Archive for August 2, 2010

Have you ever had a song that just wouldn’t get out of your head? The beat and the groove were just more than you mind could comprehend. You’re blown away, pulled away from the obvious and propelled into the unknown a place where music, rhythm and rhyme defies time. You know it’s a dangerous obsession but you surrender helplessly as your body moves and your pulse marks time to the sinister sounds that rock your soul. Welcome to the realm of the beat master producer and keyboardist Nate Harasim.

Nate’s production skills have been ruling the groove from behind the control panel in recent years. At the time of writing this press release, his co-production for artist Steve Oliver’s “Fun in the sun” is in its second week at #1 on the Billboard Chart. Currently in production and writing for Maxine Hardcastle (80s pop icon Paul Hardcastle’s daughter), it is expected that the music will propel Harasim’s notoriety into the pop, rock, house genres and beyond.

The biggest challenge this young lion has faced is the fact that his music refuses to be captured within the context of one particular genre. His recent singing to two different divisions of the same record label further adds to the mystique of this artist. Although Harasim recently signed with Trippin N’ Rhythm Records / Sony BMG as a contemporary jazz artist and is scheduled to perform at the American Smooth Jazz Awards in October as the most up and coming artist and producer, he’s also signed with Trippin Out Records / Sony BMG for his music that falls in the Top 40, club and hip hop realms.

Perhaps the answer to the musical labeling dilemma lies in the fact that the Michigan native grew up intensely influenced by Motown. His childhood was spent in nearby Lapeer, Michigan and his musical training was fashioned by the Flint Institute of Music. A current resident of Grand Blanc, this US Navy veteran has the fearlessness of all that is Detroit embedded in his soul.

“Michigan is a great state. The people and the music have a resilience that stands the test of time. Growing up at the feet of her music has shaped who I am today,” said Harasim.

Always on the move to explore the boundaries of music, Harasim recently wrote for 2x Grammy nominee and Hollywood Walk of Fame artist Dave Koz. Additionally, he’s in his eighth year as a Yamaha endorsed artist and will be releasing a new album on March 1, 2011 with the first single hitting the airwaves January 1, 2011. Stay tuned for a formal release and title to be announced later. Clearly, the future of this young artist is on the rise. He’s definitely one to watch.

Logon to to sample the music and learn more about this dynamic artist.

In 2009, on the heels of finishing his next Pacific Coast Jazz label CD release, shocking news hit Tom Braxton when Wayman Tisdale lost his battle with cancer. “Wayman was a gifted musician and a great friend that I will always miss. I stood on his right side for 17 years and it was my goal to make him sound great every night. Through the years, I became good at blending my sound with his, a valued skill I learned while in his band. Wayman’s passing is a reminder of our mortality and it has made me even more determined to live my life to fulfill the purpose God has for me.”

With the release of his previous CD Just Feelin It Michael Manson joined the ranks of today’s premiere jazz artists. His first single “Coming Right At Ya” reached the top 10 on the R&R Smooth Jazz. Bass-master Michael Manson moved from sideman to center-stage on his solo debut The Bottom Line.His passion and precision are displayed with both unrelenting power and laid-back grace on the album.

Both artists are united in a tribute to Wayman Tisdale at Sambuca

Sunday, August 08, 2010 from 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM (ET) – Atlanta, GA.