After playing bass on well over 2,000 albums, wouldn't session work get a little, well, old? "Absolutely not," insists Leland Sklar. "To this day, every time I get a call to do something, I think, 'Oh man, this is so bitchin'!'"
When singer/songwriter Aslyn was recording her debut album, Lemon Love, her producers surprised her with a special treat: a string scoring session at London's famed Abbey Road Studios.
Alicia Keys needs little introduction. The young singer/pianist's first two albums--her 2001 debut, Songs in A Minor, and 2003's The Diary of Alicia Keys--have together sold more than ten million copies, and her soulful pop R&B has won her nine GRAMMY Awards so far.
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.
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 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.
Billy Sheehan may be the most influential rock bassist of the last 20 years. And throughout those years, he's favored the signature instruments he co-designed with Yamaha's custom shop.
Not every musician can hope for a career as long and varied as that of renowned arranger/orchestrator Sammy Nestico.
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.
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."