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Musical Influences

One of the questions that I am frequently asked is who are your musical influences, or who do you listen to. I pretty much listen to anything that resonates in me, regardless of genre. The following is a partial list of artists who's music I have enjoyed, broken down by genre;

Jazz - Snarky Puppy, Miles Davis, Jeff Lorber, Boney James, Oscar Peterson, Najee, Yellow Jackets, Marcus Miller, Sergio Mendes, Stanley Clarke, George Benson, Crusaders, Fourplay, Spyro Gyra, Herbie Hancock, The Rippingtons, Norman Brown, Urban Knights, Dave Benoit, Grover Washington Jr., Weather Report, Chick Corea, Joe Sample, Bob James, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Wes Montgomery, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Wayne Shorter, Hiroshima, Hiromi, Tim Bowman, Ken Karsh, Kenny Blake, Alton Merrell, Sound Doctrine, Alex Bugnon, Gerald Albright, Earl Klugh, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, Norman Brown, Dave Sanborn, Lee Ritenour, Steely Dan, Gerald Veasley.

R&B - War, Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Seal, Mandrill, Kem,   Earth, Wind, & Fire, Gil Scott Herron, Floetry, Kool & the Gang, Prince, Jill Scott, Isaac Hayes, Amel Larrieux, Ohio Players, Sade, James Brown, Mary J Blige, Bill Withers, Blackstreet, Chaka Khan, Roger Troutman & Zapp, Sly & the Family Stone,  Chic, Al Green, Graham Central Station, Les Nubians, Temptations, Angela Bofill, Tamia, System, Isley Brothers, New Edition, Brothers Johnson, Marvin Gaye, Dionne Warwick, Brian McKnight, Jackson Five, Spinners, Lou Rawls, Heatwave, Frankie Beverly & Maze, System.

Inspirational - Andre Crouch, Walter Hawkins, Israel & New Breed, Fred Hammond, Yolanda Adams, Chris Tomlin, Amy Grant, The Winans, Tremaine Hawkins, Kurt Franklin, Hezekiah Walker, Shekinah Glory, Shirley Caeser, Herb McMullen, John Madgett.

Hip Hop – LeCrae, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Public Enemy, Grand Master Flash, Kanye West, Eminem, DMX, Andy Mackk, Steve Liriks.



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