Saturday, April 10, 2010

Alan Hewitt to Tour Again with Moody Blues

Following a whirlwind tour as keyboardist for the spring tour of the Moody Blues, Alan Hewitt is scheduled to tour again with the band in the Summer US and UK tour.

"Touring with the Moody Blues is a humbling and phenomenal experience," said Hewitt. "Justin, John, Graeme and the band have a wealth of experience to share. I'm just honored to have been asked to play a part in this fun and exciting tour," he said.

Hewitt, who got his start fronting a leading Chicago rock band in the 80s with a "Star Search" appearance and later as a whiz kid in the production room with Earth Wind and Fire, has a long list of successful credits to his name. He worked with Earth Wind and Fire for over half a decade with the "Greatest Hits" album going platinum in 2000. However, it was co-writing and piano/B-3 contributions on the platinum record "Cherry Pie" with Warrant that would solidify Hewitt as a monster musical talent capable of crossing genres.

From artists like Donny Osmond to foundations like the JFK Center, Hewitt's list of record production credits as both a producer and recording artist spans across the various major labels and genres with over 12 million records sold. A first call producer for a long list of major film and television productions, Hewitt's credits include "National Lampoon's VanWilder," "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," "Survivor", MTV, "Access Hollywood," "Entertainment Tonight" and a composer for the "Oprah Winfrey Show" (including "Oprah's Big Give"). The list of accolades from the industry includes The Golden Planet Award and the ESPY Award for Excellence.

As a solo artist, the uniqueness of the Hewitt signature sound lies in his ability to draw from the diverse worlds of contemporary jazz, pop and rock, while simultaneously bridging the gap between instrumental music and the urban scene with intoxicating stage performances that are a fusion of energy, style and grace. It was his 2004 release, "Noche de Pasion," that marked his emergence on the pop instrumental scene, which was followed by his critically acclaimed 2006 release "Metropolis." The Baltimore Times hailed, "'Metropolis' is the album to put in your CD player (then turn up the volume)."

Hewitt's current release, "Retroactive" (via NuGroove/Sony Red), features performances from Greg Adams (Tower of Power), Paul Jackson, Jr., Steve Madaio (Stevie Wonder) and Steve Oliver. The first single released is an intoxicating arrangement of the 70s Isaac Hayes classic, "Shaft." Check your local listings for upcoming concerts or logon to

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