Twenty-something music prodigy Vincent Ingala is no stranger to contemporary jazz audiences. His heartfelt, sweet and soulful mix has catapulted him to the top of the Billboard Contemporary jazz charts, garnering him three Billboard #1's, and eight top 10 hits. The charismatic and handsome instrumental wizard has endeared fans, contemporaries and critics alike with his consummate musicianship, fun-loving stage presence, energized and inspired performances and all-around passion. Ingala, who was handpicked to open for Dave Koz at the tender age of 16, is an old soul with a musical identity and wisdom well beyond his years. He has collaborated with and or opened for such artists as Chris Botti, Jonathan Butler, Peter White and Kim Waters, among others. "I do not remember making a decision about becoming a musician because music was always inside of me," confides Ingala "My earliest memories are of banging on pots and pans until my parents had to buy me a drum kit and from there it was like a domino effect."
From banging on pots to churning out hits, Ingala is a chameleon in the recording studio. Like an alchemist, he concocts the perfect elixir of his broad musical influences spanning the worlds of jazz, R&B, disco, pop and beyond. A virtual one-man band playing everything from tenor saxophone, piano and drums to guitar bass and lead vocals, Ingala possesses great ingenuity, extraordinary versatility and an endless supply of inspiration. "I love all types of music and genres and I just absorb as much of it as I can," explains the young, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer. "I have always been mesmerized with the process of multi-track recording from a very young age. It's a process that I still love and practice today."
April 27, 2018, Vincent Ingala will release his fifth solo recording and Shanachie Entertainment debut, Personal Touch. A collection of eight stirring original tracks and two surprising reinventions of R&B chestnuts (one by Billy Ocean and another by Alexander O'Neal), Vincent Ingala proves why he is one of the most exciting artists to emerge in contemporary jazz this past decade. Danny Weiss, VP Of Jazz A&R for Shanachie Entertainment states, "With Vincent, the sky is the limit. He's bursting with talent and in fact he plays every note heard on this new CD. Still in his early 20s, Vincent has already established himself on the top rung of the smooth jazz ladder and we're looking forward to taking him to the next level. With his knowledge and interest in all styles of music, there's no telling where he'll go from here."