Holly Jolly Christmas
This is a hip, pop version of a holiday classic, featuring a bold, fresh new artist, Abbie Young.
Abbie Young is an actress with a great resume for her age. Her sense of musical timing and her powerful vocals allow her to excel in any musical genre. She really is poised to make the next big splash on the musical scene. We chose to introduce her to the musical world with the remake of a holiday classic, Holly Jolly Christmas. It represents her youthfulness, while displaying her undeniable and formidable vocal talents, which rivals any of the latest pop divas. However, because of her ability to act and sing, she does not want to be one dimensional and rightfully so. Abbie likes to be thought of as an eclectic artist who resides in the broad spectrum of the musical catalogue of the world.
You can find her listening to and studying music from Asia and quite comfortably exploring jazz or studying show tunes in preparation for a stage play. Abbie started acting at a very young age and has continuously blown away producers and directors with the depth and breath of her performances. Abbie can belt out a song from The Sound of Music and on command give you a powerful rendition of a song from the popular Frozen soundtrack. What I like best about Abbie is she is humble and that's what sold me on her for this project. For someone so talented and with such an acting resume at her age, you would expect a child diva. No, she is just the opposite. Abbie is coachable which means her ability to grow is without limits and if you think she is good now and she is, you haven't seen anything yet.
You can check Abbie out during one of her many acting performances or on YouTube. The best place to hear her is on this release and her upcoming CD to be released next year. Abbie signed and became a part of the 3rd Floor Pro Recording family of artists for a reason, when I heard her sing it overwhelmed me and stirred up emotions that moved my spirit. Abbie has the "it" factor. She was born to be a star. With that kind of talent, how could she be anything else but a star.
Welcome to the exclusive world of musical artist Abbie and sing girl, sing!
Ivan and Friends
Ivan Adams & Jeremy Lee
Ivan and Friends is a compilation of songs from upcoming releases by Ivan Adams and Jeremy Lee that get to the heart of contemporary jazz: smooth jazz with an edge and jazz infused gospel. It's more than just a melody.
Ivan Adams and Jeremy Lee are multi-instrumentalists that write music from all art forms. The music Ivan creates always seems to have a jazz undertone to it, regardless if its gospel, country, funk, Rnb, etc. origin. His love for jazz is obvious, but it does not dominate his musical landscape. You hear influences from all walks of life and his mind is always open to new possibilities. His long overdue debut comes at just the right time. Music needs a new voice that's truly different. This release, "Ivan & Friends", pulls music from 3 future works; two of his own and the other by Jeremy Lee. Jeremy will soon be a force in the music industry just from the power of his playing and creative genius. His long awaited release entitled "Introducing Jeremy Lee" features strong collaborations by Ivan and Jeremy that will blow your mind. Vocalist Janet Williams is featured on "It's Just God", which is an up tempo contemporary gospel song that demonstates deep lyrics, soulful singing, and oh yes, that bass. Psalms 95 features the smooth vocal stylings of Jade Hall, who can best be described as a combination of CeCe Winans and Natalie Cole. The beauty of her singing flows throughout and brings to life the spirituality of the song. Ivan credits artists like Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Miles Davis, Jaco, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Wayman Tisdale, EWF, The Gap Band, Slave, Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammonds, Garth Brooks, The Judds, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Fourplay and The Yellowjackets, just to name a few, for shaping his sound. With Ivan, nothing is beyond the creative imagination. So, buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Psalms 95 (feat. Jade Hall)
Psalms 95 is an upbeat, jazzy gospel song that seeks to praise God via the silky smooth vocals of Jade Hall. If you like contemporary gospel, you will love this!
Psalms 95 reaches back to our roots by first praising God and doing it with a percussive beat centered around the congas and drums. The bass is powerful and features the Fender P-Bass, a simply wonderful instrument. The best part of the song is the vocals of Jade Hall. The best way to describe Jade's sound is the blending of CeCe Winans and Natalie Cole into one voice. Her versatility is staggering and she hasn't even scratched the surface of her true potential. Jade has sung in church choirs all of her life and every time I am in the congregation, I marvel at the number of grown men with tears running down their faces. Jade moves you with a soulful spirituality that is well beyond her years. She did this recording at the tender age of 21. You haven't heard singing until you have heard Jade. Check her out for yourself. This is just the beginning!
3 O'Clock Funk
3 O'Clock Funk is just what it says, a funky jazz mixture of rap, vocals, piano, and trumpet cooked up at 3 O'clock in the morning. The song is anchored by a funky bass line and features great drum playing. If you are a drummer, you need to hear this!
3 O'Clock Funk features my first use of the Line 6 400 pro bass amp in a recording. It is a funk monster. I played the Yamaha BB1600 bass featured on the cover and even at its advanced age, it did not fail to deliver the sound needed to anchor the blend of funky jazz piano and trumpet playing in this song. The heart of the song is the drums, where you have drum solos incorporated at various points without disturbing the musical flow. This song was written in honor of every drummer who has toiled tirelessly behind one solo after another, and its finally his or her time to shine. I have closed down many nightclubs with my wife saying its time to go, but I just got to hear the last song. The drummer is finally going to get to do his or her thing. Listen to the drummer. Listen to the drummer play!
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This is contemporary jazz that is fun and makes you want to dance like in the days when jazz ruled the airways.
Rap Jazz pays tribute to my son, Lance. He is a trumpet player, who use to be a member of the North Carolina A&T State University Marching Band. His love for the band and rap music always fascinated me. Until he joined Aggie Pride, I found them to be polar opposites. Lance taught me to appreciate the complexities of marching in a band and marching band arrangements. I taught him the simplicities of jazz. At the heart of every song is an undeniable rhythm and feel that is unmistakable. You have to look beyond the solos and complex chord progressions to find the melody and the rhythm. Rap Jazz gives you this with a danceable beat and driving bass line that holds it all together while we debate the musical choices in our lives in a humorous way. This song features trumpet and keyboard solos and an acoustic upright bass. Hmmm!
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Dizzy has a light, west coast jazz feel with a driving beat and features the flute. The song attempts to create an atmosphere of happiness and peace, reaching back to the fun times of my childhood days.
Dizzy is a fun song that reaches back to my youth. There was always love and laughter in our home. We would have so much fun, laughing and playing, that I would get light headed. When I look back at those times, it was too funny and all I can do is smile. The town I grew up in was a happy, safe place to be and I was blessed to be raised in such a wonderful place. This song features a beautiful flute solo that represents that time very well. The rhythm section pushes the song along at a quick pace. The trombone in the background at the end of the song pays tribute to my father, Carl D. Adams, who loved big band music, especially Count Basie and Jimmy Lunceford. I use my Ibanez Acoustic Bass and Digitech processor to create the sound and feel of an upright bass. Interesting!
It's Just God
This is contemporary gospel meets RnB and jazz with a soulful, almost funk oriented, twist that would make Kirk Franklin proud.
It's Just God is a song I wrote several years ago and I searched tirelessly to find the right voice to sing it. Along came vocalist Janet Williams and the rest is history. The song has an RnB or funk bass line and simple yet driving drum beat that's dance oriented. The bass featured in this song is the Yamaha BB1600 made famous by Nathan East. The lyrics are serious and born out of a theological debate centered around the divine rights of God as it pertains to our every day lives. Janet adds a jazzy vocal approach that is the heart and feel of the song. You can't mistake her smooth, silky sound. Our friendship has resulted in several soon to be heard musical arrangements. This is a door Janet always dreamed of opening and now, she has walked through it into a world just waiting for her arrival. Enjoy!
Piece of What
A jazz jam that makes you tap your feet and take notice of the horn phrasing, which is both powerful and brash.
Jeremy and Ivan collaborated on this jazz gem and focused on the simplicity of the rhythm section while adding a kind of old school sensibility, envoking an era long past gone. It is simply cool.
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Every Now and Then
Every Now and Then is cool contemporary jazz that makes you want to put the top down on the convertible and ride for days. Call your girlfriend or boyfriend up and let us take you for a smooth cruise down our musical highway.
Every Now and Then my friend we get it right. The use of the flute was masterful and gives the song the right mood. The drums are syncopated in a way that takes you right to the edge without dropping you off or losing the rhythmic pulse needed to propel the song on its journey. The bass line moves with a simple flow that complements the drum beat and gives plenty of space for the piano and flute to speak uninterupted. Oh yes, we did it. Check it out and I hope you will agree.
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