Three 2 Go Music introduces E-Life 7(EL7) featuring Michael Pennick with his debut CD Miked Up. EL7 unites some of Western NY’s finest musicians including; keyboardists Rodney Spears & Charlie Crymes Jr., guitarist Ron Walker, drummer and percussionist Tim Webb and bassist Mike Pennick. Special appearance by Ken Whitman (tenor sax), Walter Kemp III, Van Taylor (keyboards), Joey Diggs and Dee Osbourne (vocals). EL7 is the brain child of Ron Walker & Mike Pennick long time members of Buffalo Music Hall of Fame R&B recording artists The Exoutics. EL7 acknowledges the musical and spiritual influence of past and present members of The Exoutics.
While contemplating their musical future longtime friends Ron and Mike decided it was time to explore their Jazz alter egos and discover what lies beneath the tender ballads and funky R&B grooves they’ve been writing for years. After a brief discussion it was agreed that their next project would highlight the talent of bassist Mike Pennick. Eventually this led to the formation of EL7. With extraordinary creativity and collaboration the 5 member group conceived and recorded “Miked Up”. Rodney’s unique keyboard accents perfectly complement the keyboard foundations played by Charlie. Tim’s intricate drum touch reinforces rhythmic, melodic bass lines and spicy guitar licks. When blended together, what a unique sound. The project began in summer of 2012 and completed in late spring 2013 taking several interesting twists and turns as each member shared creative ideas and opinions to help shape this outstanding project. The resulting CD captures the flavor and passion of each musician. Hopefully audiences will enjoy and appreciate this special blend of jazz and R&B. “Miked Up” covers the gamut of emotions from the rhythm shifting jazz, funk of “Chaos” to the fun filled upbeat playful “Sunday Night”. The remake of Stevie Wonder’s “That Girl”, intimate revelations of “Inner Beauty” and “Before the Storm” make this CD a pleasure to listen to and sure to appeal to the most demanding pallet. Life is short, enjoy it! So what does EL7 stand for? Enjoy Life 7 days a week (Exoutics for life).
Miked Up is scheduled for release worldwide on March 24, 2017.