Exclusive with Richie Love “The Saxiest Man Alive”

Exclusive with Richie Love “The Saxiest Man Alive”

Meet Richie Love the Saxiest Man Alive

Composer, Arranger, Producer, Vocalist, Teacher and Mentor Richie Love is a gifted saxophonist and innovative virtuoso music artist. Love was nurtured deep in the genre roots of “Jazz”, “Blues”, “Rhythm and blues”, and “Funk”. The youngest son of world-renowned saxophonist PRESTON LOVE, who performed with such greats from Count Basie and Billie Holiday, to Marvin Gaye and the Jackson 5, and was MOTOWN’S First West Coast Orchestra Leader/Contractor in the 60s. Love is a multi-talented saxophonist known for his captivating performances, soulful sound and his ability to craft music that blend his innovative personal touches to the nostalgic sounds of classic Motown, Blues and Jazz. With a career spanning decades and a coveted pedigree, the multi-award musician has captivated audiences across prestigious venues and rubbed shoulders with many of the greats. His passion for music is evident in his inspiring musical creations and style and his ability to connect with music lovers. 1 In Music meets Richie Love, rightfully dubbed The Saxiest Man Alive, after the release of the awaited “Come Back”, the first single from his much anticipated album.

Q: With an impressive pedigree and the many Jazz musicians around, what would you say is unique about you and your music?

Richie Love, The Saxiest Man Alive [RL]: I was raised in and around the music business. My father Preston Love performed with some of the greatest music icons in the History of music. Like Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday to all the Motown artists. He was the First West Coast Orchestra Band Leader/Contractor appointed by Berry Gordy for Motown in the 60’s. So I experienced one of the Greatest music stories ever written first hand. Also watching my Godfather Johnny Otis the godfather of R&B was equally phenomenal and influential. These music influences shaped my Love of Songwriting and performing from a very young age. I believe I’m able to naturally harness all of these genres and artists in my composing and performances.

Q: What or who shaped your music and who supports you? In your family, are all your siblings into music too?

RICHIE LOVE releases Come BackRL: A couple of my Greatest influences in Life, Music and Arts was Johnny Otis, my Godfather and Mentor and in music of course my Father World renowned saxophonist Preston Love. Most of my family have supported me from a young age and without the support of my wife I wouldn’t be where I am today.

My Sisters and my brothers are all into music. My cousin Lester Abrams is the composer of the Doobie Brothers classic Minute by Minute co-written with Michael Mcdonald. My half sister Laura Love has done very well in the business. Many of my nieces and nephews are musically inclined and active.

Q: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?

RL: I started playing sax at age 6, I did my first paid performances at age 14. That started my quest. Being that young, I was automatically hoping for the life of a professional saxophonist/musician like my father and godfather.

Q: What type of music do you listen to?

Richie Love, The Saxiest Man Alive [RL]: I listen to a Wide range of music Genres. Being influenced by Soul and R&B and then Big Band Jazz, Traditional Jazz at a very young age gave me a wider range of music interest then most of the kids around me. Growing up partly in Nebraska I was introduced to pop music. I found that I also was very attracted to some of these artists and songs. A good song is a good song, a good artist its a good artist.

Q: Who, to you, is/are the most undervalued music artist(s)?

RL: I believe that there are countless Black Jazz, Smooth Jazz and R&B/Soul artists today that are undervalued and unrecognised because of the systems in place in the music business. We are also sometimes devalued when it comes to Headlining Shows and Jazz Cruises. It is a sad but true reality. I could make an extensive list of undervalued and unrecognised musicians.

How do you prepare for your performances?

RL: My main preparation is to always know and be well rehearsed on the material to be performed. I believe in being well prepared. Fans and audiences deserve the best an artist can give.

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

Richie Love, The Saxiest Man Alive releases Come Back

RL: My Mother was an accomplished Artist and I inherited my art talents and Love of Art from her. So I paint as much as possible. I also create videos for my and other artists’ music releases. I teach and mentor young musicians and have done so for over 35 years. It is one of my greatest passions. Some of my mentees have excelled and continue to strive in the music business.

Success to you is…?

Richie Love, The Saxiest Man Alive [RL]: To me, success is…

“Being able to maintain a decent living doing what you Love”

“Being happy and able to spread Love, Joy and Happiness to others around you. Uplifting others in Life. Being a positive influence on young people as I do with my mentoring”

Q: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

Music is not hard to learn. Don’t make it harder than it is. It can seem very complicated and can be frustrating when it’s not explained in the right manner. When I teach I stress this, it seems to reach young artists in a way they understand.

Q: I kind of want to learn from you now! You have just released the much anticipated “Come Back”. Can you share the story behind the title and how it reflects the overall theme of the record?

Come Back by Richie Love - Cover ArtI wrote Come Back in 2001. It was one of the songs in a series of about 50 that began flowing through me one after another for almost a year. I truly believe these songs were being channelled through me because they just kept coming with words and music with Hardly any effort. Come Back was always one of the most special. Everyone who heard it, loved it and urged me to release it. I’m so happy to finally introduce it to the World.

Q: Any upcoming projects before the album comes out?

I am currently working on the second single and completing the songs that will be on my upcoming CD for the MRDG Label.

Q: Thank you so much for taking the time to answer our questions. Before we leave, where can we find you and your music?

My music is available worldwide on most major streaming platforms. Keep up with me at Richielove.com

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“Come Back” by Richie Love – The Symphony of a seductive plea

“Come Back” by Richie Love – The Symphony of a seductive plea

Review: The Sound Of Come Back

Richie Love’s latest single, “Come Back,” marks a mesmerizing debut under the MRDG Record Label, with distribution by Orchard/Sony. This musical gem not only showcases Love’s multifaceted talent and craftsmanship but also serves as a captivating invitation into his sonic world.

In this enchanting composition that manages to evoke the traditional classics and infuse personal sonic touches, Love takes center stage, lending his velvety vocals and masterful saxophone skills to the creation of a spellbinding melody. With Love’s soulful saxophone serving as the enchanting call, the repeated words “Come Back To Me” carry a seductive plea, evoking a sense of longing and desire with sonic clues that resonate deeply with listeners and particularly with Motown nostalgics.

Come Back Production TeamRICHIE LOVE releases Come Back

Joining Love on this musical journey are a cadre of talented musicians, including Johnie Payton on keys, drums, and bass, Bob James on keys, guitars, and solo, Sharryn Levert on background vocals, and Russell Adams on Congos. Together, they weave a tapestry of sound that is both lush and evocative, perfectly complementing Love’s passionate performance.

The cover art encapsulates the song’s allure by skillfully zooming the viewer into a saxophone, metaphorically delving into the depths of the musician’s soul to express its most profound, latent desires. Serving as a visual testament to the evocative essence of the composition, the artwork artfully captures the poignant sentiment and irresistible charm of the song.

Verdict

With its sensual melody and heartfelt lyrics, “Come Back” is a testament to Love’s unparalleled artistry and musical vision. Composed and arranged by Love himself, in collaboration with Johnie Payton, this single showcases to Love’s ability to craft music that speaks directly to the heart.

In “Come Back,” Richie Love invites listeners to immerse themselves in a world of passion, longing, and undeniable allure. As the saxophone’s seductive call echoes through the airwaves, it’s impossible not to be swept away by the irresistible charm of this musical oeuvre. Love also whets our appetite for what is to come with his much anticipated new album and we truly cannot wait.

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Interview with Arkansas Idol winner Zach McKenzie

Interview with Arkansas Idol winner Zach McKenzie

Meet Zach McKenzie

Zach McKenzie was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Growing up in a family that attended church regularly, he developed a love for music at an early age. His passion for music grew as he was involved in high school choir before graduating in 2005. After a brief period at Bible College, McKenzie decided to embark on a music career. 

After winning Arkansas Idol in 2012, Zach decided to audition for the 12th season of American Idol that same year. Judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nikki Minaj, and Keith Urban unanimously voted to send him to Hollywood. However, he was sent home on group day. 

For the last fifteen years, Zach has performed in restaurants and bars in Nashville and all across the state of Arkansas. Although mostly known as a solo act, he has fronted several bands throughout the years. Having released singles and albums with various groups, McKenzie has also released two independent solo albums and several singles. His musical style encompasses Country, Soul, and Gospel. With his strength being a vocalist, he is also a songwriter and acoustic guitarist. 

McKenzie identifies as a Christian and is known by his family and friends as a nice guy that you wouldn’t mind having as a next door neighbor. Although, not known for being outspoken or opinionated, he has a lot to say through his soulful raspy singing voice and relatable songwriting.  

Zach McKenzieThe Sound of Zach McKenzie

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

Zach McKenzie [ZM]: My music encompasses Country, Gospel, and Soul. I feel like getting to play with the genres makes me unique.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

ZM: At first, it was simply a love for the music. However, experiencing life, both good and bad, has shape my music to what it is today.

1 In Music: When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

ZM: I was about 23 years old. Realizing that having a normal job wasn’t going to make me happy. I also felt, to a degree, that I had something to prove.

The inspiration of Zach McKenzie

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

Zach McKenzie [ZM]: I like to listen to Classic Country, 2000’s Country, and Motown.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

ZM: Gavin Degraw. Solid singer and songwriter.

Zach McKenzie inspiring us

Zach McKenzie1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

Zach McKenzie [ZM]: I don’t really have a preparation routine. Usually I just say a little prayer right before I go on.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

ZM: Outside of music, I’ve always wanted to be a filmmaker.

(Aside from music, McKenzie does indeed love movies and has an interest in filmmaking. In 2022, he made his screenwriting and directorial debut with the short film, Joanett Road.)

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

ZM: Making a decent living doing something that I enjoy. And being happy while doing it.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

ZM: Don’t ever compromise what you want to do. Don’t let someone talk you into changing your artistry.

What is next for Zach McKenzie

Zach McKenzie1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

Zach McKenzie [ZM]: I’m currently working on a Country album that I am very excited about.

1 In Music: Where do we find you music?

ZM: My new single, The Day That I Found You, is available on all major streaming platforms.

Exclusive with Musician and Educator Bonnie Milne

Exclusive with Musician and Educator Bonnie Milne

Meet Bonnie Milne

Bonnie Milne, born and raised in a small central northern town in Ontario, studied classical piano from a young age. Around age 11, Bonnie realized that she could create music. She continued on with studying Music in University and completed her Teaching Degree adding vocal music as a focus too. Bonnie taught both piano and vocal lessons over the years and began teaching music in elementary schools. She is now working as the District Arts Facilitator for her Board and implementing a “music education program” in all elementary schools.

The Sound of Bonnie Milne

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

Bonnie Milne [BM]: My music is described as flowing, melodic, deeply emotional and even intense at times. I have my own sense of dissonance to harmony that is unique to me, moving from major to minor and back, creating an emotional journey for the listener. I enjoy performing in the outdoors, surrounded by natural beauty.

I believe that music is a tool for well-being. I see how my own sons as well as students and adults are affected by the calming sounds of my compositions. In a world where anxiety is on the rise, music should be a “go to” for support.

1 In Music: What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

BM: I was inspired by the greats of Classical Music, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, etc. but also drawn to more contemporary instrumental music, such as Ludovico Einaudi, David Tolk, Piano Guys, and the popular sounds of Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, Sara Bareilles etc. Everyday, in my role, I am inspired by passionate Music Teachers and students who are fully engaged in musical activities. I also have family members and friends who encourage me to keep composing and sharing my music.Bonnie Milne

Bonnie Milne’s inspirations

1 In Music: When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

Bonnie Milne [BM]: After the experience of recording my first pieces, a fire was lit! I was so thrilled to hear how the harmonies and counter melodies of the tracks I was composing were sounding together. Then after sharing publicly, when I started receiving positive messages and seeing the downloads happen of the pieces on my first album Anticipation, I thought maybe I should take this further!

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

BM: I listen to many genres of music, including instrumental, classical, Christian, popular, blues, jazz, folk and some country.

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

BM: I think that women composers are still undervalued but this has been changing over the past few years thankfully.

Getting inspired by Bonnie Milne

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

Bonnie Milne on the pianoBonnie Milne [BM]: I like to record myself leading up to the performance so that I can hear how the dynamics and tempo are sounding. I also want to ensure that I am moving with the music and not sitting with anxiousness in my body. I practice in sections with the goal of playing difficult areas with confidence. Sometimes, my writing brain creates things that are challenging for me to play, ha, ha! I was trained in transcendental meditation and often use this tool to support focus and clarity before performing.

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

BM: I spend time hiking with my sons and dog and I love to be paddling on the water. I think it is important to model how being in nature helps us feel better and how being active is essential to our health.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

BM: Providing listeners with the experience of an emotional journey that supports them in feeling the way they need to at that moment.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

BM: Find a recording and notation tool that makes the process easier to capture.

If you have the ability to create, just go with it and don’t stress about whether the form is it right or wrong. Are you expressing how you are feeling and what you want to say? That’s what is most important.

What is next for Bonnie Milne?

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

Bonnie Milne [BM]: I am working with many Community Partners and have various projects in the works, such as with the Music Care Organization. This programming supports youth and adults by providing tools and strategies to use during stressful or anxious times.

I am continuing to compose more music, with the intent of compiling a second album.

I am continuing to collaborate with musicians on my pieces so that we are able to perform in spaces that welcome Instrumental Music.

1 In Music: Thank you so much for answering our questions. Before you leave, where do we find you music?

BM:

Twitter: @BMilneMusic (BonnieMilneMusic)

Instagram: @bonniemilnemusic https://www.instagram.com/bonniemilnemusic/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Bonnie-Milne-Music-112360984677608

TikTok: BonnieMilneMusic

https://bonnieblack3.wixsite.com/website

The Subtheory releases Song of the Damascene

The Subtheory releases Song of the Damascene

About Song of the Damascene

“Song of the Damascene” by The Subtheory is a captivating blend of dark trip hop and melancholic pop, setting a hauntingly beautiful tone that transports listeners to a shadowy realm of introspection and longing. The ethereal vocals provided by Pet Twin, an electronic act based in Oxford, add an enchanting layer to the track, floating effortlessly over driving basslines and mesmerizing melodies.

A great follow-up to the track Sophistry

The Subtheory releases Song of the DamasceneThe song serves as a sequel to their previous hit “Sophistry,” which received widespread acclaim, indicating The Subtheory’s adeptness at crafting compelling narratives through their music. Their ability to seamlessly blend genres, infusing elements of dream pop and soaring guitars into their dark trip hop sound, showcases their versatility and creativity as artists.

Production of Song of the Damascene

The production quality of “Song of the Damascene” is intricate and polished, drawing listeners in with its haunting harmonies and hypnotic beats. It’s a sonic journey that balances emotional depth with an infectious rhythm, promising to tug at the heartstrings while keeping feet firmly planted on the dance floor.

About The Subtheory

The Subtheory is an enigmatic musical collective hailing from Oxfordshire, UK. Known for their captivating blend of dark trip hop and melancholic pop, the band creates a hauntingly beautiful atmosphere with their music. Comprising talented individuals whose identities are often shrouded in mystery, The Subtheory has garnered attention for their unique sound and compelling narratives. With endorsements from publications like Nightshift magazine and OMS magazine, it’s evident that The Subtheory is a band to watch in 2024. Their unique sound and compelling storytelling make them stand out in the music scene, and “Song of the Damascene” is a testament to their talent and potential.

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Editor’s Notes

1 In Music has previously reviewed The Subtheory’s single, Crown Of Thorns.