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Cover Article : Feature Last Updated: Aug 13th, 2009 - 16:38:37

Paul Jackson, Jr. - New CD, New Record Label, American Idol and More!
By Kim Betton,
Jun 1, 2009, 17:52

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He’s back – and jamming a jazz vibe – straight from the heart and soul. The CD is called “Lay It Back.” The artist is renowned guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. The smooth cuts are all laid out on Jackson's new recording label Branch Records, Inc. “You're getting 14 sounds all of which offer a sense of realism or organic tunes,” Jackson told “This project has been such a labor of love for me,” he added.

Jackson produced and co-produced the CD with assistance from a team of profound musicians such as Bobby Lyle, Patrice Rushen, Jeff Lorber, Rex Rideout, Jeff Carrathers, Cornelius Mims, Dave Delhomme to Alex Al, James Reese, Ray Brown (Earth, Wind & Fire) and the The Rickey Minor Band.

And what's especially “special” about this recording is Jackson's 21 year old daughter Lindsey who is on back up vocals. “Lindsey is great to work with. She's consummate professional. I am so proud of her,” said Jackson.”

"Lay It Back"

It was nearly six years ago when Jackson scored a #1 single on contemporary jazz radio with his version of the Motown classic, “It’s A Shame.” Since then the music mogul has been featured on a host of nationally televised programs such as American Idol, America's Got Talent and Don't Forget the Lyrics. Then there are the star studded Grammy Awards, the NAACP Image Awards, and the TV Land Awards.

Jackson began plucking his tunes on the guitar at 11 years old while growing up in Los Angeles. In the signs of tough economic times, music education and the number of children playing instruments is a grim reality as countless programs are cut from school budgets. Jackson is doing his part to assist children to stay on the musical course - just as he did as a child. “I believe music education is needed and is very important for our children,” said Jackson, who takes the time out of his busy schedule to conduct jazz mentoring workshops.

When asked what's next --Jackson says he's looking forward to a host of performances as promotions for "Lay It Back" continue.

Track Listings:
“Lay It Back”

“The Workout”
“Lucy The Cat”
“Lay It Back”
"Bay Shore Drive”
“Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing”
“Hind’s Feet”
“To Be Like Him”
“Easy (Like Sunday Morning)”
“2 For 10,000”
“Swing It”
“Ballad For Uncle Ronnie”
“Hit It”
“Can This Be Real?”
“Fourteen ‘Til”

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