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Reaching Out To You

Burt Conrad’s deeply spiritual album is infused with his love of multiple genres to conceive a catchy, fresh and contemporary sound. Far from the ordinary, Conrad creates original compositions that take classic Christian themes and arranges them into timeless songs across a rich and varied musical landscape.

Conrad’s mastery of multiple musical styles, genres, and instruments are hallmarks of his style. Songs like “If You Don’t Know Me” take a 50s rock sensibility combined with 60s folk sound, and backs it up with a full gospel choir. Other songs, like “My Rock and Redeemer” or “Follow in Jesus’ Way” take modern rock influences reminiscent of Billy Joel to create worshipful melodies with an upbeat sound. Unexpected edgy vocal stylings and catchy guitar licks pay homage to David Bowie, while at the same time making a sound all its own in “Reaching Out to You,” the track for which the album was named.

Conrad’s album doesn’t stop with uniquely American sounds of soul, rock, and pop—Conrad also composes reggae and salsa arrangements in tracks such as “Let the Rain In” and “Take My Hand.” Yet at the same time Conrad also pays homage to the classic gospel sounds of the past, such as in the simple piano and organ accompaniment of “Give Me One Reason.”

“Reaching Out to You” features Burt Conrad’s All Stars: Bernard “Pretty” Purdie on drums, Pete Cummings on bass and Miho Nobuzane on keyboards. It also features the Mount Olive Baptist Choir.

By creating such a textured and diverse playlist, Conrad takes his deeply held spiritual convictions and turns them into an unexpectedly catchy and moving musical experience. The album celebrates salvation and the heartfelt gratitude of living joyously by the grace of God.

It's A Sure Thing

In “It’s a Sure Thing” Burt Conrad collaborates with a world class Latin ensemble on four of his original compositions. With horns arranged by Marc Anthony’s musical director Angel Fernandez, and one of the greatest keyboardists of Latin music, Ricky Gonzales, as well some of the best Latin musicians in the industry, this collection represents a top of the line team-up of an infectious sound.

Sunny salsa rhythms, celebratory dance beats, elements of smoky torch songs and Latin jazz, as well as elements of Samba, Mambo, and Merengue pervade throughout this soulful musical journey. Beautiful slower interludes, fiesta-like crescendos, and a heightened sense of joy makes this collection a danceable hit.

Home At Last

Conrad's wellspring of inspiration is the most comforting, and yet elusive point on his journey—home. The realization that time is fleeting. The plainness and grandeur of love. The sureness of one person's dedication to another. It's been a long trip back to the front porch of his memories, but everyone who listens will feel richly rewarded for their patience. After A Soulful Journey and Forward Looking Backwards, there was only one place to go—Home At Last. To the inspiration that drove him to achieve musically throughout his childhood. To the honesty. The freedom. The ambition to create something uniquely his own.

This album consists of thirteen completely original compositions. Sung through with vocal tracks that came to Conrad with such great directness and purpose that they seemed to arrive like gifts of divine intervention. From conception to production, the thirteen tracks took seven weeks. Without eyes on commercial success, Conrad was able to focus on finding his own soul and giving it a place to speak. Home At Last is it. As Burt Conrad says, "It can't be categorized to any one genre. It's just from the heart."

Forward Looking Backwards

Six must-hear Burt Conrad original compositions combined with six sizzling renditions of classic jazz standards give rise to one unforgettable album: Forward Looking Backwards. This disc features jazz classics like Stanley Turrentine's "Sugar" and blues standards like "Born Under A Bad Sign". Older songs and new compositions mix and mingle like bubbles in a champagne flute. Flowing effortlessly into Burt's original compositions like the Conrad-penned bossa nova "Take My Hand", featuring Brazilian song bird Raquel Lima. For many, it's the opening track, "5 to 4"—a blazing smooth jazz original with Burt Conrad blowing a Miles Davis trumpet on his guitar synthesizer.

  • "You dropped another bomb with this one. Just smokin'." –Fantastic Fred Anthony at WANT/WCOR – Lebanon, TN
  • "It almost didn't make it on the air because of my enjoyment of this CD in my truck." -Doug Decker at WSRK, Oneonta, NY
  • "Burt Conrad puts everything but the kitchen sink musically in this CD. A variety of great entertainment." -Norma Martinez at KTEP in El Paso, TX
  • "Classy, big sound, urban. We were glad to add it!" -Katie Wright at WMUA in Gemherst, MA
  • "Great CD, getting good response from listeners." -Cyreio Hughes at WGNL in Greenwood, MS
  • "Classy jazz and blues revamp for modern age." –Nathan Grambau at KDLG, Dillingham, AK
  • "Great recording. My listeners love it. When is the next one?" –PJ Robowski at KUAF, Fayetteville, AR
  • "The Burt Conrad All Stars are really cooking on this CD. Best work to date. Keep on keeping on." –Rob Lloyd at KEDM, Monroe, LA
  • "Good and jazzy. I like it a lot." –Jeff Hayward at WMHB, Waterville, ME
  • "This was the kind of CD that WBAD was waiting for." –Troop Big Jack at WBAD, Greenville, MS
A Soulful Journey

A Soulful Journey unfolds like the sensory experiences of a music lover wandering from one music venue to another, each with a live band performing their hearts out to a different genre. Because nothing comes as naturally to the Burt Conrad All Stars as funky rhythm and blues, swinging jazz and sexy Latin-inspired sounds. Which makes the expressive Burt Conrad All Stars' debut album, A Soulful Journey, sound as natural as can be. They scat and scan their way around these genres to bring alive sounds that infrequently come together in one record. But there they are, sambas next to the blues, jazz beside funk. All jiving together like a sophisticated, sizzling wall of sound.

One of its masterpieces is the heartfelt reinterpretation of the classic B.B King's "Gambler's Blues" with E.J. "The Professor" Sharpe's soulful, potent vocals. This one track takes the listener back to the smoky jazz clubs of Harlem. Nestled in Conrad's precise and polished guitar licks, this song brings that same soulful vibe screamin' into the present. The All Stars then turned their attention to another favorite, Chester Burnett's "Killing Floor". Giving it the same unabashed attention to detail, jazzy dust-off and respectful resuscitation. But not to be outdone on his own record, Burt Conrad wrote his own spirited and nuanced songs that are at once modern, while soulful tributes to the jazz greats of yesteryear.

  • "Conrad's got an uncanny feel for the music...he's got the ears and engineering chops to put it all together" Phil Ramone AKA the "Pope of Pop", producer of Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Gloria Estefan, Ray Charles and Elton John
  • "Talk about soul...this band comes from so deep within and play with such mastery and life." Ken Rabac WUCF, Orlando, Florida
  • "Extremely innovative and explosive along the way...right in the pocket" Jimmy Ponder, internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist
  • "Just smokin'... worth your while to check them out... more than once too!" Ralph MacDonald, renowned percussionist and recording artist (co-writer of 'Where Is The Love' and 'Just The Two of Us')
  • "This is a world class CD" George Young, internationally renowned saxophonist (Chubby Checker, Frank Sinatra, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Peggy Lee)
  • "The Burt Conrad All Stars fused smooth jazz and blues and it's a good thing...and it's all good!!!" Wayne Turner KPVU, Prairie View, Texas
Grammy Award-winning Producer & Engineer
  • Chic Le Freak Engineer - Received Platinun Record Power Station Recording Studios, NY, NY
  • Sister Sledge We Are Family Engineer Power Station Recording Studios, NY, NY
  • Paul Simon Still Crazy After All These Years Engineer - Received Grammy Award, Album of the Year A&R Recording Studios, NY, NY
  • Phoebe Snow Against The Grain Engineer A&R Studios NY, NY
  • Billy Joel The Stranger Engineer A&R Studios, NY, NY
  • Liza Minelli The Act Engineer/Mixer A&R Recording Studios, NY, NY
  • Syreeta Wright One To One Engineer Kendun Recorders, Burbank, CA
  • Herbie Mann Supermann Engineer/Mixer Power Station Recording Studio, NY, NY
  • Stephanie Mills For The First Time Engineer A&R Recording Studios, NY, NY
  • Boz Scaggs Silk Degrees Engineer Davlen Studios, Universal City, CA
  • Art Garfunkel Breakaway Engineer Davlen Studios, Universal City, CA
  • Lou Reed BerlinAssistant Engineer Record Plant Recording Studios, NY, NY
  • Don McLean Playing Favorites Assistant Engineer Record Plant Recording Studios, NY, NY
  • Rod Stewart Atlantic Crossing Assistant Engineer A&R Recording Studios, NY, NY
  • June Pointer Baby Sister "I Will Understand" Songwriter
  • Chubby Checker Read You Like A Book Producer/Arranger/Record/Label President (Sea Bright Records)
  • John Kruth Everywhere You’ve Never Been Producer/Engineer/Mixer Recorded at Toad Hill Sound Studios Rumson, NJ
  • Coco Du Jour Dancin In The Darkness Producer/Engineer/Songwriter/Guitarist Power Station Recording Studio, Eras Recording Studio, NY, NY
  • The Stepford Wives Movie soundtrack Assistant Engineer A&R Studios, NY, NY
  • Marathon Man Movie Soundtrack Assistant Engineer A&R Studios, NY, NY
  • Lara Saint Paul Like Love Engineer Kendun Recorders, Burbank, CA
  • Car Wash Movie soundtrack and album Engineer Davlen Recording Studios, Universal City, CA
  • Magmakohntarkosz Assistant Engineer Record Plant Recording Studios, NY, NY
  • Barbra Streisand A Star Is Born (soundtrack and Album) Engineer Davlen Studios, Universal City, CA
  • Les Dudeck 

Les Dudeck Engineer Davlen Studios, Universal City, CA
  • Front Page Love Insurance Producer/Engineer 


  • John Kruth Last Year Was A Great Day Mixer Toad Hill Studios, Rumson, NJ
  • Coco Du Jour Love Me Tonight Producer/Engineer/Songwriter/Arranger/Guitarist Sigma Sound Recording Studios, NY, NY
  • Stormin Norman and Steel Breeze House Special Producer/Engineer/Guitarist Toad Hill Sound Studios, Rumson, NJ
  • Private Sector Single "Finders Keepers", "We All Serve Time" Executive Producer/Record Label President (Sea Bright Records)
  • Quest For Life Baby Don't Stop Me Producer/Arranger/Record Label President (Sea Bright Records)Grand Slam Recording Studios, West Orange, NJ
  • Pete Taylor It's No Secret Producer/Engineer/Songwriter/ArrangerHouse of Music Recording Studio, West Orange, NJ
  • Jon Hassell Earthquake Island Engineer/Mixer Power Station Recording Studios, NY, NY
  • Jonathan Cain Windy City Breakdown Engineer/Mixer Bearsville Recording Studio, Bearsville, NY
  • Lonnie Liston Smith Gotcha Engineer Power Station Recording Studios, NY, NY
  • John Ferrara Wuthering Heights Engineer/Mixer Power Station Recording Studios, NY, NY
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  • Chicago Cast album Assistant Engineer A&R Recording Studios, NY, NY
  • Stanky Brown Stanky Brown Engineer/Mixer A&R Studios, NY, NY
  • Jean Luc Ponty Imaginary Voyage Engineer Kendun Recorders, Burbank, CA
  • Albert Hammond 99 Miles From LA Assistant Engineer A&R Recording Studios, NY, NY
  • David Sanborn Taking Off Assistant Engineer A&R Recording Studios, NY, NY
  • Evelyn Thomas How Many Hearts Record Label President (Sea Bright Records)
  • Hudson River Rats Get It While You Can Mastering Engineer Toad HIll Sound Studios Rumson, NJ
  • ZZ HIll The Mark Of ZZ Songwriter/Guitarist
  • Horace Silver Silver 'N Brass Assistant Engineer A&R Recording Studios NY, NY
Music

Take My Hand

From the forthcoming CD Para Siempre Contigo - Forever With You available now for download at www.store.burtconrad.com

Para Siempre Contigo - Forever With You

From the forthcoming CD Para Siempre Contigo - Forever With You available now for download at www.store.burtconrad.com

Es Mi Nina Bonita

rom the forthcoming CD Para Siempre Contigo - Forever With You - Available now for download at www.store.burtconrad.com

Como Nunca Nadie

From the forthcoming CD Para Siempre Contigo - Forever With You - Available now for download at www.store.burtconrad.com

It's A Sure Thing

From the EP It's A Sure Thing

Kryptomeria

From the CD A Soulful Journey

Gambler's Blues

From the CD A Soulful Journey

Can't Get You Out Of My Mind

From the EP It's A Sure Thing

Killing Floor

From the CD A Soulful Journey

I Sing Praise

From the CD Reaching Out To You

Lost Essence

From the CD A Soulful Journey

So Hard To Say Goodbye

From the CD A Soulful Journey

Do I

From the CD Home At Last

If It Were So

From the CD Home At Last

Born Under A Bad Sign

From the CD Forward Looking Backwards

It's Up To You

From the CD Home At Last

Thrill Is Gone

From the CD Forward Looking Backwards

It's A Sure Thing

From the CD Home At Last

It's A New Day

From the CD Home At Last

Let Me Love You

From the CD A Soulful Journey

It's Never Too Late

From the CD Reaching Out To You

Until Then

From the CD Home At Last

In A Wonderful Way

From the CD Reaching Out To You

Come To The Lord

From the CD Reaching Out To You

Let Love In

From the CD Forward Looking Backwards

Can't Get You Out Of My Mind

From the CD A Soulful Journey

Read You Like A Book

Upbeat pop dance track by the legendary Chubby Checker along with the techno pop group Private Sector. Mixed and produced by Burt Conrad

If You Don't Know Me

From the CD Reaching Out To You

Nature by Quest For Life

Grooving dance track by Quest For Life from the forthcoming Sea Bright Records compilation CD. Lead singer Vern Broadhead belts it out here with percussion by Peter Martin, Bass by Tim Hutcherson, Keyboards by Benjy King, Guitar and drum programming by Burt Conrad, Background vocals by Zach Sanders, Saxaphone by George Young and Trumpet and Flugelhorn by Lew Soloff. Written, arranged and produced by Burt Conrad.

For All It's Worth

From the EP It's A Sure Thing

(How Do You Know) This Time It's Love

Michael "The Reverend" Gray's soulful vocals drive this funky Burt Conrad classic rhythm & blues composition supported by Michael "Sooky" Suchorsky on drums, Joe Longo on bass, Scott Mayer on Hammond B3 organ and Mayer Synthesizer and Burt Conrad on guitar. Produced, arranged and engineered by Burt Conrad.

I Seek Your Love Jesus

From the CD Reaching Out To You

Reaching Out To You

From the CD Reaching Out To You

My Rock And Redeemer

From the CD Reaching Out To You

Let The Rain In

From the CD Reaching Out To You

Give Me One Reason

From the CD Reaching Out To You

Follow In Jesus' Way

From the CD Reaching Out To You

Impressions

From the CD A Soulful Journey

Your Cup Runneth Over

From the CD Home At Last

This Love Of Mine

From the CD Home At Last

The Time Is Now

From the CD Home At Last

Home At Last

From the CD Home At Last

For All It's Worth

From the CD Home At Last

Are You The One

From the CD Home At Last

Above All Else

From the CD Home At Last

When Will I Find Her

From the CD Forward Looking Backwards

Travel Mercies

From the CD Forward Looking Backwards

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About

There is a moment of clarity in every person's life. One that defines the journey we will spend the rest of our days pursuing. For Burt Conrad, that moment came when he was 8 years old. Watching Gene Kelly's "Singing in the Rain," he knew instantly that music was going to be his career. The road would be long, challenging and ultimately fulfilling. Fraught with difficulties and triumphs. Battles and victories. But all the while, music would be his refuge. And his voice.

At the tender age of 13, Burt was writing, arranging and playing original soul and R&B tracks. His fledgling career as a musician made the dark, smoky clubs of New Jersey his second homes. The fans reflected the level of passion and energy he put forth each night on the stage, and soon he formed his own group, The Soul Searchers. Reincarnated as the soul band Mocha, the band became one of Jersey's hottest R&B/soul groups, spreading their sound throughout the state. In this period, he fed his lust for musical textures and tastes with the sounds of Otis Redding, James Brown, Sly Stone and Jimi Hendrix.

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