This CD should inspire you, make you dance and cry, and bring you closer to loved ones and friends. A spiritual journey of sounds and rhythms for the soul. Phree Soul has a mature musicial style-no tired old BOOM-BOOM-POP/BOOM-BOOM-POP beats with triton preset loops here. Listen instead for lyrics with meaning, real vocal harmonies, and live musicians laying down some funky grooves over reggae, hip-hop, contemporary R&B, and jazz. Phree Soul features the vocals and lyrics of Paul Johnson and T on guitar and drum beats. Johnson blends his R&B /gospel roots into neo-Soul ballads and grooves. He also plays the keyboard parts, bass lines and drum beats. He comes from a long line of singers, musicians and recording artists. His dad played his prototype Les Paul 1950 electric guitar with Sam Cooke, and Pop Stables, among others. His mother sang with gospel greats like Aretha Franklin and Mavis Stables. His brother played keyboards with Ohio Player and and his other brothers have opened for groups like Chaka Chan and Rufus. In the 90s, Johnson was male vocalist with the gospel group, the JC Jenkins Singers, voted best male ensemble at the Bay Area Gospel Music Awards for four years in the early 90s. Formerly keyboardist and vocalist for junkfunk group 'Ready to Explode,' they performed on stage with groups like Peter Escavido, Fred Hammon and Commissioned, and BB and CeeCee Wianans. Phree Soul also features the musical talents of Johnson's family and friends. Connell Page, a veteran Bay Area preformer, adds his five string bass on 'Say I', 'California', 'Cry', 'On Calvery' and 'Alone'. Check out his ripping jazz guitar lines on 'California'. Greg Davis plays guitar and rhodes on the reggae cut 'Say I' and Rodney Byrd adds his saxophone to 'Say I' and 'Alone', a couple of choice cuts. Paul's older brother Tim Johnson, another of the talented Johnson family, contibuted his soulful guitar playing to the beautiful gospel tune 'On Calvery'. Tony Young aka Tone added the rap on Paul's heartfelt song 'Mama'.
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