One of this year's most intriguing albums has been 'Marvin Meets Miles' by Louisville-born Johnny Britt.... a singer, songwriter, producer, trumpeter, arranger and composer who's maybe previously best known for his work with the duo Impromp2. 'Marvin Meets Miles' though is set to take Johnny to a new level. The album is winning plenty of airplay and causing intrigue as Johnny re-interprets a selection of Marvin Gaye classics in a way that Mile Davis might have done! Jazz purists are in deep debate while the soul congregation are delighted to have new and imaginative readings of tunes they cherish. So, surely, time to find out a little more about Johnny's big idea.... but first some personal background.....
I was raised in Cleveland, Ohio. I was really introduced to music at my uncle's church THE HOUSE OF GOD. It was the there that I became the lead singer of the choir at age 4 and noticed my vocal gift. I chose the trumpet at age 12 because when I saw it, it only had 3 values and I figured that it couldn't be that hard to play. Cleveland had a heavy R&B scene with singing groups and bands actually Eddie Levert of the O'Jays lived right down the street from me. I then studied trumpet just outside of Paris, France at The Conservatory Of Versailles with Roger Delmotte principle trumpet for the Paris Opera. My musical influences are R&B, Jazz, Gospel and Classical. My heroes are Marvin Gaye, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Clifford Brown, Aretha Franklin and of course many more.
I guess the first time most folks came across you was with Impromp2... but you'd been in the business long before that hadn't you?
Oh yes very much so. I was a studio singer in Paris and Chicago before moving to Los Angeles. I was discovered by Otis Williams of The Temptations. I wrote songs for the Temps and then Otis hired me as their musical director I tour around the world with them. That led to becoming the co music producer and vocal coach for the Emmy Award Winning Mini Series Movie 'THE TEMPTATIONS.'
Last Updated on Sunday, 24 July 2016 15:26