Kenny G Plots Soulful Summer

Kenny G

Sax man extraordinaire Kenny G says it was only natural that he’d get back to sweet soul music with his new “Heart and Soul” album that gets its official release tomorrow (6/29) on Concord Records.  “I grew up in a very ethnic area of Seattle, listening to R&B music all the time,” he tells us.  Favorites included “Earth, Wind & Fire and Barry White.”

The album is all Kenny G originals, except for collaborations with Robin Thicke and Babyface – with whom he worked via internet.  “These days, everybody kind of does it in their own space and we put it together later.  Nobody takes offense to that.  Everyone’s creative signature is still on it,” he says. 

The music man is performing here and abroad in support of “Heart and Soul” this summer.  He’ll tour Asia in October and November, and eventually, he says, he’ll get back to China, where his music has become a part of everyday life – to the extent it’s heard at sporting events and train stations.

He can’t explain that.  “I think it’s just happened organically.  For whatever reason, a couple of my songs are very popular there.  They’ve become part of their culture.  It’s a cool experience to go over there and have people know the music really well,” he says.  He guesses that the “Heart and Soul” music might not lend itself as much to Chinese tastes as some of his past music.  “”They probably like simple melodies more than the groove.  But as an artist, you can’t keep doing the same thing.  You have to keep changing it up and growing.”

            STILL DANCING:  “Dance Your A— Off” creator and Judge Lisa Ann Walter stays in touch with competitors from the hit Oxygen channel show’s first season.  “It’s so exciting to see the transformations, not just in terms of weight loss, but in how their lives progress,” she says.  “Weight loss is just a part of it.”  Season 1 competitor Miles “is the walking embodiment of the power of ‘Dance Your A—Off’ and what he can do for people.  He’s inspiring not only his family, but his whole neighborhood in Utah.  He has business where he helps people work out,” she reports.  “Alicia continues to post pictures.  You can see in her photos that she’s more confident, that she’s feeling her sexiness, her power, her potential.  The way she writes, she’s not looking for approval.”

            MULTIFACETED:  While David James Elliott is busy playing a rather snazzy criminal on ABC’s “Soundrels,” he’s awaiting release of an indie thriller, title T.B.A., in which “I play a concerned husband who becomes part aggressor and part victim.”  The former “JAG” star is also awaiting home video release of his “Rainbow Tribe” family film that came out earlier this year – in which he shows a completely different side.  “It’s my character and a bunch of people at a summer camp for disconnected, castoff children – misfits.  Through the story they find themselves.”  His character, from a true story, is also “dealing with brain cancer that comes back.  I had to go down to some very deep layers to do it,” Elliott says.  He came away from shooting “Rainbow Tribe” in Big Bear, in the Southern California mountains, with a great respect for his young costars.  “The kids in it are really great – hard-working, respectful, and very intuitive.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

One thought on “Kenny G Plots Soulful Summer

  1. MSED73

    I was so hoping that The Rainbow Tribe would be released to theaters. From the trailor, it looks like a very good movie, something that the whole family would enjoy seeing. It seems that those types of movies come along very rarely these days.

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