Kenyon Carter | Right By My Side

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Right By My Side

by Kenyon Carter

"Wanting his music “listenable and something you feel,” Atlanta Saxophonist, Kenyon Carter, scores a Bullseye with his release, “Right By My Side”. ... the right balance of smooth grooves with the just the right touch of jagged edge. "
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Right By My Side
4:41 $0.99
2. Sangria Sunday
3:50 $0.99
3. Moondance
4:15 $0.99
4. Connection
3:41 $0.99
5. Skyline
3:21 $0.99
6. God Bless the Broken Road
3:45 $0.99
7. Makes Me Wanna
3:46 $0.99
8. When You Say Nothing at All
4:03 $0.99
9. Emerge
4:23 $0.99
10. On the Rebound
3:50 $0.99
11. Flip Flops
3:51 $0.99
12. Anne's Wedding
3:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Kenyon discusses “Right By My Side”:

* What inspired this album?

The day I met my wife, I wrote the first notes to Anne’s Wedding (which is where we met and fell in love). When my wife and I were dating – we would sit in the kitchen together while she cooked – music was always on in the background. We would play a variety of stuff but mostly country, smooth jazz, jazz standards and of course her favorites like Van Morrison, Jimmy Buffet, Harry Connick and Michael Buble. It was during these times that I decided that I wanted to write an album that people could use as the soundtrack for their relaxing times. I wanted to make a record that would “just make you feel good” while you do the things that you like to do.

* How would you describe this album?

This is a compilation of tunes that I hope will provide listeners with a soundtrack they can enjoy while preparing a meal, relaxing at home, enjoying a nice glass of wine, or hosting a cocktail party that also reflects a fairly wide range of influences. My wife likes to listen to this album while reading too. So, as a short answer, I guess I would have to say that the album is “relaxing pop-jazz.”

For me, this album is musical representation of where I am as an artist right now. I feel like it’s an honest representation of where my musical journey has led me so far. It also features some of the greatest musicians I know; being able to create and share this process with them has been a dream come true.

* Who did you work with on this album?

Trammell Starks was the engineer and co-producer – what a great experience working with him - I learned so much. Through Trammell, I met Chris Blackwell who played guitar – he is a very talented musician and one I hope to work with in the future.
Tyrone Jackson laid down all of the keyboard parts and really took this album in the direction wanted it to go. He has a great ear and a touch that really enhanced what I had originally written.

My favorite bass player in the world is Billy Thornton (from Jacksonville, FL) who came up to Atlanta to play on the album. He has such an amazing time feel, sound, and overall approach that I knew that I HAD to have Billy on this project. We also grew up in Tifton together and been friends for many, many years.

All of the drum set and percussion work was done by John David – the best drummer I know and one of my best friends. Along with laying down great drum parts, he also spent countless hours in the studio with me and listening and “tweaking” to make sure we got just what we were looking for. My friends Adam Hayes and Mace Hibbard also provided invaluable advice and encouragement throughout the entire process.

There were also so many others that contributed to this project… Our neighbors Jeff and Shawn provided the photography and Vicki did the artwork. We also had many friends and neighbors participate in cocktail parties to review and name songs, brainstorm marketing ideas, etc. Our friend Emily even came up with the name for the title track.

* Why name the album “Right by My Side”?

There have been so many that have been right by my side throughout my life – so this is really an album of gratitude for all that have been with me. First and foremost is God – who is my source of strength and is constantly bestowing his blessings on me. My wife has been by my side since we first met – we still feel we are on our first date. I have had my saxophone by my side since I first picked up the horn at thirteen. When I lost the use of my arm in a terrible car accident, I prayed that if I was able to recover and play my saxophone again that I would play for His glory and to live out the dream that He put in my heart. I have also had the great fortune of having family and friends be right by my side – through the good and the bad and there is nothing better than being next to someone who is really there for you.

* You are donating a portion of every sale to Emerge?

Emerge’s mission is to provide scholarships to women whose educations have been interrupted, who have overcome significant obstacles, and who give back to their communities. My wife has been working with women’s organizations for over a decade. When she was introduced to this organization and what a difference this organization can make in the lives of so many women – we decided that we would give 10% right off the top to this scholarship fund. We feel it is one small way we can help others through music.

* What’s next?

I hope to tour and perform both locally and nationally. I would also like to continue to build a great fan base and continue to market and sell this album. As for next projects – I have already started working on my next album – want to come to our next cocktail party?



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