The annual Funky Christmas at Chapel Arts Centre was another sell out, with over 200 people dancing the night away. Awesome first appearance from Clint Cabral (Drums) and Becky Lawrence (Soul Sister Vocal’s) and I feel very lucky to have such a amazing ensemble of musicians around me. The after show party was a mess lol – held at the Art Bar, until the early hours, and on the Sabbath too !! Now time to go back to New York !!
The annual concert full of festive funkiness at Chapel Arts is selling well and sure to be a sell out again and this year will consist of lots of new songs and even new members. The show is on Sunday 13th December 2015 and will feature not only special guests and support from the Harlem Rythym Cat’s, but two new members joining the Soul City Foundation for the first time – on drums the rather amazing Clint Cabral and the beautiful backing vocals of Becky Lawrence.
At last the live rehearsals and gigs are on hold for a while, as I finally get into the studio to start the new album. It will start at Flash’s House of Sound in Bath UK and end up finishing off in Manhattan with a suprise Grammy Award winning producer. I am recording 16 tracks, of which 12 will be on the album. The tracks will include two cover versions, being of Lynden David Hall’s “Do I Qualify” and Kem’s “Love Call’s, with the rest all co written with my resident songwriter and buddy Jon Birch and will be an album of soul funk vibes with that blue eyed jazz vibe. I will be using all of my amazing musicians, who have worked with me over the past 3 years, along with a few guest vocalist and rappers from the NYC. I hope – and I say hope it will be done now by end of September………….it takes time – watch the site for updates
Clyve and the band had the honour and privelege to perform at the Olympic Park in London as part of the Special Olympics Polar Plunge event on Saturday 7th February. Playing several sets with the new slim line 6 piece line up and also performing the anthem “Living Our Dream” with the Pandemonium Drummers, who were part of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony. Clyve is now hoping to be chosen to perform in Los Angeles at the World Games in July, alongside a star studded line up.
Great fun in the studio on the Lower East Side, alongside some great artists such as Esjae and the amazing Clayton Bryant (See cast pic below) – Featured in the ensemble recording of the Off Broadway Production cast recording of Sam Shepherd’s “The Eyes Of Consuella”, along with additional tracks such as “The Storyteller” and “Ballad Of Clint Balou” – Funny how things happen, as not in my schedule or genre. All under the direction of Joe Gianono (Broadway Composer/Arranger) and the Grammy Award winning engineer Alex Venguer (John Legend/Sting/Train/The Roots)
I had the pleasure of my first NYC Radio show appearance on Monday 13th January – A One Hour Special with Presenter David Swirsky from his Midtown Manhattan Studio – It was great fun, listening to good music from Tweedy, Ivy, Dusty Springfield, Eddie Brigati/David Brigati, Gil Scott-Heron and three tracks of mine, including the new single “Feel Like The First Time”.
Lot’s of talking about my past present & future projects – listen, enjoy and please follow and like musicfirstpodcast.com
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It’s always an honour for me to work with, and even be associated with top musicians, producers, remixers and here is one of those moments. An amazing dancefloor remix of “Living Our Dream” (Official Anthem for the Special Olympics GB) by DJ Larry Peace – Larry, started his career as “Prince’s personal DJ” and is a renowned American DJ, remixer, producer and artist who specializes in Funky, Soulful House and EDM. This could be a major smash this summer in the clubs – please listen, like and share
I am so excited to finally be able to announce my new album is out on Friday 26th October 2018. Blue Eyed Soul features a blend of soul styles, vibes and influences ranging from the Motownesque “Sweet Soul Music” and the funktified groove of “Night Train” to the Chic-ness of “All Is Fine In New York City”. It will be available to download on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and all major sites, as well as in CD format. The album has ten tracks – eight original tracks and two cover versions – Lynden David Hall’s “Do I Qualify” and Kem’s “Love Calls”. It features some great musicians, vocalists, choirs and even Debbie Harry on the NYC track – check out on https://clyve.bandcamp.com/album/blue-eyed-soul
One year ago on this date – I had the amazing privelige to perform at The Special Olympics Opening Ceremony in Bath at the Royal Crescent, performing the official anthem “Living Our Dream”, which I co wrote with Jon Birch. Sharing the stage with me that night was my band The Soul City Foundation,
After the success of Living Our Dream in 2013, uNYk Records are re-releasing Clyve’s first single “Feels Like The First Time” in February 2014, which will feature remixes from both sides of the Atlantic.
The track was originally recorded in New York with producer Chi Salaam (MTV/Bobby Valentino) in 2012 and also features backing vocals from Youri – Check it out – especially the Teardrop Mix now on this site.