The Pulse of Entertainment: Black Music Award Winner Vincent Gross Launches G Sharp Records
* “Just put the finishing touches on a Big Band record, ‘Vincent Gross Swings’ with old school jazz singer Vanessa Rubin,” said Vincent gross, head of the new full-service record label G Sharp discs. âI have a Neo-Soul project I’m working on, a compilation of several originals called ‘Morning.’ ‘Morning’ (the single) is about how people look for love, but love is there. What makes it special is that my niece and nephewâ¦ are there.
Gross, originally from Baltimore, is a veteran jazz trumpeter who has worked with Emmy-winning Bobby Lyles, Art Blake and Dominique Hammons. He is also an accomplished jazz singer, which earned him a Black Music Award victory in 2020. Well versed not only in jazz, but also in bebop, blues, R&B, funk and soul, his G Sharp Records is looking to expand its roster by adding Hip -Hop R&B and Gospel, and Pop. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, Vincent, in addition to his music career, has also spent his career as a general manager / sales representative in the automotive industry.
The ASCAP and BMI member’s mother played the drums and harmonica, and her father was a pastor. His sons Vincent Gross, Jr. and Julian Gross are equally educated and musically talented. Vincent, Jr. is a fluent vibraphonist who speaks six languages, has a master’s degree in business administration, and serves in the United States Army. Julian writes, sings, raps and produces songs. He graduated with a Masters degree at age 21 and is currently in Atlanta (and Hawaii) where he works as a producer for heavyweight artists. I listened to a Hip-Hop Gospel album by Julian, where he gives the Word of God in a masterfully fresh and urban way. I see nothing but great things from his two sons, who are currently signed under his G Sharp Records imprint.
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âThe three of us are working on ‘3G’ (album). I have writers, producers and musicians in my family and I’m the favorite uncle, âsaid Vincent, laughing a little about his label’s internal staff of writing, production and instrumentation experts. âI have a nephew on tour with Chris Brown. We’re playing with Kirk Franklin. I have graduates from Peabody, Morgan, Berklee, and the University of Maryland. Vincent, Jr. wanted to join Outkast, but I said no, your grades aren’t that goodâ¦ he still mixes and produces, but I should have found a tutor for him!
Vincent Gross still performs with his group of musicians, in the recording studio or in a network at industry events, such as the 22sd Annual Entertainment Conference “ULMII” to be held in Los Angeles via Zoom, where he will be a panelist in search of talent. He has performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival and in Japan for the Japan Jazz Festival. A member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at St. Augustine University, Vincent also plays the bugle and cornet. His musical influences include Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Dizzy.
âYou have to be dressed and in boots, wear a costume,â Gross said of his band’s look. âThis is how you present yourself.
Vincent ends with a story about how he played in nightclubs at 16. He was too young to be in the club, but too talented a musician and singer to stay away.
âI was at Sportsmen’s Loungeâ¦ I was 16, I played in clubs,â he explained to me. He continued his story of how a guy came up to him and said, âSomeday you’re going to be successful. Let me show you how to gain longevity, you have to keep the crowd entertained. “
Vincent said: “He took the stage and played ‘Misty Blue’ on a saw!” www.VincentGrossMusic.com
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Mosley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over Â¼ million with The pulse of entertainment. She is also a public relations strategist and business management consultant at Freelance Associates, and director of promotions (at-large) for Baltimore weather. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: Uplifting Minds II Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is in its 22nd year. The next events are coming Los Angeles Saturday, November 6, 2021 via Zoom videoconferencing and Baltimore Saturday April 16, 2022 Ã via Zoom Conferencing presented by Security Square Mall and Baltimore weather. The ULMII event is a free entertainment conference offering a question-and-answer session with a business management panel, a talent showcase and a talent competition (singing, songwriting, dancing and acting) where budding artists have the chance to receive over $ 16,000 worth of prizes / products / services. Log on to www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for the Zoom Access email [emailÂ protected]