The Project Grand Slam Story
Project Grand Slam (PGS) was formed in 2007. Their debut album, Play (Cakewalk Records 2008), featured the Top radio hit “The Captain Of Her Heart” with internationally renowned guest vocalist Judie Tzuke. In addition, PGS and five of the tracks from Play were featured in an episode of the hit NBC-TV series, “Lipstick Jungle”, starring Brooke Shields. Play received rave reviews and was nominated for several Grammys.
In Nov. 2011 PGS released their new version of the classic Hollies hit, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”, with Special Guest Vocals by Joye Hennessey. The song was dedicated by the band for the benefit of the victims of child abuse, relating to the Penn State University sexual abuse scandal.
On July 3, 2012, PGS will release Spring Dance (Cakewalk Records), the band's new album. The album features five spectacular new compositions by Robert Miller, the group's leader and bassist, including the title track, plus two fabulous vocals by Joye Hennessey including "He Ain't Heavy".
The album will be available for download on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and all other major online retainers, and will also be available for online streaming from Spotify, Napster, Amazon and others.
Review of "He Ain't Heavy"
Robert Miller - the leader of PGS, Robert plays electric bass and is the band's principal composer. Robert has two albums as leader to his credit: Child's Play (Wildcat Records) and Prisoners of Love (32 Records), both of which received excellent reviews. The former album includes performances by Randy Brecker, Jon Lucien and Anton Fig. His band, The Robert Miller Group, appeared with acts like Bruce Hornsby, Bela Fleck and Kenny Barron. In addition, as co-founder of 32 Records, Robert produced the acclaimed "Jazz For..." series, including "Jazz For A Rainy Afternoon", which dominated the Billboard Jazz Chart.
There's nothing more deadlier than a soulful singer, a hot band and a powerful message. "He Aint' Heavy He's My Brother" has all of the above and is an impressive snapshot of music from Project Grand Slam. They made a good call brining in a singer like Hennessey and going with a classic piece of music like this. Because of this the single presents a more marketable dimension for additional fans. PGS delivers the goods!"
Indie Music Digest
Project Grand Slam
Ron Thaler plays drums and percussion.
Gilad Ronen plays saxophones.
Danny Lerman is guest saxophonist.
Mike Eckroth is guest keyboardist.
Joye Hennessey is guest vocalist.
2008 Grammy Nominations For Project Grand Slam and Play
Album Of The Year - PLAY
Best New Artist - - PROJECT GRAND SLAM
Best Pop Collaboration Accompanying Vocalist - THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART (PGS & Judie Tzuke)
Best Pop Instrumental Performance - STUDIO ONE
Best Contemporary Jazz Album - PLAY
Best Instrumental Composition - STUDIO ONE (nominated: Haim Cotton, Robert Miller)
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist - THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART (nominated: Haim Cotton)