Cindy Blackman Santana - She's Got It Goin' On (Official Video)
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Cindy Blackman Santana's new album, "Give The Drummer Some" will drop on September 18, 2020. Three years in the making, the record is a rapturous testament to Blackman Santana's unparalleled musicianship and compositional mastery, featuring 17 tracks (both instrumentals and vocal songs) that take listeners on an exuberant, compelling and beautifully sustained journey that will leave them breathless. In many ways, Give the Drummer Some represents a grand summation of Blackman Santana's talents and history, but it's also the start of an exciting new chapter in her musical life. The record features Carlos Santana (on 8 tracks), John McLaughlin (on 2 tracks), Kirk Hammett (1 track), Vernon Reid (3 tracks) with multiple tracks Produced by Narada Michael Walden, Cindy Blackman Santana & Carlos Santana.
Blackman Santana's sparkling vocals light up Give the Drummer Some's next single, "She's Got it Goin' On'" - a doozy of a party jam but one with a distinct point of view. "It's a fun, clubby, party song that celebrates the confidence that a strong woman has," says Blackman Santana. "She's dressed for success, she's got her hair just right, she's got a strut - she knows who she is. I wanted to celebrate confident women in a really cool way. And a celebration can be empowering."
"If I had any kind of agenda at all, I wanted this album to be all-encompassing," says Blackman Santana. "Pop, funk, rock, jazz - I embrace the creativity in all of it, and I feel so inspired when I play it. That's what I wanted people to feel when they listen to the album - inspired. It was a lot of fun to do so many vocal songs on this album," she says. "I am, and always will be a drummer, but it's also exciting to showcase the singer side of me. I want people to have a great time listening to it. I set out to make a record that was fun and uplifting, but more than that I wanted the messages to matter. If people come away from it feeling all that I put into it, then I've done my job."
About Cindy Blackman Santana
Cindy Blackman Santana is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock. As a bandleader and as a musician, Cindy is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change. She is as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing. From the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the '80s through the present day, Cindy has been touring the globe and making albums with artists including Lenny Kravitz, Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Laswell, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Buckethead, Don Pullen, Hugh Masakela, and Angela Bofill. She writes, records, and performs with her own bands, Cindy Blackman Santana Group and Another Lifetime, which released its critically-acclaimed self-titled debut in 2010. From 1992 to 2007 and again in 2014 and 2015 she was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz's band, performing through multiple world tours and hit albums. In 2011, she joined forces with Vernon Reid, Jack Bruce, and John Medeski to form the celebrated Spectrum Road, which released an album and tour dedicated to the music of Tony Williams. In 2016, Cindy joined Santana full-time and has been mesmerizing audiences around the globe ever since. In 2017, she and Carlos teamed up with the Isley Brothers to release "Power of Peace" (SONY) and followed it up with the two most recent Santana releases: the EP In Search of Mona Lisa (2019) and full-length Africa Speaks (2019). In Fall of 2020, she will deliver a new solo album entitled, "Give The Drummer Some", with songs produced by Narada Michael Walden that span the realm of jazz, rock, and funk and featuring Cindy's incredible versatility both behind the kit and in front of the microphone.