I have played piano for the last 25 years in the Washington and Chicago Metropolitan areas. At age 9, I was inspired to play the piano after hearing legendary artist, Eddie Robinson’s special guest performance at my home church in Joliet, IL. As a teenager in the mid 80’s, I accompanied choirs and soloists. One of my fondest memories was, as a young high school student, playing for the Northern Illinois University (Black Choir) and Illinois State University (Gospel Choir) for a combined choir musical workshop, under the direction of Rev. Lamont Lenox. He is an incredible gospel songwriter. Moreover, I had the opportunity to play on the radio for the first time when I accompanied a student from San Pao, Brazille, who sang at Moody’s Founders Day conference, in Chicago. After playing for the student, the President of the college, asked me to play a solo of my choice. When I went home my family and friends told me that they heard me playing over the radio. That was a special time for me. Additionally, one of my favorite early experiences was that of participating in an annual concert a Haitian congregation in Chicago. It was the first time that an interpreter was used as I performed music. After moving to the MD/DC area, I have worked with choirs, accompanied soloists and played in several bands including, Michael Brookins Project Band, and Alvin Fisher Band.
Under the Artist name M W B, I wrote “Gleaming Hope,” which was recorded in Detroit at the legendary Disc Recording Studio. I was joined by his son, Michael Jr. who sang background vocals. On the CD cover is a photo of Mike Jr. trying to play the piano at the tender age of one.
“The Disc”, located in Detroit has been a home of many hit recordings by legendary artists. I was fortunate to have Greg Reilly, a sound engineer who recorded many legendary artists. The musicians playing on this recording of “Gleaming Hope” included some of Detroit’s finest. You can hear a dynamic solo by guitar great, Gerald Kent, formerly of “Brain Storm.” Also, you can hear the expert percussion play of Treaty Womack, whose playing you have heard on a number of Motown hit recordings. If you saw the movie “Standing in the shadows of Motown”, then you’ve seen “Treaty” at work. In addition, fantastic drummer David Dionise laid down the steady drum work throughout the song.
The production of this recording was a spectacular collaboration with producer-arranger Eddie Robinson GM, whose vocals you hear at the end of the song. Eddie Robinson has had a track record of producing hit recordings. A few of Eddie Robinson's works includes, album "Reflections of the Man Inside", "Elephant Song", and "Back on Track". The recording has been a monumental and unforgettable experience.
How did you hear about us?
I hear of POZE through Reverbnation.
What is your profession (singer, rapper, songwriter, poet, dancer, model, music fan, etc.)?
I am pianist/keyboardist for the last 34 years. Additionally, I have been a Information Technology consultant for over 20 years.
How many members are in your band?
I am a keyboard/vocalist accompanied by six other instrumentalists/vocalist in the recording of Gleaming Hope.
What is your style of music?
I am avid listener to Gospel, jazz, and Neo-Soul. The style of my music incorporates elements from those musical genres. I believe that the strength of great music amalgamated with a positive message is empowering.
Who are your influences in the music industry?
I have many. I love the music of Kirk Whalum (Gospel According to Jazz), Amel Larrieux, Lalah Hathaway, Esperanza Spalding, Robert Glasper, Frank McComb, Jeff Lorber, Diane Krall, Norah Jones, Tony Bennett, Cory Henry, Oscar Peterson, Joe Sample, Ramsey Lewis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Thomas Whitfield, Quiet Time Players, and Eddie Robinson.