Feature Article by Michael Diamond from Music and Media Focus

I have just received this new Article by music critic Michael Diamond. He is discussing my most recent album "Recollections: Volume 1". Please read his thoughts on my music and also give a listen to the album on Soundcloud. This album has received awards from Global Music Awards and The Akademia, and has been nominated by Hollywood Music and Media Awards for best Contemporary Instrumental coming up November 17 at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood. I hope to see many of my fellow friends and artists at this event !!!

Thank you Michael for your insights, wonderful writing and all you do for independent artists!!!!

Celebrating 50 years of recording history: 1966-2016. Thank you all for listening!!


The Dawn of New Age in Malibu... Wire Magazine July 2016

Just Received a copy of the Wire Magazine from the UK (that is not me on the cover)..... I was interviewed in an article about the beginnings and evolution of the new age music genre in the 1980's while I was Producer and Music Director of Valley of the Sun from 1982-92, one of the very first successful new age labels of the era. It was wonderful being part of that group of musical artists who followed their heart when creating beautiful musical soundscapes. I must have produced hundreds of recordings over that period, including the "Eternal OM" which became the top selling meditation recording for Valley of the Sun, and then went to become one of the mostly widely used recordings for massage, yoga, and meditation throughout the world. Still waiting for the Gold Record to arrive.......

Mixing my very first solo album "Mystic Memories", released in 1983.
I worked tirelessly at finding artists and producing records for VOS, we had a really good group of artists and everyone was very original in their own style. I went on to focus on a very special series of recordings about Atlantis, the lost continent.... over a period of 30 years...... Atlantis: Crystal Chamber (1987), Atlantis: Healing Temple (1990), and Atlantis: Brave New World (2015)..... I will continue to revisit this theme when the music calls me......

Marie Matson at the marimba.... I always like to use a lot of percussive instruments, and non-standard scales and chord structures, part of my eclectic bag of tricks!!!!!

Bray Ghiglia and myself teamed up in 1990 and we still work together occasionally to this day. He appears on 2 tunes from my latest album "Recollections: Volume 1". Bray is a composer, vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, flute and sax player..... need I say more?

In the control room with Suzanne Arthur. I produced an album for Sue (Shared Blessings) and she became a member of my group "Lateral Movement". A beautiful person and wonderful flutist. Below is Karl Schaffner, who came to us from Munich, Germany. I signed Karl to VOS and worked on a couple of his solo albums. He also joined my group "Lateral Movement" performing on acoustic guitar and fretless bass.

Standing out in front of Valley of the Sun's offices in Malibu, Ca. 1982. Life is good....... and life and career continue to be good to me. I continue writing and recording and working on a new direction into the  Latin/Funk/Jazz genre and focusing on guitar compositions. I must give you all a heartfelt thanks for listening to my music and helping me fulfill my dreams and ambitions....rs. Aug 2, 2016 


"Farmer John" by the Tidal Waves inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legendary Songs !!!

I have been notified that my first record with the Tidal Waves in 1966 has been inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legendary Songs. What a great honor to be recognized by your peers, family, friends and fans. The Tidal Waves were an early Detroit "Garage Rock" band that found success from 1965-1967 playing and recording throughout the Michigan area.

Michigan Rock and Roll Legends

wikipedia - The_Tidal_Waves


Zone Music Reporter Top 100 April 2016: Atlantis # 47

"Atlantis Trilogy: Brave New World" places on the Zone Music Chart at # 47 for April. This is the sixth consecutive month on this very important airplay chart.  These numbers are reported by radio programmers across the globe and reflect the actual airplay in many different genres. Thanks to all for listening and reporting !!!


Slap & Ghiglia Performing at the Jam Lab, Chicago 06.13.2016

I am pleased to announce I will be performing in Chicago at the Jam Lab on 06.13.2016
Joining me will be Bray Ghiglia, an incredible musician and composer from LA, Bray and I go back to the 1980's and we always work well together. He is also featured on my latest album, Recollections: Volume1, playing flute and sax.

We will be presenting a new tune I am recording, "En las Sombras de la Noche", a Latin/jazz style instrumental....

This event is sponsored by the Indie Collab , so if you are in the area, please join us !!!
more info: http://www.grant-maloy-smith.com/Indie/

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