Archive for April 7th, 2010

Lisa McClowry – Time Signatures

In collaboration with mentor/producer Jim Peterik (Grammy award winner, Oscar nominee for “Eye Of The Tiger,” writer of “The Search Is Over,” “Hold On Loosely,” “Vehicle” and many more), vocalist Lisa McClowry will release Time Signatures in June 2010 under the NuGroove/Worldstage Int’l label and is distributed by Red/Sony.

The expert craftsmanship of Peterik lends itself throughout the album to include the blistering “Born Twice,” the smoldering heat of “Waiting for You” and the joyous self-empowerment anthem of “Powerful Day.”

“Writing with Jim has brought the best out in my lyrics and melodies. The songs reflect the way I look at life, positive messages with an edge. My vocal approach is to communicate the emotion of the song simple as that,” said McClowry.

How the listeners interpret the music is equally important to this songbird. “My hope is that people will see themselves in my music…see that there’s more out there…uncover the truth in their soul,” she said.

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Mark Harper – The Mark Harper Project

A native from Flint, Michigan, Mark Harper is a seasoned guitarist, performer, and multi-platinum award winner, who is introducing yet another side of his creative abilities to the world. Mark began his professional career at the young age of 12. He continued to practice and develop his style while playing with various bands in the Flint area. During this time, Mark had to balance his love for music with his ever-increasing athletic abilities. In the end, when push came to shove, he “leaned” toward the notes. Now the notes have scripted a musical journey that is reflective of his heart and soul.

The early musical influences in his life were as varied and as accomplished as Mark himself is proving to be. Those influences include people such as: George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Al McKay, Phil Upchurch, Kenny Burrell, Lee Ritenour, and Larry Carlton. Through the years Mark was able to gather influences from different genres of music as well. His style is reflective of those influences and can be heard in the music he has contributed to; i.e., Kirk Franklin’s, “The Nu Nation Project”, Tom Braxton’s “Bounce”, and Tower of Power’s “Great American Soul Book”. In addition to these projects, Mark can be heard on many others. Mark has also had a broad live stage presence, having performed with: Kirk Whalum, Toby Keith, Charlie Pride, Ronnie Laws, Yolanda Adams, BeBe Winans, and Phyllis Hyman. As Mark begin to transition his career he spent 6 years as a member of the Wayman Tisdale band. He then went on to be the lead guitarist for the famed funk sensation, Tower of Power. Now Mark is launching his sound with his own band.

The unique sound of Mark can be heard and experienced on his new release, The Mark Harper Project. This project captures Mark’s creative, technical, writing, and production abilities. The release offers 11 new songs and fresh arrangements of two classic songs: One Less Bell and Sailing.
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