Musical Artist, Music Director, Business Manager, Recording Engineer, Recording Studio, Freelance Writer
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At the age of eleven, guitarist/producer 'Earl Carter' bought a couple of how to books and started teaching himself to play the guitar. At age fifteen, he picked up the saxophone and joined his high school concert band, marching band and jazz ensemble. He practiced diligently on both instruments in hope of someday becoming a professional musician. Although proficient on both instruments, he eventually decided to focus on sharpening his guitar playing skills. He soon joined 14 Karat which consisted of other talented musicians such as Dwayne "Smitty" Smith and Wayne Bruce.
During the late '80s and early '90s, Earl was a member of the platinum hit-making dance/GoGo band, "EU." With EU, he recorded music on the soundtrack to Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing and the GoGo Live music video. In 1999, Earl laid several guitar tracks for many artists at Diddy's New York City recording facility, "Daddy's House." He has also co-produced dialogue recordings with his production partner J.R. Fenwick for motivational speakers Les Brown and Willie Jolley, author George Fraser and sports stars Jawan Howard and Nikki McCray.
Over the years, Earl has performed with many local and world-renowned artists. As a side man/ freelance musician, he has worked with Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Jaared, Alyson Williams, Nick Colionne, Bob Baldwin, Mike Phillips, Michael Lington, Freddie Jackson, Angela Bofill, Regina Belle, Rhian Benson, Tony Terry, Coolio, Bobby Humphrey, Gerald Veasley, Jimmy Sommers, Miles Jaye, Pamela Williams, Miriamm, Annie Sidley, Sy Smith and many others. He performed for several nationally televised, international and local concerts and programs including; The Ghana Jazz Festival 2003, The Bermuda Jazz Festival 2002, The Bermuda Jazz Festival 2003, The National Smooth Jazz Awards 2002 and many others. In addition, he spent time participating in local cable TV show tapings and played on several CD recordings that received national airplay and distribution including; Bobby Lyle's - Straight and Smooth, Marcus Johnson's -Live @ Blues Alley, Marcus Johnson's Live - In Person DVD, Marcus Johnson's - Just Doing What I Do, Jaared's - Hangtime, Alyson Williams' - It's About Time, Yahzarah's - Black Star, Kim Scott's - Shake Down and Spike Lee's Soundtrack to Do The Right Thing.
As a front man/guitarist, Earl has opened for world-renowned jazz artists such as Pieces of a Dream, Spyro Gyra, Bona Fide and many others. He's performed many venues for multiple radio stations i.e. WJZW 105.9, WSMJ 104.3, 95.9 and WPFW. His personal CD projects have reached heavy rotation on college radio (WHOV in Hampton VA) specialty shows as well as satellite, Internet and overseas radio. Earl has used world-class players in his band and makes every effort to give his audience a spectacular show. He occasionally performs at the legendary jazz club "Blues Alley" located in Washington DC and officially released three CD projects "No Frettin in 2002, 495 in 2005 and My Paradise in 2007".
Earl currently writes contemporary jazz, adult contemporary, R&B, pop, alternative, gospel and hip hop materials for record labels and other music publishers and producers. His writing and producing credits include compositions for EU, Randy Gill of 2D Extreme and Zoe Spencer (movie sound track for Trios).
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What Instrument do you play?
Bass, Saxophone, Guitar
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Well done Earl....from early desires to growing focus and professional execution...WELL DONE! Love the sound, very polished and dynamic...love to see where the next 5 years takes your growth....you'll surprise us all I'm sure...my very best to you and all those in your life....always b
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
Mr. Smith’s biggest hit, “Walk Don’t Run,” became famous in covers by other bands, notably the Ventures. Mr. Smith, the writer of “Walk, Don’t Run,” gave up his career in 1958 to care for his daughter.