GIG is the brainchild of a trio of legendary music-makers Randy Goodrum, Dave Innis and Bruce Gaitsch (hence GIG from their last names).
Singer-songwriter Randy Goodrum has written or co-written countless hits, including “You Needed Me” for Anne Murray, “Who’s Holding Donna Now” for El DeBarge, “Oh Sherrie” for Steve Perry and “I’ll Be Over You” for Toto, to name just a few. Goodrum is also half of the renowned quality pop duo JaR, along with ace producer, songwriter and guitar player Jay Graydon.
Bruce Gaitsch is an extraordinary songwriter, guitarist and top session player who has performed and/or recorded with dozen of major acts, including Chicago, Celine Dion, Elton John, Amy Grant and Peter Cetera. Gaitsch has also co-penned big hits like “La Isla Bonita” for Madonna and “Don’t Mean Nothing” with his old friend Richard Marx.
Dave Innis is one of the founding members of the successful country-pop group Restless Heart. He is also a successful songwriter and keyboard player, having penned and co-written hits for a number of world-class artists, including The Pointer Sisters, Peter Cetera, Lee Greenwood and Kenny Rogers, among others.
GIG is a special project that started out in 2013 and continued to 2015. An all-star cast rounded out the album production, including fabulous drummers like Keith Carlock of Toto and Steely Dan fame, Dan Needham who backed up stars like Michael McDonald and Marc Broussard, Billy Ward who was a drummer for Bill Champlin and Marc Jordan, plus Suzanne Vega’s player, Doug Yowell. The bass parts were handled by George Hawkins Jr., Kenny Loggins’ legendary bassist, and Nashville’s top session guy Tim Denbo. The very talented singer Janey Clewer, who’s also Gaitsch’s wife, sang the gorgeous harmonies with Goodrum, who delivers some killer lead vocals throughout the project.
A special treat on Brave New World is the song “All I’ll Ever Needed”, which closes the album. The song was written by composer and keyboardist Michael Haddad, who demoed it with lead vocals by the late Warren Wiebe. Warren’s precious vocals were kindly granted by Haddad to Contante & Sonante that asked GIG to record a whole new backing track for the song. The result is a new recording of “All I’ll Ever Need” that perfectly fits the soft-rock atmosphere of Brave New World.
GIG’s Brave New World is destined to be a must-listen for the lovers of West Coast pop and soft-rock. The material included is a true master class, both in arrangement and execution.
Released in a limited edition of only 1000 copies.
Track listing: Private O’Toole, Hernando’s Paradise, The Box, Peddler Pete, Waiting, Ramblin’ Dan, Little Flame, All There Is, Isle Of Pigs, Brave New World & All I’ll Ever Need (FEAT WARREN WIEBE).