creating beautiful music held its weight in gold, then Steve Harvey
would be tipping the largest scales in the world. There’s
no question of a doubt everything he touches turns to gold. It’s
no surprise then that the Scottish native is the creator behind
some of the most highly acclaimed independent soul albums including
Frank McComb’s ‘The Truth’ and Donnie’s
‘The Coloured Section’.
is a rare breed. He lives, breathes, sleeps and embodies pure soul
which is laid bare and clearly evident in his productions. He’s
earned his flawless reputation as a world class musician, passionate
songwriter and meticulous producer by creating music that is faithful
to the original ‘motown-way’ but with a unique innovative
edge. ‘The Everyday People Project Vol.1’ plays homage
to the ingenuity and passion of black music’s heyday and remains
true to the real meaning of soul music. Every instrument on every
cut is played live. It’s the old school values of writing,
arranging and production that makes the album so enchanting. He
has also made it fashionable to return to the traditional ways of
creating music in an age when zealous producers’ overuse drum
machines and sampled loops. The traditional way is exactly what
younger soul artists are looking to capture. Although he is championing
and flying the flag for traditional soul music he is also heading
a new vanguard of young artists bringing forward the sound of modern
day soul. No doubt then that legends The Temptations insisted on
him to craft the sound for their latest album ‘Legacy’.
reputation as ‘the man to come to for a hit album’ exceeds
all of his expectations. He grew up as a session musician in London’s
live music scene. He never imagined he could receive such accolades
from his musical peers. Having been brought up on a healthy diet
of Count Basie, Ray Charles, Sinatra and in his teenage years, Bowie,
Hendrix and Zepplin it was in fact Stevie Wonder that captured the
young Harvey’s attention.
‘Musicyard Studios’ has paid witness to the creation
of outstanding tracks from conception to completion for an incredible
spectrum of artists including The Commodores, Al Jarreaux, Trina
Broussard and more recently Brigette. His seal on a record has become
synonymous with pure quality music and many a budding soul musician
aspires to take the pilgrimage to his studio in LA.
today he brings us his first album as Steve ‘the Scotsman’
Harvey. Entitled ‘The Everyday People Project Vol.1’
and includes tracks from a limited edition vinyl EP entitled ‘The
Soul Quarter’. The highly acclaimed EP was an introduction
to this now much anticipated full length LP. These 10 finely crafted
songs are Harvey’s first offering in the form of an album
and remain faithful in characterising his trademark soulful air.
To help him on his journey he enlists the sublime vocals of some
of the leading men and women of soul that he has worked alongside.
With a musical nod to Harvey, we see roles reversed and artists
including Ledisi, Donnie, Rahsaan Patterson, N’Dambi and Keite
Young turning out to feature on his album.
Khan, Lalah Hathaway and Billy Preston as friends as well as fellow
musicians, there an entire treasure trove of gems that Steve has
yet to let us discover. He is soon to begin work on a new album
alongside Donnie which will be the follow up to the much applauded
and loved ‘The Coloured Section’. In the meantime this
album will no doubt be sure to please the legion of longtime fans
and promises to inspire a brand new array of followers who up to
now have been lost in the soul wilderness. Until then all that remains
is to turn on and tune in to this magical journey.