A Busy Street
Song about the homeless. A blues/rock genre.
|Keyboard ability:||Expert||Composer ability:||Expert
|Vocal ability:||Lead singer||Producer ability:||Intermediate
|Vocal range:||Baritone||Like to join a band:||No
Greg Walsh is piano/vocalist/songwriter performing mostly blues/rock/soul, but also with many varied influences shining through. He performs mostly solo.
Walsh's music history spans several decades, many genres and music scenes. He has recorded two EPs in that time. He has moved from classical piano to rock bands to solo synth techno freak, to making a living from the soul/blues/pop piano bar environment where he dissected, analyzed and played some of the best songs written over the past century. Now he is reborn again, still on the piano but with some original blues/rock/soul.
Influences include so many musicians: Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Jan Hammer, and Vince Jones to name a few. More recently influences have come from the great New Orleans piano players such as Dr. John, Jon Cleary and Professor Longhair.
Walsh has a unique warm voice and bluesy piano playing. Comparisons include: "sounds like Ali Campbell" (lead singer of UB40), "sounds like Vince Jones", "The White Ray Charles".
"And he's not just a fine piano player. Greg possesses an eclectic musical style, ranging from blues, to jazz, to soul and rock, and what's even better is the fact that he owns an incredible voice." - Australian Musician Magazine.
"The very special sound of Walsh's voice makes it difficult to compare with other singers." - rootstime.com.be
“vocally he has a classic jazz range with smooth husky undertones” – Melodys Eye On Music.
In October 2008 he launched his 12 track all original music album "A Busy Street" at Dizzy's Jazz Club with seven piece band. It has songs with orchestrations ranging from full rich vocals, piano, drums, bass, guitar, Hammond organ, synths, violin, viola, and cello, to the more sparse sound of just vocals, piano and drums. There has been confirmed airplay of the album so far on at least 25 radio stations including some international. Song #12 "Pool of Love" made it into the final six of the 2008 Nab Songwriting contest, and “Love the Third World” received an Honourable Mention in Billboards World Song Contest.
Gigs in the past year include a spot at the Melbourne Midsumma Carnival and at Blujaz in Singapore. Goals for the future include building up even more original material, promoting the album, performing more and generally spreading the word.