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The Joker – Available Now

We love when new music finds it’s way to us.

Infused with nostalgic whispers of Chet Baker and Michael Buble – The Joker is collecting hearts one beat at a time. This debut collaboration born from the talents of kindred spirits Lawrence Grey and Mick Evans – a natural fit in perfect time. Their EP The Joker is a glimpse of the bright musical moments to come from this songwriting duo.

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I had the opportunity to speak with each of them as they prepared for the release of The Joker. Memorable days that will be forever imprinted as the beginning of their story in music.

LAWRENCE GREY INTERVIEW

MICK EVANS INTERVIEW

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Mick Evans – The Other Half Of The Joker

“Songwriting has really blossomed for me. You know I think you know when you know, when you’ve found what you really love doing. I rarely get bored of doing it – do struggle to find time for it – but it’s a real joy.”

It seems the key to life may be found inside taking time to ‘sit quietly with me’ and let the inner stirrings of your heart wash over.
Writing is, as true a gift, as looking up at the breath taking colours of a perfect summer sky, the touch of your forever love imprinting on your soul or the emotions that pass inside while witnessing the power of the human spirit. For whom might ever help us to vocalize these precious moments but the unspoken voice of a writer.

I met Mick Evans on a warm summer day when the stars crossed over a big wide sky from Canada to England.
His is a story of finding what you love and letting it be your guide to the very place you are meant to be.
A successful business man by day and a writer who is connecting his thoughts through collaboration of melody and a lot of hard work.

So proud of this British gent who is an award winning lyric writer with a heart of gold, who can make you laugh out loud when you least expect it.
It is no wonder that Nashville songwriting coach Mark Cawley saw something special in Mick and it was a brilliant move to team him up with German native Lawrence Grey.

Their debut EP – The Joker releases this week and I know there is lots more coming for this dynamic duo.

Have a peek through Mick’s lyric page and listen to some of his demos and recorded music.

MICK EVANS SONGS

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Mick – writing the early days of his story.

Write on Mick!

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Lawrence Grey – The Joker

Photo credit: Felix Groteloh

Born and raised a classical pianist Lawrence Grey is finding his niche amongst our finest crooners with his debut offering. A multi talented musician who’s unbridled enthusiasm for life is written all over everything he touches. His handsome looks and debonair style will have him collecting hearts one beat at a time with his new EP – The Joker.

It has been an amazing collaboration with British lyricist Mick Evans and together they are only getting started.

“With my first language being German, I needed someone to help me better express lyrics in english. I’ve practiced for a long time but it is still hard for me to write songs in english. On ‘The Joker’ I colour Mick’s words with music. It’s all I need to do.”

LAWRENCE GREY

“I had coached Mick Evans, a very talented UK based lyricist for a couple of years and had always been looking to connect him to a kindred spirit. When I first heard what Lawrence was writing I had a feeling it could be one of those amazing partnerships – sort of as if Bernie Taupin had met Chet Baker. And here it is, one unique mix of what they both do best.”  Mark Cawley Nashville Tennessee

 

 

 

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Gary Mallaber – On Working with the Boss and Proving He Is More Than Just A Joker

“Music teaches you a flow and a rhythm to life,…but, you must be receiving of that lesson.”

Born today looking back at the heart beat of many of music’s top songs.  Gary’s body of  work is true testament to the fine drummer he truly is.

Drummer Gary Mallaber was born October 11, 1946 in Buffalo, New York.

His studies in music began at the age of 6 and his post secondary studies included art and attaining a music diploma at The University of Buffalo.
His first major success came in the late ‘60’s when his Buffalo based rock-and-blues band ‘Raven’ made the move from up state down to New York City.

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They caught the attention of Jimi Hendrix and while on tour in England had an offer from George Harrison to sign with Apple Records. Instead they chose a deal with Columbia and recorded the album Feelin’ Good.
They were opening for bands like Led Zeppelin, The Young Rascals, Procol Harem, The Byrds, Grand Funk Railroad, and others. During this time, Gary became enamored with the Van Morrison album Astral Weeks and sought him out in an East Village nightclub. The musical chemistry clicked and soon they began preparing for a body of work which became Moondance. Followed with Morrison efforts Tupelo Honey and St. Dominics Preview – working with Jesse Ed Davis of the Taj Mahal Quartet – and moving to LA where he met the greatest southern California writing circle consisting of Paul Williams, Ned Doheny, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon and Bonnie Raitt to name just a few.

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