LISTEN TO NEW MUSIC! R&B Band Al McKay Allstars Releases New Single “Heed The Message”

Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Al McKay Allstars - Heed The Message

R&B Band Al McKay Allstars Releases New Single “Heed The Message” – Available NOW!

Veteran, Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum recording artist Al McKay has a long history of creating songs that feel good to the body and soul. The former Earth, Wind & Fire guitarist teamed with group founder Maurice White to pen the band’s seminal hits “September” and “Sing A Song” and honed his chops playing with Ike & Tina Turner and Sammy Davis Jr.

McKay continues in this tradition with “Heed the Message,” his latest offering from his band Al McKay Allstars. In the spirit of McKay’s eight years in Earth, Wind & Fire from 1973 to 1981, “Heed the Message” is rich with impressive harmonic backing vocals, ample moving saxophone runs, driving funk bass grooves and uplifting lyrics: “Don’t think twice when your feeling is right,” “Try meditation,” and “Love is the calling.”

“The song’s message is Do the best you can,” McKay explains. “Be true to yourself. Don’t let anything get in your way. Whatever you consider being successful, don’t let it stop you from doing what you do, what you’re here for.” McKay has a personal connection to the song’s theme.

McKay credits the late Maurice White with encouraging him to become a songwriter. White would begin writing lyrics as he listened to McKay improvising on his guitar. “In the dressing room, we used to have a tuning guitar room. After I would tune, I would start playing these tunes and I could hear [Maurice] singing. That’s how we wrote ‘Sing A Song.’ That’s how we wrote The Emotion’s ‘Best of My Love.'”

almckay

McKay is working on a new album. In addition to working with some of his bandmates, he’s also in talks to collaborate with a few of the music business’ hit making, award-winning songwriters and producers. “I have some exciting things in the works,” McKay explains. “It’s just too early to share the names.”

One of McKay’s recent works is a feel good, dance song “Everybody Get Up” that the band has been playing during their European concert dates. “They love it in Europe,” he says.

The tour set pays homage to Earth, Wind & Fire. When the band went on an extended hiatus in the 1980s, McKay created Al McKay Allstars and reunited many original Earth, Wind & Fire band members, including Verdine White, to resume playing together. “I had damn near the whole band,” McKay says with a laugh. “I’d like to continue in Earth, Wind & Fire’s tradition.”

The Al McKay Allstars lineup includes: McKay (leader, guitar), Tim Owens (vocals), DeVere Duckett (vocals), Claude Woods (vocals), Freddie Flewelen (bass guitar), Ben Dowling (keyboards), Dean Gant (keyboards), Rayford Griffin (drums), David Leach (percussion), Ed Wynne (saxophone), Luis Gonzales (trumpet), Omar Peralta (trumpet) & Justin Kirk (trombone)

Read more at their official website: http://www.almckay.com/

MORE News on T.U.M.S.!

Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, & Johntá Austin, Team Up with a Lineup of Music Superstars for New Single "CH...
Songstress Vivian Green to Release New Album "Love Absolute" on Nov. 13th, 2020 | WATCH NEW VIDEO fo...
Charlie Wilson to Release New Music Video for "All Of My Love" feat. Smokey Robinson | WATCH!
Vocalist Laura Benanti Releases Self-Titled Debut Album | WATCH VIDEO!
Jazz Legend George Benson Releases Final Single "Turn Your Love Around" from New Album "Weekend in L...
Gospel Duo Juan and Lisa Winans New Single "It Belongs To Me" feat. Marvin L. Winans Hit Billboard’s...
BAM & GEC Announce the Formation of The Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame
Guitarist Peter Bernstein Releases New Album "What Comes Next" | WATCH Video for Single "Empty Stree...
Singer Alex Harris Releases New Single "Falling For You" | LISTEN! New EP "Frequency" is Available N...
Musical Duo BLACK VIOLIN to Release Holiday Album "Give Thanks" on Nov. 20th, 2020 | LISTEN to Title...
UK R&B Singer AJIA Releases New Single "Miracle" feat. Shallise | LISTEN!
Soul Singer-Songwriter Diquan Julius Drops New Single "LaLa Land" | LISTEN!
National Endowment for the Arts Names Terri Lyne Carrington Among 2021 NEA Jazz Masters
NEW VOICES! Singer Nyasia Chane'l Releases New Single "Can't Stop Us" | LISTEN!
Singer Keyla Richardson Announces LIVE Virtual Concert | Oct. 20th, 2020 @ 8pm EST/5pm PST
Legendary Singer Alyson Williams to Release New Album "Summer Nights In Harlem" on Oct. 15th, 2020 |...
Singer Veronica Swift to Release New Album "This Bitter Earth" in 2021 | LISTEN to Title Track!
British Jazz Fusion Guitarist Jules Hay Releases New Project "From London to Little London" | WATCH ...
Vincent Bohanan & SOV Releases New Single "Any Day Now" | LISTEN!
Songwriter Christopher J. Watkins Releases New Single "Coming My Way" Feat Jason Clayborn | LISTEN!
Music Collective Infinity Song Releases New Single "Mad Love" | WATCH NEW VIDEO!
Titus Showers New Single "It's Gonna Be Alright Remix" feat Jermaine Dolly Hits #1 on Billboard's Go...
Duo Ruff Endz Celebrates 20 Years With Special Livestream on Nov 21st, 2020 | New Album Drops Spring...
Music Duo Black Violin Releases New Music Video for "Impossible Is Possible"
Made Kuti Releases New Single "Free Your Mind" | WATCH NEW VIDEO!
Gospel Singer Drew Baxter to Release New Single "We Have The Victory" on Oct. 30th, 2020
Singer Antoine Dunn wins Artist Of The Year, Scores 6 Nominations at 2020 Josie Music Awards | LISTE...
The "I Can't Breathe/Music for the Movement" EP to be Released on Oct. 16th, 2020 | WATCH NEW VIDEO!
Legacy Five and The Wardlaw Brothers Unite to Release New Single "9 Makes Us 1" on Oct. 16th, 2020 |...
R&B Duo Calloway (Reggie and Vincent Calloway) Releases New Single "Politics" | LISTEN!
Jazz in Pink feat. Gail Jhonson to Release New Album "Joy!" on Oct. 30th, 2020 | LISTEN to New Singl...
Songstress Candace Woodson Releases New Single "Nothing Better" | WATCH OFFICIAL VIDEO!
R&B Singer/Producer Mico Wave Returns After 30 Years with New EP "The Definition" on Oct. 27th, 2020
Saxophonist George Coleman's Live Recording "The George Coleman Quintet in Baltimore" to be Released...
Jazz Legend Grover Washington, Jr. Commemorative Vinyl To Be Released on Nov. 27th, 2020
Multiple Award-Winning Recording Artists Appear in TWIST2020 Voter Participation Event
Gospel Singer Algeron Wright Releases New Single "Created 2 Win" | LISTEN!
New Orleans Singer Roderick Harper to Release New Album "Evolving" on Nov. 20th, 2020 | WATCH VIDEO ...
Ella Mai Returns with New Single "Not Another Love Song" | WATCH NEW OFFICIAL VIDEO!
DOE Releases New Single "Brighter" - LISTEN! New Self-Titled EP Coming Oct. 30th, 2020

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *