SOULMUSIC RECORDS/PLATINUM GARAGE RECORDINGS: WILLIE BRADLEY ft GERALD ALSTON - IN THE MEANTIME

SOULMUSIC RECORDS/PLATINUM GARAGE RECORDINGS: WILLIE BRADLEY ft GERALD ALSTON – IN THE MEANTIME

David Nathan of SoulMusic Records and Preston Glass of Platinum Garage Recordings are proud to announce a new association for releasing great new soul, R&B and smooth jazz tracks.  Our first release is by renowned trumpeter WILLIE BRADLEY and features legendary soul vocalist GERALD ALSTON (of The Manhattans) on a Preston Glass-written and produced new gem, “In The Meantime.”    This lyrically timely track is  due for release worldwide on October 3 via CDBaby.  You can hear a preview at SoundCloud.  We invite you to listen, like and share!

 

 

Najee 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview with David Nathan

Najee 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview with David Nathan

Celebrating 30 years as a recording artist and one of the most consistent performers in the soul and jazz scene, award-winning musician Najee has just completed a new CD, Poetry In Motion which includes his personal tribute to the late, legendary Prince (with whom he performed on the road for a number of years) and to vocalist extraordinaire Al Jarreau – via the track “We’ll Be Missing You.”

With some top notch guests such as Maysa, Will Downing, Incognito, Eric Roberson and Bobby Lyle and production by Barry Eastmond, it’s a stellar collection that is a testament to Najee’s staying power and in an interview with David Nathan (who began interviewing him in 1987), he shares about the ‘secret’ to his longevity…

 

Simon Law 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview

Simon Law 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview

“Absolutely one of the best albums of 2017 so far and a personal favourite, with some great guest appearances and stellar musicianship,” David Nathan, Founder, SoulMusic.com

Renowned producer/songwriter and musician Simon Law (aka ‘The Funky Ginger’) first came to prominence for his work with Soul II Soul in the late ’80s. Subsequently, he’s worked with the likes of Chante Moore, Brenda Russell, Maxi Priest and others. His very first solo project, the brilliant Look To The Sky album (with guest appearances by Lain Gray formerly of Nu Colors, Caron Wheeler and Jazzie B among others) is released by the UK’s Dome Records. In his interview with David Nathan, he shares about the creation of the album – and discovers that he and David share a mutual deep appreciation for EW&F founder, Maurice White…

Soul Talkin': Maysa 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview

Soul Talkin’: Maysa 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview

Celebrating an amazing twenty-six years as a recording artist and performer. with thirteen solo albums to her credit, Maysa Leak has created the rare distinction of consistency in an industry where that is no longer commonplace. With the release of “Love Is A Battlefield,” her third CD of cover generic klonopin blue tunes, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter shares about her new project, new management and her love for her loyal audience in this two-part interview with David Nathan…

Check out the music from Maysa’s new CD…

Kim Tibbs 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview

Kim Tibbs 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview

Independent music artist Kim Tibbs has enjoyed considerable response to her work among soul music lovers, particularly in the UK, where she has been a frequent visitor over the last few years. The Huntsville, Alabama-born is alprazolam generic for klonopin singer/songwriter shares about her career, her approach to her music and her goals with SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan…

Listen to Kim’s music on SoundCloud

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TEENA MARIE: Voice Your Choice (2010) and Interview (2009)

TEENA MARIE: Voice Your Choice (2010) and Interview (2009)

In conjunction with the April 2017 release of the SoulMusic Records’ 2-CD set, “Ooo La La La, The Epic Anthology,” we’re revisiting two compelling interviews with the much-missed multi-talented SoulMusic Hall of Fame inductee, Teena Marie.  First up, a two-part session (Voice Your Choice) conducted by David buy klonopin in canada Nathan in which Teena talks about seven of her favourite tracks from her distinguished catalogue and then selects three tracks by other artists.

Then, a three-part interview by Jeff Lorez with Teena about her best-selling album, “Congo Square” via YouTube videos…

SOUL TALKIN': Junior Giscombe 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview with David Nathan

SOUL TALKIN’: Junior Giscombe 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview with David Nathan

Video interview, April 6, 2017

Recently inducted into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame, Junior Giscombe is one of Britain’s  true musical pioneers, experiencing international fame (including a breakthrough for UK black music artists in the US) with “Mama Used To Say” in the early ’80s and beyond.  He’s known David Nathan even longer and in this lively video conversation, Junior talks about The British Collective and the challenges he and his peers have faced over the decades…

Verdine White (of Earth, Wind & Fire): Voice Your Choice with David Nathan

Verdine White (of Earth, Wind & Fire): Voice Your Choice with David Nathan

From our SoulMusic.com archives, we present this 2012 session of ‘Voice Your Choice’ in which the legendary SoulMusic Hall Of Fame inductee Verdine White of supergroup Earth, Wind & Fire shares his reflections on seven klonopin generic clonazepam favourite songs from EW&F’s vast catalogue and three favourites by others…

CLICK HERE FOR THE EARTH, WIND & FIRE (UK) STORE AT SOULMUSIC,COM

CLICK HERE FOR THE EARTH, WIND & FIRE (US) STORE AT SOULMUSIC.COM

GORDON CHAMBERS 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview

GORDON CHAMBERS 2017 SoulMusic.com Interview

Renowned singer/songwrter and producer Gordon Chambers was inducted into The SoulMusic Hall Of Fame in March 2017.  Gordon shares with SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan his reaction to the the induction and how the events of the past few years buy klonopin with mastercard have helped shape the music on his latest CD, “Surrender,” which includes the standout track “I Made It” (featuring Eric Roberson and Steff Reed)…

Click here for the GORDON CHAMBERS page at SoulMusic.com

A PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO LEON WARE

A PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO LEON WARE

It is with profound sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of my dear fellow Aquarian friend and colleague, the great Mr. Leon Ware. One of the most talented music men I ever had the privilege to interview and get to know, buy zanaflex normal dosage, Leon always provided great opportunities for conversations about life, sex and music.  When we found out that our birthdays were a day apart, that further cemented a bond that began back in 1976 when we did our first interview for Britain’s Blues & Soul magazine, reprinted here.

One of my fondest memories of Leon was watching him enchant an audience in Paris in July 2009, just a few months after I came back to live in London. He was simply magnificent, weaving his musical magic through songs from his then-latest album “Moon Ride” as well as doing his versions of songs that had been recorded by others, most memorably Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You,” the title track of the classic 1976 LP that Leon had originally recorded for himself (that he then produced on Marvin), “If I Ever Lose This Heaven” (recorded by so many
greats including Quincy Jones, The Average White Band and others), “I Wanna Be Where You Are” (cut by Michael Jackson and Zulema among others), “Inside My Love,” cut by Minnie Riperton and later revived by Trina Broussard. Leon’s work with contemporary soul man Maxwell resulted in the hypnotic “Sumthin’ Sumethin'” and there’s no doubt that Leon’s timeless recordings (think “Rockin’ You Eternally,” “That’s Why I Came To California”) impacted
later generations: his music was often sampled by rap and hip-hop artists who loved the sensual textures that were at the very heart of his art.

There is so much more I could say about Leon: he was funny, smart, naughty, spiritual, profound and yet always real. You can listen to a great inteview we did in 2013 that gives just a taste of the kind of conversations we had. My thoughts today are of the great times we spent together over many years, of seeing him in action on stage and the easy-flowing conversations we had. My deepest love, blessings and prayers go to his wonderful wife Carol and his family. His spirit lives on through his unforgettable work.
RIP, my Aquarian brother.

David Nathan,
Founder, www.soulmusic.com
February 23, 2017

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Motown’s Musical Masseur
By David Nathan, February 1977
(C) SoulMusic.com, 2017

Some guys get all the best album sleeve sessions! With his “Musical Massage” set, Leon Ware has come to the fore of Motown’s influx on new recording talent, to follow his success as a songwriter and producer with many of Soul’s favourite sons and daughters…

IN THEIR efforts to broaden their own musical horizon in the past eighteen months, Motown have certainly unearthed some dynamic new talent. Via his debut album for the company, Leon Ware has certainly proven to be one of them and although the “Musical Massage” album hasn’t exactly set the charts on fire, the critics have favourably reviewed it and that usually suggests that a new star is in its ascendency.

Despite this being Leon’s first actual recording success, it is neither his first recording experience and nor is it his first taste of actual success because he has been a prominent songwriter and record producer for the past decade.

“I’ve been involved in music for all but three of my thirty six years,” Leon points out. “Admittedly, it wasn’t until I was twenty three that I really became involved.”

The story really begins in 1954 when, in his home town of Detroit, he formed a little vocal group called the Romeos — and the group included Lamont Dozier and Ty Hunter, who is now one of the Originals of “Down To Love Town” and “Baby I’m For Real” fame. It seems that the trio had been at the same school together — along with, apparently, Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson. However, after three years, the group split up — with Lamont going more into songwriting/producing and Ty into solo work.

Having finished school — and having met and turned down Berry Gordy — Leon signed with ABC and stayed there for almost four fruitless years. It left a sour taste in his mouth and he returned to regular commerce until 1964 when he finally accepted a post with the growing Motown company.

And it was during that one year stay that he had his first taste of success — as a songwriter for the Isley Brothers’ “Got To Have You Back” hit.

In 1965, he joined Groovesville Music in an independent production capacity and worked with the Holidays, Pat Lewis and Terri Bryant during a two year stretch. From there, he moved on to another disappointing spell — three years with Bell and many of the projects simply were not released.

It was at the end of 1969 does generic klonopin look like that he started working with the Righteous Brothers — just before their split. He also was involved in some of the things on the MGM distributed Venture label on acts such as Johnny Nash and Kim Weston.

The year between summer of ’69 and mid-’70, Leon concentrated on writing and in 1970 he started to write with Bob Hilliard — until the latter’s untimely death in 1972. However, one of the songs that they wrote together was “Come L’Amore”, a song that did some business for Bobby Womack and that, incidentally, Leon is currently recording on an Italian artiste, Laura St. Paul.

Leon moved on to work with Ike & Tina Turner and wrote most of the material on their ‘”Nuff Said” album It was during this era that he recorded his own first album for U.A.

1973 saw him working for A&M and trams involved with Quincy Jones. Leon was involved in the “Body Heat” album, writing such songs as “If I Ever Lose This Heaven” and “Body Heat” itself. Leon considers that “If I Ever Lose This Heaven” is one of his best compositions yet and is especially proud of the way Donny Hathaway handled it on his “Extensions Of A Man” album for Atco.

But it wasn’t until 1975 that Leon came home to Motown and that’s really where it has all happened for him. His main claim to recent fame comes via his involvement in the Marvin Gaye album, “I Want You”.

“Some of the songs had been recorded for my own solo album but when Marvin Gaye heard it, he wanted them and I was more than pleased to turn it over to him completely,” Leon explains. “That’s really why there is such a similarity between the sound of my “Musical Massage” album and the “I Want You” album.

“It’s similar because it is my concept that was turned over to Marvin — and I couldn’t have been more thrilled about it, I can tell you. I think I respect Marvin as a man and a talent more than anybody else in the business. It’s certainly enhanced my career and I’m proud to add that it’s been the biggest album in Marvin’s career, too.

“It’s funny, too, because I was also heavily involved with Quincy Jones’ biggest album. I have just completed an album on Syreeta and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the trick can work for her, too.”

Although the “Musical Massage” album was begun in 1975, it wasn’t until the spring of 1976 that it was completed.

“I had recorded “I Want You” and “All The Way Around” for my own album and they were among the first ones we did. The co-producer, by the way, was T-Boy Ross, who is Diana’s brother and whose real name is Arthur. Anyway, at the same session, we cut “Instant Love” (a song that Leon had written in earlier years with Bob Hilliard and which had been recorded by the Main Ingredient earlier on), “Share Your Love” and “Body Heat”.”

One of the more interesting aspects of the album is its provocative sleeve — and you can see the full photo on this page and you’ll better understand my choice of words!

“Yes, it is a sensual concept,” Leon admitted gently. “But it says it all, doesn’t it? Love, hate, sex, religion. One reviewer called it the most motivated sleeve in a while.

“The model’s name is Azerzee Houri and she’s been on several other album sleeves in the past. She was a centrefold in “Playboy” last year, you know. And that’s me there, too — they are my hands! Yes, I guess they could persuade me to do a centrefold for “Playgirl” — I’m not the inhibited kind, you see!”

However, one of the lesser broadcast facts about the “Musical Massage” album is that it features guest spots by Marvin Gaye and Bobby Womack.

Currently, Leon is heavily involved in two projects. Firstly, there is the album that he has been recording in Milan, Italy on Laura St. Paul and that’s what will bring him to London during February. And he is just completing his own second album.

“It’s going to be called “The Whole World Is My Home” and it deals with the same basic realities,” he enthuses. “It should be out in April and by that time, “Musical Massage” should have died down.”

But his forthcoming trip to London will be his first and he is thrilled about the way that he has been accepted over here already. Given the breaks, Leon could certainly develop into being another of Motown’s new-wave superstars.

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Listen to David’s “Voice Your Choice” interview with Leon from 2008

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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