In 1975. Great singers who faded away…Greg Walker from Santana is my choice… 18/04/2017 by Markg 10 Comments. special. The First Ever Blog Piece And Ensuing Comments Which Adhere Strictly To The Guidelines, Like, Ever! Greg’s CD, Never Better, showcases his talents as a singer, songwriter, producer. Check out Greg… Inspired by musical masters and song stylists such as Nat "King" Cole, Johnny Hartman, Sarah Vaughn, and Sam Cooke, Greg started singing at the age of nine. I am a big Santana fan who loves Moonflower and was gutted when Greg Walker left…not a fan of Alex Ligertwood although he has decent range…Greg had soul! How did you get started in music? I love Sam Cooke, Al Green [breaks into Let’s Stay Together], Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman, even Elvis Presley. Greg Walker and the World Classic Rockers, featuring former members of Steppenwolf, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Toto, and Boston play the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Charity Ball on Saturday 13 at the HKCEC. Greg has also been a highly sought-after lead singer for distinguished recording artists such as Herbie Hancock, Kenny G, Keiko Matsui, Jeff Lorber, Ronnie Laws, and Randy Travis. A lot of your hits have had a Latin inflection. Touring Europe, Japan, Australia, and the United States, Greg thrilled audiences with his dynamic style and became the focal point of the group's new sound.

Equally comfortable with the composition and delivery of Adult Contemporary, Jazz, R&B, Gospel and Rock, his diversity defies limitations. Not content to merely sing songs, he is driven to deliver his message, to transmit his emotions, and to transcend stylistic boundaries. The Doors – Morrison Hotel 50th Anniversary Edition. Filed Under: Blog. I remember singing Shop Around in that mirror, pretending like I had a microphone, the whole nine yards. His magical ability to interpret a song epitomizes his commitment to melodic beauty, lyrical sensitivity, and sheer sensuality. I was just always trying to sing wherever I could, I didn’t care about the group or what kind of music it was, I was always just gonna learn something and increase my repertoire. A consummate performer, Greg's connection with and appeal to audiences is undeniable. I sing jazz standards in various groups around Los Angeles, and I’m currently recording a gospel album. I am a big Santana fan who loves Moonflower and was gutted when Greg Walker left…not a fan of Alex Ligertwood although he has decent range…Greg had soul! Comments. Just that I'm very serious about what I do and that it comes from a very deep place. Evil Ways became a favourite. – and we started singing in clubs (illegally, because we were like 13 or 14). I also recorded Black Magic Woman, Evil Ways and Oye Como Va on a live album. Greg Walker – 1975-76, 1976-79, 1983-85; Luther Rabb – 1976; Joel Badie – 1976; Alex Ligertwood – 1979-83, 1984-85, 1987, 1989-91, 1992-94; Buddy Miles – 1986, 1987; Tony Lindsay – 1991, 1995 -2015; Vorriece Cooper – 1992-93; Curtis Salgado – 1995; Bass. Santana is an American rock band formed in San Francisco in 1966 by Mexican-American guitarist and songwriter Carlos Santana.The band has undergone multiple recording and performing line-ups in its history, with Carlos Santana the only consistent member. Everybody wanted me to sing all the time, so I started singing more and more, and that’s how the solo stuff got started. One of the most respected vocalists in the business today, Greg Walker has devoted years of hard work to developing musical integrity and fulfilling his personal artistic goals.

The man plays any kind of music, but it’s all good music. In the house I lived in we had a non-functional fireplace, so my mom put a mirror in there. I would say Stormy. His voice is timeless. I left that group to join Santana. Audiences and record sales around the world attest to his universal appeal. These legendary musicians made an indelible impression on Greg's artistry and style, setting high performance standards in quality musical expression. For me it really is a great opportunity because I genuinely like all the music we’re doing, from Rosanna to Sweet Home Alabama to Free Bird, and I like the fact all these different people from different groups are in it. I had no idea that it was going to be as good for me as it was.

18/04/2017 at 08:20. Greg Walker personifies a renaissance in individual artistic expression in his music. I have to tell you this Government is at war with Manchester, what happens next? Who are your influences? Greg Walker from World Classic Rockers Santana’s former lead singer tells us about his new band. Having made his name as the lead singer in Carlos Santana’s band, Greg Walkerhas cut a stellar career with some of rock and soul’s greatest names. In the words of Carlos Santana, Greg Walker's music is a wonderful combination of street and church music; 'street' being raw, sexy, warm and naked; 'church' being spiritual, inspirational, soulful and sincere." I love church music. She’s Not There is a close second; that was always a song I liked, even before Carlos brought it to the band – it was by an English group called the Zombies. Comments. His selection as lead vocalist for The Santana Band increased his artistic freedom and gave him international acclaim. What’s your favourite hit with that band? Greg added new life to Santana's most popular material, introduced such hits as the unforgettable Stormy, and demonstrated his songwriting skills as a contributing writer. He spoke to Jon Loweahead of his trip to Hong Kongwith supergroup World Classic Rockers. If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article. Santana opened me up even more to listening to other types of music, especially Latin rock, which was his forte. These are great players. Markg says. Greg's classic vocals speak straight to the soul. Having made his name as the lead singer in Carlos Santana’s band. Again, I’d just call it good music. I’m not a real hip-hop guy myself, but I’m just glad if the hip-hop guys are finding inspiration in soul music. Submit Corrections. I think it was partly the influence of Carlos [Santana], who really did a great thing for the world, taking Latin music everywhere. I was in a group in high school, called Moods of Life, kind of like the Temptations – you notice how Motown keeps coming up? A Taste of Honey Santana The Blue Dogs The 5th Dimension. Greg Walker is a world renowned vocalist, songwriter, and recording artist who dazzled audiences touring with Santana, singing the classic hit Stormy O ne of the most respected vocalists in the business today, Greg Walker has devoted years of hard work to developing musical integrity and fulfilling his … The “Pomp and Circumstance” genre – overblown singing, orchestral hits, heavenly choirs, tempo changes. It’s the most versatile band I’ve ever known. And the kitchen sink…, Artists including their family in the band, Squeeze and Springsteen – it’s the Special Songwriting Relationship. Greg has also been a highly sought-after lead singer for distinguished recording artists such as Herbie Hancock, Kenny G, Keiko Matsui, Jeff Lorber, Ronnie Laws, and Randy Travis. Lead vocalist for the Grammy-winning Santana Band for three platinum albums; Amigos, Inner Secrets and Moonflower. Greg Walker + Follow Artist. ON his album, Sharing Christmas, Greg paints the ultimate holiday portrait with warm, visual, rhythmic grooves to touch your soul...the soundtrack of Christmas. You helped Santana achieve their greatest success on albums like Inner Secrets and Moonflower. Greg Walker (musician), vocalist for Santana in the mid-'70s/early-'80s and solo singer This disambiguation page lists articles about people with the same name. I took Nick St Nicholas from Steppenwolf to my church and he was blown away, because it’s one of those rockin’ churches! Aside from WCR, what kind of music have you been playing? But I also think Latin music and African rhythms – naturally, innately, rhythmically – are in me, so I found the Latin side of it easy to ingest.

How would you like people to understand the message in your music? His talents led Santana into the musical mainstream with three platinum albums; Amigos, Inner Secrets and Moonflower.
18/04/2017 at 08:20. What was your first job in music? Nubian Pop Cycle was one, Subject to Change was another. Markg says. I think so. The radio stations I was listening to weren’t locked into playing black music or white music or rhythm music or whatever, it was all just music. One critic observed, "Walker breaks down musical walls." Early in his career, Greg's special sound led to an invaluable audition with Carlos Santana. When I joined I didn’t really know the music, like I knew, say, Motown music, but you couldn’t help but hear the music on the radio. But whatever I play, I think it’s really soul music, because I am expressing what’s inside. Later I got exposed to a guy named Smokey Robinson, and the song Shop Around. I believe I’ve got a gift and if I don't use it, God might take it away. Even my wife didn’t know what a big deal it was because I’m not the kind of guy to boast about that. So was that a good grounding for the Santana band? After that I joined a group called Taste of Honey, who did the song Boogie Oogie Oogie. Ever versatile, he has performed with Joan Baez, including a concert performance with the Boston Pops Orchestra, which was taped for a T.V. Before I knew it I was involved in block shows in my backyard. Filed Under: Blog. Subsequently, Greg became a highly sought-after lead singer for such distinguished musicians and recording artists, such as Herbie Hancock, Kenny G., Jeff Lorber, Rodney Franklin, and Keiko Matsui. I liked the groove of it – the Latin feel made my feet move and do things that I never thought they could do. The CDs are available at cdbaby.com/all/gwmusic. 3. Later I was in college and sang some Stevie Wonder-type songs with the choir, and we did some shows around college. Quite a variety then. Always one who elevates to personal achievement heights, Greg equally divided his energies between touring and recording his first solo album "Love You So Good", and simultaneously earning his Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts. 3. Tell us about World Classic Rockers, the super group you recently joined that’s playing Hong Kong on Saturday 13. Lead vocalist for the Grammy-winning Santana Band for three platinum albums; Amigos, Inner Secrets and Moonflower. I get a lot of emails and letters from people saying they loved my time with Santana, and I’m just glad that we connected with so many people. I’ve been going to the same church since I was a little kid.


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