|Chuck Whiting performs at "Tunesmithing" in Nashville|
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Nashville Composer-Author-Educator Chuck Whiting Releases New Album 'Dreamer On The Prowl'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 2018) -- Nashville composer, author and educator Chuck Whiting has released a new album of original songs and instrumentals featuring performances by respected Nashville musicians.
Whiting describes his first solo effort, "Dreamer On The Prowl," as a reflection of his life's work. For many years, he wrote songs with the goal of landing cuts with other artists. Now his passion is aimed more towards the arts and originality, with a focus on film and television.
"I have a love for all kinds of music," Whiting said. "For me, recording this album wasn't about trying to fit into a particular genre. It was more about being true to who I am. I hope listeners will appreciate the authenticity. At this stage of my life and career, my work is more about expressing myself and being real."
"Dreamer On The Prowl" features eight instrumentals and four vocal tunes, with guest appearances by acclaimed musicians such as clarinetist/saxophonist Max Niederle, harmonica player Chris "Freight Train" Floyd, violinist Myles Thompson, guitarist Tim Thompson, cornetist/guitarist Bryan Cumming, and the Grammy-nominated The WannaBeatles.
The album is available at a host of online retailers, including CD Baby and iTunes. To hear or download selections from "Dreamer On The Prowl," visit http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/chuckwhiting3 or https://itunes.apple.com/mn/album/dreamer-on-the-prowl/1324598666 .
"These incredible Nashville area artists helped lift my work to a higher level than I could have done myself," Whiting added. "They totally understood what I was reaching for."
Highlights on the album include the Broadway-esque instrumental and vocal tune "Baby You're Good" (written with Candy Paull), the inspirational pop ballad "When You Have Love" (written with Lisa Aschmann), the classical instrumental "Water" (a duet with violinist Myles Thompson), a New Orleans-inspired instrumental called "Ragtimer Blues," and an "outside-the-box" jazz instrumental arrangement of "You Never Give Me Your Money" (a classic cover written by Lennon/McCartney). Max Niederle duets with Whiting on several instrumentals, including the title track.
"I couldn't record my first album without including an instrumental cover of a Beatles song," Chuck continued. "They've been with me since the very beginning."
Selections from "Dreamer On The Prowl" were recorded in various recording studios with engineering support from Fett, Bryan Cumming, Tim Thompson, Eric Normand, Dennis Scott, John Nicholson, and Michael Erin Woody. The project was mastered by Fett, and graphic design was handled by Brian T. Cox.
Chuck Whiting is a songwriter, composer, pianist, singer, author, publicist and educator. He began his career as a reporter for The Mobile (Ala.) Press Register and The Birmingham (Ala.) News. He worked in the PR field after that, including a seven-year stint as the PR representative for the Opryland Hotel. He launched his own Nashville company, Music City Arts Network, in 1993. He currently serves as an instructor of Mass Communications for Motlow State Community College in Smyrna, Tennessee.
Music-wise, Whiting has previously released the Christmas book and CD, "The Littlest Star: a musical story." The song hit the Top 100 on various charts, landing radio airplay around the world. Performers on the project include Nashville Chamber violinist Conni Ellisor, country star Margo Smith, and Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist Denny Jiosa. Chuck also runs a monthly songwriters night in Nashville called "Tunesmithing." His arts blog, Music City Arts Update, provides insights on arts happenings in Middle Tennessee. Follow Chuck Whiting on Facebook @ChuckWhitingMusic or on Twitter @ChuckWhiting