*“It’s all about having a real memorable melody to me,” said pianist Mark Etheredge about his piano playing on his new single, the title track of his “Love Planet” album, when I complimented his skills on the keys. “’Love Planet’ is on radio now.”
The “Love Planet” album will be released August 12, 2022 and is produced by two-time Grammy-winning Paul Brown (has 60 #1 hits).
Mark said this is not the first collaboration he has had with Brown, “He’s on my previous album ‘Connected’ (2016). There is history here. In 2012 I released ‘Change is Coming’ with my vocals. It had a lukewarm reception. I felt I could do better. So I was thinking what would have success. I love instrumentals…I love Smooth Jazz so much, so I said I’d write what I really love! I came up with a demo and said, now who do I want to work with….and Paul Brown came to me. I gave it a long shot and sent an email and he replied! He gave me solid advice to have it fit Smooth Jazz – so we did ‘Connected’ in 2016. That titled track reached #6 on Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart.”
The way Mark’s fingers are dancing on this title track I see “Love Planet” reaching #1 this time. Other tracks on the “Love Planet” album include “Unethered,” “Elated,” We’ll Make It Though,” “Golden Hour,” and “Peace.” There are 10 songs total with eight as new tracks offering and two previously released. The project also offers Pop, R&B and Latin Smooth Jazz flavored selections. Other musicians on the project, aside from Paul Brown on guitar, is Steve Oliver on guitar and Greg Vail on sax.
“It’s changed. A lot of focus is now on rhythm, I love a good melody,” Etheredge pointed out to me. www.MarkEtheredge.com
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