Tell my readers a little bit about yourself.
My name is Walter L. English III, and I'm a 33-year-old musician/songwriter from Chicago, IL. I began playing when I was six, took classical piano lessons for nine years, and have been a full-time, self-employed musician since April, 2007.
How did you get involved with Keyshia Cole?
I've never had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Cole-Gibson, but I HAVE had a wonderful relationship with my mentor in the music business, Earl Powell of Eptone Productions (Los Angeles, CA). He has taught me and included me in on opportunities since 1997, and when he relocated to L.A., he promised that he would NEVER forget about me. When the track was selected by Mrs. Keyshia and her team, he left me a message to, "Congratulate ME," and assure me that I would be included in this momentous opportunity. Much thanks to Mrs. Keyshia Cole, Frederick "Toxic" Taylor, and the entire assembly of "Team Cole" for allowing me a "seat on the bus."
What was the inspiration behind the song you helped produce and co-write for Keyshia's latest album?
As with any session with Earl Powell, we (as self-professed Christian men) began with prayer and a lil' Bible Study. After that...and a few jokes (we're also self-professed goofballs too....LOL), he wold simply turn on a piano and ask me to play the first inspired thought I had. We weren't writing "for" a specific artist; instead, we were writing whatever idea within us most requested to be unlocked. Who knew it would lead to this? God Almighty....and Earl.
What else do you have coming up?
Well, as monumental as this is for a skinny kid from Chicago and his piano, I strive to better support my two beautiful daughters (Kayla & Zemarriya), I'm still a full-time musician, and bill payments are collected full-time....So, my schedule generally consists of playing at Sullivan's Steakhouse (downtown Chicago), Way of Life Church International (Chicago,IL), and a host of corporate events, private parties, wedding and the like.
Much thanks to Clarice Williams for allowing me the opportunity to ramble. As much as I love to type, it's time for the 2nd Piano Set at Sullivan's to start. Be Blessed, enjoy His day (Ps 118:24), and everyone you encounter in it.
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Please support artist Keyshia Cole and the producers behind her, by picking up a copy at Target or downloading it on Itunes. This album also includes Keyshia's collaborations with Lil Wayne, Ashanti, T.I. "Forever," Robin Thicke, and Meek Mill "Zero." Get yours today! I already did!
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