Sol to Soul
Biography "Ravel masterfully blends jazz textures, rock energy & tropical rhythms" ~Los Angeles Times "A brilliant keyboard artist" ~Madonna 'Freddie's originality is fascinating and his strong Latin roots bring passion to his music!' ~Maurice White, Founder, Earth, Wind & Fire "A thrill ride of World Beat Fire to smooth originals" ~Jazziz About Freddie Ravel The unprecedented invasion of Latin music into Mainstream continues to be the perfect climate for the multi-cultural excitement of Freddie Ravel. His fiery and sensuous concerts & compositions draw upon his lifelong passions for Latin, Classical and Jazz supported by his Euro-Colombian heritage and deep spirituality. Ravel says: "Today, I find the purest moments come when I'm just sitting at the piano letting all of this flow through me to make music that speaks from the heart." Utterly captivated by Music since age 5, Freddie began performing worldwide with Brazilian icon Sergio Mendes by age 23. Shortly thereafter, Universal Records discovered the young artist resulting in a series of solo albums, all charting Top 10 in America: "Midnight Passion", "Sol to Soul" & "Freddie Ravel", featuring the #1, "Sunny Side Up". Embraced by his many fans, his songs continue to receive extensive international airplay while his live shows garner critical acclaim. Over the past decade, Freddie's reputation as a multi-faceted Producer, Composer & Live Performer soared to the top echelons of the music industry with the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire and Al Jarreau under Freddie's directorship. Subsequent invitations from Madonna led to MTV appearances and featured Freddie's sizzling piano solo in Madonna's remix of Don't Cry For Me Argentina. Current collaborations go on with the hottest stars and production teams in Hip Hop, Jazz, Latin and Pop including Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Bobby McFerrin, Quincy Jones & Sting, as well as live performances with Prince, Herbie Hancock and Carlos Santana. Freddie's lifelong commitment to raise human potential through Music gave birth to a powerful interactive performance program in 2002, which he named Tune Up to Success® where he reveals to audiences ranging from teens to Fortune 500 Companies how MUSIC connects and empowers their personal and professional lives. "Music is so profound that I consider it to be the very fabric of the universe. It is amazing that variations of rhythm, frequency, and harmony can have such a profound universal power to make people jump for joy, feel melancholy, or create a sense of déjà vu" says Ravel. "If I've contributed music that stirs, surprises and stimulates my audience, then my mission is on track." Cameron Smith, CEO and founder of America's Smooth Jazz TV recently stated: "Over the past ten years, I have come to understand just how amazing Freddie Ravel is both as a musician and humanitarian, his dedication to his craft of making meaningful music is eclipsed only by his desire to champion causes that bring out the best in all of us." Preparing yet another thrill ride for his many fans, the crossover keyboardist is set to launch his fourth album in Spring 2007, a stunning blend of Dance, Romance, Hip Hop, Flamenco and a very special surprise. Stay Tuned!