GRAMMY-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, Howard McCrary, joins the show for the first time!
In 1985, He co-produced the album “So Good” and was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Gospel Performance, Male”. In 1987, he was given ASCAP’s Duke Ellington Award for most promising writer in gospel music and was commissioned to write the piece “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” for the Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.
He was featured as a background vocalist on Quincy Jones’ best-selling “Back on the Block”, as well as arranging vocal parts for the song “Keep the Faith” on Michael Jackson’s 1992 multi-platinum set Dangerous. He began working with Chaka Khan in 1993 as keyboardist and musical director. Later, he worked with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer on the film The Power Of One.
McCrary moved to Hong Kong in 2005 and has become a major figure in the Chinese music scene, performing with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Hubert Yan in 2008. He returned to Qinghai for a repeat performance in 2009 for “Green Peace for China” where he composed and performed with the acclaimed José Carreras and The China National Symphony Orchestra a song “Hear My Plea”. In 2013, McCrary performed at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in his debut concert “Peace and All That Jazz” with full orchestra. In 2014 he premiered his first piano concerto Black Butterfly with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.
We talk to him about his GRAMMY nominated album So Good, working with Michael Jackson on Keep the Faith, Working on Quincy Jones’ bestselling album Back on the Block, being music director for Chaka Khan, his move to Hong Kong and much, much more!