Your tone is like a combination of Lionel Richie, Huey Lewis, Ray Parker Jr. & Darius Rucker. Nice sound! - Larry Batiste, Grammy Board of Trustee and Grammy Show Orchestra Conductor
A small, handful of singers have such distinctive character to their voices, that list would include Darryl Hall, Robbie Robertson, Darius Rucker and perhaps more current, Ray LaMontagne… soulful, rugged and sexy! - Sandy Shore, CEO SmoothJazz.com
D. Edward - a little bit about me...
D. Edward, Oakland California native now living in LA is a Filmmaker, Composer, Actor (film, theater and voice over), Record Label owner, Music Producer, Singer, Songwriter and Studio musician. He won an Indie Music Channel Award for Best R&B Producer and the OIM People's Choice Award. He's been nominated for 2 Hollywood Music in Media Awards and an Oakland Indie Award.
He performed on the Latin Grammy nominated album "Adelante" by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band for Best Children's Album and co-produced their 2017 album "Made in LA", which debuted at #14 on iTunes and was featured in Billboard Magazine. Made in LA featured the song, Paletero Man, which Sirius XM radio declared the #1 song of the summer. He also spent 13 years as a member/percussionist of the Stax/Mercury Records recording group, Con Funk Shun (2003-2016) touring the world, performing in stadiums and on the 2015 Billboard Top 40 charting album "More Than Love".
As a solo artist, he’s performed alongside Janelle Monet, Leela James, Loose Ends, Fantastic Negrito and has performed at notable venues such as Slim's SF, Hotel Café LA, Sundays in the Redwoods Woodminster Amphitheater Oakland, Underground Music Showcase (UMS) Denver, Club Fox Redwood City CA, Room 5 LA, Kulak's North Hollywood, The Jackalope (SXSW) Austin TX, the Soiled Dove Underground Denver, Ashkenaz Berkeley, The Hotel Utah SF.
He got his start in the San Francisco Acid Jazz scene in the mid 1990's. Performing in clubs almost every night, performing on local TV and radio and appearing on, and producing several albums. He has also performed with DJs Jay-J, Julius Papp, Robert Eibach, Bobby Kimball of Toto, R&B recording artists Case, Samuelle (Club Nouveau), Michael Cooper, Saxophonist Katja Rieckermann (Rod Stewart) & Grammy winning pianist Laura Sullivan.
His first solo album, Little Red Box, gained radio airplay around the USA. His song "Truly" broke the Top 20 of the FMQB Adult Contemporary Chart and remained on the chart for almost a year.
His current album, "Love Is", features an outstanding group of musicians and vocalists including Grammy & Billboard Music Award winners.
The first single, “Love Is”, premiered on Magic Johnson's Aspire TV Network and the second single, "Show Me", was featured on MTV & Vh1 online and SonicCentric TV on Roku.
His music can be heard on Pandora, iHeart Radio, Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify radio among others.
in 2018, he was one of the producers of the Hold Tight, Shine Bright Children’s Music album that features 33 different award winning and critically acclaimed artists. It was created to raise funds for RAICES Texas that provides free legal services to families seeking asylum in the United States. The album debut at #4 on iTunes and was also featured in Billboard magazine.
He’s also a voting member of the Recording Academy (NARAS)(The Grammy organization) and has served on the Advocacy Committee for the San Francisco Chapter working with the membership and Congress to create laws to protect music creators through education and meetings with members of Congress both locally and in Washington DC. He’s also a member of ASCAP - the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers and NARIP - the National Association of Recording Industry Professionals.