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For the next few weeks, you can now hear the title track, "Echos Of A Rose", in its entirety on Facebook as well as our MySpace page (links below). We'll be periodically featuring a different full length track from the CD.
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Porterfield Rose Background:
Porterfield Rose was formed in late 2008 and consists of Lovancy Ingram, Spike Ingram, Marcel Miner, and Jeff Phelps. Each of the members have strong individual musical backgrounds (see individual bios below) and, bring a unique combination of instruments (violin, clarinet, guitar, keyboards, bass, and sax) to the project.
The music is all instrumental and is a unique combination of pop, jazz and foot-tapping electro-soul. Filled with melodies, instrumental harmonies, and tastefully rendered solos, the songs have so far evoked a wide mix of positive reactions as a result of the variety of styles on the debut CD "Echos Of A Rose".
Porterfield Rose Musician Bios:
Lovancy ingramLovancy Ingram began playing the violin at age three and ever since then, she has enjoyed sharing her love of music with others. Originally a student of classical violin who studied with Quincy Meeks and Gloria Stearns-Bruner, Lovancy has branched out into contemporary improvisation. Ms. Ingram has performed with a number of groups including the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Music Ministry, The Pan-American Symphony Orchestra, and the Spirit Jazz and Improv Ensemble of Teachers College, Columbia University. She has also served as assistant concertmaster with the University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra. During her musical career, Lovancy has taught children and adults. Upcoming projects include a recording with singer-guitarist Br. K. Ledger.Vedoster ‘Spike’ IngramVedoster ‘Spike’ Ingram, father of violinist Lovancy Ingram, and brother of composer and musician Jeff Phelps, plays clarinet and bass clarinet in the featured album. For his eleventh birthday Spike received his first clarinet as a present from his mother. Along with the present came private and disciplined music lessons from a well known local clarinet teacher in Rochester, Pennsylvania, Mr. Faga. After a year at the age of twelve, Spike was accomplished enough to be placed in the Rochester High School band as a clarinetist. About the second year of playing the clarinet, Spike teamed up with his pal Mike Taylor, eventually a bass player of Mr. Rodgers fame, in weekend jazz jam sessions. Spike was given a saxophone by Mike’s uncle, a professional saxophonist. While in the high school band Spike was featured as a solo clarinetist in classical music presentations and as a saxophonist in the jazz swing band. Spike also performed in all star high school orchestras as first and solo clarinetists. Before graduating from high school, Spike struggled about entering science over a musical career. At Howard University in Washington DC Spike played two years with the university band while studying chemistry, and whenever time permitted played in pickup jam sessions. During his professional years as a chemist Spike did not play clarinet with organized groups, but did find a musical channel in contributing to the board of directors of the DC Music Center, a nonprofit grassroots music school with several Washington DC locations. At the encouragement of his daughter, Lovancy, Spike became musically active again by joining the instrument section of the Sacred Heart Shrine choir of Washington DC as a clarinetist. About a year ago, Spike has taken up the bass clarinet and plays it along with his clarinet in this album.
Marcel’s musical interest began at age 10 with the arrival of the Beatles to America, starting with a plastic guitar, which unfortunately did not survive a fall from a bed. Although he loved playing guitar, he was eventually drawn to the deep tones and drive of the electric bass guitar. Playing in various impromptu bands in his West Philadelphia neighborhood, he enjoyed playing in front of people. His early influences included James Brown (with Bootsy Collins on bass), and bass players Stanley Clarke, Jack Bruce of the rock group Cream, and Chris Squire of the progressive rock group Yes. He joined a professional local band in high school and played at clubs bars and other events, including a trip to Nova Scotia Canada as the featured band at a nightclub for a week. The biggest highlight was performing as the opening act for the Chambers Brothers group at the Philadelphia Civic Center in front of over 5,000 people.
While attending Penn State, Marcel and one of his high school classmates formed the R&B Band Soundwave, which played at various events on and off-campus. This was where he met Jeff, who played saxophone in the band.
After graduating college Marcel played in various local Jazz and Rock bands in the Philadelphia area while pursuing a career in finance. Upon relocating to Houston, Marcel reconnected with Jeff and began recording with Jeff’s indie record company Engineered For Sound. Unfortunately, Marcel spent just one year in Houston, as he relocated to Alabama to further his professional business career. By then he had resumed playing guitar along with bass.
Marcel’s travels eventually brought him to Atlanta, and he was pleased to be invited to participate in Jeff’s upcoming music project, which is dedicated to their mothers, who are no longer with us. Collaborating primarily long-distance for the project, Marcel looks forward to performing live with Lovancy, Spike, and Jeff.
Originally from western Pennsylvania, Jeff Phelps began playing piano by ear at the age of 5 , then added the saxophone while still in elementary school. He has never stopped playing, learning, and expanding his repertoire throughout his professional and musical careers.
He moved to Houston, TX to pursue his engineering career and during this time, Jeff became active in the Houston music scene, building on his initial band experience gained while in college. Since arriving in Texas, he has performed on and produced or co-produced several independent albums and CDs, and was leader/keyboardist/saxophonist for one of Houston's top party and dance bands for over a decade. He continues to occasionally play solo piano for private parties, corporate gatherings, and charity events while focusing on original music production and songwriting in his extensive home studio.
Over the years, his music playing and writing styles have evolved to incorporate elements from a diverse range of artists, including The Crusaders, Steely Dan, Gil Scott-Heron, Sade, Stevie Wonder, and others. Please visit www.magneticeyesmusic.com for more on Jeff's other projects.
This project was influenced and inspired by a combination of unrelated events in 2008. After an impromptu performance of "Amazing Grace" featuring Jeff, Spike, and Lovancy, Jeff got the idea to structure a recording project around the instruments involved (violin, clarinet, piano) to see how it might sound. Around that same time, Jeff reconnected via email with a childhood friend, Dena Eakles, whose organization runs a farm in Ontario, WI where they promote a sustainable way of life. Dena's website is here, http://www.echovalleyfarmhealing.com/index.html. Her annual outdoor concerts looked like a perfect fit for the instruments in mind for this project. The idea of playing at one of Echo Valley's events in 2010 has helped inspire the continuation and completion of this project. The final piece was adding Jeff's good friend and bandmate from college, Marcel Miner, who played both bass and guitar on the CD. His style fit perfectly with (and added immensely to) the musical concepts Jeff envisioned at the outset of the project.
This effort is primarily dedicated to Betty (Rose) Phelps and Louise (Porterfield) Miner, mothers that were lost in 2008.
Thanks for your interest, and please send us any comments or thoughts you may have about our work.