• West Coast Music

    As the name indicates West Coast Music has its origin on the American West Coast. The music emphasizes melody, harmonies and arrangements, and the vocal and instrumental performances are always with great skill and of high quality. The music is often performed by pop/rock artists from the American West Coast, but is in no way limited to any geografical area.

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The Swedish westcoast connection…

Peter Friestedt was born in 1973 and in Strömstad, Sweden. His interest for music was at a young age and when he was 10 years old he played the piano and 5 years later he began to play guitar.

After the school Peter Friestedt studied at various Music Conservatories in Sweden (Gothenbourg Jazz Academy, Skurup Music Conservatory, and the Haparanda Music Conservatory) and in 1998 at the age of 26, he decided to continue his studies in the United States at the Los Angeles Music Academy, under the instruction of department head Frank Gambale and his guitar staff.

His stay in Los Angeles was the beginning of his L.A. Project. At the LAMA (Los Angeles Music Acedemy) he was introduced to many L.A. musicians and Peter Friestedt graduated from the Los Angeles Music Academy in excellent academic standing. He was one of four students, coached by the legendary drummer Ralph Humphrey and LAMA guitar instructor Bill Fowler, who received recognition for first place in the 2000 Cal State Los Angeles University Jazz Competition

At his stay at LAMA many people were impressed by the music that Peter Friestedt wrote and Michael Shapiro (drummer, producer) the headmaster at LAMA wanted to record his music and helped with contacts to different musicians. So with Michael Shapiro and Ralph Humphrey a lot of doors were open and the LA Project could begin.

Peter Friestedt was introduced to Bill Champlin (Chicago), Michael Ruff and Bill Cantos. Right away he began to write music with these guys. The songs: “Livin´In Your Eyes”, “Time To Play” & “Take A Little Chance” is co-written by Bill Champlin, the song “Peace Of Mind” is made with help from Bill Cantos and “Only Prayer” is made together with Michael Ruff.

The album “The LA Project” is a brilliant album with very west coast funky songs, and a all-star lineup to back Peter Friestedt up. 9 songs played and recorded together with: Bill Champlin (Chicago), Michael Ruff, Joseph Williams (ex-Toto), Bill Cantos, Abraham Laboriel, Michael Shapiro, Russell Ferrrante (Yellowjackets), Jeff Richman, Ralph Humphrey, Brandon Fields, Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), Sharon Perry, Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets) & Stefan Gunnarsson.

In Sweden, Peter is also active on the musicscene and he has performed with gospel artist Per-Eric Hallin, jazz-funk giant Nils Landgren, The Buddy Rich Tribute Big Band, as well as his own Peter Friestedt Group.

Read more about Peter Friestedt at his website.

Discography

CWF

Pony Canyon 2016

Tracks: Runaway, Aria, Still Around, All That I Want, Carry On, Nightfly, After The Love Has Gone, Two Hearts At War, Rivers Of Fear, Evermore. Lavender Moon (Bonus Track) & Ocean Drive (Bonus Track).

Musicians on the CWF album: Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams, Peter Friestedt, Steve Porcaro, Randy Goodrum, Tamara Champlin, Will Champlin, Per Lindvall, Johan Granström, Ingmar Åberg, Lars Säfsund, Stefan Gunnarsson, Herman Matthews, Jon-Willy Rydningen, Eirik-André Rydningen, Lars-Erik Dahle, Janne Peltoniemi, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Jonas Wall, Andreas Andersson & Jonas Lindeborg.

Champlin Williams Friestedt

AOR Heaven 2015

Tracks: Runaway, Aria, Still Around, All That I Want, Carry On, Nightfly, After The Love Has Gone, Two Hearts At War, Rivers Of Fear & Evermore.

Musicians on the CWF album: Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams, Peter Friestedt, Steve Porcaro, Randy Goodrum, Tamara Champlin, Will Champlin, Per Lindvall, Johan Granström, Ingmar Åberg, Lars Säfsund, Stefan Gunnarsson, Herman Matthews, Jon-Willy Rydningen, Eirik-André Rydningen, Lars-Erik Dahle, Janne Peltoniemi, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Jonas Wall, Andreas Andersson & Jonas Lindeborg.

Williams Friestedt

AOR Heaven 2011

Tracks: Swear Your Love, Say Goodbye, Sometimes You Win, Where To Touch You, Going Home, Stay With Me, One More Night, Gotta Find It & Letter To God.

Musicians on the Say Goodbye album: Peter Friestedt, Joseph Williams, John “JR” Robinson, Anton Malmberg, Lars Safsund, Bill Champlin, Randy Goodrum, Bill Cantos, Rasmus Kihlberg, Stefan Gunnarsson, Ingemar Aberg, Tommy Denander, Tobias Marberger, Henrik Rongedal, Janne Peltoniemi, Johan Granstrom, Robert Sall, Anders Ojebo & Scandinavian Strings.

Say Goodbye

Zink Music 2010

Tracks: Say Goodbye, Gotta Find It & One More Night.

Musicians on the Say Goodbye album: Peter Friestedt, Joseph Williams, John “JR” Robinson, Anton Malmberg, Lars Safsund, Bill Champlin, Stefan Gunnarsson, Ingemar Aberg, Tommy Denander, Tobias Marberger, Henrik Rongedal, Anders Ojebo & Scandinavian Strings.

The LA Project

Zink Music 2010

Tracks: Livin´In Your Eyes, Peace Of Mind, Only Prayer, Got To Find It, Time To Play, All Alone, Take A Little Chance, Storyteller, Peace Of Mind II, Crusin (Demo), Livin´ In Your Eyes (Alternate), Peace Of Mind (Live) & Take A Little Chance (Instrumental).

Musicians on the The LA Project album: Peter Friestedt, Bill Champlin, Jimmy Haslip, Michael Shapiro, Jeff Richman, Bill Cantos, Abraham Laboriel, Ralph Humphrey, Michael Ruff, Brandon Fields, Joseph Williams, Stefan Gunnarsson, Russell Ferrante, Sharon Perry, Bob Mintzer & L.A. Project Horn.

The LA Project 2

Vivid Sound 2008

Tracks: Where To Touch You, Cheyenne, One More Night, There Ain´t Nothin´(Wings Of Joyful Thinkin´), Closer To Home, Love Is Gonna Getcha, Love Is A Powerful Thing, Careless Mockingbird & Waiting For You.

Musicians on the LA Project II album: Peter Friestedt, Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams, Randy Goodrum, Michael Ruff, Abraham Laboriel, Bill Cantos, Lou Pardini, John “JR” Robinson, Stefan Gunnarsson, Tris Imboden, Wojtec Goral, Magnus Johansson, Tommy Denander, Ingemar Aberg, Tobias Marberger, Henrik Rongedal, Anders Ojebo, Scandinavian Strings, Kristoffer Lagerstrom, Olivia Ruff & Thomas Bergesen.

The LA Project Vol.2

Zink Music 2008

Tracks: Where To Touch You, Cheyenne, One More Night, There Ain´t Nothin´(Wings Of Joyful Thinkin´), Love Is Gonna Getcha, Closer To Home, Always On My Mind (Bonus Track), Love Is A Powerful Thing, Careless Mockingbird & Waiting For You.

Musicians on the LA Project II album: Peter Friestedt, Bill Champlin, Joseph Williams, Randy Goodrum, Michael Ruff, Abraham Laboriel, Bill Cantos, Lou Pardini, John “JR” Robinson, Stefan Gunnarsson, Tris Imboden, Wojtec Goral, Magnus Johansson, Tommy Denander, Ingemar Aberg, Tobias Marberger, Henrik Rongedal, Anders Ojebo, Scandinavian Strings, Kristoffer Lagerstrom, Olivia Ruff & Thomas Bergesen.

The LA Project

BMG Music 2004

Tracks: Livin´In Your Eyes, Peace Of Mind, Only Prayer, Got To Find It, Time To Play, All Alone, Take A Little Chance, Storyteller & Peace Of Mind II.

Musicians on the The LA Project album: Peter Friestedt, Bill Champlin, Jimmy Haslip, Michael Shapiro, Jeff Richman, Bill Cantos, Abraham Laboriel, Ralph Humphrey, Michael Ruff, Brandon Fields, Joseph Williams, Stefan Gunnarsson, Russell Ferrante, Sharon Perry, Bob Mintzer & L.A. Project Horn.

The LA Project

Border Music 2002

Tracks: Livin´In Your Eyes, Peace Of Mind, Only Prayer, Got To Find It, Time To Play, All Alone, Take A Little Chance, Storyteller & Peace Of Mind II.

Musicians on the The LA Project album: Peter Friestedt, Bill Champlin, Jimmy Haslip, Michael Shapiro, Jeff Richman, Bill Cantos, Abraham Laboriel, Ralph Humphrey, Michael Ruff, Brandon Fields, Joseph Williams, Stefan Gunnarsson, Russell Ferrante, Sharon Perry, Bob Mintzer & L.A. Project Horn.

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