RANDY SCOTT


Testimonial

When I first tried the Durga on my alto & tenor, I instantly felt that these were the absolute best mouthpieces that I’ve ever played. It was like someone took the blanket off of the bell of my horn and amplified it with a high-end microphone. I truly can’t believe the difference. Thanks for making such awesome mouthpieces.

Biography

Randy Scott is a professional musician, record producer and composer. He has performed and/or recorded with Michael Powell (writer and producer for Anita Baker, Patti Labelle, Randy Crawford and others), J. Moss & Paul Allen (writers and producers for Boys II Men, Brittany Spears, N’Sync and others), Hiroshima, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington, Jr., Najee, Fred Hammond, The Clark Sisters, Rance Allen, Dietrich Haddon, Men of Standard, Kirk Franklin, Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Bob James, Marion Meadows and many other artists on almost every major recording label.

As a three-time winner of nationally televised, It’s Showtime At The Apollo, $10,000 winner of The Hennesy Jazz Search and protégé of his friend and mentor, the late Grover Washington, Jr., Randy Scott is ready to take his place among the music industry’s elite. Randy was requested by the White House to play for both former U.S. Presidents, William J. Clinton and George W. Bush, and was awarded the NAACP 2001 Walter Francis White Service Award.

In 2007, Randy appeared on the cover of Saxophone Journal Magazine, and was featured in a full length article about his career (Volume 33, No. 2). He has also written guest editorial articles for JAZZed magazine (Oct./Nov. 2007), and has been featured in Best Buy ads in both Ebony and Jet magazines. In 2008, Randy was named as one of the Michigan Chronicle’s 50 Men of Excellence Award recipients.

His 4th CD entitled, “Breathe” remained in the top 40 nationally for six months, and is being sold by most major retailers and record stores nationally, as well as online through iTunes and Amazon.com. In 2008, Randy produced four songs on Vickie Winans’ CD, “Woman To Woman”. He also worked on her most recent single, “How I Got Over”, which debuted at #1 on Billboard last summer. Randy also produced a CD for jazz guitarist, Tim Bowman, which went #1 record nationally on the Smooth Jazz Charts and Billboard. His success as a record producer ultimately led to his signing a record deal with “Trippin-n-Rhythm Records” – a Sony distributed label and the #1 jazz label in the world according to Billboard Magazine. Randy performed as their new artist in Dubai, and plans to do a return performance there soon. His 5th solo CD entitled, “90 Degrees At Midnight” debuted in the top 20 on the national Billboard charts and continues to climb.

Randy has been awarded two Gold records, two Platinum records and one Multi-platinum record for his work on a Gospel Wow compilation CD and recordings with Grammy award winner, Kirk Franklin.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Michigan State University, a Master’s degree from Wayne State University, and is an endorser of Yanagisawa Saxophones and Legere Reeds. Upon graduating from MSU, Randy established his own music production company and recording studio, and continues to record, write, produce and teach music in the Detroit area.

Randy attributes all of his success and accomplishments to his belief and faith in God.
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Inspiration

Why did you choose to become a musician?
I chose to become a musician after attending a Grover Washington, Jr. concert when I was 8 years old. Grover became my very good friend and mentor from the time I met him (at age 12) until his passing. It was through his inspiration, musical work ethic and encouragement that I decided to make music my profession.

What is your experience when you feel connected into the music?
When I feel connected to the music, the horn becomes an extension of who I am. Whenever I play, I try to be soulful and expressive. Anyone can play a lot of notes, but not many people can play a few notes and make them moving and full of “flavor”. When I am truly in the zone, I believe that the horn can speak clearer than the use of mere words.

What is your experience of when you don't feel connected to your music?
It’s difficult for me to feel connected to the music when the audio engineer’s mix and/or sound equipment isn’t what it should be. If I can’t hear myself and the other musicians around me, I can’t immerse myself in the music. I’m too preoccupied with what’s wrong with the sound. Consequently, I feel as though I can’t give my best to the music and to my audience.

Where does your inspiration comes from? What does it feel like?
My inspiration comes from my wife, my children and from God. I have been blessed tremendously with a family that I adore and when I write music, I’m often times thinking of them. I am primarily a jazz musician, but I was raised in the church and am heavily influenced by Gospel music. Nevertheless, I listen to everything from country to rock to R&B and classical. All of these genres have a strong influence on my music.

What is your experience while improvising? Does it relate to any spirituality you may practice in your life?
While improvising, I try to tell a story. I approach it as if I’m having a conversation. The introductions of my solos are typically short and subtle, just as you would introduce a conversation. As the conversation/solo develops, there is a natural progression of dynamic build up, intensity and intellectual articulation. Just as a conversation climaxes and then subsides, so does the solo. Because of my spiritual upbringing, I’m often reflecting on how great God has been to me when I’m in the midst of my solos. It’s almost always a very spiritual experience for me.

Where does your inspiration while composing come from? What is your experience of that inspiration like?
My inspiration while composing music mostly comes from my relationship with my wife. After 14 years of marriage, I still consider her my “girlfriend” – still new, exciting and romantic. She inspired most of my songs. I am very much a romantic. I love romantic music, which can be fast, slow or medium in tempo. I try to incorporate that element of romance in much of my music when possible.

Do you have any fun stories of inspirational moments to share?
I met a friend on Facebook who lives in Japan and became familiar with my music. He barely speaks English, but managed to ask me where I’d be performing next. I currently reside just outside of Detroit, Michigan and had a performance at a local dinner club about two weeks after he asked me about my next performance. To my surprise, he flew from Japan to the dinner club in downtown Detroit to see me play. Needless to say, I was completely blown away. After I announced his presence to the audience, he received a well-deserved standing ovation. I continue to be amazed by the power of music and how it can transcend cultures, religions and language barriers. Despite our unlikely encounter, it is music that has nurtured what is now a five-year friendship.

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