Hang onto your leftover Memorial Day hats, y'all - you're about to take a ride to Memphis! That's what "Soul Appeal" IS: the latest project from Michael Lington that takes him back to why he fell in love with the saxophone :)
Back in Copenhagen, Denmark, life was a serene routine. Michael was the grandson of the revered band leader, Otto Lington, an early champion of Jazz in that country. Learning his instrument early, he became a member of the esteemed Tivoli Boys Guard - that association earned him an education which culminated in two ways: college and the means to operate a recording studio while he toured in Europe.
Michael landed in Los Angeles in 1990, where he found work with Bobby Caldwell. His first CD, self-titled, dropped in our laps in 1997. Seven albums in total, this new one finds him completely at home - and we don't mean Denmark! Michael always loved what he heard of that beloved R & B sound from the 60's and 70's: King Curtis, Jr. Walker, and Wilson Pickett. He wanted to pay homage to that fire in his belly that persuaded him to keep playing - so, "Soul Appeal" was created. Our guest had help to get his message across - but the truth is that he could have done it ALL himself! R & B/Pop Producer, Barry Eastmond, got a chance to work with Michael - as did Ray Bardani, who engineered for Luther Vandross. In the studio while the music was being created: Kenny Lattimore, Ryan Shaw, Lenny Castro, Ray Parker Jr. and Paul Jackson Jr.
Steve Perry - the legendary Journey front man - came by because he was friends with Eastmond. What he heard during the sessions blew him away. And he told Michael how he felt: inspired! Some of us just saw Steve in concert in the past 24 hours and he wasn't lying :)
Michael Lington joins us on 5/27/2014.
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