Early musical influences came from blues and jazz greats B. B. King and George Benson, as well as the hypnotic mellow reggae tones of Bob Marley.
A lead vocalist and guitarist, I honed my skills playing in cover bands and on studio recordings. I worked as songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist with the Crystal band in the 1970s, and some of their original 45 RPMs recorded on the Lotus Land label are now collectors’ items, retailing for up to $250.00-$300.00 each.
In the 1980s, I put his career on hold, working at various record labels, which led me to found Hit City Records, a management and promotion company. As president of Hit City Records, I nave managed several successful independent bands and artists. My experiences in the independent music scene eventually inspired me to put a new band together, get back onstage, and write material for this new musical genre.
The band has released four highly successful CDs: WILL WORK FOR FOOD AND MONEY, FACING THE MILLENNIUM, 1999, LOUISIANA GUMBO COMBO, 2001, and their latest LOUISIANA FUNK BUFFET, 2007, an upbeat look at the continuance of life and love after Hurricane Katrina. The band debuted the new CD at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, with crowd and radio favorites being “Ugly Man,” “Look My Way” and “Gonna’ Be Alright,” which was featured on the 2009 Southern Soul Sampler, #11, produced by Southern Soul Radio, WMPR 90.1, Jackson, MS.
Upcoming albums include BACK TO THE R&B FUNK and LOUISIANA SOUL which are scheduled to be released on Henry Turner’s own Hit City Record label in December 2009.
My lastest single "Gome Again" Guitar Version is an Acuostic Jazz cut.
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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."
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