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"Nothing happens unless first a dream."
"It is the unseen and the spiritual in people that determines the outward and the actual."
The story of The Candlelight Guitarist is a mix of family, faith, music and mission. Bradley Powell was born in 1955, the third child of Hayward and Dorothy Powell. Brad's father and uncle--Hayward and Channing Powell--were inventors/entrepreneurs, operating a business that created and manufactured (over a period of decades) Powell Radios, Powell Scooters, and the Powell Sport Wagon --a "car-truck" hybrid that preceded the Ford Ranchero and Chevy El Camino by two years.
In 1954 photo at left, the brothers are standing by a Powell Sport Wagon, with truck innovations such as the fleetside bed, and the extended cab.
In 2011 and 2012, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles had a major SCOOTER EXHIBIT, featuring several Powell scooters built from 1938-1949 (some of those in the exhibit are shown at left).
The Powell Brothers really thought "outside the box" and were a major influence in Brad's creative outlook ...always thinking is there another way to look at this?
Brad's mother Dorothy also has artistic skills that later blossomed... she started painting in her mid-fifties, after Brad's father passed-away. Dorothy is still a prolific painter and active in her community. (And her artwork is featured on three of Brad's CDs--with more soon to follow.) The family just celebrated Dorothy's 90th birthday, at which the Artists Northwest organization honored her with a beautiful certificate of lifetime membership.
It was, more or less, a typical family...one where love, optimism, creativity and music all played a significant part. Brad's older sister Linda, and older brother Alan, both took piano lessons. Brad played clarinet in the fourth grade, but after a year decided guitar was for him.
Inspired by the Beatles, Brad began guitar lessons at age ten (under Doug White, at the Glenn Stead's highly-regarded Stead's Music Center in Bellflower, California). The following year he was awarded first place at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival for a guitar solo. Brad also served as an acolyte (AKA "candlelighter") at the local Methodist Church, played guitar in a garage rock'n'roll band, and his enthusiasm for music grew.
At age 15, Brad was fortunate to become a protégé of the legendary jazz guitarist Joe Pass, a major influence in Brad's life and music. During college, Brad studied classical guitar under Vincenzo Macaluso, and at California State University, Northridge, where he took master classes under Dr. Ronald C. Purcell, with one master class taught by the maestro Andrés Segovia.
First Step In A Long Journey
This eclectic CD features several vocalists, and a large ensemble of top L.A. session musicians (Lincoln Mayorga, Wayne Bergeron, Brandon Fields, Jim Hughart, Chad Wackerman, Julia, Maxine and Oren Waters, and others).
First Step took seven years to complete and launched Brad's return to a full-time music career.
The CD opens with the piano and orchestra tour-de-force
And features Brad's tribute to his jazz guitar mentor Joe Pass: Passalaqua Suite .
Another composition, Meribeth's Paradise , was a tribute to distinguished Grand Canyon naturalist Dr. Meribeth Riffey, whom Brad met on the rafting trip. (Dr. Riffey's late husband, John Riffey, served as the Ranger on Grand Canyon's North Rim at Toroweap for 38 years.)
In 1998, Brad drove across the U.S. in his nine year-old Jeep promoting his CD, and many radio stations (especially jazz, eclectic and college radio)
played the CD.
R.S. Murthi wrote about Brad's First Step In A Long Journey CD in THE NEW STRAITS TIMES (Malaysia):
"he's a deft composer with a knack for intricate scoring...the horns are richly orchestral and the rhythms have a natural flow and swing, and Powell has assembled a team of top-notch players...to realise his stylistically diverse conceptions."Along the path of this journey, Brad was twice featured at the Hollywood Bowl: once performing Gerald Wilson's "Sonata for Guitar and Orchestra" with the composer conducting, and also under the baton of Richard Carpenter, in a performance of a suite of Carpenters hits. Brad studied composition informally under the guidance of David Rose ("Little House On The Praire"). Brad also composed background music for popular television shows, including Hill Street Blues and The 'A' Team, working with composers Mike Post and Pete Carpenter.
The Candlelight Guitarist
In late summer of 2001, Brad began working on a series of compositions. Then, upon the events of September 11, 2001, Brad felt called to devote himself to creating music that might help people in their healing process. Brad reflects that "'Music for Rest & Renewal' was such an emotional and spiritual catharsis for me, I composed almost the entire album in two weeks." With the release of 'The Candlelight Guitarist: Music for Rest & Renewal', the response from listeners affirmed that Brad was blessed with a gift and a calling.
Brad has now completed eight "Candlelight Guitarist" CDs, with more recordings in progress. He wants each CD to compliment the others, but such that each will have it's own unique character. Brad says,
"Having performed for many years, I find it a joy to connect with the listener. The performance is an experience we share. And like the listener's heart, the music can offer spirituality, romance, tenderness, and joy. When I record, the listener is right there with me in spirit."
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