GLORIA GAYNOR

* Your musical inspirations?  
 
Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Marvin Gaye
and Frank Sinatra
 
 * Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?
 
Right now my favorite CD's are 'The Best Is Yet to Come' by
Martha Munizzi, 'The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin' and Queen Latifah's
'The Dana Owens Album.
 
 * How has music inspired you?
 
Gospel Music has inspired me to be the best I can be in every area of my life. 
 
 * Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?
 
Music has helped me through difficulty in relationships and decision making 
on many occasions.

GLORIA GAYNOR. Her name is recognized worldwide. Her voice a dynamic force. Her Grammy Award winning signature song, “I Will Survive,” an inspiration that has touched the hearts of people all over the world.

Logic Records/BMG released the highly anticipated U.S. LP entitled “I Wish You Love.” This is Gloria Gaynor’s first worldwide release in 15 years. It will encompass 15 singles including the debut power ballad “I Never Knew” with dance remixes by Grammy veteran Hex Hector.

Gloria’s depth as an artist reach new heights in several up-tempo hits including “Just No Other Way” and “Got To Be Forever.” As an added bonus track, Gloria recorded her anthem “I Will Survive” in Spanglish, recorded live in Brazil!

In 1973, Gloria Gaynor made history as Billboard gave birth to the Disco Action Charts. “Never Can Say Good-Bye” bowed at #1 on the charts and became the first Dance Song to reach #1 status in dance music. 30 years later, Gloria Gaynor is still setting the standard. In March of 2001, her single, “Just Keep Thinkin’ About You,” topped the Billboard Dance/Club charts at #1, while her international hit “Last Night” with Giorgio Moroder debuted at #1 throughout Europe. In keeping with the theme of #1, Gloria Gaynor was the first to record an album especially for clubs, and the first to do a mega-extended dance medley party mix, releasing 12” dance singles that are now high-end collectors items.

Gloria Gaynor’s popularity has continuously flourished into the new millennium. In March, she was honored at the World Music Awards in Monte Carlo with the coveted LEGEND award presented by long time fan Prince Albert. She made a splash on Broadway in the longest running musical revue, “Smokey Joe’s Café.” FOX television series “That ‘70’s Show” and the wildly popular, “Ally McBeal” featured Gloria Gaynor as a guest star introducing her to a whole new generation of television viewers. The film industry continues to feature “I Will Survive,” on the soundtrack of more than a half dozen major motion picture releases.

The song will be featured this summer in the blockbuster release “MEN IN BLACK II”. VH-1 honored Gloria Gaynor with the number one spot during their countdown of the Top 100 Dance Records of All Time for “I Will Survive”.

Live concerts are an integral part of Gloria Gaynor. She has touched audiences in more than 80 countries with her electrifying performances. Numerous dignitaries and ambassadors from the likes of President Clinton, Princess Grace, Prince Rainer and Pope John Paul II have had the pleasure of watching Ms. Gaynor perform. The French World Cup Soccer Team appointed her as their official “Godmother” because of her inspiring, uplifting music. Gloria even made the time to write an autobiography entitled, “I Will Survive” (St. Martin’s Press) that is a revealing trip through her journey in life. She also lends her support to numerous charities ranging from the likes of The Rita Hayworth Gala for Alzheimer’s to Revlon’s Annual Walk for Life.

Whatever Gloria Gaynor sets out to accomplish you can be sure that it will have a positive transformation in the art of music and life as everything she touches is with her deep spirit. Experience this transformation with Gloria on her new globally released album on Logic Records/BMG.
www.gloriagaynor.com

LORRAINE FEATHER

* Your musical inspirations?

Lambert, Hendricks and Ross (singing and writing); Billie Holiday, Dinah
Washington, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra (singing); Duke Ellington
(writing); Joni Mitchell (singing and writing).

* Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

"The Hottest New Group in Town" (Lambert, Hendricks and Ross); "Turn on theHeat" (Fats Waller);"Duke Ellington - The Duke's Men" (vols 1 and 2); "The
Essential Billie Holiday"; "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" (Frank
Sinatra); "The Swingin' Miss D" (Dinah Washington); "Gaucho" (Steely Dan);
"Court and Spark" (Joni Mitchell); "Big World" (Joe Jackson); "Solitude
Standing" (Suzanne Vega).

* Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

When my mother passed away in 1999, I had just fallen in love with the music
of Fats Waller, having borrowed "Turn on the Heat" from my mom's collection.
The spirit of that album not only helped me through a painful year, but
became the basis of my CD "New York City Drag," which I recorded at that
time.

* Your thoughts on the connection between music and healing?

I believe that music elevates the spirit and empowers those who hear it.

Lorraine Feather was born in Manhattan. Her parents named her Billie Jane Lee Lorraine after godmother Billie Holiday, her mother Jane (formerly a singer with various bands in New York), her mother's ex-roommate Peggy Lee, and the song "Sweet Lorraine." She is the daughter of the late jazz writer Leonard Feather.

The Feathers moved to L.A. when Lorraine was 12; at 18, after two years as a theater arts major at L.A. City College, she returned to New York to pursue an acting career. Some touring, regional theater, off-Broadway work and the concert and Broadway versions of Jesus Christ Superstar followed, interspersed with many waitressing jobs up and down Manhattan's West Side.

 Frequently out of work, and discouraged by more than one employer from pursuing a career in the food service industry, Lorraine decided to try singing. She began working with various jazz and Top 40 bands in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She sang backup for Petula Clark and Grand Funk Railroad, and finally put her own act together, performing in Manhattan cabarets, then moving back to L.A., where she sang at the Parisian Room, The Little Club, Stage One (with saxophonist Frank Morgan) and Donte's. Drummer Jake Hanna saw her at Donte's and recommended her to Concord Jazz head Carl Jefferson; she did a solo album for Concord. Soon after, she joined producer Richard Perry's vocal trio Full Swing and recorded a big band album with the group for Perry's Planet label, distributed by RCA. She began writing lyrics.

Lorraine spent the '80s with Full Swing; the group did the Monterey, Playboy and Kool Jazz Festivals, traveled to Japan and Brazil and backed Bette Midler. They recorded two more albums, for the Cypress/A&M label. Lorraine wrote lyrics for 23 songs on the group's releases, some for classic pieces like Duke Ellington's "Rockin' in Rhythm," the Yellowjackets' "Ballad of the Whale" and Horace Henderson's "Big John's Special" (later heard in the movie Swing Shift). Full Swing was featured on Barry Manilow's Swing Street album and TV special singing the Feather/Eddie Arkin song "Big Fun."

The group's first Cypress album received wide national airplay on New Adult Contemporary radio, and Lorraine's song "2 Good 2 Be 4gotten," written with Morgan Ames and Russ Freeman, became a Top 40 Adult Contemporary single. The next album went to #5 on the NAC chart.

When Full Swing dissolved, Lorraine spent a period of time focused mainly on writing. Songs with her lyrics were recorded on albums by artists such as Patti Austin, Phyllis Hyman, Carl Anderson, Djavan, Yutaka, Eric Marienthal, Jude Swift, Kevyn Lettau, Mark Winkler, David Benoit, Kenny Rankin, Tom Scott & Diane Schuur. Cleo Laine recorded four tracks of her versions of Ellington instrumentals, three of which were released in May 1995 on a Laine/Mercer Ellington album for BMG.

 She co-wrote numerous songs for Dinosaurs (the TV show and album - with Ray Colcord), and three for the MGM animated film Babes in Toyland, to be released in '97. Lorraine's TV writing credits include Beverly Hills 90210, The Days of Our Lives and Santa Barbara. Her Santa Barbara songs, written with Rick Rhodes and Dominic Messinger, received Emmy nominations in 1992 and '93, the former with her vocal. She has also written lyrics for songs recorded by Japanese singers Tamoko, Hiroko, Sato and Yuki, and dozens for Pioneer Animation.

She sang on the Dick Tracy soundtrack and on the soundtrack album for Bette Midler's For the Boys, also on albums for Michael Feinstein and Eric Marienthal. Her solo performance of Sondheim's "Not While I'm Around" is featured on Sweeney Todd in Jazz,an album by keyboardist Terry Trotter, which was released on the Varese Sarabande label in the summer of '95.

In 1996 Lorraine began working extensively with TV and film composer Mark Watters. They worked on a continuing basis for MGM Animation, and also wrote the finale to the opening ceremony of the 1996 Olympics, "Faster, Higher, Stronger." It was sung by soprano Jessye Norman, and in the closing ceremonies by the Morehouse Choir. Lorraine and Mark received two Emmy nominations in 1997, for the "All Dogs Go to Heaven" theme (Daytime) and for "Faster, Higher, Stronger" (Primetime). They wrote all the songs for An All Dogs Christmas Carol, a full-length video stores released in Christmas of '98.

Lorraine received her fifth Emmy nomination in 1998, for an All Dogs song called "Take the Easy Way Out," with music by Scooter Pietsch. Her sixth and seventh nominations were for The Lionhearts and a song from the last All Dogs Go to Heaven episode, written with Watters.

Lorraine's album The Body Remembers, released in March of 1997 on the Bean Bag label, was written with various co-writer/producers, including her husband, drummer Tony Morales, and Eddie Arkin, composer for Melrose Place. Some of the album's musical guests were Russ Freeman, David Benoit and Don Grusin.

In 1999 Lorraine began a year-long project, the compositions of Fats Waller with her lyrics and vocals. The album featured Dick Hyman, Mike Lang and Fats Waller himself, in sampled form, on piano. It was released in July of 2001 on Rhombus Records, received glowing reviews (literally!! It was spooky!) and was played on 150+ radio stations nationwide. She completed her next album, Cafe Society, in the summer of 2002; this was a compilation of original songs in a classic jazz motif, with music by Duke Ellington, Johnny Mandel, Don Grusin, Eddie Arkin, Russell Ferrante and David Benoit. In 2003 her Such Sweet Thunder CD came out. This project featured the music of Duke Ellington with her added lyrics, and received the best critical response yet, including a four-star review in Down Beat and a description of "pure genius" from Jazz Times. Her new album Dooji Woohi will be out in early 2005.

Lorraine's last feature film credits were the 2003 hit The Jungle Book II, a Disney movie for which Lorraine wrote four songs with composer Paul Grabowsky and Joel McNeely, and 2004's The Princess Diaries 2, in which Julie Andrews sang "Your Crowning Glory," with lyrics by Lorraine and music by Larry Grossman. This was Ms. Andrews' first onscreen singing performance in many years. The movie was a huge box office success and the soundtrack album reached Billboard's Top 20.

Lorraine and Tony and their dogs Sterling and Brava live in the Half Moon Bay area near San Francisco, CA.
www.lorrainefeather.com
Lorraine/CDBABY

PEPPER’S GHOST

* Your musical inspirations?  

Beatles, Bowie, The Band, Pink Floyd, Beach Boys, Bee Gees (old),
Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin

  * Favorite CD's, songs, or musicians?

See above, any cd or songs by bands above

 * Has music helped you thru a difficult time in your life?

Yes, and no matter what it's always there to turn to when times are
rough.

Zil

PEPPER’S GHOST is a blue-collar Philadelphia band that has crafted a sound belying its geographic origin: harmony-rich and literally vibrating with manic energy, the five-piece struts the bleeding edge between polished showmanship and beer-fueled rock 'n' roll mayhem. For frontmen Anthony and Michael Montesano, multi-instrumentalist Rob Bennett, bassist/vocalist David Hartley and a drummer known only as Zil, their collars may be blue but their songs are multi-colored.

Pepper’s Ghost is set to release their Hybrid Recordings debut Shake the Hand that Shook the World in the Spring of 2005. The album is the culmination of five years as a band, and for brothers Michael and Anthony, a lifetime as musical partners. Raised on a strict diet of the greats, the brothers Montesano effortlessly write songs from an era when rock always came with roll and music was fun.

The record was produced by the legendary Andy Johns, a colossal man with the industry track record and personality to match. Johns, whose credits include The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main St., Led Zeppelin's IV and Television's Marquee Moon, relished the opportunity to work with a hungry young group. "This band has so much to give, especially vocally. With these guys, you set up a couple of mics, they sing, you do a few takes and it's done! Working with them was a distinct pleasure." The sessions took Andy back to the glory days of rock 'n' roll--"I've only worked with two bands this good before, and I don't even need to mention who they are."

The result of the collaboration is a rock 'n' roll record in the truest sense: an analog gem polished through performance and song craft, not with ProTools or pitch correction. With Shake the Hand that Shook the World, Pepper's Ghost blasts the proverbial cobwebs out of a genre sagging with dead weight, and has a hell of a good time doing it. And it is precisely this marriage of art and fun--the high-brow and the low--that has enabled them to capture a spirit that so many other bands have reached for, and missed.

Their 2001 independent debut, Opening Night, brilliantly featured the accompaniment of a fourteen-piece orchestra--all friends of the band. For the live recording, Rob borrowed some books on orchestration and just "figured it out". Critics adored the record, with the Philadelphia Inquirer likening it to "Paul McCartney in a Motown Cabaret, directed by David Bowie".

Pepper's Ghost continued to do-it-themselves with their highly successful follow-up EP, Bang, which they recorded in Zil's basement with virtually no recording experience. Critics fawned once again. Recordoftheday.com described it as "One of the best CDs we picked up at SXSW... there's a real breadth and quality of songwriting across all four tracks" and Origivation Magazine called Bang “the closest thing to perfection any unsigned act could hope to create”.

It gets better: In 2004 Pepper's Ghost finished the construction of their very own tour bus—complete with a fully-functioning kitchen, running water, an array of entertainment options and sleeping quarters for eight—all from the shell of an old school bus. Dave Hartley, the newest addition to the group, "never thought that being a Ghost would require so much skill with a hammer and a saw". The Grey Ghost, as they lovingly call their bus, is a lot like their sound: more than merely a resurrection of the past, it is the old and the new mingling to create something totally unique.

PEPPER'S GHOST
Anthony Montesano - Vocals, Guitar
Michael Montesano - Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Harmonica
Rob Bennett - Piano, Guitar, Mandolin, Hammond, Vocals
Zil - Drums, Percussion, Vocals
David Hartley - Bass, Vocals
www.peppersghost.net/

WIL SEABROOK

Inspirations-

U2, Sting/the Police, Bill Withers, David Gray, Coldplay
to name a very few

Favorite CDs/Songs/Musicians-

changes with my mood and the day, far too
many to name. Those above are just a shot in the dark... :)

Has music helped me through difficulty? Absolutely. Music is the
soundtrack to life. It can bring you out of the darkest mood, make you
wistful about someplace you're not... Hearing some powerful, beautiful
voice and finding yourself in the lyric can help you through anything
in life.

Music and healing- I believe completely that the mind and the spirit
control the body, not the other way around. The vast majority of
illness starts in the mental/spiritual realm. Intention is everything,
so the degree to which music affects us emotionally and puts us in the
right frame of mind, it can absolutely aid in healing.

Wil Seabrook has lived a creative lifetime in the few years he's been pursuing music professionally. He has played with world class players, recorded in historic Capitol Studio B in Hollywood among others, and has toured the country opening for household names from Dave Matthews to Chris Isaak. In his various incarnations (solo, The Wil Seabrook Band, Six Foot Halo) Wil has always managed to connect with audiences with an intelligence, humor, and presence that resonates equally with the intellectual coffee house crowd and the summertime ease of the amphitheater faithful. Summer 2005 brings an interesting and unexpected bend in the road with an opportunity to reach millions like never before. An unflinching look at what drives us all is still the fuel that fires Wil's music and his own artistic journey. The best, always, is yet to come.
www.wilseabrook.com

LES DUDEK

Your musical inspirations?

"I have many, but I would have to say the strongest, is the feelings I receive from deep within my soul".........

Favorite CDs, songs, or musicians?

"That's like asking me to write you a book. It's just to numerous to give one credit for each"..........

Has music helped you through a difficult time in your life?

"Music is my life, and has helped me through life itself, without it, I don't care to live"............Les Dudek


Les Dudek was born in a Naval air station hospital on the coast of Quonset Point, just north of Wickford, Rhode Island. His father Harold, from Campbell, Nebraska, was a radioman in the Navy who served on the U.S.S. Wright and the U.S.S. UTAH before it was laid to rest at the bottom of Pearl Harbor. Harold also flew missions in PBY5A's Navy seaplanes while stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Iceland and Port Lyautey, French Morocco, North Africa during World War II. Les' mother Alma, from Brooklyn, New York, was a PBX operator and also danced for the world famous "Rockettes" at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York. Les has one older sister, Sandi, who was also born in Brooklyn, New York.

When Les' dad retired from the Navy in 1959, he moved the family to Florida to start a new life. Les became interested in music by listening to his sister's new records through their adjacent bedroom wall. She played stuff like; Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Fabian, Connie Francis and The Beach Boys, to name a few. That was cool for a while, but then one night..that all changed. In a word, they were called...The Beatles. And Sandi played them all night long. By the end of the night - Les was "hooked". After constant pleas, Alma and Harold gave in and ordered Les' first guitar, an acoustic silver-tone from Sears and Roebuck. They gave it to Les for Christmas in 1964.

Sister Sandi didn't realize it at the time, but she had created a "guitar bandito". For the next few years all she could hear through the adjacent wall was Les practicing his guitar. It nearly drove her crazy. Les had caught the guitar bug and was determined to master it. By the age of "14" Les was already playing in bands all over Florida. Bands like; The Steppin' Stones, The United Sounds, Blue Truth and Power. With the latter two, he went to Nashville, Tennessee and Richmond, Virginia to record demos with hopes of a record deal. Then, on October 29th, 1971, the unthinkable occurred - a fellow Florida musician, Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident. At the time, Les was playing with bandmate Peter Schless, a keyboard player from Venice, Florida in their band Power. Peter knew Dickey Betts and had heard he was looking for players. So Les and Peter drove to Macon, Georgia to jam with Dickey. A few weeks after returning to Florida, Les was called back to Georgia. As a result, Les was invited to record with The Allman Brothers Band. That's Les you hear playing guitar harmonies with Dickey Betts on "Ramblin' Man" and the intro acoustic guitar on "Jessica", their two biggest hits from the Brothers and Sisters album (Capricorn Records).

The news spread quickly about this young guitar talent. Dudek was offered a guitar spot with Boz Scaggs. He accepted. Les commuted back and forth from Macon, Georgia to San Francisco, California, touring with Boz and later appeared on the Silk Degrees album (Columbia Records). Les also appeared in Boz's "Low Down" and "Lido Shuffle" videos made for television. In 1974, Boz, with Les, special guested the Joker Tour with The Steve Miller Band. Also on the bill was James Cotton. At the end of Miller's set, Steve would invite Boz, James Cotton and Les out on stage to finish the show. At the end of this tour, Miller invited Les up to Seattle, Washington to record some tunes that turned into classic hits on Steve Miller's Fly Like An Eagle and Book Of Dreams (Capital Records), from which Les co-wrote "Sacrifice". Living In The 20th Century (Capital Records), Les appears on the record and in the movie of the same title and Wide River (PolyGram Label Group), Les co-wrote "Blue Eyes". Another memorable show Les did with Miller was the second Knebworth Park outside of London, England with Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart and members from Monty Python.

Miller invited Les to join his band, so Les moved to California. After which, Les formed a band in the San Francisco area from members of Scaggs and Miller. They called it Polar Bear. The members were; Les, Gerald Johnson, Joachiem Young and Billy Meeker. Polar Bear recorded demos for Warner Brothers, who declined. Then Les was asked to record a demo for Columbia Records. At the same time, a manager called Les and asked him to come to a rehearsal hall in San Francisco to hear this new band he was nurturing. He wanted "the two guitar heroes" of the Bay area to be in the same band, "..and we're going to call it Journey". The same day Les was invited to the first Journey rehearsal, he was offered a solo recording deal from Columbia records. Les decided to be a solo artist for Columbia Records.

 During the next six years Les released four critically acclaimed solo albums, (Les Dudek debut, Say No More, Ghost Town Parade and Gypsy Ride) scoring two FM radio hits - "City Magic" and "Old Judge Jones". He then collaborated with two other Columbia artists, Mike Finnigan, who played organ on "Rainy Day", a song from Jimi Hendrix's Electric LadyLand album (Reprise Records) and Jim Krueger, who wrote "We Just Disagree" for Dave Mason. DFK (Dudek, Finnigan & Krueger) released one album on Columbia Records and toured most of 1978 with Kansas.

After a hiatus from DFK, Cher asked Dudek to participate on a recording project, which became the Black Rose album (Casablanca Records). After a few appearances, such as a concert with Hall & Oates in New York's Central Park, "The Merv Griffin Show" and "The Midnight Special" hosted by Wolfman Jack, the Rose wilted.

In 1984, Dudek made an appearance and authored a few songs in Peter Bogdanovich's Universal Studios movie "Mask" which starred Cher, Sam Elliott, Eric Stoltz and Laura Dern. Les also appeared in Christopher Crowe's "Streets of Justice", a Movie Of The Week from Universal Studios in 1985.

Dudek teamed up with Stevie Nicks and co-wrote two songs; "Sister Honey", a collaboration which appears on her Rock A Little album (Modern/Atlantic Records) and "Freestyle", the title track to Les' "Freestyle" cd (E Flat Productions). Les also toured with Stevie on her 1991 Whole Lotta Trouble tour.

Throughout the '90's Dudek toured the U.S. and Europe. Les also released a rock 'n blues album titled Deeper Shades Of Blues and Freestyle 2002 (E Flat Productions). Additionally, Les wrote and performed instrumental library music for television. This music can be heard on NBC, ABC, ESPN, FOX SPORTS and E channel. These instrumentals are featured on such programs as "Friends", "Extra", "Wild On", "Search Party", and "Access Hollywood".
www.lesdudek.com

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