The band Keane's distinctive piano-based pop has seduced millions of ears, both in the trio's native England and abroad. In Keane's emotive songs, Tom Chaplin's soaring vocals, keyboardist Tim Rice-Oxley's vintage Yamaha CP70B piano, and Richard Hughes' subtle drum shadings merge into a dynamic and complex sound world.
"Not fitting into a specific musical category definitely has its pros and cons," notes pop/classical vocalist Josh Groban. "It's a struggle sometimes, because people try to categorize you. But blending genres is what inspires me. I wouldn't have it any other way."
Producer, composer and singer Teddy Riley had a dramatic introduction to the music business.
"I was five years old," he says. "Gladys Knight was performing at the Apollo Theater, singing 'Neither One of Us,' and she picked me up in her arms and put me onstage with her! From that day on, my dream was to perform on that stage. And all my dreams came true."
Russ Miller is one of LA's most in-demand studio musicians. He's recorded with an incredible range of artists, from Tina Turner and Ray Charles to Nelly Furtado and Hilary Duff. He has performed on numerous major film scores like The Hulk and Resident Evil. He's produced his own solo albums, has written an awardwinning line of instructional books and DVDs and has been an international Yamaha clinician for over 15 years. And through Yamaha, he has created some of the industry's most innovative drum accessories.
As one of the world's most respected drummers, Steve Jordan has played with a galaxy of stars since his debut as a teen prodigy in late-'70s New York. His credits include Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Sonny Rollins, John Mayer, Neil Young, the Blues Brothers and countless others. He's also a producer, having worked with such artists as John Scofield, Keith Richards, Robert Cray and Buddy Guy. Steve spoke with us recently about his history, current projects and unique eco-friendly Yamaha drums.
At just 17, singer Kaci Brown has her sights firmly set on pop success. Kaci's debut album on Interscope, Instigator, came out in August 2005, and she's currently on the road promoting the release in the US. "The performances are going great," says Kaci. "It's better than I'd ever expected. I'm getting to do what I love to do--not many people can say that!"
As keyboardist for country singer Gretchen Wilson, Howard Laravea had a front-row seat to one of the music industry's most spectacular phenomena: the explosion of a new star.