THE ORCHARD (SONY/ATV) SINGS PIANIST/COMPOSER BOB BALDWIN TO WORLWIDE PUBLISHING ADMINISTRATION DEAL
Prepares for Debut (Post-Covid) Worldwide Live Stream on Dec. 12, 2020 With His All-Star NorthEast Bandmates, The First of Several Quarterly Events
Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed songwriter, producer, NewUrbanJazz Radio host Bob Baldwin to a global publishing Administration deal. He's also getting ready to debut his monumental streaming platform with an all-star band on Dec. 12, 2020.
Bob is known for his music in the Contemporary Jazz field, which has heavy elements of Urban, Funk, Gospel and Brazilian idioms. He's famously known as one of the few artists who owns more than 80% of his music recordings and publishing, which allowed him to ink the deal.
Bob is working on disc #32, pushing him over 300 songs in his artist catalog. His latest production is a Urban-tinged vocal offering with compositions and performances by Lori Williams, Toni Redd, Dee Dee Davis, Monica Mason, Gigi, and Regina Troup.
Some of his collaborations include tracks as a writer with Paul Brown, Richard Elliot, Will Downing, Marion Meadows, Ragan Whiteside, Lori Williams, Pieces of a Dream and Grover Washington, Jr., to name a select few. He's co-produced tracks for the aforementioned Flutist Whiteside, who has enjoyed more than 7 tracks in the top 10 Billboard Smooth Jazz charts over the last several years. Bob's composition "Backstage Pass" charted #1 a few years back with Paul Brown f/ Bob James. His streaming activity at Pandora and Spotify are modest, but steady and successful in the smooth and contemporary jazz genre.
"I've been preaching the same narrative for 30 years, as previously preached by James Brown, Prince and Ray Charles, and it's very simple...'own, own, own,'' says the New York Native. "If you don't own what you create, you're not really in the game."
"Don't be a rented artist where your deal is front-loaded and there's nothing on the back-end to grab. The fact is, the big 3 music labels have been thriving on catalog, well over 70% of their revenues. Why do you think they can afford to rent/own buildings in Gotham City? Artists gave up a lot on those deals and were content with doing shows and concerts, but now that the gigs have gone dry and Broadway has temporarily shuttered, live show revenues for artists is skeletal at best today. Even Live Nation revenues are down well over 95% from the year before, and that tells the full story."
Look for Bob Baldwin's debut live stream as he celebrates a milestone birthday (12/09). The stream airs on 12/12, with a re-air on 12/13/20. Next streaming stop for stream #2 is Atlanta, Ga. featuring the best artists in jazz and urban.
Artist webpage: bobbaldwin.com
Radio: NewUrbanJazz webpage
Retail Site: (City Sketches Records)