What They're Saying
"Whenever we book the Grainger series, we just know what to expect, packed house, all kinds of energy, and nothing but a good time."
- Tim Blanchard
There’s a certain musical chemistry that develops between great players who play together all the time. The Graingers have been playing together all their lives, and the chemistry they have developed is simply astounding.
This is why the Grainger brothers have become one of the most sought after and respected rhythm sections in the world. Growing up in a musical family in Baltimore, MD they have been collaborating and playing together for over four decades, as well as lending their musical talents to numerous world-class musicians, (Whitney Houston, Santana, Earth Wind & Fire, Acoustic Alchemy, Jon Schofield, Kim Waters to name just a few), and building a reputation as the best of the best among both fans and fellow musicians.
The new band, ‘Grainger’, has released three highly acclaimed smooth jazz albums, Phase I, Phase II and Phase III. The albums feature their signature sound of tight grooves, funky licks, and catchy melodies.
Featuring Carmael Frith
Carmael developed a deep passion for music from years of growing up singing in church and playing multiple instruments. At the age of 20, she began exploring career opportunities in the music field, which opened the door to a lead singing role with an international performing corporate band, and a new passion for songwriting. In 2013, she signed her first major songwriting publishing deal with BMG Music Group through one of her music idols, super producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins.
She has since then performed at monumental events such as the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Ball and the weddings of NBA legend Michael Jordan and guitar legend Neil Schon. She has also landed songwriting credits on major artists such as LeCrae, Wale, Fantasia, and more, while writing for major network television shows such as WeTV’s Growing Up Hip Hop and FOX’s Empire. Achieving her first movie music credit on Universal NBC’s The High Note has inspired her to pursue greater dreams, goals and accomplishments in the music industry, such has launching her own Publishing company, and expanding her co-owned Music Licensing company, The Melody Boutique.
Peaches & Herb
Lonnie Liston Smith
Endorsed by Pearl Drums, Sabian and Evans
Earth Wind & Fire
Endorsed by Paul Reed Smith Guitars, D'Addario Bass Strings, and EICH Amps
Greg Grainger Bio
Greg Grainger is surprisingly fresh in his artistry and musical perspective. Upon hearing him, it is easy to see why Whitney Houston signed him for her 1988 world tour, why Britain’s Rhythm Magazine called his work “solid and tasteful” dubbing him a “rhythm master” and why he is the drummer for national smooth jazz artists such as Acoustic Alchemy, Kim Waters; along with being drummer for Paul Reed Smith; founder and owner of PRS Guitars. Being the drummer for PRS Guitars means that Greg gets to work with and play behind famous guitarists and bassists such as Santana, Buddy Guy, Al Di Meola , Rhonda Smith, David Grissom, Wyzard (of Mother’s Finest) and Mark Tremonte just to name a few.
A self-proclaimed “drum junkie”, Greg is as at home with pop, soul and rhythm and blues as he is with fusion, swing and hip-hop. His world debut came at the age of 19 as the youngest member of the group Pockets, the protégé band of Earth, Wind and Fire; where Greg was the percussionist. The group produced three albums with Earth, Wind, & Fires’ Verdine White. The Pockets experience was followed, with Greg back on drums for a stint with Peaches and Herb on their Reunited tour. He later became the drummer for jazz pianist Lonnie Liston Smith along with starting a band with his brother called “Grainger”.
As a small boy growing up in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, Greg was weaned on the grooves and rhythms of such acts as Parliament, James Brown and Weather Report. He began drumming at age seven, jamming with his musical family and neighborhood buddies. At the age of 14, Greg was awarded a scholarship to the highly respected Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University.
Something very close to Greg’s heart is The Musicianship. The charity was inspired by Greg’s daughter Dianne to help provide instruction to children who may otherwise not have the opportunity to study music and who are suffering from an underfunded school music program.
You can learn more about the charity at www.themusicianship.org.
In recent years Greg has managed to remain busy as a producer and session player, while maintaining a rigorous touring schedule. As if that wasn’t enough he is currently co-writing the new album for “Grainger” and has recently co-founded G*Funk The Band, a funky jam band based in the UK.
Gary Grainger Bio
When Gary Grainger speaks, it’s usually in clean bass tones articulated in musical dialects ranging from fusion to pure jazz. Music aficionados everywhere have heard a lot of what Gary has to say.
From his early days with soul singer Luther Ingram to his years as a member of Earth, Wind and Fire's protégé band "Pockets", to his contribution to John Scofield's celebrated quartet, Gary Grainger is talking bass, bass, and more bass.
A self-taught player, Gary learned the bass as a teenager. He gave up his interest in drums when his father brought home an old electric bass given to him by a co-worker. Gary also toyed with the tuba and sousaphone in high school. Though surrounded by musical influences for most of his early life, at 18, Gary enrolled as an art major at Morgan State University in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. He kept his interest in the bass alive by playing in local bands on weekends when his studies permitted- While at Morgan, Gary became involved with both the marching and stage bands.
His local, after hours playing began to expand outside of Baltimore into the clubs up and down the Washington Baltimore Corridor. In 1974, Gary joined soul singer Luther Ingram on a four month gig in Florida. After Ingram, Gary returned home and joined a fusion band called Inner Visions which was later transformed into the Columbia label recording group Pockets. Between 1978 and 1981, Pockets recorded three albums and
toured as EWF"s opening act.
Subsequent to Pockets, Gary began to freelance doing studio sessions. Between Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia and New York. During this point of his career, he met EumirDeodato and recorded two albums with him: Night Cruise and Happy Hour. Fortunately, 1986 was not to be the year of exception. Upon hearing one of Gary's live performances on tape, guitarist John Scofield inducted him into his quartet to create the bass platforms that would support Scofield's own style and musical vision.
In 1993, Gary, his Brother Greg and their partner Tony Bulluck, the tour manager for Whitney Houston, developed a sophisticated mini-recording studio. Through a very effective use of space and some creative engineering concepts, the trio designed Hillview Studios to support musicians who want to bridge the two worlds of acoustic and digital sound. Since then, they have been busy producing a broad range of artists whose music runs the gamut from jazz and rap to pop and gospel, as well as creating original jingles and music scores for Umbro Sports, ABC Sports/Nutmeg Mills, Rudo Sports and others.
Gary's other recent endeavors include, both performing and studio work with Maysa, Lonnie L. Smith, Pure Soul, Nancy Wilson, Dennis Chambers and George Duke in the Walt Disney's Clinton Inauguration Special "Celebrations for Youth", also Eric Marienthal, Slim Man, Nelson Rangel, The WPG Trio, Less Traveled and Ken Navarro to name a few. Grainger was also the opening act for the East Coast All Star Jazz ensemble at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington D.C in July of 2004.
Gary has just released a third album "Grainger Phase III" with his brother Greg. "Grainger Phase I and Phase II" were very well received by the public winning 3 Wamma awards, 1997,1998 and 2000. Gary's excitement about the collaboration with Greg is contagious as he explains, "these projects are a serious effort for me. Whenever Greg and I join forces we create a very dynamic chemistry. That's what we're going to get on tape-that special magic that happens between us when we play together. It’s a family thing I guess.”
One of Gary’s finalized endeavors include, The Meritxell Project, a CD with a blend of Contemporary, World, Latin, Funk and R&B. This CD features the vocal styles of Meritxell Negre. Gary is now touring with Bill Evans, the international group Acoustic Alchemy, and currently working on a new signature series bass line with PRS (Paul Reed Smith).
Currently, Gary is involved in the reunion of “ POCKETS” which could turn into an amazing come-back project for the group.