Born in Alpena, Michigan, but grew up in Detroit. He began seriously playing guitar at the age of twelve, inspired by all the great rhythm-n-blues and rock-n-roll of the area. Coming from a family of musicians and artists, Eric started playing professionally when he was sixteen. In no time he was playing some of the hottest and biggest venues of the Detroit Metropolitan area.
Hungry for travel and exposure to different sounds and music, Eric left Detroit in the mid 90’s to travel to Europe where he spent months busking on the streets of France, Italy, England, Ireland, and eventually Spain. It was there that he was seduced by the art of flamenco. After returning to the states, he was privileged to meet and eventually perform with La Dama Maria del Carmen, a world-renowned flamenco dancer who has performed with such flamenco greats as maestros Carlos Montoya and Juan Serrano.
After several years of disciplined study and performance of flamenco, Eric found himself drawn towards Brazilian music, inspired by the brilliance of masters such as Antonio Carlos Jobim and Caetano Veloso. Eric says, “There is so much ocean and sun in bossa nova and samba that it is always refreshing to listen to.”
Eric has toured the Southern United States with Karren Pell, a Nashville songwriter with whom he still writes many of his songs. He also tours with the flamenco company Arte Y Pureza, playing with the band Sir Sultry in the flamenco rock opera A Spanish Day.
Today Eric has found his own voice, emerging with an interwoven cultural style that is unique unto him. His music is diverse, and he continues to travel and play, collaborating with many great musicians around the world. Artist Website: Eric Miller
Will’s new album entitled SUPERSONIC was released on Innervision records on August 18th. This new project features some of the most talented people in contemporary groove music – musicians, engineers, and creative artists, including: Jeff Carruthers, Craig Chestnut, Byron Counts, Dave Donnelly, Tony Guerrero, Don Hoeber, Chase Huna, Tateng Katindig, Rod King, George Landress, Kay-Ta Matsuno, Tony Moore, Steve Oliver, Christian Poezach, Darren Rahn, Eddie Reddick, JJ Sansaverino, Gary Stanionis, Eric Valentine, Roberto Vally, and Darryl Williams!
Will Donato is one of music’s most dynamic performers, gifted with the ability to bond and connect with his audiences. In recent concert events, Will has headlined or shared the stage as a special guest at the Blue Note-NYC, The Sea Breeze Jazz Festival, The Algarve Groove International Jazz Festival-Portugal, The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, Humphrey’s By The Bay, The Capital Jazz Cruise, Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve, The Low Country Land & Sea Festival, Manitoba, Canada Summer Concerts. He has also worked outside the groove jazz genre as well, most notably with Gerald Levert, Toni Childs, and pop star Richard Marx. Will can also be heard as on the soundtracks from several movie scores including “Thelma and Louise,” “The Wedding Planner,” “Under the Boardwalk,” and “No Man’s Land.”
Watch for Will’s upcoming summer 2017 release, SUPERSONIC, featuring some of the best musical artists in Groove Music and Contemporary Jazz. Will Donato was quoted by NewJazz.com as “…A Must See Show!”
When singer/songwriter Darius Lux left the confines of New York City to travel the world for a year, he didn’t fully comprehend the life changing pilgrimage he was embarking on. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and performer came back as a free-thinker and inspirational lyricist.
Combining his love of 60’s songwriting, 70’s soul, 80’s pop and 90’s hip-hop into a current mix of soulful, rock-edged pop tunes, Darius found his voice on his debut record “Arise”, took us to the streets of LA for his EP, “Time is Now” and now presents his new album, “We The Living”.
Darius’ music is a statement describing how we can take control of our lives. “For each one of us, life can be full of different fears,but we have to remember that fear is a choice. When we decide we don’t want fear and we have chosen to believe in ourselves instead, we find that we begin to receive the things in life we’ve hoped for”.
Darius is currently gigging in California & Arizona and living life against the grain – with every spirited note he plays; he urges us to do the same.
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