Curtis Stuart Dalton Macdonald (born Febuary 20, 1962) is a new age, jazz and contemporary instrumental keyboardist, composer, arranger and producer.
The music Curtis Macdonald creates evokes emotional and passionate feelings. His soulful contemporary weaving of jazz and new age music is stylized with an effervescent and transparent wash of modern electronica that becomes the foundation for his memorable acoustic piano melodies and lyrical improvisations that are heartfelt and reflective with a dash of cool.
During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Curtis Macdonald played a role in turning contemporary instrumental and new age more mainstream.
When he was signed by the independent music label Eversound in 2002, his signature style of radio friendly smooth new age solidified into a sound appreciated all over the world. His sound would evolve throughout the years with the incorporation of jazz, world beat and EDM.
For his Eversound album release, Everlasting, Curtis Macdonald received Grammy consideration for Best New Age Record as well as placing in the New Age Reporter Top 100 Recordings of 2007. His song Hope and Faith was a top 10 hit on Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Spa” for a straight 20 weeks. In 2013 his recent CMMP release “When Dreams Come True” received Grammy consideration and selections achieved heavy rotation on Music Choice's Soundscapes.
Growing up in Southern California, Macdonald became a self taught musician beginning at the age of six. After graduating with a BFA in composition from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California in 1986, he began a long career as a composer for various music libraries, allowing his talents of emulating practically every style of music to be used. In 1997 he began recording his personal branded style of music and created his own label CMMP records.
His jazz influences are Bill Evans, Vince Guaraldi, Bob James and Jeff Lorber and has a fond affection for pop and dance music. He is well versed in the history of music and the technological achievements of the industry from his first experience with a Macintosh in 1984 to the present day creating with a smartphone.
In alternate lifetimes throughout history, Mark probably would have been venturing the world with Marco Polo, enjoying deep conversations with Ghandi, following Jesus around Galilee, helping free the enslaved through the Underground Railroad, and been stoned to death 2 or 3 times by the religious right of the day.
Being born in the early 1980′s, he is now able to incorporate all of those mythical past lives into his current life as a songwriter – immersing himself in the beauty and intricacies of numerous cultures, listening to and being changed by the stories of the oppressed and exploited, and sharing the best of his journeys with us through honest lyrics, compelling melodies, and every instrument he can get his hands on.
Mark’s past adventures that are actually firmly rooted in reality include: helping build a village for the deaf in Jamaica, hanging out with children in the Mexican slums and Belarussian orphanages, backpacking through Morocco with his guitar, riding camels through the Sahara, living in Japan for a year as an “artist in residence,” and recording with Nashvilian/singer/songwriter/producer Andrew Osenga (The Normals, Caedmon’s Call).
In 2009, Mark met Heather Baker, who, in true soul-mate fashion, also loved traveling, learning, and serving. Heather had spent time with orphans in Mexico, performed flute with a wind ensemble all over China, and taught in Uganda, Argentina, and Peru. In their first conversation, Heather admitted to Mark one of her childhood dreams–to play flute in some sort of world-traveling rock band. In 2010, they married, and theothermarkmiller became a touring duet. 2011 marks a busy year for Mark & Heather, with aggressive promotional and radio campaigns, the release of their second album Things of This World and Things That Aren’t, and a new multi-instrumentalist concert experience reminiscent of Andrew Bird and Ingrid Michaelson.
Together, they invite us into a musical world where love walks beside the afflicted, hatred is repaid with compassion, and true beauty catches us by surprise.
Seattle singer/songwriter Kristin (Woodbury) Chambers’ new breakout album “Endless Road” was released on March 16, 2012. The album is a beautifully crafted and insightful follow up to her debut CD “Kristin Chambers”; reflecting her personal growth and increasing understanding and sensitivity to the roller-coaster journey we all experience in our lives. Her new songs touch all who have loved, experienced disappointment, dreamed big, or sought a life of self-examination. Her lyrics are poetic and true spanning a broad spectrum of emotions - youthful innocence, playfulness, love, loneliness, self-doubt, and as always, soaring with confidence and optimism.
Kristin’s music, lyrics, and voice are distinctively refreshing in today’s Pop/Rock world increasingly dominated by “me too” music and voices leaving one to ask “who is singing the tune I just heard?” You definitely will not be wondering this listening to a Kristin Chambers’ song or attending one of her riveting live performances.
Kristin has remarkably extensive vocal and music training and a lengthy professional singing and theatrical resume for such a young woman. She has toured America singing and acting in virtually every major city in the country, including Joe’s Pub in New York City.
Accomplished in all musical genres, Kristin created her one-woman show that could readily adapt to any live venue and audience; pop, rock, jazz, R&B, musical theater, even opera. Her shows are fun, entertaining, energetic, and always appreciated by audiences, but the song selection consisted of well-known covers made famous by others; great songs, but not her music and words. Kristin had a long-standing need to write to connect with others by writing music and lyrics inspired by her unique life experiences, dreams, and most personal thoughts and emotions.
Long influenced by the lyrics of Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, Phil Collins, John Mayer, and Leonard Cohen - and the music of Elton John, Billy Joel, and James Taylor – Kristin Chambers has found her own marvelous voice.
In her debut album of original songs, “Kristin Chambers”, she shares a retrospective, bitter-sweet, yet optimistic, view of her journey in New York City striving to find her musical voice, while coping in a sometimes inhospitable city. There are moments of pain and loss expressed in her songs, but more predominately there is love, determination, and optimism throughout.