July 19, 2018
After the Billboard Top 10 success of “Early Arrival,” flutist Ragan Whiteside has made history as the first female flutist to hit #1 on Billboard, Mediabase, and Smooth Jazz Network Top 100 simultaneously with her second single, “Corey’s Bop”.
Ragan has performed with a veritable “who’s who” in Contemporary/Smooth Jazz including Marion Meadows, Walter Beasley, Tom Browne, Chieli Minucci, Kim Waters, Bob Baldwin, Frank McComb, and the late Dave Valentin.
“The playing field has changed and the flute is becoming more widely accepted,” says Whiteside, “Audiences are really embracing variety.” Sax great Walter Beasley says, “She has made the flute an integral part of this format. Huge!”
In contemporary jazz, where there is always a thirst for fresh material, Ragan steps up and delivers, both live and in-studio. “Her tenacity makes her a force to be reckoned with. Mark my words!” said Bob Baldwin of her once, and this tenacity is obvious at every show.
ABOUT RAGAN WHITESIDE
Songwriter, flutist, vocalist, and all-around musical adventurer Ragan Whiteside is a 3-time Top 10 Billboard artist with four successful albums under her belt. A musical prodigy since the age of five, Ragan found her way to the flute after the piano, the violin, and a turn with the drum set. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and the prestigious Harid Conservatory, where her sound was honed with the tried-and-true classical training, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree.
After school ended, Ragan found herself in New York and immersed herself in the world of jazz, funk, and R&B, going on to collaborate and/or perform with contemporary heavyweights such as Marion Meadows, Walter Beasley, Kim Waters, Bob Baldwin, Tom Browne, Chieli Minucci, Frank McComb and more. Since her debut with Class Axe, Ragan honed her arranging and songwriting skills alongside Bob Baldwin and acclaimed producer/arranger Dennis Johnson, and focused on the deeper inner workings of producing and releasing music. Her albums are a showcase of her wide variety of talents, from her sleek and immediately recognizable singing voice to the on-point arrangements and composition. The albums flow along a variety of musical styles, the sounds never parking themselves too long in one genre or another, but blending all in various proportions, so that no aficionado of one genre or another is left wanting.
ABOUT RANDIS MUSIC
Randis Music is a record company founded in 2007 by contemporary jazz flutist/vocalist Ragan Whiteside and producer/engineer Dennis Johnson. While creating and producing music on their own in a dramatically changed digital music world, Whiteside and Johnson felt a need to combine their musical prowess along with their professional business savvy to create a unique sound and approach to get their brand of music heard. Constantly pushing the musical envelope and thinking outside of the box, Randis Music continues to break from the norm while gaining the respect of even the most critical listening audience.
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