Every month SoulTracks website posts Top 10 major label and independent soul music CDs based on sales at Amazon.com and CD Baby. This month, Here in the Momentshares the honor with artists like Sade, Maze, Maysa and Corrine Bailey Rae!
Colabs CD makes the final five for Best Surround Sound Album!
This project is the brainchild of producer, surround sound engineer David Miles Huber (51bpm.com) with each track showcasing Dave’s work in collaboration with various artists from diverse genres including Allen Hart, DJ Muad’Deep, Seren Wen, Musetta, Henta Ellis, Marcell Marias, and me, singing a duet withDave on “Summertime”. Congrats, Dave!
Congratulations are also in order for Henta, whose “Laserium for the Soul” CD earned a nomination in the New Age category. (Go girl!)
A song entitled “Lucky Me” aka “Everyone Can See,” by talented Seattle composers Ken Morrison and Mark Reiman and sung my me, is featured very briefly in the just-released Colin Firth–Julianne Moore film A Single Man.
This song will also be featured in a remake of the 1970’s hit movie The Mechanic starring Jason Statham.
I’m having a fantastic time finishing up a brand new project! Working with wonderful musicians Randy Halberstadt, Darin Clendenin, Jeff Johnson, Clipper Anderson and Mark Ivester is always a huge inspiration! Please stay tuned for details!
Seattle’s Origin/OA2 Records was recognized as the 2009 Jazz Label of the Year at the JazzWeek Awards, held June 20th in Rochester, NY, during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. The JazzWeek awards are voted on by several hundred members of the jazz industry including radio program directors, disc jockeys, program syndicators, satellite and cable broadcasters, record labels and promoters. JazzWeek’s Ed Trefzger presented the award to Origin’s John Bishop during the JazzWeek Conference. Also nominated in the Label category were Concord Records, Palmetto, Sunnyside, Heads Up, and HighNote Records. Congrats to the whole Origin/OA2 team!
Before this concert at Pacific Lutheran University, I pulled out my camera and snapped a few pictures of the incredible pipe organ in the Lagerquist Hall chapel so. David (Joyner, pianist, arranger, producer of the concert) saw the camera and asked me if I could keep it onstage during the concert because—“You may want to use it during the concert….” I didn’t have much time to to give much thought to this mysterious request, because we started soon after that. David and Doug (Miller, bass) sounded wonderful together in their opening number and then singer Dennis Hastings and I had a blast alternating songs. At the end of the concert, David stepped up to the mic, proposed to his fiancee, ran off the stage into the audience where she was sitting and dropped down on one knee. There were cheers, tears, applause and congratulations all around and this was the absolute highlight of the evening. Hmm, David–how are you going to top this next year?
Gail Pettis performed on the Seattle Channel’s ArtZone with pianist Randy Halberstadt and hosted by television personality Nancy Guppy. This issue allso features bronze sculptor, Edward Trobec, avant-garde composer Glenn Branca, presents “Hallucination City”(50 electric guitars!) and introduces brand new City Arts monthly magazine!
“Colabs ” features electronic, chill and downtempo collaborations between various artists from North America, the UK, and Europe. Says producer Dave Huber, “The idea behind colabs is simple… each song is a colaboration between David Miles Huber and a different artist from north america, the uk and europe. The songs are innovative and diverse in style and include original compositions, as well as re-works of rock and traditional jazz standards” I had fun teaming up with Dave for a vocal duet on “Summertime” on Track 7–definitely a departure from the jazz idiom but very, very enjoyable! Check out Dave’s website for more information: 51bpm.com