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The Pulse of Entertainment: Vassal Benford Steps Out with ‘Melody Man’ from ‘My Favorite Moments’ CD | LISTEN

Vassal Benford
Vassel Benford releases ‘Melody Man’ single.

*“I had to do something to show I’m an artist too,” said 57-time platinum-selling producer, songwriter, singer and keyboardist Vassal Benford (Nancy Wilson, Ne-yo, Aerosmith) about his debut Jazz album “My Favorite Moments” (February 2023) and it’s leading single “Melody Man” (Benford Jazz).

Vassal has had a remarkable career in the music industry starting at the age of 16 when he wrote a #1 hit for Ramsey Lewis (“Michelle”). At 18 he had a second hit with a Nancy Wilson song produced by Stanley Clark.

“I left for Los Angeles working with Stevie Wonder and Michael Henderson, hadn’t even graduated,” Benford informed me when asked about his beginnings. “I met this guy…arranger/producer for Ramsey Lewis’ ‘Sun Goddess’. He heard my song…I rented a car, someone drove me to Chicago, and while there recording it that’s when I first saw Earth, Wind and Fire and was blown away.”

Vassal went on to collaborate with The Jacksons, Aerosmith, U2, NAS, Christina Milian, Ne-yo, Queen Latifah, Mariah Carey, Debra Cox, Patti LaBelle, Faith Evans and Rick Ross – to name a few. Aside from the multi-platinum record sales, Benford is credited for $150 million in revenue at the box office (After, New Jack City).

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His debut as a Jazz artist, I am sure, will be just as remarkable. It will include collaborations with Grammy-winning Norman Brown and eight-time Grammy-nominated Gerald Albright. The lead single “Melody Man” from the “My Favorite Moments” album was mixed by Gregg Manning.

“In Gospel music, I wrote for Yolanda Adams, Tramaine Hawkins,” he said. “…that was before Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary!”

“A lot is going on right now. I manage BB King’s estate…have two hit movies out…producing the BB King film- a bio-pic,” Vassal added. “…My company produces a lot of shows.” www.VassalBenford.com

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Dr. Eunice Moseley has an estimated weekly readership of over one million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations and Business Management Strategist & Consultant at Freelance Associates and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 23rd year. Next events are coming to Baltimore Saturday April 16, 2022 via Zoom Conferencing and Los Angeles Saturday, November 5, 2022 via Zoom Video Conferencing. The ULMII event is a free entertainment conference offering a Professional Panel Q&A Session, a Professional Talent Showcase and a National Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $17,500 valued in prizes/product/services.  Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email info@ThePulseofEntertainment.com.

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Dr. Eunice Moseleyhttp://www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com
Eunice Moseley is a syndicated columnist of The Pulse of Entertainment, which has an estimated syndicated readership of 1/4 million a week. She is also a PR/Media & Promotions consultant at her firm Freelance Associates (www.FreelanceAssociatesInc.com) located in Baltimroe and Los Angeles, is the founder and coordiantor of the 'Uplifting Minds II' Entertainment Conference (www.UpliftingMinds2.com) held annually in Baltimroe and Los Angeles, as well as, the Promotions Director (at-large) at The Baltimore Times.

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