Michael W. Brookins, also known as MWB, has played piano for the last 25 years in the Chicago and Washington Metropolitan areas. A multi-talented individual, Michael is not only a musician’s, musician, but an outstanding composer of lyrics and music. “Gleaming Hope” was written “words and music,” by MWB. When you listen to the lyrics of his song, you can realize the relationship between its poetry and meaning, which is all about “...the Power of Hope."
“Gleaming Hope,” performed by artist MWB was recorded in Detroit at the legendary Disc Recording Studio. Michael was joined by his son, Michael Jr. who sang background vocals. This was another part of the special chemistry in the production. Michael Jr. is another multi-talented individual. Like his father, his interest in music started at a young age. On the CD cover is a photo of Mike Jr. trying to play the piano at the tender age of one.
“The Disc”, located in Detroit (Motown), has been a home of many hit recordings by legendary artists such as, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Four Tops, Kid Rock, Bog Sieger, Anita Baker, Bill Moss, Mary J. Blige, Roger & Zap, Parliament, George Clinton, etc. We were fortunate to have Greg Reilly, the same engineer who recorded some of these great hits. The musicians playing on this recording of “Gleaming Hope” include some of Detroit’s finest. You can hear a dynamic solo by guitar great, Gerald Kent, formerly of “Brain Storm.” Also, you can hear the expert percussion play of Treaty Womack, whose playing you have heard on a number of Motown hit recordings. If you saw the movie “Standing in the shadows of Motown”, then you’ve seen “Treaty” at work. She is the only female playing together with Motown’s famous rhythm section, the Funk Brothers. In the later portion of this recording, “Gleaming Hope,” you can hear her outstanding percussion work. In addition, fantastic drummer David Dionise laid down the steady drum work throughout the song.
The production of this recording was a monumental collaboration with producer-arranger Eddie Robinson GM, whose vocals you hear at the end of the song. Another outstanding Motown artist (i.e., the producer/arranger), Eddie has a track record of producing hit recordings. In this song, you can hear his trademark which incorporates a combination of various music genres. A few of Eddie Robinson's works include, (albums) "Reflections of the Man Inside", "Elephant Song", and "Back on Track". The combination of Ed’s music arrangements together with the outstanding vocal and piano performance of MWB is a great event that turned out to be nothing less than extraordinary.
Michael’s greatest heroes are his loving mother Anna (now deceased), and father Lamar Brookins, both of whom encouraged, him to take his first piano lessons.