As a musical director, George Freeman is well versed in selecting players, communicating concepts and orchestrating powerful shows. His solo full-length debut, Make It Happen, reveals a musical crossroads of jazz, pop, R&B, gospel and neo-soul. Slow burning grooves underscore supple melodies, articulate arpeggios and dynamic keyboard dexterity as the keyboardist, producer and bandleader who plays behind a celebrated roster of musical luminaries steps into the spotlight to showcase his own artistry.
Songs from Make It Happen, like "Tengo Un Amor", "Two Step" and others currently play on both national and international jazz radio and internet stations. In 2015, George's first single release from the album "Night Lights" placed 26th on the Billboard Smooth Jazz National Airplay Chart, and stayed on the chart for nine weeks. Making his home in the North Carolina town of Fayetteville, George is a prime player in a vital creative community that includes saxophonist Jeanette Harris who is featured on a reinterpretation of the Anita Baker hit “Sweet Love” included on Make It Happen. “I look for people who are open minded; who aren’t locked into one thing,” George says. “Talent and capability, that goes without saying, but I enjoy good spirited people who are easy to work with.” Born to a musical family, George says that singing in church was a key factor in his education. “I believe singing with my family at such a young age helped develop my ear to pick up different harmonies so well.” At the heart of his musicality is a connection to the piano, an instrument that his father played. “My dad taught me four of five basic chords,” he remembers. “And everything flowed from that knowledge.” Playing in churches also taught him how to move with the spirit. “Since I was 13, I’ve played for worship services,” he says. “In gospel there is a lot of freedom to add blues and jazz chords. Today’s contemporary gospel is a melting pot of genres.” As a composer and songwriter, George is most inspired by moments of solitude at the keyboard. “I try not to put too much thought into it because that will mess it up,” he laughs. “But I might write about traveling somewhere, different life experiences, ups and downs and emotions. Practicing and learning different progressions lead me into writing songs.” Recorded for Low Key Productions, Make It Happen encompasses a rich dynamic spectrum as George employs all of the digital wizardry of the latest technology.