Frequently Asked Questions
What type of horns do I play?
I play Cannonball Musical Instruments/Signature Series.
What type of reeds do I use?
I use LaVoz “medium hard” and Legere reeds on my horns.
How accessible are you to your fans?
When I look over my history as an artist, I deem myself accessible to my audience. In all of my concerts, I love when the audience is part of my show. It is the greatest compliment to know that my fans are really “feeling” the show as well as “watching” the show. I love signing autographs and meeting people all over the world. I realize that these are the people that support what I do in many areas, and I take that seriously. However, I treasure my time with my family, and I always strive for that balance.
What’s next for Gerald Albright?
I’m always striving to deliver the best music I can for my audience and I will continue to do that. My goal is to spread my writing and production talents to other aspiring artists. I’d love to explore different genres of music and collaborate with as many talented individuals as possible. Also, my goal is to tour the entire world with my music — after all, music is the universal language.
What keeps me going in such a volatile business?
I put my trust in the Creator to guide me through my life. The gift of music that he blessed me with is no accident. I believe that I’m a channel that He uses to move the masses in a particular fashion, and I use my talent humbly through Him and for Him. I also depend heavily on the love and support of my family who have always been there for me. And finally, positive feedback from my fans reflecting how my music has helped or changed their lives in some way lets me know that I’m in the right place.
How did I get started as a recording artist in the music business?
It was not the overnight success story that one might think. I was on a constant campaign to get my sound and style in as many places possible. I played with several artists over the years and gained much knowledge from each experience. I played in many jam sessions and I went on the road extensively over an 8-year period. Finally, after writing and performing my entire demo tape, I presented my works to Atlantic Records in 1987. I met with Sylvia Rhone there who saw my vision and signed me on the spot. From that point, I released 7 records during my tenure at Atlantic.
How does one get started in the business?
I believe that one should initially be very honest in determining whether or not music is their calling. If you can’t sing or play, chances are you won’t make it in this business. (I’m speaking of TRUE artistry here.) I also believe that one should strive for uniqueness in their sound.
After that point, document your talent on tape. Find the best musicians possible to help you to attain your musical vision.
Once the tape is done, complete a professional bio containing your accomplishments, your aspirations, and your ultimate dream or vision.
Finally, find the best representation you can (manager and/or attorney) to assist in representing your music and concepts when meeting with various record companies. This person must have much experience in dealing with record company executives, and an abundance of contacts. They must have a unique talent in selling your product to the point of exciting the record company. It also helps if he or she is truly respected in the musical community.
Where does one start to look for these types of contacts?
As a rule, most of the decisions for developing artists are made in either Los Angeles or New York. Of course there are always exceptions to this rule, but eventually either of these two cities will eventually be in the loop in some capacity. In conclusion, you must “go where the action is.”
How is life on the road?
Life on the road is what you make it. Over time, you develop a system for what makes you comfortable on the road. For me, traveling is the biggest effort. When I’m on stage, because of my passion for the music, I can play forever. But the flights, the long bus tours, and the odd hours spent on the road are the most challenging.