To all SOULTRACKS MASSIVE...
Much respect and gratitude to ALL of you supporting our debut CD "FOR YOU"this year... its our pleasure to bring you a special collaboration that started out on the gig (like a lot of you!), and passed through a small new jersey studio...through our hearts... and to your ears.
BIG THANX again to Russell Gunn, Omar, Casey Benjamin of Heavy and the legendary Kenny Whitehead to name just a few. Look for more Black i tracks in 2008...we promise!
BLESSINGS IN ABUNDANCE
eric brown & michael griot
Biography courtesy of Black I
In 2002, Eric Brown moved to NYC from the Bay area, and hit New York City's live music scene in venues like the VILLAGE UNDERGROUND and JOE'S PUB... On an R&B/gospel gig, he met bassist Michael Griot, an independent producer, and busy tour musician. Almost immediately, they began writing and recording at GRIOT'S studio (ATTICA). They quickly became a highly-regarded NYC "live" rhythmn section; their deep grooves and soulful syncopations were heard while touring behind UK soul legend OMAR, and international hip-hop artist COMMON...it was clear to everyone right away: there was something special about the way they grooved!!
"FOR YOU" is their highly-anticipated debut release from PWI ENTERTAINMENT. OMAR himself shares an uptempo with Brown on "Family Fffair." Grammy-nominated trumpeter Russell Gunn (who also tours with C-Lo) rips on two songs, as well as a catchy co-write and backing vocals by Philadelphia's own R&B royalty Kenny Whitehead. "BLACK i is our way to express our love of just performing", says bassist Michael Griot, "through our instruments and our lyrics." Comparisons run the gamut: from Prince to Maxwell...from Curtis Mayfield to EWF..."we are basically doing up-tempo relationship songs on this record."