Back To Class (feat. Detroit Soul Legends)

by Drew Schultz

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"Back to Class" is the debut record of soul drummer Drew Schultz, featuring legends of Detroit Soul. Drew entered the scene at the age of 19, cutting his teeth over a course of five years with iconic Motown group The Four Tops. Touring the world as percussionist, drummer, archivist, and substitute conductor for the group, Drew got the chance to perform with many legendary artists including The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, The Dramatics, The Miracles, The Contours, Harold Melvin's Bluenotes, and countless others. Many of the legendary artists he has worked with are on this record, with 50% of profits benefiting the music programs of the Detroit Public Schools. All of the songs are original compositions written, performed, and arranged by Drew, featuring raw organic performances by a live band, horns, and singers. The artists on the record include:

The Four Tops
The Funk Brothers
Dennis Coffey
Ken Knox of Chairmen of the Board
Lenny Pickett of Saturday Night Live / Tower of Power
Melvin Davis
Spyder Turner
Rob Carter of Nature's Divine
Pat Lewis
James Jamerson, Jr.
Turhan (Earl Van Dyke Jr.)
Joey Kingfish
McKinley Jackson
Chris Ams
Elise McCoy
Anna "Cartia" Carter
Kyle Allen
The Drew Schultz Funk Machine:
Jent LaPalm
Emilio Tostado
Dan Sieling
and more...


released August 28, 2012

Executive Producer: Drew Schultz
Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Steve Adams and Drew Schultz
Recorded at SDA Studios, Mt. Clemens MI
“Slouch Potato” Recorded at Sweatshop Studios, Katonah NY by Shaul & Edan Dover
“Long Gone Love” & “So Many Fish In The Sea” Leads & Solos Recorded at Outspoken
Records Studio with LeVar ‘Mista LG’ Gladden
Mastered by Kevin Reeves at Sterling Sound, New York NY

All songs written by Drew Schultz except
"Slouch Potato" written by Drew Schultz, Emilio Tostado, Jent Lapalm, Dan Sieling
"Sometimes" written by Drew Schultz, Devon Hawkins
"Jamo" written by Drew Schultz, James Jamerson Jr, Steve Adams

All Rhythm Section Arrangements by Drew Schultz
All Horn Arrangements by McKinley Jackson except
"So Many Fish In The Sea" Horn Arrangement by Drew Schultz

Featuring The Funk Machine:
Drew Schultz: Drums, Percussion, Keys, Background Vocals
Jent LaPalm: Bass
Emilio Tostado: Guitar
Daniel Sieling: Guitar

Additional Musicians:
Steve Adams: Percussion
Danny Tyrell: Organ, Piano
Jack Johnson: Tenor Sax
Goode Wyche: Bari Sax
Charlie Miller: Trumpet
Shane Lawrence: Trumpet
John Raleeh: Trombone
Elise McCoy: Background Vocals
Dennis Sheridan: Congas on “Simple Words”
Bill Engleman: Background Vocals on “Told You So”
Mike Swain: Keyboard Solo on “Not Enough”
Paul Shonk: Acoustic Guitar on “Shipwrecked”
Turhan (Earl Van Dyke Jr): Bass on “Welcome Home Heartache"



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Drew Schultz Detroit, Michigan

Drew Schultz entered the scene at the age of 19 as drummer, percussionist, conductor, and archivist for the iconic Motown group The Four Tops, Drew has worked artists including The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves, The Miracles, Dramatics, Contours, Chairmen of the Board, Harold Melvin's Bluenotes, George Clinton, Dennis Coffey, Freda Payne, Melvin Davis, Spyder Turner, and many more. ... more

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