The reviews are in and Brian's new show is a hit with fans and critics alike! Check out the promo video and be sure to come out to one of the upcoming concerts in a city near you:
Brian Culbertson's Colors of Love Tour starts in Collingswood, NJ tonight. Be sure to get your tickets to a venue near you to see this visually stunning and musically inspiring show, like you've never seen before! Some cities are already sold out and many are close, do don't delay.
Brian Culbertson delivers his Valentine with “Love”
The jazz-R&B keyboardist drops his “Colors of Love” album on Valentine’s Day as preparations continue for a 50-city concert tour launching March 30.
LOS ANGELES (14 February 2018): Contemporary jazz-R&B funkster Brian Culbertson has had love on his mind essentially since last Valentine’s Day. Inspired by the occasion of his twentieth wedding anniversary last fall, the keyboardist began writing thirteen new songs about a year ago dedicated to his wife, Michelle, which make up his “Colors of Love” album that was released on Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, by BCM Entertainment. Substituting the live band instrumentation customary of his recordings, Culbertson crafted an intimate set of ardent acoustic piano melodies using sensual synth grooves and textures. With the title track of his eighteenth album that he wrote, arranged and produced already in the Billboard Top 5, his attention is fixed on creating the highly-theatrical production he’ll take on the road for nearly three months beginning March 30 across the bridge from Philadelphia in Collingswood, New Jersey and concluding in Seattle on June 17.
Culbertson showcases his proficiency as a multi-instrumentalist by playing virtually all the instruments heard on “Colors of Love” – piano, keyboards, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3 organ, synth bass, drum programming, percussion and trumpet. The only supplementation came from guitarist Isaiah Sharkey along with an ethereal accordion passage from Peter White on the song “In A Dream.” Impassioned tracks like “I Want You,” “Love Transcended,” “Don’t Go,” “You’re Magic,” “Let’s Chill,” “Desire,” “In Your Embrace” and “The Look” employ caressing melodies and sultry rhythms to allure, soothe and seduce. Even more revealing and evocative is the ravishing piano poetry of “Through The Years,” “Michelle’s Theme” and “All My Heart,” poignant solo pieces that Culbertson uses effectively to tell wordless stories of romance and amorous contemplation.
As he lovingly conceived the cozy collection depicting the many different “colors” of romantic love, Culbertson envisioned mounting an elaborate concert presentation utilizing video and lighting to present the cherished material in an immersive multimedia experience.
“I’m in the midst of creating a stunning-looking show, working closely with my lighting director and visual designer. We’re using a Visualizer to play each track to design and run the lighting and videos as if it was a live show right there on our computer screens. It enables us to dial in every little nuance of the music so that each video and light is precisely timed to the music. The detail is really amazing. I am loving the process of creating the production for the tour,” said Culbertson, who will begin ten days of production rehearsals in Nashville with his band in mid-March.
Culbertson’s Colors of Love Tour has already announced 66 shows in 50 cities with more soon to be added to the itinerary. The nationwide trek includes a June 7 performance at Culbertson’s seventh annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, a five-day music, wine and lifestyle experience held in the heart of California Wine Country.
“The ‘Colors of Love’ show will be staged in three acts. The first and third acts will showcase the new album along with romance-themed selections from my catalogue. In fact, we’re going to be drawing heavily from my ‘It’s On Tonight’ album,” explained Culbertson. “We’re not planning to do any big horn section pieces during this tour like I’ve done in the past and did extensively during last year’s Funk! Tour, but the second act will be a slamming funk set guaranteed to get everyone up and dancing.”
Joining the keyboardist-pianist-trombone player on tour are drummer Chris Miskel, bassist Joewaun Scott, guitarist Tyrone Chase, keyboardist-vocalist Eddie Miller, and Marqueal Jordan on saxophones, vocals and percussion.
“I asked Marqueal to bring his soprano sax for this tour. The sound fits the intimate ambience of the music we’re going to perform. It’s the first time in over a decade that I’ve used soprano sax in my live show,” said Culbertson, who describes the “Colors of Love” album as “textural ear candy cinematic in nature.”
As Culbertson shares his anniversary and Valentine’s Day gift to his wife with the world on record and during the upcoming tour, expect the architect of 30 Billboard No. 1 singles as an artist, producer and/or songwriter to add to that stat.
Happy New Year everyone!
If you’ve been waiting for my new album, “Colors of Love,” on either iTunes or Google Play, it is now available for pre-order.
On iTunes, if you pre-order starting today, you’ll get two instant gratification tracks - that means you get both the title cut and “Through The Years” immediately. Then, on Feb 14th, the rest of the album will automatically download.
Plus, 1:30 ‘previews’ of all the tracks are also up in both places so check them out and let me know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! Be sure to use hashtag #colorsoflove.
Of course, you can also pre-order an autographed physical CD here too if you prefer the hard copy.
Lastly, I’d like to share with you my video for "Through The Years” that I filmed in my studio during the recording of this song. It is a special song to me, one that I’ve been performing live over the past year. I hope you enjoy.
Many thanks and cheers to a wonderful 2018!
P.S. If you haven’t already, get your tickets to our “Colors of Love” Tour, coming to a city near you, on-sale now. #colorsoflovetour
Brian Culbertson to celebrate love with a colorful bouquet of romantic music on Valentine’s Day
The jazz-R&B keyboardist will release the intimate “Colors of Love” single and album that will be supported by an extensive spring concert tour. A bonus track is available for Indiegogo supporters.
LOS ANGELES (7 November 2017): They met for the first time when they were music majors at DePaul University. Flash forward, Michelle and Brian Culbertson celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary last month. With love, romance and his wife serving as his motivation, the soulful contemporary jazz hit-maker started writing material earlier this year inspired by the occasion, crafting thirteen new songs that will be released as “Colors of Love,” his eighteenth album, on Valentine’s Day on the BCM Entertainment label. The seduction begins early next month when the amorous title track, a sensual R&B groove illuminated by Culbertson’s lyrical acoustic piano melodies typical of the collection’s contents, ships to radio. A nearly three-month-long U.S. concert tour will bring the “Colors of Love” to life in a vivid theatrical production with the itinerary being revealed December 1.
Culbertson is thriving creatively on this, his third independent album funded by an Indiegogo campaign (http://bit.ly/2wr3kt9), which closes this Thursday and offers unique opportunities and exclusive perks including a bonus track. Having spent the majority of his career on a major label, the freedom to follow his creative muse is readily apparent on “Colors of Love,” a complete contrast to last year’s “Funk!” set, which was a lively, full-band funk/R&B workout that features a number of vocal cuts. He describes “Colors of Love” as “purposely electronic, using very modern sounds and production” with his acoustic piano serving as the singular lead voice throughout the intimate date. The quiet and contemplative tracks are textured atmospherics and gentle R&B grooves - soothing beds for Culbertson’s melodic piano expressions of ardor.
Sharing the recording process via Facebook live, Culbertson polled his audience and they voted that “Colors of Love” be instrumental only. He took it a step further and for the first time in his career that to date has racked up 30 No. 1 Billboard singles as an artist, producer and/or songwriter, he refrained from using saxophone or guitar as lead instruments - only his poetic piano.
“The music on ‘Colors of Love’ explores all aspects of what love is. It’s a deep word that says a lot of things. There’s passionate love, love at first sight, longing love, lost love. Each color represents a different type of love. There are heart-wrenching songs, cuddly love - all kinds of different love songs,” said Culbertson, who played all of the instruments on the new record except for rhythm guitar (Isaiah Sharkey) and accordion (Peter White).
“I’ve been playing ‘Through the Years’ from the new album in my set since the Berks Jazz Fest last April. The response has been very emotional. Clearly this music touches a nerve – or the heart to be more exact.”
Culbertson is already at work on how he will present “Colors of Love” live during the U.S. concert trek that runs March 28 through June 17 with tickets going on sale December 8. He’s planning to incorporate a video element in a major way.
“It’s going to be a very theatrical presentation with video images and lighting timed to the music. This music is visual and cinematic thus the show needs to be visual to complement the experience. It’s going to be larger than life when you see it live.”
“Colors of Love” contains the following songs:
“I Want You”
“Colors of Love”
“Through the Years”
“In A Dream”
“In Your Embrace”
“All My Heart”
A bonus track will be available exclusively for Indiegogo supporters.
As many of you know, over the past few days there have been devastating fires throughout California’s wine country. Myself and our team have been in touch with many of our friends in Napa Valley, and thankfully everyone is ok at this time. However, there has already been an incredible amount of damage done including hundreds of lost homes, schools, businesses, wineries, and vineyards.
We want to help the relief efforts and send money as fast as possible to the people who need it the most; those that have lost everything. So in response to these catastrophic fires, we have set up our own GoFundMe page in which all monies will be transferred to our preferred charity in the area, The Napa Valley Community Foundation .
The NVCF was initially setup after the earthquake in 2014 and has taken the lead on relief efforts so far in Napa. According to their spokesperson, “The Foundation will distribute immediate response grants to a targeted list of local non-profits that were pre-approved to receive such grants following the 2014 earthquake. Grants will focus on organizations providing services such as medical care, counseling, temporary shelter and meals to the individuals and families affected by the fire.”
I urge you to help our friends in need and give what you can. Even if everyone on my Facebook page, Twitter feed, and email lists just gave $5, we could raise over a million dollars. And if you’re fortunate to be able to give more, there is certainly no limit. The NVCF is a 501c3 non-profit so any money you donate is tax deductible.
Our hearts are heavy and hope that the fires can be contained soon.
Thank you in advance for your help,
Founder & Artistic Director,
Napa Valley Jazz Getaway
Brian just launched a new Indiegogo Campaign in support of his upcoming Colors of Love CD, due out on Valentine's Day 2018! Learn More:
Brian was on "Chicago Tonight" last night promoting the new Dedry Jones TV show that BC & Band were featured on. Here's the interview:
We're excited to announce that Brian will be the very first featured artist on "The Experience with Dedry Jones," a new TV Show on Chicago's PBS station, WTTW. The program will air on Thursday, July 13th at 10pm CT. After it airs, it will be available to watch online via their website (details to be announce).
July 13th, 10pm CT >>
Brian Culbertson's 6th Annual wine & jazz festival is this Wednesday, June 7th through Sunday, June 11th!! Some tickets are still available so check out www.jazzgetaway.com for more information and to get your tickets today.
Artists performing include: Peabo Bryson, Marcus Miller, Candy Dulfer, The Whispers, Peter White, Euge Groove, Keiko Matsui, Regina Belle, Pieces of a Dream, Paul Jackson Jr., Eric Darius, Morgan James, Eric Marienthal, Lindsey Webster, Marcus Anderson, Nicholas Cole, Julian Vaughn, Adam Hawley, Marqueal Jordan, Cecil Ramirez, Curtis Brooks, Chase Huna, DJ's The World Famous Rick & Russ Show feat. CJ Flash plus several performances by Brian Culbertson and his band!!
The first video has just been released from Brian's Funk! Tour that was filmed in Las Vegas!!
Chance Howard - Lead Vocals
Marqueal Jordan - Sax/Vocals
Patches Stewart - Trumpet
Tyrone Chase - Guitar
Eddie Miller - Keys/Vocals
Mike Harrington - Bass
Chris Miskel - Drums
Brian has just started work on a new 'romantic' themed album which will be released on Valentine's Day 2018. He previewed a few of the new song ideas on a recent Facebook LIVE post. Check it out here!
Funk! is officially released and available everywhere digitally and via Amazon, my website and on tour for the physical CD. I've also released a 'Lossless' Audio version on my website for those of you audiophiles! Enjoy :) BC
This Tuesday, September 20th at 6:30pm PT, we're streaming the Funk! Tour Dress Rehearsal to the world via www.alerttheglobe.com!! Be sure to go to their website and get your groove on this Tuesday night!!
ALERT THE GLOBE is a digital streaming service that is bringing in 4 HD video cameras with great sound coming off of our Roland mixing boards. It's gonna be awesome to tune in.