The Pulse of Entertainment:
Music Executive Vassal Benford Steps Out as a Jazz Artist with ‘Melody Man' from ‘My Favorite Moments' Album Debut
By Dr. Eunice Moseley
(June 21, 2022)- "I had to do something to show I'm an artist too,"
said 57-time platinum selling producer, songwriter, singer and keyboardist Vassal Benford (Nancy
Wilson, Ne-yo, Aerosmith) about his debut Jazz album "My Favorite Moments" (February,
2023) and it's leading single "Melody Man" (Benford Jazz).
Vassal has had
a remarkable career in the music industry starting at the age of 16 when he wrote a #1 hit for Ramsey Lewis ("Michelle").
At 18 he had a second hit with a Nancy Wilson song produced by Stanley Clark.
"I left for Los Angeles working
with Stevie Wonder and Michael Henderson, hadn't even graduated," Benford informed me when asked about his beginnings.
"I met this guy...arranger/producer for Ramsey Lewis' ‘Sun Goddess'. He heard my song...I rented a car, someone
drove me to Chicago, and while there recording it that's when I first saw Earth, Wind and Fire and was blown away."
Vassal went on to collaborated with The Jacksons, Aerosmith, U2, NAS, Christina Milian, Ne-yo, Queen Latifah, Mariah
Carey, Debra Cox, Patti LaBelle, Faith Evans and Rick Ross - to name a few. Aside from the multi-platinum record sales Benford
is credited for $150 million in revenue at the box office (After, New Jack City).
His debut as a Jazz artist, I
am sure, will be just as remarkable. It will include collaborations with Grammy winning Norman Brown and eight-time Grammy
nominated Gerald Albright. The lead single "Melody Man" from the "My Favorite Moments" album was mixed
by Gregg Manning.
"In Gospel music I wrote for Yolanda Adams, Tramaine Hawkens," he said. "...that
was before Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary!"
"A lot is going on right now. I manage BB Kings estate...have
two hit movies out...producing the BB King film- a bio-pic," Vassal added. "...My company produces a lot of shows." www.VassalBenford.com
COLUMN: Dr. Eunice Moseley has an estimated weekly readership of over one million with The
Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations and Business Management Strategist and Consultant at
Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com EVENTS: "Uplifting Minds II" Entertainment Conference (ULMII),
founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 23rd year. Next events are coming to Baltimore via Zoom Saturday
April 16, 2022 presented by Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times, and Los
Angeles via Zoom Saturday, November 5, 2022. The ULMII event is a free entertainment conference
offering a Professional Industry Panel Q&A Session, a Professional Talent Showcase and National
Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $17,000
valued in prizes/product/services. Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email info@ThePulseofEntertainment.com.www.GoFundMe.com/Uplifting-Minds-II-Entertainment-Conference