May 20, 2014

Slim Jeff - Better Late Than Never

I can't think of an album title that is quite as accurate as this one I'm about to drop on you. Welcome to the musical happenings of the talented Slim Jeff. I've written about him before- when he blew my mind with his lyrically exquisite Reparations (check out the video and my previous post here).

The point is he finally let us into his mind and world and released his mixtape and I am listening to it as I write this. I don't have a favorite track yet and I haven't listened to all of it yet but I invite you to click the play button, buy the tape if you like what you hear, let your mind wander as you experience what real creativity and talent sounds like. I love an overproduced fun song as much as the next person, but there's a genuine authenticity missing from 95% of all music released today and if that is what you crave...then this is what you've been waiting for.

Show him some love- check out the mixtape here and let me know what song is your favorite

Better Late Than Never is a co-curation between artist Slim Jeff & hip-hop producer 80beats. Recording began in 2012 and was completed in early 2014. BLTN blends elements of soul, jazz, funk, and hip-hop, which produces a wavy ambiance throughout. Slim Jeff's virtuoso rap style meshes seamlessly with the canvas of smooth instrumentals.


released 11 May 2014
Executive Producers: Slim Jefferson + 80beats
Written by: Slim Jefferson
Curated by: 80beats
Recorded @: Waxroom Studios, San Pedro, CA
Mixed by: Jake Fernandez @ Lighted Path Studios, Whittier, CA
Additional Vocals: Molly Keeltey + Emily Hopper, Heather Robinson
Additional Bass: John B. Sprague
Cover designed by: Mark Walker
Original Artwork: Kristin Hector (36x40, oil + acrylic on canvas)
Photography: Alan John Torres

May 12, 2014

Steven Tyler, David Osmond and Race to Erase MS 5.2.14

I was fortunate to be able to attend the annual Race to Erase MS charity gala last Friday night and among other many awesome things I somehow was talked into asking Steven Tyler (yes, that Steven Tyler) to take a selfie with me... which he did:

The night was amazing- there was so much great music from awesome performers- CeeLo Green, Natalie Cole, the aforementioned Steven Tyler...such a cool event. The finale of the evening was a rendition of "Lean On Me" where Nancy Davis, the founder of Race to Erase MS and many other guests got up and sang together.

I recorded Steven Tyler singing two of my favorite songs that he sings (ok really, anything he sings is pretty epic but these two songs specifically are incredible live so hopefully the recordings do them justice)

Click the link to see pictures of the event:
Annual Race to Erase MS Gala Photos

One voice struck me because it was both moving and really really beautiful- and then after the event I was able to meet the guy who belonged to the voice...and found out he is David Osmond. It didn't actually click for me at the time but in hindsight, yes of course he must be related to those other musical Osmond's... per his facebook bio:
David Osmond has music running through his veins, literally. He's the 4th son of Alan Osmond, oldest of the performing Osmond Brothers, and began performing as the lead singer with his own brothers when he was only four years old.

They were known as The Osmond Boys and were discovered by the late Bob Hope, appearing on his 1986 Christmas show for their national television debut. By the 1980s, they evolved into The Osmonds 2nd Generation, signed with both Curb Records in the U.S. and Epic/Sony in Europe, had four songs in the Top 40 in the U.K., and played to sold-out stadiums and arenas in the U.S., Europe and Asia., making appearances on MTV, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kathy Lee, CBS This Morning, CNN and Entertainment Tonight, as well as other major shows and networks. Eventually as a group they settled in Branson, Missouri, as featured performers at the Osmond Family Theater.

David became his Uncle Donny's understudy in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, actually taking over the lead role and continuing as JOSEPH in regional and national touring companies of the musical for many years.

He was forced to put music on hold for several years however, due to a physical battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He has passionately dedicated himself to raising awareness and resources for the MS community through speaking and performing nationwide with a hopeful and positive message of overcoming adversity. David was the 2010 recipient of The National MS Society's Spirit Of Life Award.

Recent improvements in his health have allowed him to place his focus back on music. David was featured on the FOX hit TV show American Idol in 2009, he reprised the role of JOSEPH at the CLO theater in Pittsburgh, and also had the chance to recently perform alongside artists such as David Archuleta, Take 6, The Jonas Bros, Michelle Branch, and The Eagles.

David has had some incredible highlights in his career as an entertainer, from performing onstage at Wembley Arena to singing at Harpo Studios for Oprah. But all of that has been leading him up to this point in his career, with so much more determination and appreciation. He just completed his debut solo album, REFLECTED, as well as his debut inspirational album, ROAD LESS TRAVELED, which was just released.

Guys- he has such a rich tone that his voice stood out among the other singers and not only is he a total sweetheart but he is such a strong person who is doing such wonderful things with his life. Do yourself a favor and check out his music for yourself.