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“We were looking for a good cover to add to the album and thought of a song by Rodney Franklin’ called In The Groove’ but when we finished it sounded nothing like his song so I called it ‘The Groove’.” – Emmett North Jr

Jacqueline Jax logo photoGETTING TO KNOW EMMETT NORTH JR
By Jacqueline Jax– Host A.V.A Live Radio

A Musical Family…
My mother’s side was musical, my mom and aunts played piano & organ and sang in church chorus & choir. My uncles played sax, trumpet & trombone in his school band and also sang in church. My brother played sax and older sister played violin so I was surrounded by music. Around age 9, I became interested in music watching ‘American Bandstand’ with my uncle. I started writing song poems in the 5th grade and by age 12 I started playing gospel in church and touring with gospel singers.

The Groove…
This song and album was composed and recorded in London, England. We were looking for a good cover to add to the album and thought of a song by Rodney Franklin’ called In The Groove’ but when we finished it sounded nothing like his song so I called it ‘The Groove’. When I arrived in London to record the song, we had to build a vocal/drum booth before we could start. I was there for a month to record my smooth jazz/jazz fusion album containing ten songs mostly instrumentals with some backing vocals. (Listen to the song: https://www.reverbnation.com/emmettnorthjr/song/22517393-the-groove )

Palm Springs….
I live two hours from LA but have resided for years between Hollywood and London. In the palm springs area there’s many gambling casinos, restaurants, hotels and Indian reservations. I love good movies, good food, going to concerts, sightseeing, horseback riding, bike riding, making love etc.

Mentors…
George Benson, Earl Klugh, Wes Montgomery, BB.King, Grant Green, Earth,Wind & Fire, James Taylor among others. Earl Klugh is the only artist I’ve met on my list of artist!

Music trends…
If you’re in the spotlight like Beyonce, Katy Perry, Selena Spice, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Kanye and Jay-Z you’re in a different level where trends may be necessary but being a jazz/r&b artist puts me in another arena where that’s not such a big thing.

Success…
My version of success was always loving what I do writing, recording and performing music and being financially secure and financially independent because I love to travel the world and try some different things and foods! Most of my music was recorded in London, UK. Sending my mp3 ‘Living Inside Your Love’ my tribute to George Benson and myself, Emmett North Jr.!

AVA LIVE RADIO on BlogTalkRadio


Listen to the interview:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2015/05/21/episode-236-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax

emmett north indie music ava live radioBIO:
I was born in Middletown, Ohio U.S.A. a small steel town of 50 to 70,000 people, located twenty five miles from Dayton and twenty five from Cincinnati Ohio. When i was about six or seven years of age i watched “American Bandstand” with my uncle, becoming fascinated after seeing ‘Chuck Berry’, ‘Little Richard’,’James Brown’, ‘Jackie Wilson and others.i had enjoyed getting model electric trains for xmas until then and soon started writing song poems in the 5th grade using others melodies to sing along with his lyrics, I moved to newnan, Georgia where my fathers from i made and met a friend who taught me part of a popular blues song called ‘Honky Tonk’,after moving back to Ohio i wanted a guitar instead on a train,my first guitar was made of cardboard, plastic and wood,it was just a toy ,so i lost interest. I was surrounded by musical family, my mothers side of the family were the singers and musicians. My mother sang in the gospel chorus and played piano/organ likewise for my aunts who sang in church and played piano and organ, his uncles who played sax, trumpet and trombone and also sang in church, they played instruments in school and the military.My oldest sister played violin and my little brother started out sax but they didn’t continue playing. My family moved to Dayton a much larger city where there were many musicians,bands and groups of Gospel, R&B and Funk artist, places to learn and perform,basically a good night life for entertainment and party goers at the time. At twelve living in Dayton i again became interested in guitar where i had become more serious. Having friends with family members recording gospel it got my juices flowing.I think it was a natural to become a musician/entertainer. I had a few lessons at twelve and asked other guitarist to show me things on the guitar. I also learned things from pianist, organist, drummers and sax players,those different feels, riffs and licks showed me many other colors. Some of my first gigs were played at churches for pa! stors who wanted to hire him for the Sunday services. After seeing gospel groups perform with bass, guitar and drums i became hooked. Once i started getting my basic chords and rhythms together i started attracting attention from gospel groups and other churches to play for them on saturdays and sundays,most of the time they’ll take up a collection for me. I started listening to other music like r&b, soul, jazz, blues and funk and put together a band with friends called the ‘Ohio Twisters’,we performed together until i went into the army. I played in bands and started getting more offers from my popularity around town. A band had come to town from Macon,Ga. to visit there family in Lima and stopped through Dayton looking for a guitarist for their band which was called ‘Frank Cole and The Night Rockers who i learned was being booked by ‘Otis Redding’s manager -Phil Walden of Macon, Georgia. I left home during the Thanksgiving and Xmas holidays to travel and perform with them to Muncie, Indiana, Lima, Ohio and on to Macon for a few months. After returning back home in Dayton i started touring the Midwest with gospel groups and bands to cities like Louisville, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus,Cincinnati, Chicago, Atlanta and Memphis just to list a few. I worked with another local bandleader called ‘Big Jay Bush’ and ‘The House Rockers’ and that was probably more like first real professional gig before band leader Frank Cole and The Night Rockers’. His first real blues gig was with local blues artist ‘Piney Brown’ and his ‘The Blues Toppers’ and later his ‘Swift Wind’ band. Back tracking a little at eleven and twelve i danced and sang in talent shows, one was a local talent TV show in Dayton called ‘The Rising Generation’. There are few other bands i worked with. . I worked with ‘Little Dottie Peoples’ at jazz clubs around Dayton,Cincinnati and Detroit and she often times sang gospel at her church. Dottie is now a renown gospel singer who now resides outside of Atlanta and has become successful and they are still friends. In 1974’ he was asked to join the group ‘Heat Wave’ by ‘Keith Wilder’s brother Johnny Wilder who wanted to hire someone else from Dayton so Keith told him about me but i passed on it because he was afraid to travel over seas to London, UK. at the time. It still worked out because i decided to move to LA. the following year after my father kept egging me for years to go because i had family there in California. I came to LA. in Feb. of 1975 to audition for singer ‘Bobby Womack,Bobby’s PR man told me that Barry White was looking for guitarist, so i went to Barry’s Office to check it out i also went to Wolfman Jack’s producer’s office, ‘Burt Sugarman and ‘Sammy Davis Jr.’s office, they were in the same office bank building at 9000 West Sunset blvd. ,west hollywood, Ca. I was now living in Pasadena with one of his aunts and had received records from ‘Bobby Womack’s office to learn. Bobby called my aunts one day looking for me,i answered and didn’t believe it was him so he hung up on him because i thought my cousin was joking,Bobby called back and i had my sister answer it and i was shocked and sorry that he hung up on him, we talked a few times but three weeks later Barry White had hired me to join his ‘Love Unlimited Orchestra’. I wrote music, toured and recorded with Barry White from 1975- 79’ and from 1986- 90’. I worked in ‘The Blues Brother’ movie where he met ‘Isaac Hayes’ drummer ‘Willie Hall’ whom Emmett had met three or four years earlier because Emmett had another friend named ‘Boots’ who played guitar for ‘Isaac’ in the mid seventies. Before Emmett came along in 1980’. Emmet recorded on ‘soul singer ‘Linda Cliffords’ album ‘I’m Yours’ which was collaborated on between Isaac Hayes’ and ‘Curtis Mayfield’ where ‘Isaac arranged and composed the music and ‘Curtis’ wrote the lyrics. The music was recorded in Atlanta at ‘Master Sound Studios’. Emmett also visited wit! h drummer! ‘Bohanon’ who use to record with ‘Motown Records. While with Barry White’ Emmett toured Central and South America and Europe and was on tv in London, Paris, Germany, Mexico City. In America in Hollywood they performed ‘The Merv Griffin’s Show, ‘The Dinah Shores Show’ and ‘The Pat Sajacs Show on CBS -TV also ‘The Johnny Carson’s Show at NBC – TV. Emmett did live, tour’s and recorded in London from 1981-84’. In London Emmett worked with reggae singing group ‘Chosen Few[/artist[’ then ‘Clem Curtis and The Foundations and from 1988 to 98’ Emmett traveled and lived again in London and worked with friends writing and recording Emmett’s ‘In The Zone’ smooth jazz cd which was written and recorded in London. It was released in June 1995 and debuted on Jazz FM radio and in september they debuted the album at London’s ‘Jazz Cafe’ in Camdentown. There are other artist he has had the privilege to work on stage with in London like jamaican singers Barry Biggs and Denis Brown. When Emmett first moved to London in 1981’ he was asked to do a session for a black female group at the ‘Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road Studios on abbey road. In London Emmett got a chance to record a song called ‘Nothing Looks The Same In The Dark’ written by singer ‘George Michael’ and recorded with the group ‘The Funkmasters band and produced by ‘Tony Williams’.’While living in Atlanta working with Isaac Emmett played with the band at a record company party backing a singing group called ‘Oddessy’. While living in London Emmett also worked with a popular DJ/Producer called ‘Tony Williams’ who had a reggae show on ‘Radio London’ later he put together some musicians to do a session for a recording called ‘It’s Over’ a song that went to the top of the british charts and soon was asked to appear on London’s famous ‘Top of the Pops’ TV Show’. Another tv show Emmett did while living in London was with ‘Clem Curtis and The Foundations’ on a show called ‘Unforgettable! ’ TV show’ which catered to yesterdays hit groups. In 1982’ Emmett met soul singer ‘Marvin Gayes’ bass player while performing in London’s west end with The Foundations’ at at famous club called ‘Guillivers’ and he turned me on to a guy called Freddy Couseart from Belgium who was managing Marvin’ and we talked by phone and faxes for years from the eighties until the nineties about him getting Emmett work in Europe but they didn’t come together until years later in 1998’ when he booked Emmett a show in Parlermo,Sicily and he introduced Emmett to ‘Pete Lamont and ‘The Atlantic Soul Machine’ who had been around recording and touring for twenty years. They were to be Emmett’s backing band for the tour so they rehearsed and went to Palermo and had a successful show after returning back to London the band asked Emmett to join them as a regular. Freddy signed Emmett as an artist and two months after there tour Freddy had a bike accident in Belgium and died and Emmett recorded, toured and mained with the band until September 1999. They recorded an old school R&B Funk album called ‘Black,White & Blue’. They toured Belgium, holland, finland, the UK. and Sicily. There was a time Emmett spent back home in Dayton, Ohio after his first Barry White’ stent he got to join a group called ‘The David Julian Experience’ an Italian guy with two female dancers and a four piece band that performed hotels and resorts. They traveled to places in the states Emmett had never been or seen like Fargo N.Dakota, (Syracuse,New York), Minnesota, then Canada to Lloydminster, Regina, Moose Jaw, Calgary, Left bridge and some other cities. It’s where Emmett first seen the ‘Northern Lights’ in the sky. While touring with Barry White’ they had other artist that were on there shows sometimes like ‘Millie Jackson’, Mikki Howard’,’Mary Wilson’ and a Detroit group called ‘Santa Esmeralda’. Barry played the ‘Radio City Music Hall’ featuring ‘the famous ‘Rockets’ before they came on each year from 1975- 79’ when Emmett was there. ‘George Benson’ has been one of Emmett’s biggest influences so his style is similar but Emmett had other influences as well like Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, BB.King, Quincy Jones and many others who play sax, drums, bass and keyboards too many to mention.

Social Media & Web page:
https://www.emmettnorthjr.com
https://www.reverbnation.com/emmettnorthjr
https://www.facebook.com/emmettnorthjr2
https://www.facebook.com/groups/129091775451
https://www.twitter.com/emmettnorthjremmett north indie music

“We were looking for a good cover to add to the album and thought of a song by Rodney Franklin’ called In The Groove’ but when we finished it sounded nothing like his song so I called it ‘The Groove’.” – Emmett North Jr

AVA LIVE RADIO on BlogTalkRadio


Listen to the interview:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2015/05/21/episode-236-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax

Jacqueline Jax logo photoGETTING TO KNOW EMMETT NORTH JR
By Jacqueline Jax– Host A.V.A Live Radio

A Musical Family…
My mother’s side was musical, my mom and aunts played piano & organ and sang in church chorus & choir. My uncles played sax, trumpet & trombone in his school band and also sang in church. My brother played sax and older sister played violin so I was surrounded by music. Around age 9, I became interested in music watching ‘American Bandstand’ with my uncle. I started writing song poems in the 5th grade and by age 12 I started playing gospel in church and touring with gospel singers.

The Groove…
This song and album was composed and recorded in London, England. We were looking for a good cover to add to the album and thought of a song by Rodney Franklin’ called In The Groove’ but when we finished it sounded nothing like his song so I called it ‘The Groove’. When I arrived in London to record the song, we had to build a vocal/drum booth before we could start. I was there for a month to record my smooth jazz/jazz fusion album containing ten songs mostly instrumentals with some backing vocals.

Palm Springs….
I live two hours from LA but have resided for years between Hollywood and London. In the palm springs area there’s many gambling casinos, restaurants, hotels and Indian reservations. I love good movies, good food, going to concerts, sightseeing, horseback riding, bike riding, making love etc.

Mentors…
George Benson, Earl Klugh, Wes Montgomery, BB.King, Grant Green, Earth,Wind & Fire, James Taylor among others. Earl Klugh is the only artist I’ve met on my list of artist!

Music trends…
If you’re in the spotlight like Beyonce, Katy Perry, Selena Spice, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Kanye and Jay-Z you’re in a different level where trends may be necessary but being a jazz/r&b artist puts me in another arena where that’s not such a big thing.

Success…
My version of success was always loving what I do writing, recording and performing music and being financially secure and financially independent because I love to travel the world and try some different things and foods! Most of my music was recorded in London, UK. Sending my mp3 ‘Living Inside Your Love’ my tribute to George Benson and myself, Emmett North Jr.!

emmett north indie music ava live radio

BIO:
I was born in Middletown, Ohio U.S.A. a small steel town of 50 to 70,000 people, located twenty five miles from Dayton and twenty five from Cincinnati Ohio. When i was about six or seven years of age i watched “American Bandstand” with my uncle, becoming fascinated after seeing ‘Chuck Berry’, ‘Little Richard’,’James Brown’, ‘Jackie Wilson and others.i had enjoyed getting model electric trains for xmas until then and soon started writing song poems in the 5th grade using others melodies to sing along with his lyrics, I moved to newnan, Georgia where my fathers from i made and met a friend who taught me part of a popular blues song called ‘Honky Tonk’,after moving back to Ohio i wanted a guitar instead on a train,my first guitar was made of cardboard, plastic and wood,it was just a toy ,so i lost interest. I was surrounded by musical family, my mothers side of the family were the singers and musicians. My mother sang in the gospel chorus and played piano/organ likewise for my aunts who sang in church and played piano and organ, his uncles who played sax, trumpet and trombone and also sang in church, they played instruments in school and the military.My oldest sister played violin and my little brother started out sax but they didn’t continue playing. My family moved to Dayton a much larger city where there were many musicians,bands and groups of Gospel, R&B and Funk artist, places to learn and perform,basically a good night life for entertainment and party goers at the time. At twelve living in Dayton i again became interested in guitar where i had become more serious. Having friends with family members recording gospel it got my juices flowing.I think it was a natural to become a musician/entertainer. I had a few lessons at twelve and asked other guitarist to show me things on the guitar. I also learned things from pianist, organist, drummers and sax players,those different feels, riffs and licks showed me many other colors. Some of my first gigs were played at churches for pa! stors who wanted to hire him for the Sunday services. After seeing gospel groups perform with bass, guitar and drums i became hooked. Once i started getting my basic chords and rhythms together i started attracting attention from gospel groups and other churches to play for them on saturdays and sundays,most of the time they’ll take up a collection for me. I started listening to other music like r&b, soul, jazz, blues and funk and put together a band with friends called the ‘Ohio Twisters’,we performed together until i went into the army. I played in bands and started getting more offers from my popularity around town. A band had come to town from Macon,Ga. to visit there family in Lima and stopped through Dayton looking for a guitarist for their band which was called ‘Frank Cole and The Night Rockers who i learned was being booked by ‘Otis Redding’s manager -Phil Walden of Macon, Georgia. I left home during the Thanksgiving and Xmas holidays to travel and perform with them to Muncie, Indiana, Lima, Ohio and on to Macon for a few months. After returning back home in Dayton i started touring the Midwest with gospel groups and bands to cities like Louisville, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus,Cincinnati, Chicago, Atlanta and Memphis just to list a few. I worked with another local bandleader called ‘Big Jay Bush’ and ‘The House Rockers’ and that was probably more like first real professional gig before band leader Frank Cole and The Night Rockers’. His first real blues gig was with local blues artist ‘Piney Brown’ and his ‘The Blues Toppers’ and later his ‘Swift Wind’ band. Back tracking a little at eleven and twelve i danced and sang in talent shows, one was a local talent TV show in Dayton called ‘The Rising Generation’. There are few other bands i worked with. . I worked with ‘Little Dottie Peoples’ at jazz clubs around Dayton,Cincinnati and Detroit and she often times sang gospel at her church. Dottie is now a renown gospel singer who now resides outside of Atlanta and has become successful and they are still friends. In 1974’ he was asked to join the group ‘Heat Wave’ by ‘Keith Wilder’s brother Johnny Wilder who wanted to hire someone else from Dayton so Keith told him about me but i passed on it because he was afraid to travel over seas to London, UK. at the time. It still worked out because i decided to move to LA. the following year after my father kept egging me for years to go because i had family there in California. I came to LA. in Feb. of 1975 to audition for singer ‘Bobby Womack,Bobby’s PR man told me that Barry White was looking for guitarist, so i went to Barry’s Office to check it out i also went to Wolfman Jack’s producer’s office, ‘Burt Sugarman and ‘Sammy Davis Jr.’s office, they were in the same office bank building at 9000 West Sunset blvd. ,west hollywood, Ca. I was now living in Pasadena with one of his aunts and had received records from ‘Bobby Womack’s office to learn. Bobby called my aunts one day looking for me,i answered and didn’t believe it was him so he hung up on him because i thought my cousin was joking,Bobby called back and i had my sister answer it and i was shocked and sorry that he hung up on him, we talked a few times but three weeks later Barry White had hired me to join his ‘Love Unlimited Orchestra’. I wrote music, toured and recorded with Barry White from 1975- 79’ and from 1986- 90’. I worked in ‘The Blues Brother’ movie where he met ‘Isaac Hayes’ drummer ‘Willie Hall’ whom Emmett had met three or four years earlier because Emmett had another friend named ‘Boots’ who played guitar for ‘Isaac’ in the mid seventies. Before Emmett came along in 1980’. Emmet recorded on ‘soul singer ‘Linda Cliffords’ album ‘I’m Yours’ which was collaborated on between Isaac Hayes’ and ‘Curtis Mayfield’ where ‘Isaac arranged and composed the music and ‘Curtis’ wrote the lyrics. The music was recorded in Atlanta at ‘Master Sound Studios’. Emmett also visited wit! h drummer! ‘Bohanon’ who use to record with ‘Motown Records. While with Barry White’ Emmett toured Central and South America and Europe and was on tv in London, Paris, Germany, Mexico City. In America in Hollywood they performed ‘The Merv Griffin’s Show, ‘The Dinah Shores Show’ and ‘The Pat Sajacs Show on CBS -TV also ‘The Johnny Carson’s Show at NBC – TV. Emmett did live, tour’s and recorded in London from 1981-84’. In London Emmett worked with reggae singing group ‘Chosen Few[/artist[’ then ‘Clem Curtis and The Foundations and from 1988 to 98’ Emmett traveled and lived again in London and worked with friends writing and recording Emmett’s ‘In The Zone’ smooth jazz cd which was written and recorded in London. It was released in June 1995 and debuted on Jazz FM radio and in september they debuted the album at London’s ‘Jazz Cafe’ in Camdentown. There are other artist he has had the privilege to work on stage with in London like jamaican singers Barry Biggs and Denis Brown. When Emmett first moved to London in 1981’ he was asked to do a session for a black female group at the ‘Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road Studios on abbey road. In London Emmett got a chance to record a song called ‘Nothing Looks The Same In The Dark’ written by singer ‘George Michael’ and recorded with the group ‘The Funkmasters band and produced by ‘Tony Williams’.’While living in Atlanta working with Isaac Emmett played with the band at a record company party backing a singing group called ‘Oddessy’. While living in London Emmett also worked with a popular DJ/Producer called ‘Tony Williams’ who had a reggae show on ‘Radio London’ later he put together some musicians to do a session for a recording called ‘It’s Over’ a song that went to the top of the british charts and soon was asked to appear on London’s famous ‘Top of the Pops’ TV Show’. Another tv show Emmett did while living in London was with ‘Clem Curtis and The Foundations’ on a show called ‘Unforgettable! ’ TV show’ which catered to yesterdays hit groups. In 1982’ Emmett met soul singer ‘Marvin Gayes’ bass player while performing in London’s west end with The Foundations’ at at famous club called ‘Guillivers’ and he turned me on to a guy called Freddy Couseart from Belgium who was managing Marvin’ and we talked by phone and faxes for years from the eighties until the nineties about him getting Emmett work in Europe but they didn’t come together until years later in 1998’ when he booked Emmett a show in Parlermo,Sicily and he introduced Emmett to ‘Pete Lamont and ‘The Atlantic Soul Machine’ who had been around recording and touring for twenty years. They were to be Emmett’s backing band for the tour so they rehearsed and went to Palermo and had a successful show after returning back to London the band asked Emmett to join them as a regular. Freddy signed Emmett as an artist and two months after there tour Freddy had a bike accident in Belgium and died and Emmett recorded, toured and mained with the band until September 1999. They recorded an old school R&B Funk album called ‘Black,White & Blue’. They toured Belgium, holland, finland, the UK. and Sicily. There was a time Emmett spent back home in Dayton, Ohio after his first Barry White’ stent he got to join a group called ‘The David Julian Experience’ an Italian guy with two female dancers and a four piece band that performed hotels and resorts. They traveled to places in the states Emmett had never been or seen like Fargo N.Dakota, (Syracuse,New York), Minnesota, then Canada to Lloydminster, Regina, Moose Jaw, Calgary, Left bridge and some other cities. It’s where Emmett first seen the ‘Northern Lights’ in the sky. While touring with Barry White’ they had other artist that were on there shows sometimes like ‘Millie Jackson’, Mikki Howard’,’Mary Wilson’ and a Detroit group called ‘Santa Esmeralda’. Barry played the ‘Radio City Music Hall’ featuring ‘the famous ‘Rockets’ before they came on each year from 1975- 79’ when Emmett was there. ‘George Benson’ has been one of Emmett’s biggest influences so his style is similar but Emmett had other influences as well like Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, BB.King, Quincy Jones and many others who play sax, drums, bass and keyboards too many to mention.

Social Media & Web page:
https://www.emmettnorthjr.com
https://www.reverbnation.com/emmettnorthjr
https://www.facebook.com/emmettnorthjr2
https://www.facebook.com/groups/129091775451
https://www.twitter.com/emmettnorthjr
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“We were looking for a good cover to add to the album and thought of a song by Rodney Franklin’ called In The Groove’ but when we finished it sounded nothing like his song so I called it ‘The Groove’.” – Emmett North Jr

Jacqueline Jax logo photoGETTING TO KNOW EMMETT NORTH JR
By Jacqueline Jax– Host A.V.A Live Radio

A Musical Family…
My mother’s side was musical, my mom and aunts played piano & organ and sang in church chorus & choir. My uncles played sax, trumpet & trombone in his school band and also sang in church. My brother played sax and older sister played violin so I was surrounded by music. Around age 9, I became interested in music watching ‘American Bandstand’ with my uncle. I started writing song poems in the 5th grade and by age 12 I started playing gospel in church and touring with gospel singers.

The Groove…
This song and album was composed and recorded in London, England. We were looking for a good cover to add to the album and thought of a song by Rodney Franklin’ called In The Groove’ but when we finished it sounded nothing like his song so I called it ‘The Groove’. When I arrived in London to record the song, we had to build a vocal/drum booth before we could start. I was there for a month to record my smooth jazz/jazz fusion album containing ten songs mostly instrumentals with some backing vocals.

Palm Springs….
I live two hours from LA but have resided for years between Hollywood and London. In the palm springs area there’s many gambling casinos, restaurants, hotels and Indian reservations. I love good movies, good food, going to concerts, sightseeing, horseback riding, bike riding, making love etc.

Mentors…
George Benson, Earl Klugh, Wes Montgomery, BB.King, Grant Green, Earth,Wind & Fire, James Taylor among others. Earl Klugh is the only artist I’ve met on my list of artist!

Music trends…
If you’re in the spotlight like Beyonce, Katy Perry, Selena Spice, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Kanye and Jay-Z you’re in a different level where trends may be necessary but being a jazz/r&b artist puts me in another arena where that’s not such a big thing.

Success…
My version of success was always loving what I do writing, recording and performing music and being financially secure and financially independent because I love to travel the world and try some different things and foods! Most of my music was recorded in London, UK. Sending my mp3 ‘Living Inside Your Love’ my tribute to George Benson and myself, Emmett North Jr.!

emmett north indie music ava live radio

BIO:
I was born in Middletown, Ohio U.S.A. a small steel town of 50 to 70,000 people, located twenty five miles from Dayton and twenty five from Cincinnati Ohio. When i was about six or seven years of age i watched “American Bandstand” with my uncle, becoming fascinated after seeing ‘Chuck Berry’, ‘Little Richard’,’James Brown’, ‘Jackie Wilson and others.i had enjoyed getting model electric trains for xmas until then and soon started writing song poems in the 5th grade using others melodies to sing along with his lyrics, I moved to newnan, Georgia where my fathers from i made and met a friend who taught me part of a popular blues song called ‘Honky Tonk’,after moving back to Ohio i wanted a guitar instead on a train,my first guitar was made of cardboard, plastic and wood,it was just a toy ,so i lost interest. I was surrounded by musical family, my mothers side of the family were the singers and musicians. My mother sang in the gospel chorus and played piano/organ likewise for my aunts who sang in church and played piano and organ, his uncles who played sax, trumpet and trombone and also sang in church, they played instruments in school and the military.My oldest sister played violin and my little brother started out sax but they didn’t continue playing. My family moved to Dayton a much larger city where there were many musicians,bands and groups of Gospel, R&B and Funk artist, places to learn and perform,basically a good night life for entertainment and party goers at the time. At twelve living in Dayton i again became interested in guitar where i had become more serious. Having friends with family members recording gospel it got my juices flowing.I think it was a natural to become a musician/entertainer. I had a few lessons at twelve and asked other guitarist to show me things on the guitar. I also learned things from pianist, organist, drummers and sax players,those different feels, riffs and licks showed me many other colors. Some of my first gigs were played at churches for pa! stors who wanted to hire him for the Sunday services. After seeing gospel groups perform with bass, guitar and drums i became hooked. Once i started getting my basic chords and rhythms together i started attracting attention from gospel groups and other churches to play for them on saturdays and sundays,most of the time they’ll take up a collection for me. I started listening to other music like r&b, soul, jazz, blues and funk and put together a band with friends called the ‘Ohio Twisters’,we performed together until i went into the army. I played in bands and started getting more offers from my popularity around town. A band had come to town from Macon,Ga. to visit there family in Lima and stopped through Dayton looking for a guitarist for their band which was called ‘Frank Cole and The Night Rockers who i learned was being booked by ‘Otis Redding’s manager -Phil Walden of Macon, Georgia. I left home during the Thanksgiving and Xmas holidays to travel and perform with them to Muncie, Indiana, Lima, Ohio and on to Macon for a few months. After returning back home in Dayton i started touring the Midwest with gospel groups and bands to cities like Louisville, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus,Cincinnati, Chicago, Atlanta and Memphis just to list a few. I worked with another local bandleader called ‘Big Jay Bush’ and ‘The House Rockers’ and that was probably more like first real professional gig before band leader Frank Cole and The Night Rockers’. His first real blues gig was with local blues artist ‘Piney Brown’ and his ‘The Blues Toppers’ and later his ‘Swift Wind’ band. Back tracking a little at eleven and twelve i danced and sang in talent shows, one was a local talent TV show in Dayton called ‘The Rising Generation’. There are few other bands i worked with. . I worked with ‘Little Dottie Peoples’ at jazz clubs around Dayton,Cincinnati and Detroit and she often times sang gospel at her church. Dottie is now a renown gospel singer who now resides outside of Atlanta and has become successful and they are still friends. In 1974’ he was asked to join the group ‘Heat Wave’ by ‘Keith Wilder’s brother Johnny Wilder who wanted to hire someone else from Dayton so Keith told him about me but i passed on it because he was afraid to travel over seas to London, UK. at the time. It still worked out because i decided to move to LA. the following year after my father kept egging me for years to go because i had family there in California. I came to LA. in Feb. of 1975 to audition for singer ‘Bobby Womack,Bobby’s PR man told me that Barry White was looking for guitarist, so i went to Barry’s Office to check it out i also went to Wolfman Jack’s producer’s office, ‘Burt Sugarman and ‘Sammy Davis Jr.’s office, they were in the same office bank building at 9000 West Sunset blvd. ,west hollywood, Ca. I was now living in Pasadena with one of his aunts and had received records from ‘Bobby Womack’s office to learn. Bobby called my aunts one day looking for me,i answered and didn’t believe it was him so he hung up on him because i thought my cousin was joking,Bobby called back and i had my sister answer it and i was shocked and sorry that he hung up on him, we talked a few times but three weeks later Barry White had hired me to join his ‘Love Unlimited Orchestra’. I wrote music, toured and recorded with Barry White from 1975- 79’ and from 1986- 90’. I worked in ‘The Blues Brother’ movie where he met ‘Isaac Hayes’ drummer ‘Willie Hall’ whom Emmett had met three or four years earlier because Emmett had another friend named ‘Boots’ who played guitar for ‘Isaac’ in the mid seventies. Before Emmett came along in 1980’. Emmet recorded on ‘soul singer ‘Linda Cliffords’ album ‘I’m Yours’ which was collaborated on between Isaac Hayes’ and ‘Curtis Mayfield’ where ‘Isaac arranged and composed the music and ‘Curtis’ wrote the lyrics. The music was recorded in Atlanta at ‘Master Sound Studios’. Emmett also visited wit! h drummer! ‘Bohanon’ who use to record with ‘Motown Records. While with Barry White’ Emmett toured Central and South America and Europe and was on tv in London, Paris, Germany, Mexico City. In America in Hollywood they performed ‘The Merv Griffin’s Show, ‘The Dinah Shores Show’ and ‘The Pat Sajacs Show on CBS -TV also ‘The Johnny Carson’s Show at NBC – TV. Emmett did live, tour’s and recorded in London from 1981-84’. In London Emmett worked with reggae singing group ‘Chosen Few[/artist[’ then ‘Clem Curtis and The Foundations and from 1988 to 98’ Emmett traveled and lived again in London and worked with friends writing and recording Emmett’s ‘In The Zone’ smooth jazz cd which was written and recorded in London. It was released in June 1995 and debuted on Jazz FM radio and in september they debuted the album at London’s ‘Jazz Cafe’ in Camdentown. There are other artist he has had the privilege to work on stage with in London like jamaican singers Barry Biggs and Denis Brown. When Emmett first moved to London in 1981’ he was asked to do a session for a black female group at the ‘Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road Studios on abbey road. In London Emmett got a chance to record a song called ‘Nothing Looks The Same In The Dark’ written by singer ‘George Michael’ and recorded with the group ‘The Funkmasters band and produced by ‘Tony Williams’.’While living in Atlanta working with Isaac Emmett played with the band at a record company party backing a singing group called ‘Oddessy’. While living in London Emmett also worked with a popular DJ/Producer called ‘Tony Williams’ who had a reggae show on ‘Radio London’ later he put together some musicians to do a session for a recording called ‘It’s Over’ a song that went to the top of the british charts and soon was asked to appear on London’s famous ‘Top of the Pops’ TV Show’. Another tv show Emmett did while living in London was with ‘Clem Curtis and The Foundations’ on a show called ‘Unforgettable! ’ TV show’ which catered to yesterdays hit groups. In 1982’ Emmett met soul singer ‘Marvin Gayes’ bass player while performing in London’s west end with The Foundations’ at at famous club called ‘Guillivers’ and he turned me on to a guy called Freddy Couseart from Belgium who was managing Marvin’ and we talked by phone and faxes for years from the eighties until the nineties about him getting Emmett work in Europe but they didn’t come together until years later in 1998’ when he booked Emmett a show in Parlermo,Sicily and he introduced Emmett to ‘Pete Lamont and ‘The Atlantic Soul Machine’ who had been around recording and touring for twenty years. They were to be Emmett’s backing band for the tour so they rehearsed and went to Palermo and had a successful show after returning back to London the band asked Emmett to join them as a regular. Freddy signed Emmett as an artist and two months after there tour Freddy had a bike accident in Belgium and died and Emmett recorded, toured and mained with the band until September 1999. They recorded an old school R&B Funk album called ‘Black,White & Blue’. They toured Belgium, holland, finland, the UK. and Sicily. There was a time Emmett spent back home in Dayton, Ohio after his first Barry White’ stent he got to join a group called ‘The David Julian Experience’ an Italian guy with two female dancers and a four piece band that performed hotels and resorts. They traveled to places in the states Emmett had never been or seen like Fargo N.Dakota, (Syracuse,New York), Minnesota, then Canada to Lloydminster, Regina, Moose Jaw, Calgary, Left bridge and some other cities. It’s where Emmett first seen the ‘Northern Lights’ in the sky. While touring with Barry White’ they had other artist that were on there shows sometimes like ‘Millie Jackson’, Mikki Howard’,’Mary Wilson’ and a Detroit group called ‘Santa Esmeralda’. Barry played the ‘Radio City Music Hall’ featuring ‘the famous ‘Rockets’ before they came on each year from 1975- 79’ when Emmett was there. ‘George Benson’ has been one of Emmett’s biggest influences so his style is similar but Emmett had other influences as well like Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, BB.King, Quincy Jones and many others who play sax, drums, bass and keyboards too many to mention.

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