EntreMusician of the Month
If you are familiar with THE ISLEY BROTHERS, then you know Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, CHRIS JASPER, an integral member of THE ISLEY BROTHERS during the 1970s and 1980s their gold and platinum years—from the 3+3 (1973) to Between the Sheets (1983) albums. These were the years when THE ISLEY BROTHERS were a self-produced, self-contained group.
If you are familiar with THE ISLEY BROTHERS, then you have heard the music of CHRIS JASPER, who was primarily responsible for writing, arranging and producing all of THE ISLEY BROTHERS music during this time, including such beautiful love songs as “For The Love of You” and “Between the Sheets” and uptempo funk such as “Fight the Power.” His arrangements and instrumentation as a classically-trained musician, and his expertise on the keyboards and synthesizers, are the foundation of the legendary “Isley Brothers Sound.” When the six members of THE ISLEY BROTHERS disbanded (1984), Marvin and Ernie Isley joined CHRIS JASPER and formed ISLEY-JASPER-ISLEY. Without this crucial musical component, THE ISLEY BROTHERS were no longer a self-produced, self-contained group.
CHRIS JASPER brought his “unique sound” and musical talents to ISLEY-JASPER-ISLEY, and topped the charts singing lead vocals on “Caravan of Love” (1985), a song that was covered by English recording group, the Housemartins, an international #1 pop hit. “Caravan” was also used in commercials as part of a Dodge Caravan advertising campaign. He was also awarded a CEBA Award For Excellence for a Miller Brewing Company commercial. The music for that commercial formed the basis for “Brother to Brother” from the “Different Drummer” album, which supported the anti-apartheid struggle going on in South Africa at that time. His music has also been used in radio and television commercials, including “Who’s That Lady” (Swiffer) and “Between The Sheets” (L’Oreal).
When ISLEY-JASPER-ISLEY disbanded (1987), CHRIS JASPER brought his “unique sound” to his own solo projects, topping the charts with “SuperBad,” a song promoting the value of education. CHRIS JASPER has continued to write songs and produce his own R&B and Gospel music, as well as other artists, for his independent record label, Gold City Records.
CHRIS JASPER’s music has been covered and sampled by hundreds of new and established recording artists, including Whitney Houston, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Fantasia, Will Smith, Alliyah, Queen Latifah, Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Natalie Cole, Jaheim, Kendrick Lamar, and the list goes on and on. His music has also been used in many movie and television soundtracks.
In 1992, CHRIS JASPER, along with the other members of THE ISLEY BROTHERS, was inducted into the ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME and in 2014, received a GRAMMY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. In 2015, CHRIS JASPER received the German Record Critics Lifetime Achievement Award ("Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik"). In 2016, Chris was awarded the National R&B
Society Lifetime Achievement Award.
WATCH THE ENGAGING ENTREMUSICIAN INTERVIEW
SounDoctrine, Eric Tyus, Jim Couchenour, Marlon Saunders, Carlton J Smith, Lenora Jaye, Cecil Ramirez, Ian Villafana, Christopher Rhodes, Da Phatfunk Clique, Ragan Whiteside, Nadir Omowale, H Wade Johnson, Ginetta's Vendetta, Natalie Sprouse, The Sensations, Darryl Alexander, Vel Lewis, Debbie Poole, Orlando Watson, Ladies Of Skyy, String Theory, Mark T Jackson, Phillip Leo, Tony Kelly, Curtis Wayne Hunt, Paul Moleta, Daryl Jones, Jeanne Ricks, Glenn Douglas, Antoinette Manganas, Greg Boyer, Victor Samalot, Dr. Alton Merrell, Martha Redbone, Hippie Tendencies, In2ative, Hubb's Groove, Earl Carter, Bob Baldwin, Drew Davidsen, Tracy Marie, Maria Jacobs, Papa Lee, Cliff Barnes, Dan Wilson, Keith McKelley, Laura Varcho, Fred Hughes Trio, The Hazelrigg Brothers, Uptowne Buddha, Charles P Walker, Lisa Marie Simmons, Polo Rojas, Kelvan Grant, Mandy Brooks, Hippie Tendencies, Tendai Kashiri, Glenn Alexander, Sonic Productions, Chris Jasper,