Macy Gray and the California Jet Club perform live at the Púca Festival!
Forever full of ear-tugging/eye-popping surprises, ever-eclectic singer/songwriter and actress Macy Gray returns in top form with an inspired new 11-song Moonslice Records album – The Reset – and within a fresh new presentation – fronting her own band, The California Jet Club. Produced by Tommy Parker, The Reset reveals 360 degrees of Macy Gray at her lyrically introspective and vocally exuberant best. The songs move from Macy’s signature vulnerable intimacy on the lead single, “Thinking of You,” the epic orchestral ballad “You Got Away” and the festive, sexy circus of “Bottom to the Top” to the resoundingly rebounding singalong uplift of “Every Night” featuring special guest, rapper Maino.
Making this album a separate piece from the previous 10 studio projects in the 5x–Grammy–nominated (with one win) artist’s exquisite catalog is the full involvement of road band members drummer Tamir Barzilay, keyboardist Billy Wes and bassist Alex Kyhn. While all three specialize in specific instruments, they are all multi–instrumentalists, co–writers and from a singing background.
The California Jet Club
Memphis–born Billy Wes is the son of a Pentecostal minister whose music life began in church on organ and piano. He went on to study classical piano at the University of Memphis, adding Jazz and R&B. A move to Los Angeles resulted in writing with artists such as Chrisette Michele and Ciara as well as touring with Rock legend Chris Cornell and his Symphonic Soul mentor Isaac Hayes.
Tamir Barzilay is a drummer/percussionist/producer who dug out a dusty guitar from his mom’s closet at 10 years–old and went on to be profoundly influenced by the trifecta of The Police, Led Zeppelin and Bjork. His credits include, Jason Mrazand Adam Lambert. He sees the California Jet Club as “a genuine thumbprint of racial/cultural blend defined by sound and music.”
Alex Kyhn is the son of two musicians who started out studying piano and trombone as a child then switched to bass in middle school. Alex spent his teenage years writing music and forming bands ranging from gritty punk rock to free jazz to country. Now living in L.A., he views California Jet Club and their debut project The Reset as truly representing the convergence of styles that denote his career.