Los Angeles, CA (March 12, 2011) - Elegant Mediaworks, the new recording label owned by Dean Gant has announced the release of “THE JOURNEY” its first music project on CD.
Mr. Gant, a.k.a. “Sir Gant,” is considered one of the quintessential modern producer/composers of our time by his music industry peers and the general public alike. One of his most highly acclaimed performances is his arrangement and inspired piano playing on Anita Baker’s Rapture album including the Grammy winning song, “Sweet Love.” Gant’s multi-million selling projects have made him an in-demand producer for over 40 years, working with an impressive list of high-profile performers including the aforementioned Baker, Madonna, Peabo Bryson, Earth Wind & Fire, the Temptations, Bill Withers, TLC and Outkast among many others. He is gifted with the ability to traverse a variety of music idioms with unique style and fluidity.
On his first solo disc, THE JOURNEY, Gant incorporates the wide-ranging skills he has developed over the span of his career as an elite producer, composer, keyboardist and arranger. To showcase his own music in its best light, Sir Gant assembled a formidable roster of musicians for The Journey. Their collective bodies of work appear throughout the global market of popular, R&B and jazz hits. Among the stellar musicians are Marcus Miller, Gerald Albright, Paulinho da Costa, Steve Ferrone, Al McKay, Omar Hakim, Nathan East, Ricky Lawson, David T. Walker, Rahmlee Michael Davis, Dr. George Shaw, Charles Owens and with the string arrangements of the legendary Benjamin Wright. The vocal styling of Marc Nelson (found member of Boyz II Men) and Tim (Tio) Owens (featured singer with the Al McKay All Stars) grace three tunes on The Journey. Grammy winning engineer, Neal Harrington Pogue was brought on as co-producer to ensure technical balance and musical integrity of the project.
Sir Gant exudes pride in the accomplishment of this debut project stating, “The Journey has been a long time in the making. It represents the maturation of my emotions and my musicianship. I’ve drawn upon the artistic influences of my mentors like Herbie Hancock as a pianist and Quincy Jones as a producer, and incorporated all the musical foundations I’ve developed along the way. The common thread is quality music.”
The CD begins with his solo performance of a classical-styled piano prelude to the first single, “I’m Gonna Miss You.” With the brilliance of a skilled artist, he interlaces several permutations of it among the sequence of the other songs. In describing the creation of the single, Gant reflects, “I’m Gonna Miss You started out as a jazz instrumental that I was going to use for a group project with saxophonist, Chico Freeman. The project never happened so I started working on different melodic approaches which evolved into what became the single release.” The ballad has soared to the #1 position on the United Kingdom’s Soul Chart and has the potential to become another Sir Gant classic.
THE JOURNEY features a diverse offering of high quality music that is sure to appeal to a cross-section of listeners of all ages and musical tastes.
THE JOURNEY is available for download on iTunes, Amazon & most all major music download sites.
For more detailed information, go to www.sirgant.com.
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