This is CD is a collection of songs written over a decade of living on the inspiring Caribbean Island of St.Lucia. There is a fabulous jazz festival every year which Carl Gustave has become an expected by returning fans to be part of.
Carl Gustave is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer. His musical style is a melting pot of blues, jazz, rock, soul with a dash of reggae. He has performed for audiences from around the world either as a solo artist or with a group, delivering his set with conviction and raw emotion.
Born in New York of St Lucian parentage, Gustave began his musical journey in Los Angeles, California performing his original music after high school in clubs on the Hollywood strip and other venues around town. Carl got hooked on creating original pieces in the studio creating studio demos after procuring a Professional 8 track recording machine and mixing desk in 1992 from a friend. While working his day job as a building contractor, one of his clients David Kitay, a Grammy winning arranger/composer, listened to a demo after an impromptu jam session and ended up producing several songs. These form the heart of Carl’s debut CD: “Too Hard” released in the year 2002.
Before coming to St Lucia Carl received a Peabody Award in the U.S. for the song: "I Won't Do You No Wrong" which he wrote, sang, and played lead guitar. This song was first aired on "The ABC After School Special" in 1998. He has opened, performed or recorded with members of the "Chick Corea Band", members of the “Tuesday Night Music Club”, the Don Henley Band (of Eagles fame), David Kitay, David and David; members of Kool and The Gang, Phil Upchurch, Marcus Miller, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Gotlieb, members of Maze, Esperalda Spaulding, Kevin Eubanks, Sheila E, Third Word, as well as seasoned Blues veterans such as John Houston, Louisiana 'Guitar' Red, Coco Montoya, Joe Louis Walker, Bobby Picket, Leon Ruebenhold, and others. He has also performed or worked with many of the top artists and producers in St. Lucia and the Caribbean region.
Carl Gustave has been a part of the St. Lucia Jazz Festival scene for the last 10 years. He has also performed at other festivals in the Caribbean including Cayenne Jazz 2007, Mustique Blues Festival 2007, 2008, 2011 and, and as a main stage performer at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival in 2010 with his UK based band. Gustave brought down the house at Jazz on Grill 2012 with an exciting performance which was broadcasted on the worldwide web. Carl is currently working on his fifth self-produced CD, recording at his Windward Studio in St Lucia, equipped with Pro Tools HD2. His CD is to be released in 2013.
Carl has also performed at numerous private, high profile, celebrity functions in Los Angeles, the Caribbean and in London.
Carl's music is a melting pot of blues, jazz, rock, soul, and reggae. His live performances are always energetic satisfying wide audiences from around the globe.