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July 19, 2016

Aaron Myers Ranked Number One Artist on Reverbnation

11958173_954675931259700_6262411325182674746_oWashington, DC, July 19, 2016 – DC based Jazz artist Aaron Myers has garnered attention from independent music professionals across the Globe.  It was announced Tuesday July 19th, Myers is ranked the Number One artist on the Reverbnation Charts globally for all genres.  This ranking places a Jazz artist at the top of the charts for this site.

“I woke up, checked my emails, and started on my daily promotion routine when I discovered I was number one…it totally made my day and makes me want to work even harder”, Myers said when asked about the news.  Myers is the Resident artist at Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, launching pad for Roberta Flack, where he has a monthly featured show and co-hosts the Capitol Hill Jazz Jam alongside saxophonist Herb Scott.
Reverbnation is comprised of over 10.6 million music and entertainment professionals globally.  Ranking systems are based upon several factors ranging from downloads, song plays, profile views, etc.  Since 2006, Reverbnation has helped millions of emerging artists build their careers by connecting artists to venues, festivals, brands, publishers, labels and fans themselves.  Reverbnation offers emerging artists from around the world access to the global music industry.
Myers is a constant on the DC Jazz scene.  In 2015 & 2016 he was voted Best Singer by the Washington City Paper’s “Best of DC” Reader’s Poll, and was nominated for a WAMMIE (Washington Area Music Award) in 2013.   Recently, Myers organized the DC Jazz Lobby, through which local musicians have introduced legislation to preserve, protect and promote Jazz in Washington DC.  This legislation was introduced to the DC City Council Tuesday July 12th by Council Member Brianne Nadeau.  He has released 3 albums, and been very active in the local community, sitting (and having sat on) on the board of directors for Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, OASIS Dance Company & CTE Vision Inc, all service and arts organizations.  Myers also serves as Minister of Music for Covenant Baptist UCC, an open and affirming church located in Washington DC.
“I’m a country boy, raised in a sharecropping community, with people who encouraged my art the best they could, and still support and encourage me today.  After making Washington DC my home, and being embraced by this community, I hope that I can use my art to bring attention and help to those who need it the most” said Myers.  This Friday he will be hosting his annual birthday show at Mr. Henry’s at 8pm, inviting the public to come out and celebrate with him.
Aaron Myers performs a no-cover live Jazz show at the Mr. Henry’s Restaurant (601 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC.)  every fourth Friday of the month from 8:00pm to 11:00pm, and co-hosts the Capitol Hill Jazz Jam every Wednesday at the same time and location. 
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July 11, 2016

The Lion’s Den & Liner Notes

The Lion’s Den
Can be found:
Itunes
GooglePlay
CdBaby
Amazon
AMLD1
The “Lion’s Den” was released in 2015
Pre-Production was done at R Street Studios (Holly Bayhnumn engineer) in Washington, DC
Production was done at House Studio DC (Jake Grotticelli engineer) in Hyattsville, MD
Mastering – Kyle Murdock
Spain:
Arranged: Aaron Myers
Song by: Chick Corea / Al Jarreau 
 
So, who takes a jazz standard by the great Chick Corea, and puts a 21st century spin on it including: Opera, Jazz & Rap?  This dude!  We’ve taken Spain and incorporated the original Spanish language from the Concerto de Aranjuez sung by Aundi Marie Moore (who blew everyone away in the studio), combined it with the lyrics from Al Jarreau sung by Aaron Myers, adding the realness of rap by Pacman Slim, bringing the whole story together.  
Tyler Leak (Drums)
Dave Kane (piano)
Percy White (Bass)
Aundi Marie Moore (Soprano Vocals)
Pacman Slim (Rapper)
Aaron Myers (Voice)
Herb Scott (Saxaphone)
Aaron’s Blues
Composed & Arranged by Aaron Myers
 
This blues came by accident.  For years when I sang at the Black Fox Lounge, I was asked to sing a blues to open up my shows (mostly for sound check purposes).  After a while, I developed some consistent lyrics that stuck.  After a few years, my pianist (Oren Levine) suggested I go ahead and record it before someone else did…so here it is!  My blues or “Aaron’s Blues.”
Aaron Myers (Vocals)
Ollie Wright (Piano)
Percy White (Drums)
Warren G. Crudup (Drums)
Herb Scott (Alto Saxaphone)
Lionel Lyles (Tenor Saxaphone)
Almost Like Being in Love
Composed By: Frederick Loewe 
Lyrics by: Alan Jay Lerner
Arranged By Aaron Myers
I first heard Sammy Davis Jr. sing this song and fell in love.  Then year after year, I heard other legendary singers add their spin to this song.  I attempted to sing this song at one of my shows, and to my surprise I could see many people moving their lips to the song…I wasn’t alone, it was their favorite too.  On this project, I decided to add my interpretation, with a  mixture of Jazz & Soul.
Aaron Myers (Vocals)
Lionel Lyles (Tenor Sax)
Ollie Wright (Piano)
Waren G. Crudup (Drums)
Percy White (Bass)
One More Minute
Written/Arrange by Aaron Myers
This song was written about how I would imagine the situation would go if I were about to leave a significant other.  How I would imagine I would feel during that process, one more minute, one last time.  After living through these words, I must agree that my assumption was true, but it surpasses just intimate relations with others…but with many close friends and family members..we all want one more minute, before we have to say goodbye.  That is, if the love is true.
Aaron Myers (Vocals)
Lionel Lyles (Tenor Sax)
Ollie Wright (Piano)
Waren G. Crudup (Drums)
Percy White (Bass)
Percy’s Intro
Aaron Myers & Percy White
 
I‘ve known Percy for years now, he knows my deepest darkest secrets, and if I decide to run for President, he’d have to be my Vice-President so that my secrets will stay safe.  This is not our first rodeo!
Why I Sing the Blues
Written /Arranged by Percy White
 
This is ONLY A SONG as stated by Percy.  I will not profess the same for me.
 
Aaron Myers (Vocals)
Ollie Wright (Piano)
Waren G. Crudup (Drums)
Percy White (Bass)
The Conversation
Aaron Myers & Geneva Renee
Geneva has a voice as I’ve described it, “when Disney met God!”  We’re both Leo’s and at times, we get into a mess of trouble together, but we make such good music together as well.   This conversation is a conversation we’ve had many times…on both sides.  One day we’ll find “THAT” special someone.  I’m sure her Prince will come soon!
Strong Confident Woman
Written by Aaron Myers & Geneva Renee
Arranged by Aaron Myers
This song was inspired by one of the strongest girls I’d ever met in College.  “MK” (for short) stood her ground, stuck to her morals, and did not take any crap from the college boys (or men).  She befriended me, and did not hesitate to call me on my crap when I needed it, but also with her beautiful voice, offered me a shoulder to cry on at times, but believed in me.  MK…you’ll always have my heart!
 
Geneva Renee (Vocals)
Herb Scott (Alto Sax)
Ollie Wright (Piano)
Tyler Leak (Drums)
Percy White (Bass)
Black Lives Matter
Written & Arranged by Aaron Myers
 
This song is very simple.  BLACK LIVES MATTER!  I’m BLACK and BEAUTIFUL.  I was born Black and will die BLACK.  It is my hope that my life and death will not be determined BECAUSE of my color by society, but by my creator, in which according to some documents, I (and other Black people) have the right to LIVE.  It is my goal to DIE of NATURAL CAUSES…and not by the result of a bullet, strangle hold, or altercation with law enforcement of any kind.   #BlackLivesMatter   
Aaron Myers (Vocals)
Pacman Slim (Rapper)
Herb Scott (Alto Sax)
Lionel Lyles (Tenor Sax)
Ollie Wright (Piano)
Tyler Leak (Drums)
Percy White (Bass)
 
Dedication
Aaron Myers

Marvin Dunaway (Haywood) was and will always remain a friend.  I do not believe death ends friendship.  He took me in as a friend and was a true friend.  Also a Leo, he had spice, and had some of the best comeback lines I’ve ever heard.  One of my only friends who didn’t drink, but didn’t need it to have a great time.  To my knowledge, he didn’t have any enemies.  A gentle soul, and a great example of what a man should be,

 
Winter Ray
Written & Arranged by Aaron Myers
 
Winter Ray was written as I sat at my piano and watched the snow fall.  I tried to capture my feelings of loving the snow, but hating the cold.  Of loving the snow, but missing my family and the warmth of Texas.  Of loving the snow, but worried about those who could not actually be indoors in a safe space.  Of loving the snow, and still worried about those sliding across the ice in their cars.  Winter Ray is the first instrumental I’ve written and I was able to witness how the notes were interpreted by others.   
Dave Kane (Piano)
Tyler Leak (Drums)
Percy White (Bass)
Herb Scott (Alto Sax)
Lionel Lyles (Tenor Sax)
O How I Love Jesus
Written By: Fredrick Whitfield
Arranged by Aaron Myers
This song I dedicated to my Grandmother Velma Sanders.  She was in my first audience, and listened to me play this song on her upright piano for more hours than I could mention and she never complained.  She was a soul that possessed so much light, could ease the tension of any moment with a smile, and could make you feel safe with a simple embrace.  Because she was, I am.
Aaron Myers (Vocals & Piano)
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