I write songs about prevalent issues in the world and produce concerts that give back to community.
~ Mickey Carroll
Mount Dora, FL (PRWEB) May 06, 2011
In this day and age it takes diversified presentations to keep the eyes and ears of a crowd. Mickey Carroll has been known for morphing his musical compositions to align with what is happening in our world today.
Well-noted as a guitar player, singer, bandleader, Grammy nominee, gold record recipient, songwriter and entertainer who is dedicated to giving back to the world through community activism and musical commentary. The winner of three Florida Arts and Humanities awards, his influences include Mose Allison, Randy Newman, Ray Charles and Diana Krall.
Mickey Carroll has been in the business since the 50’s, and is familiar with ground breaking momentums. He and Bill Harner started the doo-wop duo, "Billy and Mickey," and was one of the first white acts to break the color barrier playing a string of black and white concerts. From composing a #1 hit that went gold and nominated for a Grammy for well known group ‘The Whispers’.
Songs about dogs? Credit cards? Raising a child? “The first time I heard Mickey and the Old Dogs ‘Old Dogs’ I found myself smiling through the whole song and tapping my foot. He sheds light on how music can bring us all together by his innovative and rich history. Carroll’s approach is upbeat, comical, rhythmically sound with a backdrop of a New Orleans-type undertoe. It only goes to show that sometimes we don’t have to teach an old dog new tricks, for they have a magical style that is all their own wrapped up in a very entertaining package,” says Jaijai Jackson, creator of The Jazz Network Worldwide.
In his career Mickey was signed by Soul Train legend Don Cornelius and Dick Griffy to Solar Records. Don and Dick moved the famous Record Plant Studio in Sausalito, California aboard a 110 foot ship. Helmed by the legendary Bob Johnston (Bob Dylan, Elvis, Johnny Cash) the album was recorded with an all-star roster of musicians including hit songwriter Jimmy Webb, Leon Pendarvis - NBC's Saturday Night Live music director, Chuck Leavell of the Rolling Stones and Willie Hall of the Blues Brothers band.
In the early 80‘s Mickey partnered with Rod Glaubman (founder of PACE, the largest non-profit performing arts organization in America) and created concert events for those with disabilities, veterans and senior citizens. From 2000 to 2010 Mickey founded Mother J Productions, a 501c non-profit that funded arts education through concert performances and community events. Mother J contributed over $100,000 to arts education and world community disaster relief funds.
In 1978, Mickey’s album "Love Life" was nominated for a Grammy award. and engineered by Grammy-winner Eric Schilling, "Love Life" still sounds fresh today and is currently released around the world by Vision Records and Banderia Music Company (Asia).
2011 is here and Mickey finds that he’s still hard at work writing new songs, recording, and releasing socially conscious music. You can hear Mickey Carroll and The Old Dogs Of The Hood this week featured on The Jazz Network Worldwide http://www.thejazznetworkworldwide.com and to learn more about his music and philanthropic events that empowers the sense of community go to http://www.mickeycarroll.com and http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/old-dogs-single/id422804165 to purchase his latest single “Old Dogs” and/or “Love Life” at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/love-life/id379413252 and his music commentary page on Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Mickey_Carroll?action=comments.