Performing on Friday, July 7
Monty Seward, a California native, was born and raised in the Los Angeles county. He has been performing since the early age of 5 years old, singing solos in church, performing for special events, dignitaries and school assemblies all while developing his talent as a singersongwriter and performer. His first professional recording session was at the age of 9 when he recorded a single along with his mother, Evangeline Seward, and family for the legendary, Pat Boone’s record label. Hearing his voice on the radio for the first time left an indelible mark on him and it was this moment in his childhood that stirred the passion in him for the music business.
Monty learned to play several instruments at an early age, starting with the drums, then he ventured to piano and flute and eventually the guitar. But it was his singing and songwriting that would ultimately cause the industry to take notice. Though passionate and committed to music, his practical sensibilities took precedence when initially deciding on his college career path. Monty chose to major in electronic engineering and minor in jazz at Southern University Baton Rouge Louisiana, and was fortunate to be mentored by the New Orleans-born jazz legend, Alvin Baptiste who also mentored the likes of Branford Marsalis and many more. A milestone in his early pursuit to becoming a professional musician and singer was his appearance at the New
Orleans Jazz Festival at the age of 19 where he intrigued the crowd with a rendition of the late Al Jarreau’s “Spain”.
By the mid 80’s, Monty developed into a multi-faceted, producer, keyboardist, songwriter and vocalist and was soon noticed by the legendary Quincy Jones who signed him a staff songwriter exposing him to great writing and producing opportunities. He temporarily placed his aspirations as a solo artist on the back burner to pursue those opportunities which lead him to write, produce or perform with such notables as Kelly Clarkson, Tyrese Gibson, Oleta Adams, James Ingram, El DeBarge, Ingram, Lakeside, Deniece Williams, Diana Ross, Michael Bolton, Kashif, Randy Travis, The Jacksons, New Kids On The Block as well smooth jazz legends Hiroshima, Paul Jackson Jr., George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Gerald Albright and many more. Amongst the many singles of Monty’s to hit the billboard charts is the classic soulful gospel tune “Say Amen”, sung and co-written by his long-time writing partner, Howard Hewett. He recently shared the stage with Larry Graham at the Cancun Jazz Festival and with Adam Hawley who happens to be featured on his cd. His talents as a music producer and songwriter have awarded him many top ten singles and tens of millions of cd’s sold with many awards to follow including an Emmy nomination, ASCAP awards, Annie nominations and many film and television credits as a writer and producer.
But now… following years of working with so many gifted artists, Monty has been enthusiastically romancing his first love….being the artist. In 2013 Monty released first single and EP “ Only You”. In 2016 he released another EP “All The Time”. Monty has been performing at music festivals and venues from Bally’s Vegas to the Newport Beach Jazz Festival and abroad. Sharing his heart through his soulful urban-edged smooth jazz music is still his passion and his versatility and creativity are masterfully displayed on his cd which is scheduled to be released summer 2017. The time is right because he is well-seasoned and ready for the main stage.