing’ album was the first release on T-Neck (a moniker derived from their home base of Teaneck, NJ). Jasper, as principal songwriter/ keyboardist, guitarist/drummer Ernie, and bassist Marvin came aboard the following year. The new expanded group’s premier project was the ‘Giving It Back’ album that featured a smoking version of Stephen Stills’ ‘Love the One You’re With’. The winning combination worked for the next 13 years and included such albums as ‘3 + 3’, ‘Who’s That Lady’, a sanguine cover of Seals & Crofts’ ‘Summer Breeze’, ‘If You Were There’ (covered by Wham on Make It Big), ‘Live It Up’, ‘The Heat Is On’, ‘Harvest for the World’, the double-album ‘Winner Take All’, ‘Go for Your Guns’, and ‘Showdown’. During this time, Jasper had an opportunity to work with synthesizer pioneer Malcolm Cecil, who was a key influence through Stevie Wonder and his innovative album, ‘Music of My Mind’.
In 1984, the group split and Jasper and the younger Isleys, Ernie and Marvin, formed Isley/Jasper/Isley with their first release, ‘Broadway’s Next to Sunset Boulevard’. The next album, ‘Caravan of Love’, featured the number one out-of-the-box title hit that enjoyed airplay on pop, urban, and gospel stations and was covered by the English group the Housemartins, taking the tune to number one international pop status. The final Isley/Jasper/Isley album was ‘Different Drummer’, and after the group disbanded, Jasper formed Gold City Records distributed by CBS.
‘Superbad’ – not the James Brown standard – was the title of and the first single from Jasper’s first solo album, topping the urban charts. The next album, ‘Time Bomb’, included the hit ballad ‘The First Time’. He also had success with singer Liz Hogue who charted with ‘Dream Lover’ from the Vicious & Fresh album and Chaka Khan’s ‘Make It Last’ from her CK album. Taking Gold City independent, Jasper released ‘Praise the Eternal’, a sparking collection of contemporary gospel music and a self-titled debut by contemporary gospel trio Outfront.
‘Deep Inside’ marks Jasper’s return to R&B/pop music. A collection that includes the best of the old and the new. Against sheen ’90s FM digital synth patches, you hear classic talk box generated vocoder lines and squishy Moog bass. There’s a strong Marvin Gaye influence and in homage, Jasper updates ‘What’s Going On’.
There has been a flood of Isley Brothers covers. The lion’s share of which is done by rappers. Hip-hop has been good to Jasper’s song catalog. Rapper/Sony artist Da Brat had a Top Five Billboard Hot 100 hit with ‘Funkadafied’, which includes a sample from the Isleys’ ‘Between the Sheets’ (from the album of the same name). Ice Cube used ‘Footsteps in ihe Dark’ (from Go for Your Guns) as the basis for his hit ‘It’s been a Good Day’. Hornman Gene Dunlap covered ‘Groove With You’ (from Showdown). R. Kelly (whose productions carry Jasper-influenced lead line and patches) produced a hit cover of ‘At Your Best You Are Love’ (from Harvest for the World) by singer Aaliyah. ~ Ed Hogan
If you are familiar with THE ISLEY BROTHERS, then you know Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, CHRIS JASPER, an integral member of THE ISLEY BROTHERS during the 1970s and 1980s—their gold and platinum years—from the ‘3+3’ (1973) to ‘Between the Sheets’ (1983) albums. These were the years when THE ISLEY BROTHERS were a self-produced, self-contained group.
If you are familiar with THE ISLEY BROTHERS, then you have heard the music of CHRIS JASPER, who was primarily responsible for writing, arranging and producing all of THE ISLEY BROTHERS music during this time, including such beautiful love songs as ‘For The Love of You’ and ‘Between the Sheets’ and uptempo funk such as ‘Fight the Power’. His arrangements and instrumentation as a classically-trained musician, and his expertise on the keyboards and synthesizers, are the foundation of the legendary “Isley Brothers Sound.” When the six members of THE ISLEY BROTHERS disbanded (1984), Marvin and Ernie Isley joined CHRIS JASPER and formed ISLEY-JASPER-ISLEY. Without this crucial musical component, THE ISLEY BROTHERS were no longer a self-produced, self-contained group.
CHRIS JASPER brought his “unique sound” and musical talents to ISLEY-JASPER-ISLEY, and topped the charts singing lead vocals on ‘Caravan of Love’ (1985), a song that was covered by English recording group, the Housemartins, an international #1 pop hit. ‘Caravan’ was also used in commercials as part of a Dodge Caravan advertising campaign. He was also awarded a CEBA Award For Excellence for a Miller Brewing Company commercial. The music for that commercial formed the basis for ‘Brother to Brother’ from the ‘Different Drummer’ album, which supported the anti-apartheid struggle going on in South Africa at that time. His music has also been used in radio and television commercials, including ‘Who’s That Lady’ (Swiffer) and ‘Between The Sheets’ (L’Oreal).
When ISLEY-JASPER-ISLEY disbanded (1987), CHRIS JASPER brought his “unique sound” to his own solo projects, topping the charts with ‘SuperBad’, a song promoting the value of education. CHRIS JASPER has continued to write songs and produce his own R&B and Gospel music, as well as other artists, for his independent record label, Gold City Records.
CHRIS JASPER’s music has been covered and sampled by hundreds of new and established recording artists, including Whitney Houston, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Fantasia, Will Smith, Aaliyah, Queen Latifah, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Natalie Cole, Jaheim, Kendrick Lamar, and the list goes on and on. His music has also been used in many movie and television soundtracks.
In 1992, CHRIS JASPER, along with the other members of THE ISLEY BROTHERS, was inducted into the ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME and in 2014, received a GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. In 2015, CHRIS JASPER received the German Record Critics Lifetime Achievement Award (“Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”). In 2016, Chris was awarded the National R&B Society Lifetime Achievement Award. Chris is also a recipient of the BRE Lifetime Achievement Award and numerous ASCAP awards.
BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION
Chris Jasper was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 30, 1951, the youngest of seven siblings. While growing up in Cincinnati, Chris studied classical piano starting at the age of 7 years old. After graduating from high school in Cincinnati, he moved to New York to study music composition at the Juilliard School of Music.
Chris received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music composition from C.W. Post College in New York, where he studied under noted jazz pianist and composer, Dr. Billy Taylor. He subsequently received a Juris Doctorate degree from Concord University School of Law.
THE JASPER/ISLEY CONNECTION
The Jasper and Isley families lived in the same apartment complex in Cincinnati, Ohio. Chris’s older sister, Elaine, married Rudolph Isley. The three older Isley brothers, Rudolph, O’Kelly and Ronald, formed a vocal trio (“The Isley Brothers”) and relocated to Teaneck, New Jersey.
While temporarily living in New Jersey as a teenager, Chris and the two younger Isley brothers, Marvin and Ernie, formed a band, “The Jazzmen Trio” that played locally in New Jersey. Chris played keyboards, Ernie played drums and Marvin played the bass. Along with Chris, Ernie and Marvin also attended C.W. Post College in New York. While in college, Chris, Marvin and Ernie played on the older Isley Brothers recordings, including ‘It’s Your Thing’.
THE ISLEY BROTHERS YEARS
In 1973, Chris, Marvin and Ernie brought the songwriting and musical component to the older brothers vocal trio, making The Isley Brothers, a self-produced, self-contained six-member group. Their debut release as a 6-member band on their CBS-associated label was the ‘3+3’ album.
Although all 6 members of the Isley Brothers are credited as songwriters on the music from this era, this was a business arrangement and does not reflect the creative reality. Chris was the primary songwriter/musician, producer and arranger of The Isley Brothers music from 1973 (‘3+3’) through 1983 (‘Between the Sheets’), with contributions by younger members Ernie and Marvin Isley. Chris’s arrangements and instrumentation as a classically-trained musician, and his expertise on the keyboards, synthesizers and other instruments, have been credited as the foundation of the legendary “Isley Brothers Sound.” In 1984, the 6-member group disbanded due to internal problems.
In 1984, Chris, Marvin and Ernie formed Isley-Jasper-Isley, a self-produced, self-contained trio, with Chris as the lead singer of the group, continuing his role as the primary songwriter/ musician, producer and arranger. Isley-Jasper-Isley recorded 3 albums on their CBS-associated label, and earned recognition with their #1 hit, ‘Caravan of Love’. ‘Caravan’ was covered by English recording group, the Housemartins, who made the song an international #1 hit.
In 1987, Isley-Jasper-Isley disbanded and Chris embarked on a solo career. Chris formed his record label, Gold City Records, and released two albums as a CBS-associated label. His debut single, ‘Superbad’ reached #1 on the R&B charts. Eventually, Marvin and Ernie returned to record under the Isley Brothers group name, and Chris continued his solo career, releasing a total of 15 solo albums to date, including 4 urban contemporary gospel CDs.
Chris has also produced a number of artists for his Gold City label, and has worked with such notable artists as Chaka Khan, writing and producing a song for her CK album (‘Make It Last’). Chris’s music has been covered and sampled by numerous new and established recording artists, including Whitney Houston, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Fantasia, Will Smith, Aaliyah, Queen Latifah, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Natalie Cole, Jaheim, Kendrick Lamar, and the list goes on and on.
Chris works closely with his 24-year old son, Michael Jasper, who released his debut album ‘Addictive’ on the Gold City label at the age of 16 in 2010. ‘Addictive’ was written and recorded by Michael, and co-produced by Chris. Michael’s recently released ‘Make It’ from his forthcoming CD ‘Dreams’ which is scheduled for release in 2018. Chris and Michael are currently working on a film score for an original screenplay by Michael Jasper.
Chris has received numerous gold and platinum albums and music industry awards, including the BET lifetime achievement award and many ASCAP awards for his songwriting. In 1992, Chris, along with the other members of The Isley Brothers, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and in 2014 received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2015, Chris received the German Record Critics Lifetime Achievement Award (“Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”). In 2016, Chris was awarded the National R&B Society Lifetime Achievement Award.
Chris and his wife of 35 years, Margie, live in New York.
ISLEY BROTHERS YEARS
3+3 (CBS) 1973
Live It Up (CBS) 1974
The Heat Is On (CBS) 1975
Harvest For The World (CBS) 1976
Go For Your Guns (CBS) 1977
Showdown (CBS) 1978
Winner Takes All (CBS) 1979
Go All The Way (CBS) 1980
Grand Slam (CBS) 1981
Inside You (CBS) 1981
The Real Deal (CBS) 1982
Between The Sheets (CBS) 1983
Broadway’s Closer to Sunset Boulevard (CBS) 1984
Caravan of Love (CBS) 1985
Different Drummer (CBS) 1986
Superbad (Gold City/CBS Associated) 1988
Time Bomb (Gold City/CBS Associated) 1989
Praise the Eternal (Gold City) 1992
Deep Inside (Gold City) 1994
Faithful & True (Gold City) 2002
Best of Chris Jasper…With Love (Gold City) 2003
Amazing Love (Gold City) 2005
Invincible (Gold City) 2007
Everything I Do (Gold City) 2010
Inspired (Gold City) 2013
Thank You Jesus (Gold City) 2014
The One (Gold City) 2014
The Essential Chris Jasper (Gold City/Sony Legacy) 2015
Share With Me (Gold City) 2016
Dance With You (Gold City) (July 2018)
Former Isley Brother CHRIS JASPER brings back Soulful R&B and Funk with “DANCE WITH YOU”
New Music from Former Isley Brother, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee CHRIS JASPER
CHRIS JASPER brings back SOULFUL R&B and FUNK with his new CD Release “DANCE WITH YOU” … the JULY ALBUM OF THE MONTH on Soultracks:
“DANCE WITH YOU” includes 10 tracks of ballads, funk and mid-tempo dance tracks along with positive uplifting messages … it’s just what you would expect from Chris Jasper!
The title track ‘Dance With You’, ‘Sweet Margie’, and ‘The Love That You Give’ are classic R&B tracks featuring Chris Jasper’s familiar keyboard work and sweet vocal harmony arrangements.
‘Show Somebody Love’ is a standout track with its universal message of love and unity and a call to come together with that common bond we all have…Love!
Chris Jasper’s vocals, arrangement and orchestration on the classic Aerosmith track ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’ brings that song to a new level and a new audience.
‘It’s a Miracle’ contains a spiritually uplifting message with a mid-tempo classic R&B stepper’s groove.
‘Make Your Move’ continues that bass pumping and keyboard driven funk that Chris Jasper was known for writing and producing when he was with the Isley Brothers like ‘Fight the Power’ and ‘The Pride’.
‘Happy Birthday Love’ contains a sweet soulful birthday message for the one you love!
‘I Love You’ and ‘That’s What Love Can Do’ are club remixes that will keep people on the dance floor!
With the release of ‘Dance With You’, Chris Jasper continues his familiar and award-winning musical style…reminiscent of the music he wrote and produced for the Isley Brothers, Isley-Jasper-Isley and his solo music.
‘Dance With You’ is Chris Jasper’s 15th Solo Album since his time as a member of the Isley Brothers (1973-1983) when Chris was primarily responsible for writing, arranging and producing the Isley Brothers music during their “gold and platinum” years, as well as being the primary writer/arranger/producer of the music for his spinoff group, Isley-Jasper-Isley (1984-1987), before embarking on his solo career and starting his independent label, Gold City Records.
Chris Jasper’s arrangements and instrumentation as a classically-trained musician, and his expertise on the keyboards and synthesizers, have been called the foundation of the legendary “Isley Brothers Sound.”
Born in the West Sussex town of Chichester, British singer/songwriter Tom Odell spent his formative years studying at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. Raised on a steady diet of Elton John, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan, Odell’s songs are emotional, raw, and hushed affairs that have drawn comparisons to Jeff Buckley. In 2012, after landing a record deal with Columbia Records, the then-21-year-old released his debut EP, Songs from Another Love, made his television debut on Later… with Jools Holland, and was nominated for and won in the Critics’ Choice category of that year’s BRIT Awards. He released his first full-length studio album, Long Way Down, in 2013. The platinum-selling album was a huge success, having gone straight in at number one on the U.K. charts, and Odell spent much of the following couple of years touring the material relentlessly, supporting huge names such as Elton John, Billy Joel, and the Rolling Stones along the way. Odell soon sought refuge from the limelight, and found it in the shape of a small apartment in New York’s East Village. It was there that he found the time to begin working on his follow-up, 2016’s Wrong Crowd.
After a European tour in 2014, and after scooping an Ivor Novello award for Songwriter of the Year, Odell again relocated, this time to Los Angeles. Here the album began to take shape with the help of producer Jim Abbiss, best known for his work with Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, and Adele, among others. Ever the avid film buff, Wrong Crowd was accompanied by a collection of films that followed the narrative of the album. Scripted by Odell and with the help of director George Belfield, the films explored themes of isolation and innocence, having drawn inspiration from the greats such as Wenders, Malick, and Fellini during his time spent under the radar in New York. ~ James Christopher Monger
Montreal born, then moved to Queens NYC by age of 5. Being a 1st Generation Canadian with both parents born in Haiti. Returning back to Canada he brought back with him diverse experience, insight into political and social issues that is expressed through his music. Rezarek’s in-depth understanding of global issues surrounding him has fueled his ambition to communicate musically. He views music as an international language. Rezarek specialized in hip hop, thus, he developed a unique style of musical rhythm by incorporating his traditional Caribbean soul with the modern hip hop era. As a result Rezarek introduced hip hop listeners to an assembly of lyrical master pieces. In essence Rezarek’s musical goal is to continue to inspire individuals from all forum of life to never abandon hope. “To Rezarek one’s mind”
Getting my piece from the Northeast
Passionate Canadian artist Mec Rezarek releases single
“Unconditional” Released June 24, 2018 by Mec Rezarek Ft Tone Jonez. It’s a soulful positive hip hop vibe. With a wondering blend of soul that gem can be found on all major music network ITunes, Spotify, etc…
A first generation Canadian Caribbean, Mec spent his adolescent years in Queens NYC. Upon returning to Canada, his melody and passion for music brought him through various appearances including Carivibe 2017, Jam Day and Haitian en Fete. This led him in a direction of perseverance.
Mec Rezarek new single is gaining traction. The instrumental created by Tone Jonez is inspirational and the lyrics itself has substance.
Person Natalie grew up in a very musically diverse family in Southern California. She started out learning to read music and playing the violin at age six. Although she loved the violin, she was always most drawn to the sound of the saxophone. She played in various jazz-related bands at school and she also played gigs professionally with her father’s band at that time. Although she sings and plays keyboards, Person Natalie considers her cherished Yamaha alto saxophone her primary voice with which to express herself. Like many musicians from various genres, she listens to and appreciates all kinds of music including rock, country, R & B, world music, and jazz. Some of her favorite jazz musicians she draws the most inspiration from are Coltrane, Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, and Miles Davis. She hopes to delve further into writing and producing more jazz-fusion and improvisational jazz for her future releases.
Jazz-fusion artist Person Natalie releases LP ‘Gypsy Dance’
The eclectic saxophonist and composer known as Person Natalie has released her latest full-length album, “Gypsy Dance.” The record contains eight original tracks for about 40 minutes of listening. It has been proudly published on the Person Natalie independent record label without the direction of the corporate music industry. Blending elements of jazz, country, R & B and even world music, “Gypsy Dance” may be one of the most stylistically inclusive jazz-fusion records ever recorded. For her 2014 EP record, Person Natalie listed such artistic influences as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Merle Haggard and Motown. For this new, flagship LP release, however, she cites only one: Miles Davis. This is both telling and appropriate of her album, considering the titanic bridges both records build between seemingly disparate music categories.
Rudi grew up in Botswana and Cape Town, South Africa, before moving to the UK in 2004. He started producing computer-based music and writing songs as a teenager, but gave up the hobby in favour of a ‘real job’, while continuing to DJ (claim to fame: has played at Fabric and Heaven).
That changed in 2014 when an Ableton course in Hackney led to “Honest About It”, a jazzy, down-tempo vocal house track featuring US vocalist Porter Shields and Jack Painter (who subsequently rose to fame as Captain Ska with the Theresa May protest song ‘Liar Liar’) on trumpet. The release made it onto radio in the UK and was followed up by “Slipping Away”, a duet featuring Vince Freeman (The Voice, Season 1) and Nika Syva. Rudi’s bootleg remix of the Jess Glynne/Tinie Tempa track “Not Letting Go” found viral success on SoundCloud, racking up almost 300k plays to date. Rudi also makes his own music videos; the videos for “Just” (a remix of an acoustic pop track) and “Zero Gravity”.
Rudi is influenced and inspired by progressive house and commercial dance producers, as well as more old school progressive house producers.
This new remix of Zero Gravity by Nalestar who won Morgan Page’s remix competition.
Vocals are by the beautiful and talented Nika Turkovic.
MURKOCET: a substance directly attributed to the aggressive and often times violent actions of its user; metaphorically symbolizing their music.
Murkocet is an American heavy metal band based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Formed in 2013, the band’s debut album ‘Digging Mercy’s Grave’ was released on January 14, 2017. The album consists of eleven tracks, two of which have been aired on Phoenix’s 98KUPD “Into The Pit” and another that was chosen by indie horror film director, Bob Clark of Reel Bloody Films to be the title track of his movie, ‘Strip Club Massacre’. Since their debut, the band has ventured out on multiple North American tours rocking stages in New Mexico, Nebraska, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, throughout Southern California and The Viper Room in LA. They have shared the stage with headlining acts such as Attila, Exodus, Crowbar, The Browning and more. With a rapidly growing fanbase, the metal quartet landed themselves a spot in Phoenix New Times’ article for “13 Best Metal Bands In Metro Phoenix” on August 29, 2017. Murkocet comprises of vocalist Richie Jano, guitarist Nate Garrett, drummer Mike Mays and bassist Jared Pettit.
Heavily influenced by Lamb of God, Slipknot, Hatebreed and the like, Murkocet combines their own musical talents to deliver a highly aggressive and unrelenting sound with a catchy melodic groove. The band’s main objective has always been to write material that would not only be exciting musically, but have a strong emphasis on crowd involvement. Their captivating live performance and high energy stage presence prescribes every audience a heavy dose.
A song about losing one’s beliefs. Not only beliefs that you felt were positive, but negative beliefs about yourself or others than also hold you back or keep you from personal achievement. This song was a big team effort, and I need to thank Chris Hodges for once again delivering a powerful vocal performance, Nate Barnes for some huge drums that really make the song in my opinion; Jarrod Headley from Clear Sound/North Park Studios for a terrific mix, I learned a ton sitting in on the session; and Clint Wagoner for the finishing mastering touches. Big thanks to freerunner/parkour athlete Dante Grazioli for the video stunts. As always, watch as big a possible with good speakers or headphones! And get rid of your negative beliefs.
Have aliens abducted Stan Rose’s guitar, or is his guitar the abductor?
Rose isn’t sure, although the strangeness of his musical tastes suggest the former. The only thing certain, as verified by Google, is that there is only one Alien Guitar Abduction!
Rose’s main instrument is guitar, which he obsessed with while growing up on Long Island in the 1980’s. His original plan was to be the world’s fastest guitar god, so he took lessons from Dream Theatre’s John Pettrucci, prior to Petrucci’s rise to legendary status. But then he also immersed himself in everything guitar music was at the time, by taking master classes with fingerstyle legend Martin Simpson and blues artist Robben Ford, and taking classical guitar lessons while in college. This obsession with guitar music led to a greater appreciation of all genres and type of music. It led to Rose’s basic musical philosophy – that there are not ‘good’ or ‘bad’ styles of music–just good and not-so-good music. And so, Alien Guitar Abduction is a rejection of the industry demand that musical style must be pigeon-holed into one or more pre-existing styles or genres.
Rose played with a number of bands, and released 5 albums of mostly instrumental guitar, with a heavy influence from technical players like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. While most of Rose’s music has wandered towards eclectic psychedelic rock and dream pop, his metal side comes out in periodic fits of madness. His latest release, “My Beliefs” is a compilation of songs about insanity, desperation, grief, resilience, survival, and redemption. It is a collaboration with some of the best session musicians from around the world, including Chris Clancy (Wearing Scars, Mutinny Within), Jei Doublerice, and Jason Bittner (Anthrax,Shadows Fall). A heavy journey into a world of dreams, madness and recovery.
As with previous albums, every song has an accompanying music video that synthesizes the visual and musical aspects of the song.
ALIEN GUITAR ABDUCTION RELEASES EIGHTH MIND-ABDUCTING ALBUM, “MY BELIEFS”
Environmental destruction, angry love songs, music industry diatribes, lonely road trips, rants against the man, and just general angst – these are the themes of Alien Guitar Abduction’s latest release, “My Beliefs”. Led by master guitarist Stan Rose, a former student of John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Desperate Times is old school metal with a modern twist, much of the angst in the album is directed at frontman Stan Rose’s now wife, who eventually decided marriage was his only hope to cure him of his insanity. “My Beliefs” features session work from some of the world’s best musicians, including singers Chandler Mogel (Outloud) and Chris Clancy (Mutiny Within, Wearing Scars) and drummers Nate Barnes and Jason Bittner (Anthrax, Shadow’s Fall).
English twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas made chart history when their second album, Cartwheels, became the first country record by a British act ever to top the U.K. album chart, beating the long-established Jamie T to the top spot. Born in 1994 and brought up on a farm in rural Hampshire, the girls attended a local convent school and were turned on to country music as teenagers when a friend played them the Dixie Chicks. Both talented singers and instrumentalists, they started writing together while in the sixth form, bringing a uniquely British perspective to the genre.
When one of their teachers, who had once been a backup singer in Nashville, forwarded their demos to some old contacts, the sisters were invited to record their debut album there. Released in 2014 and entitled From Where We Stand, it had a fairly traditional sound that showcased their beautiful close-harmony vocals. Relentlessly championed by easy listening tastemaker station BBC Radio 2, the album peaked at number 41 in the U.K. album chart, selling 25,000 copies. The sisters toured heavily in its support, steadily increasing their fan base by word of mouth.
In 2016 they signed to Sony for the release of their second album, Cartwheels. While parts of the album, particularly the gorgeous title track, stayed true to the traditionalist sound of their debut, it often strayed significantly from “pure” country; some tracks bore the stamp of Fleetwood Mac’s country-rock-influenced Rumours, while others were just contemporary pop/rock. The girls’ songwriting knack was undiminished, however, and the British public voted with their wallets, sending the album to number one and officially making Ward Thomas the most successful British country act ever.
Randy Jack has a unique, authentic country voice which is truly his own style. In a WCXI listener’s poll in Detroit he was once voted the #1 country entertainer in southeastern Michigan by their listeners. Randy headlined the WCXI outdoor concert that followed the listeners voting. Born and raised in Michigan Randy performed at the Michigan state fair multiple times ahead of stars like Tony Orlando, and Ray Charles. He later shared the stage with country greats Ernest Tubb, Billy Crash Craddock, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Tanya Tucker, to name a few, touring the South and the Midwest. He’s made multiple appearances on local TV in Detroit, he wrote and performed the theme song to the stars of tomorrow TV show on Channel 2 in Detroit. He also appeared on the Soupy Sales Telethon on Channel 20; other TV appearances included Channel 7, and Channel 50. As a song writer, one of his original songs is slated for release in 2019. His first album “Love Is Taking Over” received very positive reviews however, his latest release “One of Those Nights” is thought to be his best work yet. Randy will be releasing his first Christmas Single “Wrap Me In Your Love,” originally recorded on the Mr. Christmas album by Joe Diffie, this is its first release as a single and the reviews have been stellar. Randy’s version of the song has a smooth country feel. Randy has been singing since he was a child, encouraged by his family he never let go of his love for music instead he embraced it. At one point in his career Randy made a crucial decision to walk away from a promising career to be a father to his two children he had to leave behind in Michigan. Now, years later he’s brought back that distinct country voice and showmanship he is known for.
Currently, you will find Randy in the July 2018 edition of Nashville Country Music Magazine with Tanya Tucker on the cover. Early fans and new fans alike are all enjoying this new version of Randy Jack and you will too!
State your reason for choosing music as a career.
At a very young age music chose me. As a child my family encouraged me to sing. My grandpa bought me a juke box and I’d sing to the music constantly. My grandmother would take me to jamborees where I sang with country bands. My aunt would sing with me and teach me songs on family trips, and I was always encouraged to sing in front of crowds.
Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.
“Grandma’s Got A Lover” was written by two writers from Texas, Rod Ballou and Randy Brown. On my next album I will record a song I wrote called “Cross My Heart And Hope To Cry.” When I write, I first look for a good tag line or catchy phrase. Then I get a melody for it in my head and sometimes the process works in reverse and I get the melody first, but usually for me it’s a tag line first.
Outside of music I love to fish, I enjoy a good movie, listening to other country artists, comedy shows and spending time with my friends and family.
Discuss your music career.
In the early days, I had a very promising country music career and which required lot of touring through the South and the Midwest, and we were opening for some national acts.
Meanwhile, back in Michigan I had two young children being raised by my mother. There came a point when I had a choice to make and chose to return to Michigan to be a father. This might have been a mistake career wise, but when I look back, I would make the same choice again. Now, my second career in country music has thus far produced 2 albums with a third slated for 2019 and 1 Christmas single. My producer Chip Martin in Nashville, just “gets me”! I bounce my ideas for a song or what I’m looking to do with a song off of him and Chip makes it happen. This time around, I am recording as much as I can with the goal of releasing great country music and I can only hope the fans and the industry will accept me and enjoy my work.
Elaborate on your artist’s name.
The name “Randy Jack” is my name. It was decided for the privacy of my family that I would drop my family name from my professional name. As many entertainers do.
List your five favorite music videos with reasons.
It Ain’t My Fault – Brothers Osborne
Marry For Money – Trace Adkins
The More I Drink – Blake Shelton
The first three videos because I enjoy videos that make me laugh or smile.
You Make It Easy – Jason Aldean
Because it’s such a powerful love song and I do have a romantic side under this cowboy hat.
Troubadour – George Strait
As a musician the video stirs emotions about career and life itself. PLUS! IT’S GEORGE STRAIT!!!
Tell us your source of inspiration.
My significant other Angela is one person who inspires me. She has always supported my music and has more compassion and strength than anyone I know. I am also inspired by other country artists like Brad Paisley, George Strait, and Alan Jackson. They are great writers and pure country music artists! That’s what I strive for in every song I write or record. To stay true to the roots of country music.
Tell us your impression on dealing with paparazzi.
Well, fortunately for me at this point in my career this has not been a problem. At the moment paparazzi for me consists of fans snapping photos with their cell phones. I enjoy the enthusiasm of the fans, but as far as the paparazzi there is a line that should not be crossed for every artist. Celebrities are just people who go to work like you do, give them some privacy and courtesy and respect their families and likely you’ll get more from them. That’s my take on it.
Elaborate on the recording of this song.
This song was fun to record. It’s from my album “One of Those Nights” and it’s one of eleven great songs on the album. We recorded at Chip Martin’s studio in Nashville and this song was a fun to record and it’s always great to work with Chip.
Musicians on the album now play for, or have played for well-known national country artists. Prior to the recording session I had been sick for two days and could barely talk, but by the first day in the studio everything had cleared up and my voice was in great shape for recording. Praise God!
Tell us your future projects.
My next recording session in Nashville will be in 2019. We are currently listening to potential songs for the album and the writing has been very good thus far. My goal as always is to create an album which sets itself apart from my previous work and keeps fans entertained.
List the names of those that have supported you so far.
The first people I need to recognize and thank for their support is my fan club. There are individuals in my fan club who go beyond the call of duty. My manager Brian Gawronski; who believes in me and my music and the numerous people who are stepping up and attempting to create some exciting things for my career which are in the works. Special thanks to my Michigan and Florida Fan base. Thanks for all your support!
Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.
I think vocal tuning is a pretty cool tool in the studio that saves time and money. You still have to hit the notes, but this tool brings a note or two into perfect pitch rather than repeating the same line over and over till the pitch is perfect.
Tell us your thoughts on quality and quantity for the release of songs.
The quality of a song is everything! It starts with good writing, then as an artist it’s up to you to deliver a quality vocal performance and breathe life into the writer’s song. It’s a great feeling when the product is done to hear positive feedback from the writer about what you’ve done with their song by blending your talent with theirs. In my humble opinion, with the many mp3 download sites available, quantity is not as important as quality in today’s market.
Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.
Everyone has a talent. Some people have a talent for science, teaching, medicine, and public service etc. while others have acting talent or musical talent. To the point, every career is important and contributes to society. People who perform in the careers like the ones I’ve mentioned deal with many difficult issues all week long, and music is an outlet for those people to enjoy an evening of great music and be entertained and just forget about the week they’ve had. We all play a part in this world and there are so many important careers besides music that people do everyday to keep our families safe and healthy. If someone leaves the world a better place for what they’ve contributed, then in my opinion they are a star.
Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.
I think that categorizing music into genres is an easy way to organize different styles of music. It’s certainly convenient when searching for your music preference for concerts or purchasing music.
State the genre you despise most with reason.
I respect all genres of music, I don’t necessarily listen to every genre but I recognize the talent each one takes to create their style of music. I don’t despise any genre, what I don’t enjoy I don’t listen to.
List your five favorite movies with reasons.
I’m a big western fan!
Tombstone, because I’m a huge Wyatt Earp fan!
Lonesome Dove, the cast and performances were outstanding.
Walking Tall (the original); I have a great respect Sherriff Buford Pusser, a true American hero.
Wedding Crashers, because I enjoy a good comedy.
All Marvel Comic and Justice League movies. Because I enjoy the sci-fi flicks
Grandma’s going out to the bars now that she’s raised her family, she’s feeling young again and has found herself a lover and she’s not the grandma you once knew. What’s happened to grandma?
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
The title of the album is “One of Those Nights”. Which is also the title song written by Daniel Martin and John Cirillo. I considered “I Ain’t Sober Yet” as the title song, and that’s another great song from the album, but I felt that title might not be as well received by the general public as “One Of Those Nights” would be. And …. it’s a great song!