Eight time Grammy-Award nominee Kirk Whalum is back with a stirring tribute to the late Donny Hathaway. Whalum’s latest Mack Avenue Record’s release “Everything Is Everything: The Music of Donny Hathaway” features guest artists Lalah Hathaway, Jeff Golub, and Musiq Soulchild. The eleven tracks feature songs recorded throughout Donny’s short and amazing life as one of soul music’s innovators and accomplished vocalists.
Kirk, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, was raised in the church but was no stranger to soul music. Currently, he serves as the President and Executive Director of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. He’s also earned his Masters in Religion and is an ordained minister. Over the last 20 years Kirk has recorded and backed some of the most successful vocalists ranging from Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Barbara Streisand, Take 6, Quincy Jones, Babyface, and Nancy Wilson.
Both Kirk and vocalist Lalah Hathaway sat down with journalist and interviewer Brian Pace at this year’s 2010 Detroit International Jazz Festival on the new CD.
To buy Kirk’s latest disc or find out his upcoming tour dates visit his website at kirkwhalum.com.