Smooth soul jazz recording artist John Carey with his wife and label mate Gina Carey to celebrate new releases with event

Smooth soul jazz recording artist John Carey with his wife and label mate Gina Carey will celebrate the releases their new CD’s at the Claremont Forum Feb. 21.
The event takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The Forum is at 586 W. First St. in Claremont
John wrote, composed, arranged and produced his album “Smooth Soulful & Funky.” His last album “New Beginnings” hit No. 8 on the UK soul charts.
Gina’s latest album is “Love Letters,” which she wrote, composed, arranged and produced. She hit the No. 1 spot on the UK Soul charts with her last album “Melodic.”
John and Gina’s latest albums will be released on Feb. 14 and be available for purchase on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and Soul Brothers Records in the UK. 
The artists are on Gico Music. 

The Hesperia Recreation and Park District is planning its 2012 musical schedule

They want to showcase local and High Desert family oriented music and entertainment groups at the events.
If interested in participating, email your name and contact information to 
For more information, call 760-244-5488.

Documentary music film featuring Grammy nominated artists to be in area Feb. 16

A documentary film titled “Re: Generation Music Project” will be in local cities for a one-night only release in the Riverside and San Bernardino area on Feb. 16 with encore screenings Feb. 23.
According to the news release, Hyundai Veloster in association with The Grammy’s are presenting the movie which crosses genres and generations. 
Amir Bar Lev, who made the award-winning documentaries “My Kid Could Paint That” and “The Tillman Story,” directed the film.
Among the features are current five-time Grammy-nominated artist Skrillex going into a Los Angeles studio with members of the rock band The Doors to collaborate on a new song “Breakn’ A Sweat.”
Scott Kirkland of The Crystal Method said in the release: “There is no sound we can’t make. There’s not a beat we can’t create. There’s not an artist we can’t record … Now what?” 
Added DJ Premier in a statement: “You just put me in a whole different way on how to listen.”
The film will be shown at:
– 8 p.m. AMC Ontario 30, 4549 Mills Circle, Ontario
– 8 p.m. Redlands Cinema 14, 340 N. Eureka St., Redlands
– 8 p.m. Apple Valley 14, 22311 Bear Valley Rd., Apple Valley
– 8 p.m. Ultra Star Tower 10, 27531 Ynez Rd., Temecula
All the music videos from RE:GENERATION MUSIC PROJECT can now be experienced at:
– Skrillex “Breakn’ A Sweat” featuring Members of The Doors (Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, John Densmore)
– Mark Ronson “A La Modeliste” featuring Erykah Badu, Tromobone Shorty, Mos Def, Zigaboo Modeliste and members of The Dap Kings
– DJ Premier “Regeneration” featuring NAS and the Berklee Symphony Orchestra
– The Crystal Method “I’m Not Leaving” featuring Martha Reeves and The Funk Brothers
– Pretty Lights “Wayfaring Stranger” featuring LeAnn Rimes and Dr. Ralph Stanley
– Check out the RE:GENERATION trailer on YouTube

The Recording Academy Statement on Whitney Houston

The Recording Academy Statement re: Whitney Houston February 11, 2012

Six-time GRAMMY(r) winner Whitney Houston was one of the world’s greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades. Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs. A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice.

Neil Portnow
The Recording Academy(r)

Below is an AP story on Whitney Houston:

Publicist: Whitney Houston dead at 48

From the Associated Press

Whitney Houston shows off a Grammy award she won on February 23, 2000 in Los Angeles. (Scott Gries/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, has died. She was 48.

Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unclear.

At her peak in the 1980s and ’90s, Houston the golden girl of the music industry and one of the world’s best-selling artists.

Among her hits were “How Will I Know,” ”Saving All My Love for You” and “I Will Always Love You.” She won multiple Grammys including album and record of the year.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies like “The Bodyguard.”

But by the end of her career, drug use took its toll as her record sales plummeted and her voice became raspy and hoarse.