Mixtape Sessions is honored to present the Adam Cruz "Life and Times" LP. Recorded over the span of three years, Adam's debut album is an eclectic mix of jazz, dance and world music. Full of positivity and diversity, this LP feels like a breath of fresh air. "Peace of Mind" and "Humble Beginnings" set the tone for the album's creative spirit while vocalist queen AaMinah combines her melodic vocals with Adam's sultry style to bring you the beautiful "Really Love You". Eddie Nicholas steps in with his powerhouse vocals during "Time Marches On", a cover of the Jungle Wonz classic, and "Ghumbah", a latin tune about dancing to your own groove - your own ‘Ghumbah'. Adam lends his vocals during "11:11", a clever track about time repeating itself while his sister, singer Flora Cruz, sings her heart out on the album's title track, "Life and Times," a beautiful song about living the best that life has to offer. Legendary vocalist, Gerideau, brings pure magic with the politically charged anthem, "Letitflow" and the album's epilogue, "L.O.V.E." In all, the "Life and Times" LP is a timeless piece of music!
"I love what you're doing...that 'L.O.V.E' is a pop hit in my opinion!" - Josh Milan (Blaze)
"I think the album is a wonderful piece of work. Great production and great vocals." - Dawn Tallman (Slaag Records/Queen of Gospel Energy)
"Thanks for this slammin' album!" - Mark Mendoza (Phuture Sole Recordings)
"'Really Love You' spoke to me the most as a standout. I like the concept of '11:11' - thought that was a cool bug out." - Alix Alvarez (Sole Channel Music)
"I really enjoyed this album - sounds very unique and original. We can feel musical soul from every song - great job!" - DJ Gomi (Columbia/West End)
"That bastard...he put it down in a very original way." - Glenn Thornton (Slaag Records)
"The album is just beautiful from beginning to end. All of your passion and dedication is so evident. I'm so proud of you." - Flora Cruz (Mixtape Sessions)
"This album has a fresh variety which takes u on a voyage that has a serious message to it." - Producer Yah (Messengers of House)
"I love it...lots of variety and feeling to the project!" - Mickey Blanco (soulfulbeats UK)
"There is truth in the words 'time marches on' for these are our life and times...kudos!" - Eddie Nicholas (Slaag Records/Dek Music)
"Yo man, the album is hot. Really mature sound. I like the fact that it's not all house!" - Doug Smith (95 North)
"Wow! You really did it with this - the sounds, the production, and above all, the songs." - Richard Payton (95 North)
"Words can't do justice to this album, you must hear it for yourself to understand why we love it so much." - Michael Fossati (Spirit Of House)
"Full support for this exquisite LP! Very well produced with quality artists featured." - Sammy Rock (Cyberjamz.com)
"Hot album!" - Duce Martinez (Vega Records/Duce Is Wild Productions)
All songs written by Adam Cruz except "Time Marches On" and "Really Love You."
"Time Marches On" was written by Marshall Jefferson, Harry Dennis and Adam Cruz.
"Really Love You" was written by Adam Cruz and K. AaMinah Hassell.
"Really Love You" samples "Need To Be Loved" performed by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.
Used with permission from the estate of Art Blakey.
Adam Cruz has been a DJ since he was 10 years old. His love of music sparked an interest in sound editing and production. Eventually, his musical passions led him to work directly with producing duo, Masters at Work, ("Little Louie" Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez) at MAW Records and later with the legendary disco label, West End Records, founded by disco pioneer, Mel Cheren (called "The Godfather of Disco"). In 2004, he became the A&R and Production Director for that illustrious label. He has signed and managed over 100 musical copyrights, associate produced a documentary film about Mel Cheren and worked with producers and artists from all over the world, including: Blaze, MAW, DJ Spinna, hip-hop pioneers Marley Marl and Red Alert, and many others.
Today, Adam Cruz is the Vice President of West End Records and also runs his own record company, Mixtape Sessions. When he's not promoting his debut Life and Times LP, Adam spends time writing and producing music of his own. As a DJ, he spins an energetic blend of Jazz, Funk, Latin, and soulful Dance music. Over the years, Adam has built a solid base of loyal listeners, broadcasting his weekly "Mixtape Sessions" radio shows live on http://mixtapesessions.com (Tuesdays 2-4pm EST) and on http://cyberjamz.com + http://axiomonline.tv (Thursdays 7-9PM EST).