And Hazy (Remaster) climbed up into the Top 100 Soul/RnB on the iTunes charts in Norway, as well as #27 on the UK Soul Chart!
UK Arts Council funded music blog Trust the Doc said “”The story behind Canadian flautist Jef Kearns’ foray into the world of Soul and R’n’B is relatively recent. He has gathered quite a reputation in the Jazz world and recorded successful albums in that field before collaborating with Soul artists and now picking up the plaudits from the media for that work too. The latest of these collaborations is with Karen Jewels on the song Hazy. A mid-tempo, semi-funky groove with dreamy synths and harmonies allows Karen to showcase a yearning voice that’s like a subtly sweet syrup. She duly delivers a soulful melody and simple love song lyrics while Jef plays reverberant flute phrases above and around her. It’s sophisticated, smooth, and soothing. As the title suggests, perfect for a summer evening chill-out.”
I am in the studio and working on a new single set to be released in October.
Be sure to check out this amazing popping to Hazy by Korean dancer Dokyun! Pay special attention to the story he tells with emojis.
My new album Jazzy AF has been serving up goals since its August 2020 release.
It hit number one chart position on renowned Jazziz Magazine‘s “Top 5 Inside Tracks” chart. I’ve been wanting to be in that magazine since public school so it was definitely a great moment!
The highly revered Soul and Rnb music site SoulTracks provided the worldwide premiere for my video “You Make Heaven” which they called “a slow jam that should get lovers snuggling a bit closer together on a warm Summer night.” They’ve been supporting me since my first release in 2008. Can’t give them enough thanks!
Music critique site Divide and Conquer provided a glowing review of the project which you read in full here.
“As a flutist, Kearns melds his expertise with the instrument with the flow of electronic beats, atmospheric synths and pulsating rhythms. What comes across is a blend of sounds that creates a soundscape that listeners can easily get lost in. Not merely an instrumental album, Jazzy AF sees the artist mixing genres and creating a new sound. Kearns’ command of the instrument is unmistakable.”
The Jazz World provided some love saying “There are only a few flautists out there, and Jef really stands above the crowd.”
Click here now for “Breathe” on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube Music.
Jef Kearns’ latest release sees his flute “Breathe” new life into the song of the same namesake as well as his song “Don’t Make Me Wait” by adding a Chinese flute part performed by Lipeng Wu (written by Harlin Sun.) Both compositions were a part of his Amazon bestseller album, Soulfisticated.
“These songs were originally written and recorded at a time when I lost one of the loves of my life. Don’t Make Me Wait could well have been truncated from ‘Don’t make me wait for you to come back.’ I wrote the melody to this song. Breathe is more of a near resignation to the loss with a slight lingering of longing for past romance. The vocalist on the original recording (Lisa Michelle) wrote the melody and lyric. I recorded this alternate instrumental version because that is how I perform the song at shows. I also wanted to showcase on record the emotion I attach to it from the situation I was in.”
Breathe releases on all digital platforms on March 22nd. 2019.
Don’t Make Me Wait (Shanghai Soul Mix)
Written by Jef Kearns, Troy Patterson, Harlin Sun
Produced by Timian
Mixed and Engineered by Douglas Romanow at Noble Street Studios
Mastered by Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound, NYC
Jef Kearns gives Axel F (Beverly Hills Cop) a breath of reggaeton and dancehall. Listen on your preferred platform by clicking here.
Flautist Jef Kearns is a rare talent. Featured in XXL Magazine for his cover of Warren G’s “Regulate.” An Amazon Japan best seller (alongside Janelle Monae) with his album of originals, Soulfisticated. Top 10 on the UK Soul Chart for a month with his recent EP, The Flute, and tweeted by the renowned Jamal Ahmed (WCLK, Atlanta “S.O.U.L. Of Jazz”) as “Probably the dopest flautist in the game right now!”
It only serves right that his first full production cover is of equally rare magnitude: the Beverly Hills Cop Theme “Axel F.” An instrumental that bested the usual “vocally dominated” charts for 19 weeks, reaching number 2 on the UK Singles Chart and number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.
With production by Douglas Romanow (producer for Kinnie Star, and engineer for Justin Bieber and Tyga) and mastering by Sterling Sound’s Chris Gehringer (Rihanna, Drake, Wu-Tang, Madonna) Jef Kearns gives Axel F new breath by embracing elements of Reggaeton and Dance Hall.
I’ve been performing Bollywood music at South Asian weddings for a few years now, and I’ve discovered that I love it! Tum Hi Ho is requested often! I hope you’ll stop by and listen to a few more at Bollyflute.com
TUm Hi ho
It’s an honour to be a part of these celebrations. Live music makes lasting memories for the bride and groom and guests.
• Featured Performances
• Ceremony Music
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Jef Kearns’ new single “Soulscape” comes off the heels of the R&B flautist being featured in XXL (Hip Hop at a Higher Level) Magazine’s top 20 Hip Hop Covers on Instruments, and inclusion of original composition “Jazz Addiction” on Spotify’s official Smooth Jazz Ride playlist.
Recorded and composed live in the studio, Soulscape is a jazz-meets-hip-hop instrumental which could be likened to the darker, more sensual brother of George Benson’s “Breezin’.”
Soulscape is set to hit all major streaming and retail platforms on November 17, 2017.
Written by J. Kearns/D. Cowans/A. Lewis
Keys: Daniel Cowans
Bass: Anthony Lewis
Drum programming: Timian
Mixed by Douglas Romanow
Mastered by Chris Gehringer (Sterling Sound)