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Rusty Hamilton


Expansion Records is delighted to announce the release of the mesmerising original single “Slow Rider” by Frank “Rusty” Hamilton. Out 21 June, 2024.
"Slow Rider" showcases Rusty Hamilton on harmonica and talk box/vocals, delivering melodic phrases and smooth licks over a throbbing backbeat and pulsating groove. The song is further enhanced by the sensual vocals of the female singer, conjuring the imagery of a leisurely horseback ride. The passion and intensity of "Slow Rider" embody the heartfelt emotion and soul invested in its creation, capturing a distinctive blend of rhythm and the most passionate of emotions.
 
Rusty Hamilton brings to music lovers his stunning new single "Slow Rider", featuring his signature harmonica and talk box, which reaffirms the multifaceted musician’s talent. Some may already be familiar to Hamiton’s solo work through his album "The Musician", a testament to his talents as a much in demand writer, producer, musician, and vocalist. He is now based in Las Vegas, Nevada, 
 
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rusty Hamilton's musical adventure began serendipitously at the age of seven. His stepfather discovered an abandoned organ in an alley, destined for the trash, and brought it home to their large family of nine siblings. The family restored the organ, turning it from discarded junk into a cherished source of joy. While Rusty's siblings soon lost interest, he embraced the instrument, practising diligently and beginning to write songs.
 
Entirely self-taught, Rusty quickly expanded his musical skills, learning to play a variety of instruments including drums, harmonica, saxophone, bass, and guitar. His talent shone early as he performed with the cornet and trombone during junior high school. Rusty continued to develop his craft throughout his school years, performing with his brothers and friends in a family band managed by his mother. They performed at talent shows, nightclubs, and even on television, cementing Rusty's love for the stage.
 
After high school, Rusty spent nearly a year performing solo in Japan, captivating audiences with his soulful melodies. Upon his return to Los Angeles, he furthered his musical education at the LACC Herb Alpert Music Center, studying music theory, composition, and harmony.
 
Rusty Hamilton performs "Best Keyboard Solo Ever" - Kool and the Gang's "Summer Madness," live at House of Blues.
 
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“From the stance of a vocalist who has worked with Rusty Hamilton on several occasions, I'd say he is a genuine, spirited musician who means what he plays and plays a mean left-hand bass on keys. (Ha!) I always enjoy live performances with him. His heart for music will speak to yours.” Steph Payne, singer/songwriter and Emmy Award recipient.
 
NB:
  • Written by: Rusty Hamilton and Michael Black
  • Performed by: Rusty Hamilton featuring harmonica and talk-box
  • Recorded and mixed by: Rusty Hamilton @Rustomatic Studio, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Mastered by: Tiger Style Jones @Digital Image D. I. Studio LLC Las Vegas, NV
  • Publishing: ASCAP Frank Rusty Hamilton, Rustomatic Music
  • Photos by: Davin Hill
Release date: 21st June, 2024.
 
Rusty's musical journey has taken him around the globe, performing in Africa, Europe, South and North America, Japan, and Australia. His career is distinguished by collaborations with iconic artists across genres from soul to funk, rock to R&B, and jazz. As a musical director and producer, Rusty has worked with:
  • Kool & The Gang: MD, toured, performed keyboards/vocals and harmonica
  • KC & The Sunshine Band: MD, toured, performed keyboards/vocals and harmonica
  • Jermaine Jackson: toured, performed key-bass
  • Rebbie Jackson: songwriter (“Ready For Love”), toured, performed keyboard
  • Bobby Womack: co-producer/songwriter (“Forever Love”, “How Can It Be”), MD, toured, performed keyboards/vocals and harmonica
  • Barry White: songwriter (“I Wanna Do It Good To Ya”), toured, performed keyboards/vocals
  • Eddie Murphy’s debut album “How Could It Be”: writer of the title track (Gold record)
  • Finis Henderson: songwriter (“Skip To My Lou”)
  • Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones): songwriter/producer (“Too Bad Baby”)
  • Babyface (Kenny Edmond): toured, performed keyboards
  • Cheryl Lynn: MD, toured, performed keyboards
  • Gloria Gaynor: MD, toured, performed keyboards
  • Sister Sledge: MD, toured, performed keyboards
  • Tavares: MD, toured, performed keyboards
  • Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson, Al McKay (EWF): studio recordings/keyboards
  • Sly Stone: MD, toured, performed keyboards and harmonica
  • Smokey Robinson: recordings/studio
  • Dr. Dre: recordings/studio
  • Taste of Honey: songwriter/recordings
  • Patti LaBelle: performed key-bass live
  • John Lee Hooker: performed harmonica live
  • Billy Preston: performed keyboards live
  • Ronnie Laws: performed keyboards live
  • Papa John Creach (JSS): toured, performed keyboards/vocals and harmonica
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Patrice Isley


Expansion Records is delighted to announce the release of the daring cover of George Duke’s, “I Want You For Myself” by Patrice Isley on the 17 May, 2024.
Following the release of Patrice Isley’s “Harvest For The World” in late 2023, Robbie Vincent of Jazz FM remarked, ‘There are tracks I think that we grow up with or that we’ve heard or shared with someone very special and they become a protected species. This is one of them, I think it’s very, very daring, but I think it works.’ Patrice enjoyed further praise in the soul community for a brave single, an Interpretation of the Deniece Williams song “Free”, and completes a trilogy of cover songs with George Duke’s “I Want You For Myself”.
 
Patrice explains the provenance of the Duke cover. ‘Some time ago, Gary Hudgins, the Producer/Keyboardist behind the "Just Believe In Love" single on my debut album (who's also worked with Parliament, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Crystal Waters, Stevie Wonder, Najee, Dennis Chambers, The Temptations), reached out to me about a special song for which he felt would be perfect for me. We had previously worked together at "Quantize Recordings" in Baltimore, where I had recorded vocals for their House Music tunes and performed live in Maryland and Washington D.C.. Gary felt confident that despite its demanding vocal range I could handle it. 
 
‘Given my personal connection to George Duke and his wife Corine, I aimed to honour their legacy while respecting the Expansion label's guidance in that I incorporate a different instrument into the solo. I immediately reached out to Audley Reid (known for his work with Buddy Guy, Phil Perry, Kim Fields, and others) to record a saxophone solo. Audley loved the track and responded promptly. Erik Dennis, producer of my debut album, "Believe In Love," handled the mixing and mastering of this updated version of "I Want You For Myself," which I proudly present here.
 
‘I first met George and Corine Duke while living in Los Angeles, attending Bible study in their home. Corine was warm and welcoming, and her cooking was amazing. We were part of a group of celebrities and entertainers who gathered regularly to fellowship about God. So, when Gary proposed covering their song, I felt honoured and took the task seriously.
 
‘Audley's skilful saxophone playing, complemented by Erik Dennis' artistry in mixing and mastering, breathed new life into the song while respecting George's original vision. I hope listeners are moved by the saxophone's soulful tones, which harmonise perfectly with the vocal notes I strived to reach in covering this incredible track. I had to give it my all—I wouldn't want George haunting me!’
 
Years ago Patrice seasoned her voice as a background vocalist on a recording for Teddy Pendergrass. Shortly thereafter, an opportunity arose for her to hit the road touring the US and Europe with Barry White, for whom she also provided background vocals on his last huge hit, "Practise What You Preach”, and it was not long before Patrice was in high demand and was singing background for none other than Philip Bailey on The Arsenio Hall show on TV.
 
Further television appearances included performances on Soul Train backing El Debarge and Jermaine Dupri; on The Grammy Awards backing Coolio; on The Tonight Show multiple times with Coolio, and on network television (ABC, NBC, CBS, TBN, and more) appearing with Barry White, Andrae` Crouch, Israel Houghton, and more.
 
Very few can boast a professional career working on stage and in the studio recording with over 30 multi-platinum selling, Grammy Award-winning A-list artists that include Gladys Knight, MC Hammer, Christopher Williams, Norman Connors, Marvin Winans, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Chante` Moore, Ashford & Simpson, Judith Hill, Christopher Williams, Mikolas Joseph, Solomon Burke and Glenn Jones. "I feel like I have to pinch myself. I've been fortunate to work with so many amazing, talented artists”, Patrice reflects.
 
It’s easy to think that Patrice is just a ‘covers’ artist, however, many listeners are already familiar with the original songs on her debut album, "Believe In Love," where she demonstrates her capability to emote and connect with her audience. Her previous single release ‘Better’ which won critical accolades upon release back in 2022, and a similar response with the release "Patrice's Groove," which hit #11 on the SmoothJazzGlobal.com charts, proving her skill as a Songwriter. 
 
As we wait with bated breath and everything crossed, we sincerely hope you like this brand new single!
 
Musicians and liner info:
  • Patrice Isley - Vocalist, lead and background vocals
  • Gary Hudgins - Producer, keyboards, arranger, programming, Taj Mahal Studios, Maryland
  • Lloyd 'Skip' Dorsey - Guitar
  • Audley Reid -Saxophone
  • Erik Dennis - Mix, mastering, Ezee Music Group, LLC, Maryland
  • Tom Schuman - Vocal recording, SchuBox Studios, Nevada/Spain
  • Rusty Hamilton - Vocal recording
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