Vincent Ingala – Echoes Of The Heart

“Music connects and unites us all,” says the young multi-instrumental wizard Vincent Ingala, who has garnered four #1 and eight Top Ten Billboard hits. “It is a universal language that may technically start in our brain, but that truly comes from our heart. It’s an extension of our life experiences, lessons, and memories, both good and bad.” As a celebration of music’s unparalleled power, Vincent Ingala serves a hearty mix of ten tracks (mostly originals) which showcase why he is one of the most exciting artists to emerge in Contemporary Jazz this past decade. Echoes Of The Heart displays his ease and genius in the studio, as the virtual one-man band plays everything from saxophone, keyboards, drums, guitar, bass and lead vocals. Ingala also welcomes a few guests; pianist David Benoit, guitarist Steve Oliver and keyboardist Chris Geith. When the Prospect, CT native set out to record his sixth album as a leader, his intentions were clear. “I have always made music that I genuinely liked and believed in,” he confides. “The music needs to have an honesty and authenticity to it, and that can only come from one place – the heart. I hope that the listeners will hopefully catch a glimpse into some of the recent echoes of my heart.”

Danny Weiss, VP Of Jazz A&R for Shanachie Entertainment states, “With Vincent, the sky is the limit. He’s bursting with talent and in fact he’s played every note on this new CD. Still in his 20s, Vincent has already established himself on the top rung of the Smooth Jazz ladder and we’re looking forward to taking him to the next level. With his knowledge and interest in all styles of music, there’s no telling where he’ll go from here.”

Vincent Ingala opens Echoes Of The Heart with the rhythmically fueled and melodious “Caught Me By Surprise,” the album’s first single, which resonates with a killer rock-steady groove that sets the right tone for the jubilant affair ahead. The sultry, R&B and mood-drenched “Maybe You Think” shines a spotlight on Ingala’s gorgeous tone and effortless phrasing, while the album’s arresting title track features keyboardist Chris Geith, who is a member of Ingala’s touring band. “Although we have collaborated for many years together on stage, this was the first time that we co-wrote a song together and recorded it for one of my projects. I am thrilled with how our collaboration came out.” Echoes Of The Heart also features the buoyant, thumping and dance-inducing “What’s Option B.” While most of the album’s songs are originals, Ingala surprises with two hits from the 1990s. He puts his own spin on After 7’s Gold certified hit “Ready Or Not” from 1990 and Amy Grant’s #1 hit “Baby Baby” from 1991.

A special highlight on Echoes Of The Heart is the appearance of contemporary jazz pioneer David Benoit and chart topping guitarist Steve Oliver. Benoit is featured on the tune “Somewhere In Time,” which he co-wrote. “David Benoit is a man who needs no introduction!” proclaims Ingala. “He is a legend and it was a thrill to feature him. I recently played soprano on his latest album, David Benoit & Friends and he kindly returned the favor. The song “Sunset On Marco” is a deeply personal one for Ingala, whose emotive tenor on the track hints to the great Gato Barbieri.

“This song is dedicated to the late Dr. Nancy Cappello. She was not only a dear family friend, but a world-wide known hero and breast cancer advocate, founding the Are You Dense Foundation which educates the public about the risks/screening challenges of dense breast tissue and its impact on diagnosis and misdiagnosis,” explains Ingala. “My family and I would spend time with her and her husband, Joe at their condo in Marco Island, Florida every year and watch the sunset from their balcony. On one of those special occasions, she told me that for my next album, I needed to name a song ‘Sunset On Marco.’ Well that’s exactly what I did, and of course it goes with out saying that the song will be forever dedicated in her memory.” “Sunset in Marco” features Ingala’s good friend and guitarist Steve Oliver. Ingala recalls, “I heard his guitar on this track right from the start, and he definitely over delivered on his performance!”

The charismatic and handsome Vincent Ingala has endeared fans, contemporaries and critics alike with his consummate musicianship, fun-loving stage presence, energized and inspired performances and all-around passion. Ingala, who was handpicked to open for Dave Koz at the tender age of 16, is an old soul with a musical identity and wisdom well beyond his years. He has collaborated with and or opened for such artists as Chris Botti, Jonathan Butler, Peter White and Kim Waters, among others. “I do not remember making a decision about becoming a musician because music was always inside of me,” confides Ingala “My earliest memories are of banging on pots and pans until my parents had to buy me a drum kit and from there it was like a domino effect.” From banging on pots to churning out hits, Ingala is a chameleon in the recording studio. Like an alchemist, he concocts the perfect elixir of his broad musical influences spanning the worlds of Jazz, R&B, Disco, Pop and beyond.

“When I’m not making music, I enjoy cooking!” shares Ingala. “I think the reason that I like it so much is because of how it relates to putting a song together. In the similar way that you take multiple instruments and put them together to form a song, you blend the various ingredients together to form a special dish. It’s an experience to watch both instances come to life step by step.” Vincent Ingala was drawn to the saxophone as a kid. He recalls hearing Sam Butera on the radio and was instantly taken. “I remember hearing his saxophone solo on ‘Oh Marie’ in the car one day while my cousin was driving us around, and immediately knowing that I wanted to play tenor sax. He is one of the most underrated saxophonists of all time. What inspires me most about his playing is his use of the melody and his phrasing. Coming from a musically rich New Orleans background and playing with Louis Prima taught Sam that it’s not necessarily about how many notes you can cram in, or how fast you can play, but rather playing for your audience and giving them a beautiful melody that everyone can relate to.”

Vincent Ingala burst on the Contemporary Jazz scene in 2010 with the release of his critically heralded debut North End Soul. Two years later he was crowned Billboard “Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year” and Sirius XM Watercolors “Breakthrough Artist Of The Year” in 2013. Ingala’s sophomore recording, Can’t Stop Now, was released in 2012 and Coast To Coast followed in 2015, featuring two singles that hit number one on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. Vincent Ingala featured his vocal driven Christmas in 2016, showcasing holiday classics. Ingala is a DJ on Smooth Jazz 24/7 where he can be heard weekly. “It’s a completely different dynamic being a radio host because you’re now sitting on the other side!,” he exclaims. “You get used to hearing your music being played on the radio, but then suddenly the roles reverse and you’re now the one introducing and spinning the songs. I enjoy being a mascot for the genre and supporting the artists, many of them my friends who I have collaborated with or shared the stage with over the years.” In 2018 he made his Shanachie debut with Personal Touch, which featured the #1 hit “Snap, Crackle, Pop.”

“You can never go wrong with transparency and honesty,” concludes Vincent Ingala. “It is always my hope that my music inspires and motivates people, but at the same time allowing them to interpret the song for whatever imagery it conjures up for them. Since there are no lyrics to dictate what the song is about, it’s up to the listener’s own imagination and interpretation. That’s the beautiful part about instrumental music and one of the many reasons why I love it so much.”

Source: Shanachie Entertainment

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