Producer Mark Batson and I are working hard on making my next release especially personal, and sonically enthralling.
2020 will see Peter Jeff, and I back on the road for a mini tour in The EU, The UK, and of course, back home, in LA, ATL, Austin, ending up in our old stomping ground, in New York City.
This music is me. If you listen closely to the lyrics, the turn of a melodic phrase, you will know pretty much all there is to know about me. I may play around in person, a lot actually. But when it comes to the art, I allow SHE to show herself, warts, bags, secrets, and all.
These projects are the most honest representation of what makes me tick, and or ticked off, where ever tick tick boom is called for.
Mack Diva Saves The World
Mack Diva is a persona created by author/journalist, Greg Tate. I stole, er uhm, borrowed the name. It so perfectly fit the concept I had for this album, the images already conjured up in my dreams, then this name dropped out of the sky of Greg Tate’s brilliant mind. Mad love for that dude.
Fav cut, is “Don’t Bring Me Down”, because, yeah, don’t do that.
Gemini: Both Sides
This album was my first independent record. And let me tell you, independence is a bitch. But the bitch that she is, is exactly what was needed at that point in music business growth. It was released initially by me at my gigs, then by Ralph Tee at Expansion Records in The UK. My favorite cut on it is “Dizzy”. Dizzy was recorded in Jimi Hendrix’ studio, Electric Lady in Greenwich Village. The band played live, together, like in the olden days!
Produced by Ty Macklin, the musicians were, Mark Batson on keys, Artie Reynolds on bass, Donal Byrd on trumpet, V. Jeffrey Smith on sax, Questlove on drums, and Roy Ayers on vibes. I was suffering from a terrible allergy cold thing, so I laid my scratch vocal with plans to return and sing it proper. I was vetoed. They liked how I sounded. I still don’t!
I wrote Oya’s Daughter in a log cabin in the middle of a dark dutch forest.
This project is basically an autobiography. Produced by globetrotting super talented pianist/DJ/mixmash banger, Mark de CLive-Lowe.
Fav cuts are “Stuff Momma Used To Say”, and “Presence”,
also, check out my two youngest daughters on BGs, of “Fate’s Laugh”.
This song is gorgeous. The remixes, gorgeous. That is all. Listen and hear for yourself.
At My Spheres
The first project with Mark de Clive-Lowe was an experimental thing. Bringin hard gospel soulful vocals on top of dance fused jazzy bangers. I dig this one a lot. Fav cut is by far, “Cosmos”! Where you at Neal Degrasse Tyson?
At My Spheres – remixes
They came with some wicked remixes on this one. BOOM.
The Family Stand
Peter Lord, V. Jeffrey Smith and I…
Our first record. Insert heart emoji here.
We called ourselves Evon Geffries and The STand then. Later changed to The Family Stand, ‘çause I was tired of being called Evon.
Our first record as “The Family Stand”. Including “Ghetto Heaven”.
Without Frankie Crocker spinning this thing day in and day out in London, you might have never heard of us. Thank you Frankie!
Moon In Scorpio
This is my all time favorite TFS album. It seems to be a lot of folks fav. We found that mix that defines all of our tastes, blended into a bitter but sweet addictive dish, that can be served hot or cold. I don’t know what that means, but it feels right.
After I started my solo career, Pete and Jeff brought in Jacci Mcghee, who I simply adore. Her tone is smooth but crunchy, just the way we like ’em. She brought a different kind of fire to the table, and it worked.
Super Sol Nova
What is a Super Sol Nova? A musical explosion of hip hop, soul, rock, jazz, pop, dance, alternative, ethereal, star stuff exploding at the end of it’s previous life, trancending on to it’s next life, to begin the cycle all over again. It’s Volume One of the next journey. The Family Stand reborn letting loose it’s creative gases and sonic molecules so that it may form another and even more powerful creative life force to shine its vibrations throughout the universe.
In A 1.000 Years
I really do expect that the answer to The Family Stand posed on this album, “In a thousand years, will we still be funky,” to be a resounded yes. I plan on looking down from my perch, in between Jessye Norman, and Sugarfoot from The Ohio Players, bouncing and throwing our hands in the air, wavin like… ah you know the rest.
Remix of Ghetto Heaven
Ghetto Heaven has been covered and remixed by a lot of artists. So I decided to mess around with it myself, along with my Dutch homie, Greg Smith.
For Donovan. May you revel and grow in freedom, forever. Love, TFS.
Work for other artists, and soundtracks
Darryl Hall – Soul Alone
Prince – Emancipation
Curtis Mayfield – New World Order
Chaka Khan – Come To My House
Paula Abdul – Spellbound
Chaka Khan – Destiny
Paula Abdul – Crazy Cool
Boris – Holy Pleasures
Roy Ayers – Lots Of Love
The Temptations – Awesome
Aftershock – Slave To The Vibe
Seku Sundiatu – Long Story Short
Electric Powered Soul
Featured on World On Fire and State of The Union.
Chaka Khan – The Woman I Am
Damien Nova – Voudou
Smokey Robinson – Love, Smokey
Trijntje Oosterhuis – Sundays In New York
Miki Howard – Love Confessions
Adventures In Babysitting –
Gordon – I'll Be Your Voice
Mark de Clive-Lowe produced track, “At My Spheres”was featured on this soundtrack.
I Am Better – Josh Milan ft. SSV
Single from Honeycomb Music Presents Vol. 1 by Josh Milan