Mind & Soul

Mind & Soul

 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
BandHip HopJazz

...a unique and magic blend of laid back soul, slow funk, rap, afro-cuban beats, and orchestral jazz. It's some of the most hip, crisp, and sophisticated urban music you'll ever hear. Full of genuine grit, serious musicianship, and poetic meaningful lyrics.

Biography

1st Place Winner in Billboard Worldwide Song Contest 2006 Rap/Hip-Hop Category.

Charted at 22 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.

"Reminds you of a young Earth Wind & Fire or trumpeter Terrance Blanchard."
-- Nokia's Music Recommenders

"Life is composed by what sounds very obviously like some seasoned cats. I mean well seasoned, like a perfect blend of salt and pepper. The overall tone to this sample is very mature, almost borderline contemporary jazz, but real thick like G-Funk...it just drops real fresh and spontaneous..."
-- TheOwlMag.com

Editor's pick on CDBaby.com in Urban/R&B:Neo-Soul category

William Forsyth is the visionary founder, composer, arranger, and producer of Mind & Soul. He also plays several instruments and lays down background vocals. Forsyth has spent a lifetime immersed in philosophy, mysticism, beats, and rich instrumentation of all styles. His influences cover a broad spectrum, from Brahms to Gil Evans, from Miles Davis to Earth Wind & Fire, from Ohio Players to Timbaland, from Quincy Jones to Dr. Dre, from Teddy Pendergrass to Common - and it shows. He first cut his musical chops as a teenager playing jazz trumpet, composing, arranging, and studying jazz theory. By age 17 his works were being performed in concert and at gigs, and at age 23 his work, Sphinx, was performed in concert by Randy Brecker & Eliane Elias and 23-piece ensemble. Since then he's played jazz gigs, composed, arranged, done studio recording (plays flugelhorn on this CD), studied many classic orchestration and composition texts, studied classic scores, and even created original scores for some guerrilla indie films. Always listening to and feeling a wide range of music he's as comfortable with making a contagious beat as he is with arranging an orchestral passage. In this music he's truly found his voice. He currently lives and creates music in Atlanta.

The latest release features Kamau Rashaad laying down the world-class rap. As a kid on the southside of Chicago he started writing poetry and making beats on two-tape recorders. Inspired by a list of legendary greats like A Tribe Called Quest, NWA, Ice Cube, and all east and west coast hiphop, he grew up battling and rhyming on street corners and trains, and in school lunch rooms and barber shops (for free haircuts :). He was influenced by hiphop, 70's music, classical, house, and gospel (his mother was once an aspiring gospel singer). Like many others, through his music he sought to escape from family pain, rejection, violence, and what he calls, "the inner city madness outside my bedroom window." Now in Atlanta he's taking hiphop to a more spiritual level. He's worked as a youth leader and has been active amongst those younger adults who have struggled as he has. Often pulled in for mixtapes around town, he's been workin' it both solo and in groups. As a poet, producer, and rapper his lyrics convey an uncommon depth. With a distinct music sensibility he rides the beats as if an improvisational instrument.

Sam Skelton lays down some amazing sax solos. A native of Conyers, Georgia, he's been active on the Atlanta music scene since 1987. Sam graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University and the private studio of Tony Carere with a degree in Jazz Studies. During his course of study at GSU, Sam was a Montgomery Music Scholar and a two-time fellowship recipient to the Aspen Music Festival. He continued his saxophone studies with Kenneth Radnofsky at Boston University in 1991. As a woodwind doubler, Skelton is well versed in any genre of music. His grasp of saxophone, clarinet and flute has enabled him to remain very busy in live performance as well as in the studio. Sam has performed and/or soloed with The London Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony, The Atlanta Pops, The Peachtree Pops, The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and The Cobb Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous local high school and civic ensembles. World Premiers include James Oliverios Children of A Common Mother, Lee Johnsons Ora Pro Mi: Concerto for Winds Soloist (clarinet, flute and soprano saxophone) and Seaside Symphony (clarinet and soprano saxophone soloist). Sam also played the premier recording of Ora Pro Mi and Seaside Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra. With a discography of over 120 compact discs, Sam remains very active in the studio and can be heard on recordings by such artists as: Train, Matchbox 20, The Gap Band and The Ohio Players. Television and radio jingles include The Weather Channel, The Travel Channel, Ford, The Cartoon Network, CNN, Natures Own, Popeyes, Papa Johns and Turner South. Television appearances include In the Heat of the Night, Savannah and Sinbads Summer Jam II on HBO. Sam is Director of Jazz Studies at Kennesaw State University, a member of the R & B band The Neons and a member of the Praise and Worship team at The Church Of The Apostles in Atlanta.

Other Atlanta musicians, Mike Barry on trumpet, Bruce Mangan on trombo

Lyrics

Life

Written By: William Forsyth, Kamau Rashaad

Tattoos fade styles get played.
Each day a mother's torn a baby born with aids.
Life's hard try God I aint' make it this way.
Car repossed I'm oppressed with low pay.
Tryin' not to give up, even when it gets rough.
These rappers actin' tough like they can't be touched.
Sit up and do crunches til you feel it in your gut.
Make a brotha suffer cuz he bit you like a mutt.

Now I call you names when you make me mad,
And you gone and I'm alone and I miss you bad.
To the man I barely knew damn I miss you dad.
If you die though I died and barely knew the half.
May the liquor hit you when I tip the bottle and splash.
Concrete my palms meet when I light the hash.
F' holdin it in! I blow the dro in the wind.
When life got me on probation I'm parolin' my pen.

I escape through my writin' to the places more vibrant.
I relate to much silence to vacate from violence.
Aint' no denyin' gotta change my ways.
Shallow, insecure sometimes at my age.
So I dabble for a cure that's pure beyond rage.
Baby rattled to the shackles of a fiancee,
Crazy battle full o' hassle til I see my grave.
But I'm happy if you ask me til I'm D.O.A.

Let the world within you grow.
Secrets meant for you to know.

From the depths of my soul I confess that I'm whole,
Bipolor, flip-floppin', lettin' time takes it toll.
Grow into the man God wants me to be,
But I wanna be free excel and exceed.
Earn and discern true wants from the need.
Religion and decisions unlock the block misery.
Slippery when wet is the path of debt,
so I'm workin' my way out of it to cash a check.
I'm able to write, turn the tables of life.
in a world of temptation and strife I take flight.
Beyond doubt and height, so glad that I found a mic.
No rap battle just travelled the world like a satellite
Fight the will to abort a child hopin' that the Lord'll smile.
Blessin' and correctin' all my dogs and court trials.
A mile in my shoes will bruise your soul,
but I'm married til I'm buried to this beautiful LIFE.

Let the world within you grow.
Secrets meant for you to know.

Ghetto Sunrise

Written By: Kamau Rashaad

Verse 1:

In time Imma shine like
Award and meddles/
Though I'm rich in spirit
Can't afford to settle.
Raindrops in a pot
Room and board is ghetto.
Chi-town go round
Liquor stores and rebels.

I found common ground
In a sound thats leveled.
In the booth of my soul,
EQ the levels.
Mama, pray for your boy and
Rebuke the devil
Cause I battle day to day
With what he say echo
Through my mind state...
Trying to get guard my ear and eye gate.
My niece thinks she's strong,
Walkin in blind faith.
They say "Take your time",
but how long does time take?
When she's gone and my blood pressures at a high rate.
Tryin to find peace of mind in an era of terror/
Redefine rhymes,and sign and shine for better.
No sermon or lecture could amount to the pressure/
Seeing my moms palms IV on a stretcher.
Second third day shift/
Hospital racist/
Black guinea pig/
Body rigged by your hatred.
If you work in the medical field
Then start Trying/
overlooking the color of others and start applying/
Methods to the dyin'/
Hurt and the cryin'/
Children of the ghetto,
Born to shine like diamonds.
No matter how dark
I see the sun rising/
Beyond other things,
My dreams, they keep climbin

Chorus:

In the ghetto we rise,
Like the sun in the sky.
Feel our pain in our stride.
In the ghetto we rise.

Verse 2:

They say times of the essence
But my essence is divine/
I pray minds in deception
Seek correction from binds.
I'd be lyin and regretting
if I'm saying that I'm/
Above and beyond
any brother whose blind.
I find peace for a moment
When I hear my lady moaning,
In the middle of the night,
In the moonlight soaking.
Hoping when I open my eyes
The sunrise in the ghetto will
Inspire me to take it to a level...
Beyond what I see
Or a college degree
My heart is of an artist
and I wanna be free/
From debt, from stress
And a life of pain.
Don't wanna live forever,
Just better the game.
Don't wanna live in terror
if I'm boarding a plane.
Or Walking through the hood
From a shot to the brain.
I don't wanna be a thug
I just wanna be loved/
By the ghetto
Cause no matter what,
It flows in my blood.

Chorus

Ghetto Sunrise (reprise)

Written By: William Forsyth, Kamau Rashaad

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Life (reprise)

Written By: William Forsyth

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Discography

LIFE (single w/bonus tracks).

Nov. 11, 2006 hit #22 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart based on brick-and-mortar sales alone.

Airplay on commercial radio 107.5 WJZZ (Radio One) in Atlanta in November 2006.

1st Place Winner in Billboard Worldwide Song Contest 2006 Rap/Hip-Hop Category

"Reminds you of a young Earth Wind & Fire or trumpeter Terrance Blanchard."
-- Nokia's Music Recommenders

"Life is composed by what sounds very obviously like some seasoned cats. I mean well seasoned, like a perfect blend of salt and pepper. The overall tone to this sample is very mature, almost borderline contemporary jazz, but real thick like G-Funk...it just drops real fresh and spontaneous..."
-- TheOwlMag.com

Editor's pick on CDBaby.com in Urban/R&B:Neo-Soul category

LIFE song selected as finalist in American Songwriter Magazine, This Craft of Music compilation CD contest.

Debut album due in 2007.

Set List

We aren't doing live performances yet.