With the late 2016 release of “No Payne, No Gain,” his duet with the legendary Freda Payne (not related as far as the pair can tell), Harlem-born, Bay Area-based Clif Payne (who has worked with an array of artists over the years including Johnny Mathis, Dionne Warwick, Tony Bennett and Bobby McFerrin) achieved international recognition, particularly in the UK where it became a Top 10 soul hit). Now comes his second CD, “Too” (the follow-up to his debut album “Welcome To My World”), produced by Preston Glass and Larry Batiste and released through SoulMusic Records in association with Platinum Garage Records. Clif shares with David Nathan about the new album (which includes a new duet with Freda, “Yesterday’s Payne, Tomorrow’s Joy”) and more…
Throughout the decades, soul music has been the birthing place for recordings with potent lyrical messages that have touched listeners worldwide – think Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Nina Simone, James Brown, producer/songwriters Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff and others. Award-winning producer, songwriter and musician Preston Glass has created a wonderful compilation of new recordings by a bevvy of established and new artists aptly entitled “Love & Compassion” and SoulMusic Records (SMR) has released this 17-track set in association with Preston’s Platinum Garage Recordings. In this interview with David Nathan, he shares about the project’s creation and some of the artists involved including SoulMusic Hall of Fame inductees Freda Payne and Gerald Alston as well as the UK Top 5 soul charted single, “In The Meantime” by Willie Bradley…
1. “LOVE ALWAYS WINS” – EUGENE COLE
2. “HOOKUP AT THE HEART” – TONY LINDSAY
3. “IN THE MEANTIME” – WILLIE BRADLEY feat. GERALD ALSTON
4. “PEACE IS MORE” – CLIF PAYNE
5. “WITHOUT A DOUBT” – VOICES OF GLORY
6. “WELCOME TO THE HUMAN RACE” – FREDA PAYNE
7. “GHETTO CHILD” – BRANDON WATTZ
8 . “WEAPONS OF LOVE – JACNIQUE NINA
9. “LOVE WILL GET US THROUGH THE TIMES” – LaTOYA LONDON
10. “LIKE FAMILY” – RAGS MOODY III
11. “FROM ONE EXTREME TO ANOTHER” – BISHOP WAYNE
12. “EMPOWERED” – DAVID NATHAN
13. “GIVE EACH OTHER LOVE” – DOMONIQUE BROWN & THE FAM
14. “AMEN TO THAT” – STEPHANIE ANGELIN
15. “SOMEDAY IS NOW” – AIYANA LEE
16. “LOVE IS” – AMY KEYS
17. “THE PATH OF COMPASSION” – CHUBBY TAVARES
SoulMusic Records (SMR) in association with Platinum Garage Recordings is proud to release PRESTON GLASS Presents LOVE & COMPASSION, songs to feed your soul in these everchanging times. There is a void in the world’s landscape today, of what used to be “basic human ingredients of love and compassion…..The need for these qualities is what sparked the inspiration for award-winning producer and songwriter Preston Glass to put together (along with some dear friends with great musical gifts) this collection of amazing, moving and heart-tugging songs. With stellar contributions by both established artists and newcomers in the soul music realm, SOUL MUSIC RECORDS/PLATINUM GARAGE RECORDINGS is proud to bring these songs of ‘Love’ and ‘Compassion’ to music lovers the world over.
“Love & Compassion” includes the 2017 UK soul music-charted single, “In The Meantime” by Willie Bradley featuring Gerald Alston (of The Manhattans) and original recordings by the legendary Freda Payne (of “Band Of Gold” fame),Chubby Tavares (of legendary group Tavares), Clif Payne, LaToya London, David Nathan and Amy Keys.
Other artists featured are Eugene Cole (of the Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole family) and Domonique Brown & The Fam (with members of Marvin Gaye’s family). Other new recording artists include Tony Lindsay, Voices Of Glory, Brandon Wattz, Jacnique Nina, Rags Moody III, Bishop Wayne, Stephanie Angelini and Aiyana Lee (granddaughter of Motown legend Jimmy Ruffin).
Executive-produced by award-winning producer and songwriter Preston Glass (who wrote/co-wrote all but one of the tracks, a cover of The Spinners’ “Ghetto Child”) and SoulMusic Records’ founder and artist-in-his-own-right David Nathan, this superb collection of songs with a universal message includes a number of guest players including producer/artist Reggie Calloway, Temptations’ vocalist Ron Tyson and renowned saxophonist Kirk Whalum.
Renowned award-winning producer/songwriter and musician Preston Glass speaks with SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan about his brand new CD, “Dynamic Duets, Vol. 1” which includes a number of music legends (such as Evelyn Champagne King, Little Anthony, George Benson and Freda Payne) and talented new artists (including Johnny Manuel, Brandon Wattz, Blair Clark and Soalas B. Lalgee among others)…
Interview recorded April 5, 2017