The GMAN's Electric Bass Guitar Style is a throw-back to The Legendary Bassist Stanley Clark,Played with the passion of Stevie Ray Vaughan,All intertwined with Jazz,R&B,Funk and Rock Elements.
Born Gerald L. Smith Sept. 2, 1960 in Newark, New Jersey, was given a radio at age 4 from his Mother,(An accomplished Gospel & Jazz Pianist) and by the age of 12 he began playing electric guitar,jammin with neighborhood friends til the age of 14. At this age he was given the opportunity to work stage crew for the groups: Earth,Wind & Fire,Ramsey Lewis, and The Emotions at Newark Schools Stadium in the summer of 1974.
This was the juice that sweetened the taste of music for GMAN and for the love of the Bass Guitar. He began playing this instrument throughout his High School years, Performing on local Talent Shows,Colleges,Spring & Summer Concerts,and Festivals, His love for R&B, Funk, and Rock was evident.
Then at the age of 17 his Father,(A lover of Jazz & Funk) introduced him to one of his close friends, A stocky-built,long haired Bassist,with short stubby fingers and clawed like hands from North Newark,New Jersey named:William "EARL" Martin.
Playing the sounds of Stanley Clarke and Stanley's group: "Return To Forever" on his Sunburst color Fender Jazz Bass. Once GMAN heard this cat played...GMAN made a vow to learn to play like him. This in turn brought on the love for jazz.
By age 18 GMAN turned semi-pro and his Father bought him his first Professional Bass Guitar, A Gibson "RIPPER" Bass Guitar and GMAN started recording with various local Bands in various local recording studuios. At age 20 GMAN met local group Guitarist: Richard "RICKY" Miller and Richard's Best friends;Gene "O" Thomas and brother Keith Thomas. Gene & Keith's Father Grady "Grade A " Thomas is an original member of Parliment/Funkadelic. This sparked the PFunk style in GMAN and spawned an array of groups:-
Natural Force, U.niversal S.tructual Beat,The Electric Connection,Shade 2, Qaddara, J.A.G.,Unfinished Business to name a few.
At the age of 30, GMAN took his talents to the next level, he had his hands already in producing,However, Hip-Hop was there waiting to take flight. He began Producing some Hip-Hop talents in the local areas of New Jersey, Artist: "BabyGirl",(Signed to Perfect Pair Records in 1992) GMAN also had a cameo appearance in The "BabyGirl Stompin" video directed by "RON' of
"Ready or Not Productions Inc."(NYC). GMAN also recorded Battle Rhymes on his 4-8 track home recording studio (Pre Production) for "Poppa Bear",(1992-93 Hip-Hop Seminar World Champion) . In 1999 GMAN appeared as a "Panel Judge" at the 20th Annual Rap Masters Competitions held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center,(NJPAC)and returned to NJPAC in 2000 as "Bassist" for Folk/R&B Singer: "Chinua Hawk" at the "Summer Jazz Concert Series". In 2003 GMAN appeared "In Concert" at The Cultural Realism Vision Center" in Darlington South Carolina with Host dj "Bhakti Larry Hough from radio station 94.3 ,(Magic 94)"
In 2003-04 GMAN Reached No.1 on mp3.com in Australia for his GMAN:THE JAZZMAN Vol.1&2 CD http://www.mp3.com.au/Artist/GMANgerald
2005 No.1 song in the "Jazz Fusion" category on SoundClick.com song: "Mr.Homberg Man" from the GMAN:THE JAZZMAN Vol.1 CD and Reached among the "Top 10 Jazz Songs" on imgifted.com in The United Kingdom. In 2006 GMAN and his Jazz Band performed in an outdoor Concert for Orange Township's "Pre-Independence Day Jazz Festival" with an all-Star line up and 2007 GMAN Sound Engineered in concert for Legendary Artists "The Legendary Blue Notes" and "Melba Moore" While online reaching The "Top 40 Smooth Jazz Songs" at Artistserver.com .
GMAN knew at this point, music, like Hip-Hop is the way of life and Soul Voice of his musical projections. Along the way GMAN has worked with countless Artist, Song Writers, Producers,Musicians, and Audio Engineers.
GMAN is the cousin of the successful Movie Actor: Centry "Akili" Prince. Here are a few of his credits as follows: He is the Originator of the role "Terrence" on the soap opera "All My Children"
on Television Network:ABC, in 1992,He was a featured character in The Motion Picture: "Die Hard III", with "Bruce Willis". He was "Tipi" in "Porgie & Bess",Road Company,1980-81,He was also Lead Character in "Runaways" Televised on Network PBS
He was also featured on "The Cosby Show" in the segment: "For Men Only", and in the mid 80's he was "Little Richie" on "Pryor's Place".
GMAN has worked with such Artist:
GhostFace-Killah,,Raekwon,Cappadonna,(members of Wu-Tang Clan). Storm,(Purfek Storm Productions Inc./G-Unit member), Omega, Mafia: Tha Haitian Sicilian,HardHittin Harry,(Meridian Entertainment &
members of the Legendary "Fugees"), Singer/Actress Elain B. Lockler,Kenny & Sabrina Johnston,(PerfectPair Records), Hip-Hop Recording Artist "Fierce",(WrekHouse Wrekords),Hip-Hop/Reggae Artist "Rayvon"(Bigyard Records), Dave "SQUIGGY" Biglin,(works with Art Garfunkel,The Tonight Show,Kool & The Gang, Gwen Gutherie,Joey & The Works),Rapper/Singer/Actor:Andre Moore-a.k.a. 14K,(Star in the Motion Picture "New Jersey Drive")
Tanya Diona,(Vocalist Winner at The Apollo Theater,NYC), Song Writers Mervin & Jean Steals,(Atlantic Records,NYC), Diana Young,(member of the groups: "Young & Company, and the original Funk Band: "Slave"), Singer/Musician: Clarence Burke,(The Invisible Man's Band)and the list goes on...
The Reflections of opportunities ,performing Collaborating Song Writing with various Artist,Musicians,Producers,enable to take GMAN and his credentials to the next level establishing GMAN as an International Artist.
GMAN plays on a customized Fender "70's Classic" Jazz Bass Guitar, Fender Bullet Bass Guitar, Gibson
"The Ripper" Bass Guitar, Carlo Robelli elec. Bass Guitars: 4-string,4-string Fretless,6-string,8-string,
and 3/4 Upright Acoustic Bass.
Samick 5-string elec. Bass Guitar, ,Staccato electric Custom Bass Guitar, Ibanez "Blazer Series"6-string Guitar, Peavy "Predator" 6-string Guitar.
Akai,Casio,Ensoniq,Korg,and Roland Digital Keyboards,Alesis and Yamaha Digital drum Machines, African,Latin,and Modern Percussions,
Traynor modified amps. w/Hartke & GMI Cabs.
GMAN is a Graduate from The Institute Of Audio Research in NYC for Recording Engineering & Music Production. GMAN also has a diploma in Electronics and has worked in the Electronic's field Professionally for 13 years as an Electronic's Technician.
R&B/Hip-Hop/Club and Jazz Band:
GMANgerald-Various elec./acous. Bass Guitars,Percussions,Digital Keys.,Digital Drum Programming,Background vocals,Rhythm/Lead Guitars.
Margie Perry-Lead & Background vocals.
Tanya Diona-Lead & Background vocals,Elec. Piano.
Kathy "Kat" Burns-Lead & Background vocals,(studio recordings).
Andre Moore-a.k.a. "14K"-Lead & Background vocals,Rhymes & Rap.
Donna "Dgirl" Young-Lead & Background vocals.
Veronica "Ronee" Johnson-Lead & Background vocals,Sax,Flute,Clarinet,Keyboards,(Studio Recordings).
Jerome "ROME" Watson-Various elec./acous. Guitars.
Tony Bell "The AXE Man"-elec. Lead Guitars w/efx,Acoustic Guitars w/efx,elec. Rhythm Guitars w/efx,(Studio Recordings).
Eric "EMAN" Plaks-Digital Piano,Digital Keyboards,(studio recordings).
Additional Players: C$$Money(C-Dollar),56 Black Asasun,Mafia:Tha Haitian Sicilian.
Jazz Fusion,Jazz/Funk Band:
GMANgerald:Various elec./acous. Bass Guitars,
Steve Crumpton-Elec.Bass Guitars(Groove Bass).
James Gibbs III,(JazzTheMainiac):Trumpets.
Cal Payne:Tenor,Soprano Saxophones.
Micheal Rueben,(The Funky Strummer):Lead/Rhythm Guitars.
Emanuelle "MAN" Greene,:Drums & Percussion.
Additional Players: Yvette Scott:Drums & Perc.
Donna McPherson:Groove Bass.
Jerome "ROME"Watson:Lead/Rhythm Guitars.
GMAN's Release List of Singles,EPs,LPs,CDs:
(To hear more of The GMAN's musical Library log onto http://www.SoundClick.com/GMANgerald)
1988-Single 12 inch Remake of song: Cosmic Slop
with Funk R&B Band: "Shade 2". Label:Bella Records Inc.
1. Cosmic Slop
1988-LP Cassette Titled: "Shade 2".Label: Bella Records Inc. Funk R&B Band: Shade 2.
1. Cosmic Slop
3. Buggin Out
5. Together Again
6. Gardell Lavon
7. Play Me
1989-EP Cassette Titled: :"J.A.G.- Rock To The Top",
Label: Bella Records Inc. Fusion Rock Band: "JAG".
1. Never Satisfied
2. Funk it Up!
3. Spread Your Wings
4. Fire Down Under
5. Roadway South
1989-EP Cassette Titled: "Unfinished Business",
Label: Bella Records Inc. Deep House/Club Band:
1. Heavy Weather
2. Only You
4. Do She Still Love Me?
5. Getting To Know You
2002-CD Titled: GMAN:The Early Years Of Hip-Hop.
Label:Gee-Spot Prdns.Inc./GFUNK Ent.
2. I Got Style!
3. Com'in At'cha!
4. Ah Change has got to come Right Now!
5. Devastating Rapper
7. The StoryTeller
2003-CD Titled:GMAN:THE JAZZMAN Vol.1
Label:Gee-Spot Prdns./GFUNK Ent.
15 Tracks:CD Available at www.cdbaby.com/all/gmangerald
3. Mr. Homberg Man
7. Gardell Lavon,(Re-Mastered)
8. Perfect Mode
9. Living On The Edge Of A Dream
10.Africa Part 1
13.Africa Part 2
15.Tribute To The FunkLords
2003-CD Titled: GMAN:THE JAZZMAN Volume 1.3 .
Label:Gee-Spot Prnds./GFUNK Ent.
9 Tracks:CD Available at www.cdbaby.com/all/gmangerald
1. Classy,(That's What You Are To Me!)Re-Mastered
3. Just Ah Thought Of You
4. When Your Love Is Gone
5. Sunday Jazz Brunch
6. Unforgettable You
7. When Your Away
8. Waterbased Love
9. That's Life!
2004-CD Titled:GMAN:THE JAZZMAN Vol.2 .
Label:Gee-Spot Prdns./GFUNK Ent.
19 Tracks:CD Available at www.cdbaby.com/all/gmangerald
1. Song:To Donna
2. Sugar Shack
3. Mo's Groove
5. Pomona Breeze
6. Liberation Part 2
7. Island Girl
8. Melodic Bass Overtures
9. My Time, My Turf
10.Step This Way
12.Around The Corner
16.I'm Still Here
18.Together Again,(Updated version)
2004-CD Titled: GMAN:The Spirit Of The Youth.
Label:Gee-Spot Prdns./GFUNK Ent.
Various Recording Artist
18 Tracks:CD Available at www.cdbaby.com/all/gmangerald
1. Make A Decision feat. Margie Perry
2. Getting To Know You feat. Margie Perry(Updated Version)
3. Liberation Part 1 feat. Dannielle Chi'n
4. Are You Missing Me? feat. Tanya Diona
5. Here We Come!
7. One Love!! feat. Antone,(DEEP)
8. Together Again,(Updated version)
9. The Passion
14.The Lonely Nights Re-mix feat Margie Perry
17.4-The Luv Of-U
2005-CD Titled: BRICK CiTy BeaTz.
Various Artist & Producers.
Label:Gee-Spot Prdns./GFUNK Ent.
15 Tracks:Downloads available at www.SoundClick.com/GMANgerald (Check out music store)
1. Da Chemistry
2. All Expenses Paid!!
3. Fast Life! feat. C$$Money
5.Come Here-Come Here
6. Theez Streetz feat. C$$Money & Jaye "MACK" Million
7. No Squeelin feat. Tango & Cash
8. Visions feat.C$$Money & Jaye "MACK" Million
9. Leave Me Alone feat. C$$Money & Lorne Rawls
10.HeadLine Storiez: feat.Ness,Avelanche,(AVE), & C$$Money
11.Step-N-2 Tha Cypher feat. Omega & C$$Money
14.6 Million Ways To Die(You Chose to Rhyme)
15.The Treble Maker
Note: All released Singles,LP,EP Cassettes and CD's recieved BroadCasting & Internet Radio Air Play to current date.
2006-CD Titled: KAM Easy Listening Compilation.
Various Artist from all over the World.
(Soft Rock/Easy Listening)12 Tracks.
1.To My GrandMother-Artist:J.F. Poncela, (Spain)
3.Mas Alla De Tus Ojos-Artist:Tony Bosikovich,(Argentina)
4.Living On The Edge Of A Dream-Artist:GMANgerald
(South Orange,New Jersey,U.S.A.)
5.Close To Mine-Artist:R.B. Beaton,(Great Britain)
6.The Groove-Artist:Emmett North jr. ,(Holly Wood California,U.S.A.)
7.Perto Do Horizonte-Artist:German Bense,(Uruguay)
9.Sera?-Artist:Cordas & Voces,(Corroios)
10.Big Time!-Artist:CNQ & Tom Van Acker
11.Grains Of Bass-Artist:Vacuum,(The NetherLands,Europe)
12.Regular Season-Artist:Gary Apple
2006-CD Titled: GMAN:The Corridors Of Life.(Delayed Release)
Various Producers,Musicians & Recording Artist
1.I Remember When...
2.The Kid Who Lived On The 5th Floor
3.Played A Painted Picture
4.Away And Beyond A Dream
5.At A Moment's Notice
7.What You Can Never Take Away
8.At The End Of The Day
10.The Lover On The 4th Floor
12.Did You Know!
13.The Lady Of The House
14.If Only Funk Came In A Bottle
15.A Slice Of Jazz On Rye Street
17.Land Of A Thousand Basses
18.So Long-Prince Browns
19.The Power Of A Dream
20.If Only You Believe!
22.Come Go With Me
23.Give Me Your Lovin
24.Let The Love Flow
Bonus Track: "Next Day"(Available download at www.SoundClick.com/GMANgerald
2006-CD Titled: BRICK CiTy BeaTz 2 Downloads available on www.SoundClick.com/GMANgerald
2006-CD Titled: GMAN:THE JAZZMAN Vol.3 .(Delayed Release)
I Remember When...
Bet'cha Would'nt Hurt Me
Are You Missing Me?
Living On The Edge of A Dream
Make A Decision
I Got Style!!
Autum Rain 2.0
Getting To Know You
GMAN's Song List,(As a Solo Artist performing behind pre-recorded CD original Tracks).or with Live Band,(GFUNK Band).
2.I Remember When...
5.A Slice of Jazz on Rye Street
7.Liberation Part 2
GMAN's Song List (Vocal Band)
2.Are You Missing Me?
3.Liberation Part 1
5.Mr. Homberg Man-vocal version
6.Classy(That's What You Are To Me!)
All Songs are Originals .
There are no upcoming dates at this time.