Evolve

by Ragan Whiteside

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Evolve is flutist, vocalist and songwriter Ragan Whiteside’s truly exciting and innovative sophomore CD. Fusing together the coolest elements of contemporary jazz, neo soul and funk, this award winning artist makes an aesthetic statement that marks her evolution as an undeniably talented musical force.

On Evolve, Ragan delivers a 12-track collection of funky grooves, layered with her mesmerizing flute compositions, sexy vocals, slow grooves and ultra-hip melodies. A follow up to her debut CD, Class Axe, which took the Smooth Jazz world by storm and caught the eyes and ears of the esteemed Capital Jazz Festival, the largest jazz festival in the country, the flutist’s latest disc showcases her edginess and creative prowess as a multi-talented artist. It also celebrates her emergence as a versatile and powerful writer, songstress and arranger who hails from Mount Vernon, NY.

Evolve features more sultry lead vocals from Ragan, whose uncanny instrumental chops and fierce compositions transcend her first disc with this latest collection of original songs, live instrumentation and superb harmonies .

Ragan says Evolve reflects not just her personal growth but her creative metamorphosis as well. “Since Class Axe was my first introduction to the scene as a new artist, I needed to make a splash at radio,” she adds. “When my first CD was released, there weren’t many flute tunes being played so it was extra important to stay inside the box. In the end, it grabbed the attention of radio and I eventually won the Capital Jazz New Artist Competition, which was really cool.” She also performed on the Capital Jazz Cruise later that year and shared the stage with such artists like Kirk Whalum, Brian Culbertson and more.

Since her debut album, this award winning artist has developed a heightened focus in the writing, producing, and editing process of Evolve. “A lot has changed since then so now I’m able to open up and step outside of the box a little more,” says the native New Yorker, who recently moved South.

Under the direction of her highly acclaimed producers/arrangers, Dennis Johnson and Bob Baldwin, Ragan showcases her high energy and expansive musical abilities. Her versatility is heard throughout the CD on such sultry songs as Livin’ Lovin’ and Mean to Me which she co-wrote. In her up-tempo R&B duet, On the Dance Floor, she teams up with legendary vocalist Porter Carroll Jr. (original member of Atlantic Starr) and continues to craft her own unique style.

Taking her refreshing and vibrant flute sounds to newer heights, Ragan has collaborated with an array of veteran contemporary jazz artists, including Chieli Minucci, Marion Meadows, Bob Baldwin, the afore mentioned Carroll and Chembo Corniel (Latin Jazz Grammy nominee). The featured guests add brilliance and extraordinary vibes to Evolve’s organic listening experience. Her remake of the Ohio Players’ 1975 hit, Sweet Sticky Thing, merges old-school funk with the flutist’s signature brand of “boom bap.”

With this widely anticipated recording, this soulfully carefree artist surfaces clearly, rising to the top of her generation of musicians. Fusing traditions, styles, and unafraid of pushing the envelope, Ragan’s crafty arrangements and edgy music transcends genre boundaries and marks a new era of contemporary jazz, neo soul and funk.

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released August 28, 2012

TRACK LIST and CREDITS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Dennis Johnson and Ragan Whiteside
Recorded and Mixed by Dennis Johnson at The Uppa Room Studios, New York
Additional Recording by Al Hemberger at The Loft, Bronxville, NY
Mastered by Glenn Meadows at Mayfield Mastering, Nashville, TN
Keyboards provided by Yamaha
Hot Hand™ provided by Source Audio
Voice Box provided by Electro-Harmonix
Photography by Alex Russell
Recorded & Mixed using Login Pro and Pro Tools

1. INTRO [:27]
by: Ragan Whiteside & Dennis Johnson

2. EIGHT THIRTY SEVEN [4:17]
Written by: Ragan Whiteside
Produced by: Bob Baldwin, Ragan Whiteside, and Dennis Johnson
Flute: Ragan Whiteside
Drums: Buddy Williams
Keyboard: Bob Baldwin and Dennis Johnson

3. FEELIN’ FREE (feat. Bob Baldwin) [3:51]
Written by: Ragan Whiteside and Dennis Johnson
Produced by: Dennis Johnson and Bob Baldwin
Vocals: Ragan Whiteside
Flute: Ragan Whiteside
Keyboard: Ragan Whiteside and Bob Baldwin
Keyboard Solo: Bob Baldwin
Drum programming: Dennis Johnson

4. OFF KILTER (feat. Chieli Minucci) [4:08]
Written by: Ragan Whiteside
Produced by: Bob Baldwin and Dennis Johnson
Flute: Ragan Whiteside
Guitar: Chieli Minucci
Keyboard: Bob Baldwin
Drum Programming: Dennis Johnson

5. MEMORIES OF YOU [4:14]
Written by: Dennis Johnson and Ragan Whiteside
Produced by: Dennnis Johnson and Bob Baldwin
Flute: Ragan Whiteside
Vocals: Ragan Whiteside
Keyboard: Dennis Johnson
Bass: Ron Jenkins
Drum programming: Dennis Johnson

6. LIVIN’ LOVIN’ [4:14]
Written by: Dennis Johnson, Bob baldwin, and Ragan Whiteside
Produced by: Dennis Johnson and Bob Baldwin
Flute: Ragan Whiteside
Vocals: Ragan Whiteside
Keyboard: Dennis Johnson and Bob Baldwin
Drum programming: Dennis Johnson

7. ON THE DANCE FLOOR (feat. Porter Carroll, Jr.)[3:10]
Written by: Dennis Johnson and Ragan Whiteside
Produced by: Dennis Johnson
Female Vocals: Ragan Whiteside
Male Vocals: Porter Carroll, Jr.
Keyboard: Dennis Johnson
Drum programming: Dennis Johnson

8. SWEET STICKY THING [4:17]
Written by:William “Billy” Beck, Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, Marshall “Rock” Jones, Ralph “Pee Wee” Middlebrooks, Marvin Pierce, Clarence “Satch” Satchell, James “Diamond” Williams
Arranged by: Dennis Johnson
Produced by: Dennis Johnson
Flute: Ragan Whiteside
Vocals: Ragan Whiteside
Guitar: Phil Hamilton
Keyboard Solo: Bob Baldwin
Keyboards: Dennis Johnson
Drum programming: Dennis Johnson
Hot Hand™ provided by Source Audio

9. SUN UP IN MY SKY [3:36]
Written by: Dennis Johnson and Ragan Whiteside
Produced by: Dennis Johnson
Vocals: Ragan Whiteside
Keyboard: Dennis Johnson
Drum programming: Dennis Johnson

10. MEAN TO ME [3:37]
Written by: Irene Haynes and Ragan Whiteside
Produced by: Dennis Johnson
Vocals: Ragan Whiteside
Keyboard: Bob Baldwin and Dennis Johnson
Drum Programming: Dennis Johnson

11. UNTIL NEXT TIME (feat. Marion Meadows) [4:37]
Written by: Kristin Whiteside, Ragan Whiteside, and Bob Baldwin
Produced by: Dennis Johnson
Flute: Ragan Whiteside
Soprano Sax: Marion Meadows
Guitar: Phil Hamilton
Keyboard: Bob Baldwin and Dennis Johnson
Drum programming: Dennis Johnson

12. EVOLVE [4:22]
Written by: Ragan Whiteside
Produced by: Ragan Whiteside and Bob Baldwin
Flute: Ragan Whiteside
Percussion: Chembo Corniel
Drums: Buddy Williams
Keyboard: Ragan Whiteside and Bob Baldwin
Keyboard Solo: Bob Baldwin
Guitar: Phil Hamilton

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Track Name: Feelin' Free
Wake up, hit snooze - for the third time this morning
Turn on the news, weather man says sun today
I moan, I sigh, 'cause I don't feel like workin
Then I realize, today is Saturday

Got the sun on my face and the wind in my hair and I
I'm feelin' free
Got the hot summer wind caressing my skin and I
I'm feelin' free
Not a cloud in the sky and the birds' flyin high and I
I'm feelin free
there's no stresses in sight I'm enjoying my life 'cause I
I'm feeling free

Sunshine, weekend, Time to get in some trouble
Drop all pretense 'cause my game is on today
got on my jeans and my man is lookin fly
Friday's a tease - I live my life for these Saturdays

Got the sun on my face and the wind in my hair and I
I'm feelin' free
Got the hot summer wind caressing my skin and I
I'm feelin' free
Not a cloud in the sky and the birds' flyin high and I
I'm feelin free
there's no stresses in sight I'm enjoying my life 'cause I
I'm feeling free
Track Name: On the Dance Floor feat. Porter Carroll, Jr.
Not lookin for something serious
Just wanna let my hair down and forget your name after tonight
Looking for something frivolous
Just have a good time, relax my mind
You don't what you're missing - you owe this to yourself

Take my hand, understand I don't want just any man
Go ahead, try and front, yo uknow I got just what you want
Feel that grrove, you know you wanna move
so please yourself, clap your hands
and just meet me on the dance floor

The DJ spinnin just for us
and the bass is thumpin got the dance floor bumpin everywhere
I'm feeling amorous
having a good time, relaxing my mind
you donj't know what you're missing
you owe this to yourself

Take my hand, understand I don't want just any man
Go ahead, try and front, yo uknow I got just what you want
Feel that grrove, you know you wanna move
so please yourself, clap your hands
and just meet me on the dance floor

I'm in the mood, so dance closer to me
Feel my body move and sway the night away

Take my hand, understand I don't want just any man
Go ahead, try and front, yo uknow I got just what you want
Feel that grrove, you know you wanna move
so please yourself, clap your hands
and just meet me on the dance floor
Track Name: Sun up in my Sky
Straight up, I got nothin to hide
I got nothin bu tht elove I have inside for you
and it's deeper than the bottom of the ocean
If you look into my eyes
You can't deny the strength of my devotion to you
Please believe me when I say

You are the sun, you are the moon
You are the sun up in my sky
and everyday I live my life
in love with you, in love with you

Straight up, I'm your partner in crime
I'll always be the Bonnie to your Clyde
it's true - I'm a chick who's down
for whatever's clever
Just say the word my dear
and I'll be here until the twelfth of never
with you
Please believe me when I say

You are the sun, you are the moon
You are the sun up in my sky
and everyday I live my life
in love with you, in love with you

Hard to believe I know
Couldn't let on how I feel inside
Would you be down, could you be mine
Would we come out on the other side
in a place where love collides with life

You are the sun, you are the moon
You are the sun up in my sky
and everyday I live my life
in love with you, in love with you