Born in North Philadelphia, Jeff Bradshaw is known as a soul-jazz and hip-hop/funk innovator, so it was only right that this trombone virtuoso found a home at Hidden Beach Recordings. Coming up in and out of the Philadelphia Soul Movement, he had performed along some of the music industry’s greats – Michael Jackson, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Pattie LaBelle, to name a few. In 2004, he released his solo debut Bone Deep, which earned him critical acclaim throughout the industry and among his fans. His signature smooth sound secured his consistent spot on the festival circuit as solo act and as a guest to artists such as Jill Scott, the Roots, and Mary J. Blige. His sophomore album at Hidden Beach, Bone Appetit, was a 2-disc release that featured a host of guest performers, including his Raheem DeVaughn, Marsha Ambrosius, and his Hidden Beach label mates – Kindred the Family Soul.
Music is the universal language of love, to get the messages across. It would affect our lives. Think about the music our parents had: They were listening to Sam Cooke, Junior Walker & the AllStars—it put people in a great place. You had Smokey singing, “ooh baby baby,” and Marvin singing “what’s going on.” That music empowered us. They talked about love, social injustice. We have a responsibility as artists to record music that talks about our experiences. I’m honored with that responsibility—my message is all about love. - Jeff Bradshaw