Summer Concert Series: Pocket Change & Derryck Lawrence (Opening)
Derryck Lawrence: Suffice it to say that after nearly one decades of remarkable performances and almost hits, Jazz Tree Records Inc. Neo-Soul/Jazz recording artists Derryck Lawrence -WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM PRODUCERS: TONY GONZALS, KAYGEE (Formally of Naughty By Nature) will get his just do! It was early December and his career was at what can only be described as a standstill. His second album Are You Ready (Concept Entertainment Inc.) had sold only 8,000 copies in the U.S. and received only 11,000 plays on My Space. The lead single, " Are You Ready," had left nary a dent on the mainstream America's consciousness, It's seemed the end of the run was nigh.It wasn't supposed to be this way sense, Derryck Lawrence is a soulful vocalist who over the years has been refining and mastering his musical craft, which allows him to reach every conceivable audience. This is what caught the eye of Andre Flossin (CEO of Jazz Tree Records Inc./Island Sound Records). "I ve had knowledge of Derryck Lawrence for about a year now, I have followed him thru my space. What impressed me the most about Mr. Lawrence, was how long he has successfully ran his own music career in the state of Montana." Having the ability to be vocally vrisa has landed Mr. Lawrence next to some of the music industry's heaviest hitters. And yet no amount of synchronicity had secured him a hit. But Where timing failed, organic evolution has succeeded.Derryck Lawrence is recognized as the premier male vocalist for the embodiment of his singular, sensuous blend of Neo-Soul, Jazz and Reggae style. With the release of his new cd “ Are You Ready “ Derryck Lawrence is becoming a house hold name. “Are You Ready,” the single released off the new cd proved that the cd contained masterful songs of sensual romance that have become his signature. The album's first single and title track, "Are You Ready," captures Mr. Lawrence on par with the sound of today's younger male soul singers, but with the sentiments of a grown man with long term love on his mind. “Are You Ready,” opens with the soulful introduction of "Derryck’s Groove," a mood piece that smoothly sets the scene for all that follows. "If Only for One Night" , a tribute Show to the late Mr. Luther Vandross and the music of "M" Mr. Marcus Miller. Derryck considers them be one of the top premier writing teams of all time. Although this show has been touring over the last four years, due to the death of Mr. Vandross and Gerald Levert, this year’s tribute should be the highlight of the 2008 tour." I want to take Neo-Soul and R&B to a place where it's about more than shaking your ass.