Brian Simpson – All That Matters

193746406_3833975360034816_5705152487936156656_n“It’s Brian’s incredibly memorable and infectious melodies that truly set him apart. I am a huge fan!” – Dave Koz

“The title of my new recording was purely inspired by the events of the past year and half,” reflects acclaimed pianist, composer and producer Brian Simpson. “My family and loved ones became more important than ever and all that matters became more apparent after witnessing the tragic loss of others.”

On June 25, 2021, Shanachie Entertainment will release a milestone recording from Simpson, who will commemorate his tenth recording as a leader. Revered for his ability to sculpt timeless love songs, soulful party anthems and breath-taking melodies that stay on your mind, Simpson delivers all this and more on his new recording All That Matters. From penning the #1 pop hit “The First Time” for R&B group Surface to touring and or recording with Janet Jackson, Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz, Simpson’s golden touch, has long made him one of the go-to guys in the industry.

All That Matters is the perfect amalgamation of influences that are close to Brain Simpson’s heart: Jazz, R&B, Funk, Soul.  It’s a joyous celebration of life and a shining demonstration of Simpson’s ongoing quest for the ultimate sound. “I will forever be in search of the perfect song, with the perfect melody that is performed perfectly,” confesses the pianist, who is the Musical Director of the wildly popular Smooth Jazz Cruise. The recording process for All That Matters was dramatically different for the pianist who tours relentlessly.

The absence of touring during the pandemic afforded Simpson the opportunity to focus solely on recording. He eagerly jumped into the project and surrounded himself by friends to help with the compositional process; guitarist and labelmate Steve Oliver and keyboardists Nicholas Cole and Oliver Wendell. The collective commenced remotely and later were able to collaborate in person.  As the album progressed Simpson also enlisted saxophonists Najee (and flutist) and Steve Alanis, trumpeter Ron King, drummers Michael White and Tony Moore, bassist Dwayne “Smitty” Smith and Roberto Vally, percussionist Brain Kilgore and guitarists Ray Fuller and Yarone Levy.Highlights from ‘All That Matters’ include the first hit single, title track “All That Matters”, the inspired duet with Najee “Mystical Morning”, the romantic ballad “When I Found You” and more brilliant Brian Simpson originals.

Source: Shanachie Entertainment

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