Motivated by inspiritual influences with a pulse of contemporary style, street rhythm simplicity, fundamental old school soul and jazz-fusion are the ingredients that represent the music and life of a fresh and raw recording songwriter-arranger-producer J Gulli making his promising CD debut with "Into the Light".
A native Chicagoan from the south side, Gulli who is the musical alter ego of Wayne Price to honor his mother and father by using their maiden first and last names. Gulli revealed he learned from his mother that he displayed a natural interest in music."She told me I was toying around, beating on kitchen utensils like make-shift instruments before I could even walk" he stated.
When Gulli's family moved into the Robert Taylor high rise Homes, he was playing drums and percussion and was involved in regular sessions with his brothers who played varied instruments.
Then at the age of nine, Gulli discovered the bass guitar while listening to such James Brown hits as "Sex Machine" and "Talking Loud, Saying Nothing". The strong and deep influential sound of the bass guitar inspired Gulli to make it his instrument of choice. The music bond was complete that started Gulli performing in talent shows and schools in varied local groups.
Gulli continued to expand and experiment into his musical horizon as bassist whose reputation led to touring regularly in several groups and artists. As Gulli expanded his instrumental repertoire to include vocals, piano and lead guitar, he decided to get involved with composing his own songs. Not so much for personal recognition, but to present song material to other artists.
Gulli entered a ballad, "Open Up Your Heart" that scored well on WGCI's popular "Home Jam" radio segment for untapped new and local talent. Gulli has also co-written songs with Carlise Guy, the daughter of blues legend, Buddy Guy.
Always spiritually grounded alongside his passion for music, J Gulli evolved from personal incidents in his life that he set to music. The end result is this raw yet stellar debut CD, "Into the Light" that reflects an artist who has lived, and a man who has come full circle. J Gulli-the new millenium's renaissance man.