"Everybody's Hooked" is a contemporary original project with the spirit of the Great American songbook.
It has been almost three years since I released my last CD, Ruby, a moody, folk oriented record. Since then I have taken a significantly different approach to my writing. I began constructing the songs a cappella and did much of my work on them outside four walls. Without any instrument to lean on but my voice and with the inspiration of the open air, the songs that came out of me seemed to have a life of their own. They were coming from a place that I have never written from before, as if these were more than just my own stories. The songs that emerged sounded reminiscent of old jazz songs.
I was in Los Angeles at the time and called Loston Harris, who is a great New York City jazz piano player— particularly of the old American songbook, to ask him to join me in collaboration. The first song I sent him was just me singing lyric and melody, and he added the chords in underneath. I wrote more songs in the hills of Griffith Park on my walks, and Loston would work on them in his studio after he came back from playing his regular gig at the Carlyle. The rest is magic.
We have been working on this music for 2 ½ years and it’s time to record! Yes! Out of our hearts and hands to your ears. These songs are very much like the old jazz standards but not completely derivative. The sound is tried and true, yet they are rooted in today’s stories.
I have hired a great arranger to do big band orchestrations. We will record the songs with the great Jazz and classical musicians here in NYC including such players as James Genus (Herbie Hancock) Clarence Penn (Maria Schneider) and Noah Hoffeld (Rene Fleming). We have also been fortunate to have people like Russ Titelman helping us along the way . Clarence Penn and Russ Titelman are producing the cd. The funds will be used to pay for arrangements, recording studio, engineer, musicians and sound mixer. Our first day of recording will be on December 12th in NY at the infamous Avatar Recording Studios. Will post a video from live session then!
After the CD is completed, we will do shows using the local musicians to accompany is in various cities around the country, and possibly around the world. It is possible for us to complete this project because Kickstarter has created the platform that puts the artist back in touch with its community. Without patrons of the arts, the arts are nothing! Thank you for believing, thank you for showing it!!!
I am confident that when it is completed you will be as enthusiastic as I am now!
- In addition to the awards, for every $500 that is funded for this project I am dedicating a day of relief work in Haiti in January at the following::
New Voice of Life Orphanage(facebook)
Delaney Bay Fund (Delaneybayfund.com)
Special thanks to Le JIT Productions for introducing us to you. (lejitproductions.com)
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