Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Rand Experiment

After all this time I am finally getting to put out an album that has been a long time in the making.  I have played everything from Reggae and Gospel to Jazz and Soul to Hip-Hop.  However, my true love has always been Rock n' Roll!  I played in plenty of rock, metal and punk bands but no official recordings exist.

I remember the first time I heard Joe Satriani using the guitar as a lead instead of vocals, it was like I discovered the key to life!  Of course by the time I started playing shows as a teenager it was "taboo" to play anything technical, remotely fast or beyond pentatonic scales and power chords.  Seriously!? The dumbing down began.  So I did not stay true to myself and stopped playing the music I loved dearly.

But like my dad always said; you only fail when you quit.  So I am finally making my first true rock record.  It is featuring some of my good friends Forrest Robinson and Greg Washington on drums and my buddy Mike Briggs on bass.  I'll be producing and Mr. Ty Tabor of King's X fame confirmed his availability to polish everything. Of course I am also playing a good bit of drums, bass and keyboards in addition to guitar and vocals.  But this one is definitely not for the faint of heart 'cause the 100 watt Marshall is going full tilt nice and heavy!  I am really pushing myself and the guys creatively, sonically and technically.  Stay tuned it is going to be happening and out this fall God willing.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

New Album Out Now: "Between Yesterday and Tomorrow" by Jermaine Rand


"Between Yesterday and Tomorrow" by Jermaine Rand is a passionate and eclectic acoustic guitar based album.  Rand takes his guitar on a journey through Soul, Rock, Flamenco, World and  Classical Music influences that should satisfy music lovers from all walks of life.

Recorded and mixed at The ParkElevator Music,  Atlanta , GA
Additional recording by Michael Briggs, Raleigh, NC

Written, arranged, produced, engineered, recorded and mixed by Jermaine Rand

"Build the Temple" mixed by Don McCollister at Nickel and Dime Studios, Atlanta, GA
 Mastered by Ty Tabor at Alien Beans Studio, Houston TX

Jermaine Rand- Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Lead and Backing Vocals
Michael Briggs- Bass
Daniella Willett-Rabin- Percussion
Chanel Rand- Vocals
Adam Smith- Vocals

Art and Graphic Design by Daniella Willett-Rabin



More information available here: http://www.jermainerand.com

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Ivory Coast and Thankfulness



Looking back on my life and the present moment I am often in awe of the blessings I have received; I am humbled and thankful.  It is weird how I vividly recall learning the songs in the book that was included with my first guitar when I was around 5 or constantly playing the songs out of the keyboard book that came with my sister's electronic organ around the same time.  I remember using Pringles cans as drums, playing them with the backs of pencils.  Music was all I wanted to do even surpassing my interest in art.  That was until I discovered computers and how they could be used in conjunction.
I never thought growing up in Raleigh, NC that I would ever make it further than learning Metallica songs in my bedroom, shredding it up and taking over the local music store after school.

So I just got back from Africa where I played the Abidjan Jazz Festival and met so many wonderful people including the legendary Paco Séry with my soul sister Divinity Roxx.





I was recently writing a friend in London who was concerned about all the hatred, violence, riots and racial tension going on the US. The more I travel and meet people, the more I see the similarities in people all around the world.  One of the key differences however is in the United States, there is almost always an underlying constant feeling of racial tension.  It is everywhere; TV, movies, the internet, the grocery store, shopping malls, restaurants, just driving a car or walking the street you feel it.  That feeling is completely absent when I visit Africa, The Bahamas, Jamaica even Mexico.  






So I just want to thank Paco Séry and the wonderful folks in the Ivory Coast for treating me like their brother and most of all like a fellow human.  I felt at home, at peace.


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