keyboard player, engineer, songwriter Hart Ramsey is not only a
musician but also the Sr. Founder and Pastor of Northview Christian
Church. Ramsey started his solo career as musician with the album
Charge It To My Heart (N-Coded Music) in 2008. He returns this
month with his sophomore project My Next Heartbeat, released on
the same label.
Joining him once again are the musicians
Eric Essix (guitar), Kelley O'Neal (sax, keyboards), Rick Watford
(guitar) and foremost Sean Michael Ray (bass), who co-produced this
album with Ramsey. Hart Ramsey wrote all songs, in parts with Robert
Moe and Sean Michael Ray.
“From my early years of playing keyboards in R&B bands through my
years of producing gospel artists, I've always loved the sound and
feel of Contemporary Jazz." Like on his previous album he offers a
vivid combination of smooth jazz and R&B.
The album opens with Two Roads, a
musical parable about the freedom and risks of choice. A splendid
Kelly O'Neal takes us on a rollercoaster ride of tones. Written In
Red means something that sticks out and demands your attention.
Hart Ramsey's elegant keyboard performance certainly attracts your
full awe-inspiring awareness.
The Commitment features singer Robert Moe. In this heartfelt
ballade he declares:" I'll never leave you. I'll never go away. Through
everything. I'll always stay." Who wouldn't trust this musically
wrapped message. Luther Vandross is coming into mind.
See Into Me is Hart's devotional contribution and worship. With
ease he opens his heart and reveals his confession. Look You In The
Face showcases more of Hart's superb piano grace. Don't waste
precious life on things that make no difference or that will fade away
with time. Invest your next heartbeat in what will outlive this
present life. Following Hart's advice My Next Heartbeat give
you a musical prove for the highly estimated value.
Whenever you think about yourself and that what you have reached,
In Spite Of Myself helps you in your thoughts. Until The End Of
Time is more a joyful relaxation than a thoughtful
reflection about what will come after your life. Merry Heart (Like
Medicine) is Hart's pleasing receipt to strengthen your heart. He
grins: "Learn to laugh often. Laughing makes the heart dance & play.
You're never as inviting or attractive as when you let your guards
down & just laugh."
Cover Me presents singer Daniel Johnson, a highly sought after
vocalist, writer, producer, arranger and music director. This
gospel-influenced ballade can be interpreted as love theme or
religious message: "Cover me in the rain when there's no way through
On the funky Start Now! Hart showcases his fantastic talent as
keyboardist. His fellow musicians don't hide their chops too. The
Better Part is always that what we are intending to, may be
moments of time, in a relationship or just at the point of life, where
we have to make our decision. The album ends with Hart Ramsey's final
advice Don't Be Afraid To Try Again. Robert Moe perfectly
incorporates the message in words and Hart and Rick give wonderful
My Next Heartbeat is far
more than musical entertainment. This album is a fountain of wisdom
not to be neglected.