The great news continues this week Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White's newly relaunched Kalimba Music label (www.kalimba-music.com), with their new artist, composer/keyboardist Greg Manning, making a powerful debut on smooth jazz radio while EWF's single "Never" -- the lead single from the re-mastered collector's edition of the hit album The Promise -- makes its debut on the New & Active portion of the Billboard Smooth Jazz chart.
Manning's "Cruisin' Down The Road," featuring chart-topping saxophonist Vincent Ingala, is the #1 Most Added track on the Billboard Smooth Jazz chart, the SmoothJazz.com chart recap and Spincreased list and the Radio Wave Internet Airplay chart.
On the Billboard chart, Manning's song tops a list that includes fellow emerging artists like Jeanette Harris and Bennett B. as well as genre superstar Brian Culbertson. The Smoothjazz.com chart includes another veteran star, saxophonist Richard Elliot. In addition to numerous terrestrial and internet stations throughout the U.S., the track is receiving spins on Sirius XM Satellite Radio's "Watercolors" channel.
"Cruisin' Down the Road" joins Manning's previous hit singles "Dance With You" -- which reached #1 on the taste-making chart, The Smooth Jazz Top 20 with Allen Kepler -- and "Groove Me" (featuring saxman Elan Trotman) on his new 11-track collection Dance With You, which will be released by Kalimba Music on July 8.
This week, EWF's "Never" -- which was released to smooth jazz radio May 19 -- also remains in the Top 50 of the Smoothjazz.com chart and the Top 25 on the Smoothindiestar.com chart.
White, who originally established Kalimba Music in 2003 as a vehicle to promote Earth, Wind & Fire as well as up and coming performers, decided to re-launch based on his passion and love for music and worthy artists.