In a career that spans nearly four decades, over a dozen solo recordings and countless performances, White insists that it’s the faces in the crowd and the fans that keep the experience fresh. “I’ll play a live show, and someone will come to me afterward and say, ‘Oh, I loved this CD,’ or ‘This song helped me through a bad time,’” he explains. “Or I get emails from people saying, ‘Oh, I love the way you covered one of my favorite songs on your record back in 1994.’ The idea that someone can write me an email and tell me about something I did on a record that was released fifteen years ago – you can’t buy that. That’s priceless. That’s what keeps me going – the idea that people out there really care about what I do, the idea that I’ve made a difference for someone.”
If you’ve ever seen Rick Braun perform, you know what a high-energy entertainer he is. But ask him to talk about his career and the gregarious, charismatic musician-songwriter-producer becomes visibly uncomfortable and awkwardly quiet.
“The collective moments are one big unfolding story that’s still not done. I just sit back and be grateful to still be making music with friends,” says the humble trumpeter-flugelhorn player-vocalist Braun, a consistent chart-topper who has amassed a catalogue of No. 1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and radio hits throughout his solo career that began in earnest in 1992.
I've been around the world many times and have seen many things good and bad. I know how blessed I am on so many levels. I am truly "Still" Euge.
And with that said, I'd like to thank everyone and everything that touches me on a daily basis. My family at home, my family afar, my family on the road, my family in the studio, my family at Shanachie, my family at Chapman management, my family at Variety Arts, my family at Lindsay Wineberg and Associates, my family at Radio, my family at smooth-jazz247, and my family in the audience - you've all been there for a very long time and have allowed me to be me - And I Thank You! Please love who you are and love one another. But most importantly, be "Still".