Wow, my song Rio Drive from Soul Secrets was named the #1 most played song of 2015 on Alan Kepler's Smooth Jazz Top 20! (#2 on Billboard's 2015 airplay chart). This has been quite a year - first: Elegant Nights #1, and now Rio Drive. I'm so thankful for the response, especially after 4+ years between solo releases.
The best part of this milestone in my 28 year journey as a solo artist is being able to see that the priorities I've chosen: Music (original, no covers), Relationships (over money), Entrepreneurship (maintaining ownership) have stayed the same. And I'm lucky to have such long term relationships with people who share the same goals. If you look at the credits on my CD's, or my tour history, you will see many of the same people over decades. They are all great artists in their own right, and most of them are on this chart too.
So, I'd like to thank all the radio programmers, my fans, and give a big shout out to my friends, bandmates and collaborators. Ron Boustead, Shelby Flint, Ricardo Silveira , Dave Koz, Eric Marienthal, Eric Baines, Eric Valentine, Michael Paulo, Michael O'Neill, Peter White, Rick Braun, Nathaniel Phillips, Ernest Tibbs, John Lewis, Jay Dulaney, Brad Roxanne Collins, Gary Meek, Boney James, Larry Carlton, Melissa Manchester, Lee Thornburg, Jerry Peterson, Jeffrey Pescetto, Craig Safan, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Al Evers, Tim Eyermann, Bud Harner, Adam Hawley, James Harrah, Euge Groove, Vincent Ingala, Charlie Bisharat, Luis Conte, Dave Hooper, Pat Kelley, Lon Price, Lee Ritenour, Brenda Russell, Dori Caymmi, Sergio Mendes, Jeff Kashiwa, Sergio Gonzalez, Paul Brown, Joel Taylor, John Leftwich, Steve Samuel, Bruce Atkinson, Donnell Spencer Jr, Dwayne Smitty Smith, Jacques Voyemant, Steven Madaio, Jessy J., Joe Dougherty, Gary Grainger, Gary Grainger, Melvin Lee Davis, Oscar Seaton, Thom Rotella, Jervonny Collier, Andy Suzuki, Richard Elliot, Ramon Stagnaro.