The Pulse of Entertainment: Brooke Alford's ‘Heaven
on Earth' is Sweetly Sexy; Features Bob Baldwin, George Freeman, Kelly Andre
(June 27, 2023) - "It hit me upside the
head. It captivated my attention," said Soul/Jazz violinist Brooke Alford about her instrument
of choice. "I started on the piano, then I got interested in strings. I like the sound. I told my parents I wanted a
standup bass. They said that's a big instrument, how you going to take it to school."
Brooke said they asked
a good question and reminded her that they wouldn't be the ones taking it to school for her, so she decided on the strings
of a violin. She even made her own violin as a child. Recently Brooke Alford released her second album titled "Heaven
on Earth" (Alford Enterprises and Entertainment Group) which offers eight tracks plus a bonus track.
"The last 3 ½ years have been challenging," Alford said about the meaning of the title to the new
project. "It opened my mind and heart to the fact that He (her father who recently past) will always be a part of me....and
to go all the way creating that heaven from the inside so it can be shown on the outside."
Brooke said her
parents were educators, but it was her father that encouraged her the most, so much so she feels his guidance as she dwells
into the Jazz/Soul industry as a violinist. She debuted in 2007 with "Expressions" and followed that with the release
of her "The Viosocalist" EP in 2012. Based in Atlanta she released a single in 2018 produced by Bob Baldwin. She
released the first single from the "Heaven on Earth" album titled "Shine" with George Freeman, and the
second single is "New Day" featuring George Freeman.
The "Heaven on Earth" project features
production, writing and arrangements from Bob Baldwin, Kelly Andre, Justin C. Gilbert, Anthony Parrish, and George Freeman.
It is executive produced by Brooke Alford. Mastered by Steve Hall and mixed by Dave Farmer, George Freeman, Danny Laporte
and Bob Baldwin. Featured musicians include Freeman on keyboards; Sean Michael Ray on bass guitar; Kevin Crockett on lead
guitar; Anthony Roberts on drums; Cliff Keys on bass guitar; AJ Williams on lead guitar; Nahshon Seville on drums; Reggie
Hines on sax; Reggie Hines on keyboard and synth bass, and Williams J. Hazel on keyboards and synth bass. Kelley Andre assists
with lead vocals, and Mike Davis, James K. Hayes II (DJ JSmoove) and Brooke Alford on background vocals. Mully Man as Emcee
on one track.
The "Heaven on Earth" album is sweetly sexy. My favorite cuts on the project include #1
the title track because its traditional Jazz flavor is sweet, and the keyboard popping with the violin crying and skipping
right into heaven; #2 "New Day" featuring George Freeman on keyboards because it too is heavenly sweet with a jazzy
flavor as the keys and violin dance together; #5 "Feeling Love" with vocals from Kelly Andre because I love the
way he sings and she replies on the violin, its almost as if they are talking; #6 "Wanting More" because I love
the sound of the rain and how the violin comes off a bit Country then it smoothly moves into an operatic sound; #7 "Cascade
to the Congo" because I love the repeated echo; #8 a cover of Michael Jackson's "I Just Can't Stop Loving You"
because I love the rhythm and how you can almost hear the violin singing the lyrics, and #9 "Closer" featuring Bob
Baldwin because the vibe is like fresh air.
"Love is a natural element," she explains to me as we end
the interview. www.BrookAlfordViolin.com
COLUMN: Dr. Eunice Moseley has an estimated weekly readership of over one million with The
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