Music, Fashion, Longevity and Wellness with Multi-Platinum Songwriter, Music Producer Jack Knight

 

 

Jack Knight is the Arranger, background vocals and composer

 

Vocal arranger and producer

 

Producer, Background Vocals, Composer

 

Jack Knight is the Composer on this album

 

 

 

 

Monifah Mo’hogany

Caribana weekends in Toronto were solid when songs created by Jack Knight would play! 

Jack Knight wrote, composed and produced songs for Diddy, Faith Evans, Jennifer Lopez, Total, Notorious B.I.G, Carl Thomas, Lil’Kim, Snoop Dogg and many others.

Natalie: I was in Toronto’s Club Miami dancing to your music!  When I was finally old enough my friends and I went to Studio 69.  As a performer, I choreographed and opened up a Bad Boy pre-Caribana kick off.  I forgot the name of the hotel on Yonge Street!  Maannnnn full circle I’m featuring you on my website!  Thanks for blessing all of us with your music, wisdom, and Gems!

Jack Knight: Songs and Creativity are like seeds. You plant them, you water them, and they eventually grow in the minds and hearts of people.  It’s a blessing to inspire and be inspired on this journey.  I’m humbled and thankful for this interview 20 + years into my career!

Natalie: What was it like during the beginning stages trying to get your gift heard/noticed?

Jack Knight: It was like a huge mountain to climb that took a unique set of circumstances and talent to maneuver.  You always run into people they want to exploit you for a quick buck, and I’ve had my fair share of bad agreements, but persistence and talent to this day propels me to the next adventure.  Your talent becomes its own entity in a funny way.  Talent and creativity go on auto pilot if you put yourself in the right situations.  To this day I go to a few meetings and events, but I still think if your dope, people and things will gravitate towards you.

Natalie: What’s Your Super hero music to get you into your zone?

Jack: Good question!  I would say Marvin Gaye, Drake, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Manu Chao, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, Kitaro and Old school Hip hop!

Natalie: What mellows you out when the world gets too cold?

Jack: Meditation, chanting, reading books by Thich Nhat Hanh, an occasional Church service and hanging out with my kids. They are 6, 8, 25, and 26…they give me comfort when things get tough. 

Natalie: You use your platform to encourage, uplift and even speak about mental health!  What tips do you have for anyone who is too proud or scared to seek help?

Jack: Emotions are temporary anger, jealousy, fear, suicidal thoughts, depression we must take care of our emotions like we would do with a baby when it’s crying.  You don’t yell at a baby when it’s crying you give it comfort, you talk to the baby, rock the baby, etc when you’re in those states and you don’t have medication or someone to talk too.  You must talk to yourself in a loving way.  Happiness and mental health is an everyday practice of love and forgiveness.

 

 

Natalie: Did you know that each stage of your music permitted us the audience to be our best selves as we progressed in life?  Thank you and the others who dreamed big and utilized your ordained gifts of therapy through music and your courage to be bold enough to create!

I still reference many of your work when I need to get over a hump or receive energy.  Your blood, sweat and tears, deadlines, gut feelings poured out on wax/digital and those of us who get it received it became great because of it!

Jack Knight: That’s so amazing to hear and heartfelt. I wrote a song called “Live like a warrior” a few years back for an artist named Matisyahu. 

The song never went mainstream but thousands of his fans would write me privately to say that song stopped them from committing suicide. That experience for me was bigger then receiving a grammy because my lyrics helped to sustain life.

Natalie: What does a day in the life of Jack Knight look like?

Jack Knight: Everyday for the last 20 years of my life has been a constant hustle and grind.  I get my work ethic from Puff Daddy and Teddy Riley who are my mentors.

I usually wake up at 5:30 am every morning to speak to my clients in China.  Then I speak to my coding team in India.  I then go through beats sent to me by producers, at the same time I’m loading content on my platform www.hiphoperiod.tv.  I usually multi-task throughout the day everyday.  If a piece of String falls from the sky I want to know why and what type of string it is ..lol…I’m on it.  As an African American male I have to be consistently focused and disciplined.

 

Natalie: Prior to the MCM Wizpak launch not too many outside of the Luxury fashion world had privy information.  As a luxury personal shopper/stylist/fashion insider working with and for the luxury retailer full-time while I was in between photoshoots freelancing  Boston-NYC MCM gave me the knowledge first hand.

Jack Knight: In quantum physics they teach you that when energy or waves are being watched it changes. Just from being watched the wave does something different. My songwriting partner Shannon Ridely and the founder of Wizpak like’s us to keep our next moves pretty quite when it comes to partnering with luxury brands. Basically what people don’t know about they can’t mess it up.  Wizpak has some exciting partnerships coming up over the next few months that are very special.

Natalie: I too believe in that quantum physics theory, thats why I don’t post much of what I do!  How important is fashion to your self expression?

Jack Knight: If I had a clothing line it would be called LAZY GENIUS.  My fashion has become more minimalistic over the years. I love to be comfortable no matter who the brand is under.  Over the years I was spoiled with free Sean John, so any brand outside of that was just accessories.

Natalie: I think that you should trademark that name ASAP!  People who do not like to put in the work are always watching and thrive on watching what creative people are doing for personal gain to steal ideas! 

Did you get to attend any shows during NYFW?  If so which designers do you have your eyes on?

Jack Knight: I was in N.Y but only attended a few private events I like some of Neil Barretts collection, I like Virgils off-white brand, Louie Vuitton.

Natalie: What is your key to longevity?

Jack Knight: Laser focus and recognizing opportunities through hunches and downloads from my higher self. Being quite and listening is the key to my longevity.  I also know how to sharpen my saw when its time to hustle and get money.  I took classes on screenwriting…..Learned to speak some Chinese….learned about coding and building websites….social media marketing…etc……In between life and jobs you have to constantly sharpen your saw as explained in Dr. Stephen Covey’s book “7 habits of Highly effective people!”

Natalie: What was the hardest project that you’ve worked on?

Jack Knight: I would say the “Biggie Duets” album!   When your writing hooks for a hip hop legend who has passed away…thats a tremendous amount of pressure.  Thats the most pressure that I’ve ever put on myself to be perfect.  It definitely was an out of body experience connecting with Biggie’s lyrics and songs under new beats and hooks.  It was more spiritually challenging then anything.

Natalie: Favorite memory of creating a project?

Jack Knight:  My favorite memory is working On Jayz’s American Gangster album….the 20 hooks I wrote for the Song “American Dreaming” were never used, but working with him and Beyoncé for one week straight was an amazing experience for me.  Seeing Jay-Z rapping the words to me and Beyonce eventually coming in to help me with some words was legendary.  We had some issues writing over Marvin Gayes Sampled backgrounds…eventually I just did backgrounds and Jayz rapped the hook….but it was still fun for me.   All of Carl Thomas’s projects were fun for me…Diddy’s albums….Lil’ Kims albums…etc..

Natalie: Current Playlist?

Jack Knight: I mostly listen to my own music ……but I love SZA….HER…Drake…..Kendrick Lamar….Azaelia Banks….and a ton of indie artist and bands.

Natalie: What are you currently working on!

Jack Knight: I’m currently working on a Top secret project involving my company the Jack Knight Creative Lab.

It will push the envelope on how people Create, Listen and Connect for years to come.  Stay Tuned.

NYC needs a Jack Knight Day to celebrate Jacks’s achievements! 

Click here for my favorite Jack Knight songs on iTunes!

Jorge Milliano Miami Takeover

 

Over the last few years you’ve seen me feature Jorge Milliano  and on November 2, 2018, Jorge sent me a quick sneak peek of the album that he produced for reggeaton artist Melymel!  Here”s what he has been up to since November 2, 2018.

Nicky Jam

 

Soul songs with Danny Woods on the vocals to add to your playlist

Songs that everyone should have on their playlist!

Watch as Don Cornelius announces The Chairmen of The Board on Soul Train!

The person who posted this video did not put thre image of Danny Woods on it, instead by error you’ll see General Norman Johnson’s photo from the Give Me Just A Little More Time Music Video.

Music from Danny Woods highly coveted Aries album!

 

North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Chairmen Of The Board Exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

Brendas grandson Maxton is also a fan!

 

Brenda Harrelson-Staton friend of Danny Woods, went to the North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame and spoke with the Director of the museum in memory of him for January 12th!  When I asked for the Beach Music community to assist me in getting proclamations in each city where her performed Brenda stepped up to the plate and assisted with the City of Charlotte!  Im hoping to get all four of the proclamations added into the museum one day!

 

The Original Chairmen of The Board Music Influence Part 2

 

“The Original Chairmen Of The Board was put together by Holland Dozier Holland with four lead singers Harrison Kennedy (who was a singer/musician and performer from the hit Broadway play Hair), General Norman Johnson (singer, song-writer) Danny Woods (high energy lead singer and stage commander also known as Mr.Excitement), Eddie Curtis (lead singer of ballads).” Norman V. Johnson Jr

Part 1 of this who sampled Chairmen Of The Board showed you direct songs sampled or covered by other artists inspired by their music! Part 2 will show you more music but this time it will cover music penned by the song writer of the group General Norman Johnson. We hope that you enjoy!

The Honey Cone

Innocent Til’ Proven Guilty

 

Innocent TIl’ Proven Guilty was later sampled by Kanye West for Common’s song Testify 

 

Also sampled by Murs

 

Sampled by Bathgate

Lastly sampled in Lock my Love by Danoo

 

 

The Honey Cone Want Ads

 

Mary Mary later sampled Want Ads in their song Heaven

 

Sampled in Because I’m Me by The Avalanches featuring Camp Lo

Want Ads was also sampled here in Nikt Nic by Molesta

 

Stick Up by Honey Cone 

 

Stick Up was sampled in Get The Point by CEB

And many others but due to the language I will not post it!

The Honey Cone One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show

Covered by The Marvels

Freda Payne

Bring The Boys Home 

 

 

 

 

This was an impromptu collaboration thank you Norman V Johnson from Rollingout Magazine! Click Here to see more insider photos from his page!

Music Sample Tribute In Memory Of The Late Great Danny Woods

As the 1 year anniversary of the passing of my father-in-law Danny Woods approaches on January, 12th, I wanted to share with millennials and music lovers some of the musical influences that, The Chairmen Of The Board, had in the music industry.

For more detailed history of Danny Woods click here!

Give Me Just A Little More Time Chairmen Of The Board (1970)

Covered *Give Me Just A Little More Time 1970 By The Tribe

 

Covered* Give Me Just a Little More Time by Kylie Minogue (1991)

Sampled in The Opposite of Hallelujah by Jens Lekman in (2005)

 

 

I get the Feeling by David Dallas feat. Niko (2009)

 

A Little More Time Zox (2006)

 

Covered *Give Me Just A Little More Time Angela Clemmons (1982)

Sampled

You Love That by Kool Keith (2012)

 

All We Need Is Understanding  Chairmen Of The Board (1970)

 

27,8 by Tokyo No 1 Soul Set (1995)

 

 

A Lil More by Otayo Dubb (2012)

 

When Will She Tell Me She Needs Me Chairmen Of The Board (1970)

 

Sampled in

Mind Power by Krumb Snatcha (2009)

 

Patches By Chairmen Of The Board (1970)

 

Was covered/sampled by

Clarence Carter (1970)

 

Marvin- TItãs (1984)

 

Patches by George Jones and B.B King (1994)

 

Hanging Onto A Memory by Chairmen Of The Board  (1970) Danny Woods is wearing the purple hat.  This photo has the original members while on tour with Funkadelic as their back up band.  Chairmen of The Board Members in this iconic photo are General Johnson, Danny Woods, Harrison Kennedy, Funkadelic members Billy Bass Nelson, Raymond  (Drummer) Tiki Fulwood and Eddie Hazel. 

Covered in

Hanging on to a Memory by The Style Council (1998)

So Glad You’re Mine 1972

Original

Caution some of these songs contain Explicit Lyrics disgression is advised!

Kanye West feat. John Mayer Bitter Sweet 2007

 

The Motto by Method Man 2004

 

Clans & Clicks by Sean Price, Smif-N-Wessun, Rockness Monsta and Foul Monday, Method Man, Raekwon and inspectah Deck 2017

Men Are Getting Scarce 1972

Original

sampled in

Piece by Choice37 feat. Blu (2007)

Video and song weren’t available.

 

 

It was important to receive a proclamation from his city of birth, Danny Woods Day is officially March 27th on his Birthday!  Initially I asked for a key to the city and I was told that Keys to the City and another award were only given to the living!   I’m proud that the Danny Woods’ proclamation set the tone and inspired other families with loved ones in the public eye to receive their very own proclamations on their loved ones birthdays in Atlanta also!

 

Charlotte was written by myself and his niece Leah Woods! When I asked the beach music community to assist in making this happen Brenda Stanton was hands on, she sent emails to the office of Mayor Liles!

 

 

 

iTunes 1990s Music Curated by Natalie

 

 

 

 

While Derek Lam is Having a fashion presentation at my full time job I am enjoying my day off and creating my 1990’s playlist!  Click the provided link to download what I curated! https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/luxshop4u-90s-joint/pl.u-JPAZE89CLko6bN

Let me know what your favorite songs from the 1990’s were!

 

 

Belinda Munro, Vincent Gardner’s Natalie Cole Tribute Tour

 

International artists Belinda Munro-Gardner, Vincent Gardner and Jerome Jennings are on the last leg of their Natalie Cole Tribute Tour!

This band consists of 2 time Grammy nominated artist and master trombonist Vincent Gardner from Jazz at Lincoln Center and Jazz Houston and Jerome Jennings who’s impressive music resume also includes playing with Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Congratulations on your sold out tour!

Sydney your in for a treat!

 

Belinda conducted several master classes while on tour

 

Vincent conducting the teacher workshop in Perth, Australia.

 

Celebrating the Natalie Cole song book in Brisbane the Gardner’s were styled by me (Natalie)!

 

Belinda with her background vocalists

 

Sold out show in Melbourne Paris Cat, wardrobe styled by me (Natalie)!

 

 

Wardrobe by winning stylist Natalie Mason

 

 

All Night

Congratulations Jorge Milliano the song All Night that you produced received 44,790 streams!  I am so proud of you!

 

Magneto Sexual by Reggeaton Star Sir Speedy

 

I am honored and blessed to have an exclusive interview with Reggaeton artist Sir Speedy for his  single with Rosa Pistola Magneto Sexual!  He is no stranger to creating historic moments, “Billboard called his Siéntelo remix the first international Reggeatón hit!” sourced from BBC.  Speedy is getting ready for his upcoming record release, clothing line, and tour!

“Y tú eres un magneto sexual
De solo imaginarte
Me comienzo a evitar
Yo trato ‘e controlar
Tú haces que salga en mí
Mi sed animal, la-la”

 

Natalie: Sir Speedy aside form the obvious what was your inspiration for Magneto Sexual?

Sir Speedy: My inspiration for this song was that I wanted everyone in the world to dance at the same rhythm.

Natalie: What tours do you have coming up?

Sir Speedy: My next presentation will be at the Urban Bash concert in Puerto Rico on September 29th.  I have two concerts in Virgina on October 6th and 8th.

Natalie: Where can fans purchase Magneto Sexual?

Sir Speedy: Download or stream my music on your favorite platforms; iTunes, Spotify, Deeper, Tidal, etc.  My next EP is scheduled to be released soon and its called REAL REGGAETON the second season!

Sir Speedy: My new clothing line “Velozid wear” will be available for purchase on my birthday September 10th!

Natalie: Congratulations on your new single and clothing line God Bless you and your family!

Download Magneto Sexual now!

 

Urban Bash in Puerto Rico will be on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 8pm, Coliseo Roberto Clemente San Juan, PR Click HERE to purchase your tickets.

Bookings: Yokojoerecords@hotmail.com