Wednesday, June 29, 2022

ERIC ESSIX · AIN'T NO SUNSHINE ft RUBEN STUDDARD

ESSENTIAL/LIGHTYEAR

In 1995, after playing a concert for students at Huffman High School in Birmingham, AL, Eric Essix met a young Ruben Studdard. Ruben’s fellow students persuaded him to sing and Eric listened in amazement and said “young man that voice will take you wherever you want to go in the music industry.” Eight years later, Ruben became the second winner of the hit television show, American Idol!

Eric and Ruben have, over the years, discussed one day working in the studio together and, when considering possible collaborations for his new album “Stride”, Eric knew he would be the perfect person to sing his arrangement of the Bill Withers classic, “Ain’t No Sunshine”.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

PATRICK BRADLEY · SONG OF MAY ft. DARREN RAHN ·RADIO SINGLE·

Patrick's Song Factory


Setting the tone for Exhale is the album’s title track which rolls out on a celestial sequencer groove with majestic chordal progressions and bubbly synth bass. “‘Exhale’ was clearly the lead single since 2020 has been a tough year for us all,” Bradley shares. “The original title was ‘Soffrito,’ inspired by me cooking Bolognese with my grandson and explaining that it takes all day. He shouted, ‘All day Bolognese!!’ Looking up the recipe, I saw that soffrito is the key ingredient and thought, ‘What a beautiful word.’ When Darren and I worked on the song together, it grew into something more. Then when we entered the COVID world, my wife suggested I call it ‘Exhale.’

Patrick and Darren’s shared Christian faith buoyed beautiful, heartfelt numbers such as “Completely Yours,” “Song of May” and “Lighthouse” (featuring some signature tasty guitar by Allen Hinds). More forthright in terms of inspiration is “In the Heart of the Seas” which shifts between piano-centric verses and guitar driven choruses.

Monday, June 27, 2022

RAGAN WHITESIDE · THRILL RIDE ·RADIO SINGLE·

Randis Music


Billboard #1 flautist, vocalist, and composer Ragan Whiteside is back with an exciting new single, "Thrill Ride" - the title track to her upcoming 6th album release. Teaming up with veteran hit producers Dennis Johnson and Bob Baldwin, Ragan delivers a performance that is sure to get your summer started right. Joining Ragan on the track is Rich Harrison a.k.a the artist RAH on drums and Phil Hamilton on guitar.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

FOLLOW ME 87.6 RADIO SHOW Ep. 285


Playlist:

Russell K Shores – Breezin`
Russell K Shores – Big Chief
Fred Dinkins – R.L.
Dee Brown – Make Up Your Mind
Lou Guldemond – In Time

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

PAUL TAYLOR · FRIDAY@5 ·RADIO SINGLE·

Peak Records



Over 25 years into a stellar, multi-faceted career that’s found him continually pushing the sonic boundaries of what’s possible in contemporary urban jazz, saxophonist Paul Taylor brings us his highly-anticipated new recording And Now This on Peak Records.

And Now This, fully created via the exchange of digital files between the Las Vegas based Taylor and his longtime musical compadre, collaborator, co-writer and producer Dino Esposito, features the saxman’s ongoing exploration of an expansive range of dynamic danceable grooves and intricate pop/electronica vibes. The ten tracks fully reflect the way Taylor began moving forward in his personal and creative life, as if to say, in his words, “we’re coming out of the pandemic, this is what I’ve been creating, we’re kicking it back into high gear and we are more open-minded in our approach to music than ever.”

Monday, June 20, 2022

FOLLOW ME 87.6 RADIO SHOW Ep. 284

Playlist:


Juan Carlos Mendoza – A Peaceful Place ( Ft. Nando González)
Paul Eerhart – Ceylon
Lou Guldemond – Long Island
Jonathan Fritzen – The Grand Moment
J. Walker Jr. - Velvet Rose
The Smooth Jazz Alley – Deep Into You (Ft. Blake Aaron)
Ryan La Valette – Highway 10
JJ Sansaverino – Ready and Willing

Friday, June 17, 2022

DAVE KOZ · SUMMERTIME IN NYC ft. BRIAN McKIGHT

Just Koz Ent.


In a recording career that spans three decades, saxophonist Dave Koz has racked up an astoundingly impressive array of honors and achievements: nine GRAMMY nominations, 12 No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, numerous world tours, performances for multiple U.S. presidents, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and more. A Platinum-selling artist, the California native is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate.

Monday, June 13, 2022

FOLLOW ME 87.6 RADIO SHOW. Ep. 283


 

Playlist:

Various Artists - Feel Like Making Love
John Tropea - That's the Way of the World
Jesse Thompson - It Doesn't Matter
Ryan La Valette - Room For 2
Mark Carter - Swingtown
Christian de Mesones - In His Vision
Dave Koz - Summertime In NYC (Ft Brian McKnight)