'The True Sounds of Summer'
With the crisp, jazzy sound of his beloved Gibson L-5 guitar once again front and center, two-time GRAMMY® Award winner Paul Brown keeps his grooving momentum going on his Peak Records debut White Sand.
Quickly closing in on a staggering 50 #1 charting airplay hits as the smooth jazz genre's top producer over the past 15 years, Brown had the unique experience in 2006 of scoring #1 Radio & Records chart hits as both an artist and producer. "Winelight," the second single from his 2005 solo album The City, was recently ranked by Mediabase as the genre's most spun track of the year. Brown also had chart topping hits with Norman Brown ("Up And At 'Em"), Euge Groove ("Get 'Em Goin'") and Peter White ("What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)."
Driven by seven powerful originals and three unique reworkings of recognizable classics, White Sand is a celebration of the great soul sounds from different eras (60's "soul jazz" through 70's old school and modern hip-hop) that have both influenced and informed the producer/guitarist 's legacy as a multi-talented creative force in contemporary jazz.
Brown is also currently working on developing the musical career of Maui based painter and guitarist Andrea Razzautti, whose compelling visual work "White Sand" inspired Brown to write the title track. And, after Brown let Razzautti hear the song, Razzautti was in turn inspired to create the very tropical album cover artwork. There is also a larger, separate print of the cover included in the packaging. "The connection between visual art and music is a cool concept to me, and I was only too happy to blend the two on this project," Brown says.
Taking it from the top and what were your musical influences
growing up and how many still factor into your music today? "I was a big 'dead head.' Gerry Garcia is still one of my biggest influences along with Wes and Benson."
For the Average Joe who may not have heard of you and was thinking
of buying your new CD, how would you yourself describe your sound? "Warm, earthy, funky"
Your album title 'White Sand' is an interesting choice, but
perhaps it originates from a more personal standpoint for you? Is there a
theme to it, perhaps? "There's nothing like having your toes sink into a white sand beach. Warm sun and beautiful water."
Also, please reveal to us what it took to incorporate such talents
as Al Jarreau, Boney James and Bobby Caldwell into this wonderful new
release? Did everything always go as smoothly as it sounds?! "Of
How easy (or hard) is it to constantly create a new, vibrant,
wanted-by-the-public sound that both builds on and surpasses the
musical wonderment's/accomplishments that preceded it within the industry? "Just try and be as creative as possible. Playing live changes the way you evole as well."
Please tell us why you specifically chose to cover the three
recognizable classics that you did - and which ones you may have
tinkered with but that didn't quite make it for this album? "I've always wanted to cut "Mercy Mercy Mercy", "For what it's worth
is as topical now as it was in the 60s."
Having been named the "most played" artist in the 2006 year end
charts for Radio and Records with your #1 track, "Winelight," I'm
wondering how you top that?! "Hopfully that will happen again with a song I write."
What '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to
cover today (in your own style) if asked ... and why?! "'I Want To Kiss You All Over' was my wife and I's song when we met."
Lastly, Exclusive Magazine love Penguins ... do you?! "I'm not sure I love them, but I'm fond of them????"
Paul Brown Website
"Ol Skoolin'" (feat. Boney James) Audio Stream
"Make Me Feel So Good" Audio Stream
If you would like to win a SIGNED copy of 'White Sand' on CD, just answer this easy question: In addition to his own work, Brown has also culled GRAMMY wins as producer and engineer for Norman Brown ... and which of his albums?!
Send me your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these wonderful new SIGNED CDs. Just send us an e:mail here with your answer and the subject title CONTEST: PAUL BROWN SIGNED CD to:
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