From small town Midwest beginnings to the big-time as an internationally known saxophonist, Grady Nichols enjoys an audience as broad as his musical taste. Hot off the success and critical acclaim of last CD, Sophistication, Grady’s goal was to record a CD that reflected his broad range of musical influences and tastes. To accomplish this, he tapped Zac Maloy to produce his newest endeavor, Take Me With You.
Maloy’s musical versatility includes writing, producing and performing. He is the founder and front man of the MCA Records band, The Nixons and also produced The Vanished, Bowling For Soup (Jive Records) and Jonas Brothers (Hollywood Records). His songs have been recorded by multi-platinum act Bowling For Soup, former American Idol’s Chris Daughtry and others. Maloy’s modern rocker background coupled with Grady’s R&B/jazz stylings proved to be the winning combination. The result of their collaboration is a sound that is fresh, unique, and embraceable by anyone who likes a good beat with a memorable melody.
Grady’s depth and maturity as a songwriter are evident on Take Me With You as the project showcases smooth jazz, pop, adult contemporary and even a dance mix. “My influences are so varied and I try to reflect that in my music. As I’ve matured as a songwriter, that growth has allowed me to infuse more of myself into each record. Using this mixture of flavors has helped me to create a sound with widespread audience appeal. As a result, you’ll see people of all ages at my shows. With Take Me With You, I’m trying to capture something new and fun that is another layer of my musical personality.” Grady co-wrote five songs with Maloy, who is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after songwriters in pop music today. Jazz great Jeff Lorber teamed up with Grady once again to co-write three of the tunes.
Take Me With You also features four vocal tracks including a remake of the hit “Every Kind of People” made famous by Robert Palmer. Leigh Nash, formerly of Sixpence None The Richer (“Kiss Me,” “There She Goes”) provided lead vocals on this upbeat yet poignant song. Toni Estes (recording artist and Grammy nominated songwriter) contributed vocals on “Give Love.” And as a bonus track, famed remix engineer Andy Caldwell created a house mix of “Take Me With You” to end the CD on a fun beat.