Motown Drummer Releases All-Star Curtis Mayfield Tribute, Benefits Music Programs of Chicago Public Schools
Now Available - Drew Schultz, Detroit-based Drummer/Percussionist/Producer with countless Motown legends, expands his Back To Class benefit project with a Curtis Mayfield tribute single featuring Reginald Torian of The Impressions, Lee Goodness of Mayfield's touring band, and Cecil Jones of the Chicago Black Ensemble Theater's "Story of Curtis Mayfield." 50% of profits benefit the music programs of the Chicago Public Schools.
Available now through digital music outlets including iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby, and Spotify, "Please (Don't Give Up On Your Dreams)" b/w "Waiting Game" is a new A-and-B-side single branching the Back To Class project out to the nation, with 50% of profits benefiting the Chicago Public Schools. The single is a tribute to one of Schultz's all time musical heroes, Curtis Mayfield, featuring the soaring falsettos of Reginald Torian of The Impressions and Cecil Jones of the Chicago Black Ensemble Theater's production of "The Story of Curtis Mayfield," as well as the master drumming of Mayfield's last drummer, Lee Goodness.
Reginald Torian, Sr. has been a heavyweight on the soul music scene since the early seventies, when he was chosen to step into Curtis Mayfield's shoes as the lead falsetto singer of The Impressions. After decades of touring and recording, Torian remains the lead singer of the group, which has recently recorded with the iconic Daptone record label in Brooklyn. His voice can be heard ringing through Impressions hits including "Finally Got Myself Together (I'm A Changed Man)," "Sooner Or Later," "Same Thing It Took," "Loving Power," "Something's Mighty Mighty Wrong," "First Impressions,"
Lee Goodness is the virtuosic timekeeper who served as Curtis Mayfield's last drummer, touring with him until the iconic soul singer/songwriter was paralyzed by an accident on stage. Goodness can be heard on many live Mayfield recordings including videos from the Montreux Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts, and the Ohne Filter Live television show. Lee was featured on many world tours with Curtis, and continues to be a staple in the busy Atlanta music scene, releasing his own solo album entitled "All In," and performing with countless artists on stage and in the studio.
Cecil Jones is an up and coming singer/actor in Chicago, whose versatile voice was the perfect choice to represent a young Curtis Mayfield in the Chicago Black Ensemble Theater's production of "It's Alright To Have A Good Time - The Story Of Curtis Mayfield." Jones was the co-lead actor of the production alongside Reginald Torian himself, with the duo gaining critical acclaim for their portrayals of Curtis as a younger and older man.
"Please (Don't Give Up On Your Dreams)" and "Waiting Game" expand Drew's Back To Class project, with 50% of profits donated to the music programs of the Chicago Public Schools. Until this new release, the project had solely focused on the music programs of the Detroit Public Schools. Schultz and his band, The Funk Machine, performed in Detroit last July to showcase the project at Don Was' All Star Review for the Concert of Colors, and December 2012 saw the first donation to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation of $1,000. The project was featured in international press including Modern Drummer Magazine, SoulTracks.com, and Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine, and prompted Susan Whitall of the Detroit News to dub Schultz "Kid Motown."
Schultz is the proud product of a public school music program in Shaker Heights, which groomed him for all of his following success in the industry. "Shaker's music program was incredible,"
Drew Schultz can be found at www.DSdrums.com and "Please (Don't Give Up On Your Dreams" b/w "Waiting Game" is available digitally through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more.