Nominee for Independent Jazz Artist of the Year – 13th Annual LA Music Awards
Gerald Miller singer, songwriter and guitarist
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 14 1960. Gerald began piano instruction at 9 and guitar at age 12. He developed his singing, guitar skills and songwriting while performing at area schools, churches, and clubs. He continued with music throughout his college years; performing at coffee houses, concerts and casual events. Stepping up to a higher level of musicianship, Gerald attended the famous, Dick Grove School of Music in Studio City, CA, which gave him a strong foundation in arranging and composing. He lays claim to numerous gospel, jazz, r&b and pop groups, which have brought him a wealth of experience. Often times, Gerald served as the front man –singing and playing. As a natural leader, Gerald served as music director on several stints with these groups. His major influences have been George Benson, Lee Ritenour, Earl Klugh and Al Jarreau.
In May of 2002, Gerald released his debut CD, Personal Passions on his own label with the help of soloists Kevin Flournoy on keyboards and Rodney Taylor on saxophone.
Styles: All jazz, rhythm & blues, gospel and pop
Performances: As a guitarist, Gerald has backed up several well-known singers, such as Dionne Warwick, Denise Williams, Al Green and Howard Hewitt and has been a regular on the local Los Angeles jazz scene for many years.
Guitarist at THE WORLD AIDS BENEFIT, The Great Western Forum, Inglewood, CA
His writing credits are impressive as well – winning several Billboard Songwriting Achievement Awards. For many years, Gerald produced and recorded demos for producers looking for new songs and hot tracks.
Recording work: – Gerald Miller, “Personal Passions” CD, artist, producer and engineer (jazz) – David Lynch, “Dreaming In Color” CD, guitarist (jazz) – Ann Hammond, “Function In The Unction” CD, guitarist (gospel) – Isaac Evans, “Motions of Summer”, CD, guitarist (jazz) – Numerous other studio sessions as guitarist, producer and vocalist
TV Series/sidelining: FAME LA, Paramount Studios, Culver City
Cable TV: vocal and guitar Performance of original music FAMILY ISSUES Program, Media One Cable, L.A.
Clinics: Coordinator for, “A Song For You”, a songwriting seminar held in Los Angeles with a panel of successful songwriters and producers
Contact: Gerald Miller – MAHKINGDOM RECORDS (323) 793-4065 cell