Jimmy Lifton, born in Detroit, Michigan, has had a storied musical career. Beginning with Motown’s Groovesville Recording Studios and being one of Detroit’s eminent session players, Lifton was signed to Atlantic Records as a solo artist and sold numerous songs to Motown. Lifton has also directed and produced award winning music videos for Atlantic and Island Records. He has produced sixteen feature films, won five Golden Reels and won Emmy’s in 2011 and 2012. He also launched the Lifton Institute of Media Skills to great success.
Jimmy Lifton has put together an eclectic combination of musical instruments and vocal textures to create a familiar yet hauntingly unique sound. It is a combination of Delta Blues and Rock with a definite Gospel influence. Each instrument and vocal arrangement is given its proper due.
Jimmy Lifton’s lineup includes Ken Christianson on violin, Patrick Taylor on upright bass, Lucas Ventura on drums, Uli Sinn on pedal steel and Dobro, Ben Burget on Bass Clarinet and Tenor Sax, David Williams on Acoustic Slide and Mandolin. Providing mind-blowing vocals are Reverend Cookie Brown, Reverend Darlene Watley and Toni Jones, three of the most captivating Gospel, Blues singers of today. Lifton is on keys and lead vocals.
The musicians are currently in the studio with tracks to be released this year.
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jimmylifton.com, oraclepost.com, liftoninstitute.com.
Kismet, synchronicity, fate, chance, chaos-theory...call it what you will. When music is meant to be created, the Universe will bring the right people together to do so.
Summer Mencher, Sara Carter and Toby Karlin met at Berklee in L.A.- a one week music program held by Berklee College of Music. After workshops and all-night adventures, the three became friends. The following year, they met again at Berklee College of Music, and Jon Lall quickly became part of the group.
After college, they all went on their separate roads, but after a couple years, fate brought them together again in Los Angeles. Toby was performing and writing with several projects, including composing for a local dance company, Invertigo Dance Theater. Sara had become an in-demand guitarist, playing with various Los Angeles groups and consistently known as "that chick who totally rocks the guitar, man."
Summer and Jon, individual singer-songwriters in their own rights, performed together for growing crowds, both local and abroad. Jon’s flair for R&B perfectly complemented Summer’s progressive folk-rock, and their harmonious duets would become a highlight of interest among their fans. They officially decided to start making music together and appropriately called themselves Indian Summer. In November of 2011, Jon proposed to Summer. She said yes and they were married in June of 2013.
Joining forces with Toby and Sara, Indian Summer became something special. The effortlessness of writing music felt refreshing and new.
The four continued to write music. Enter Corey Schreppel, drummer, producer, engineer, and longtime friend of the band. Asked for his opinion on ideas for making a record, Corey did one better: he flew out from Boston for a four day recording marathon, working solely for his passion for the music. The result was Four Days in Arkham (released 2/22/2013), named for Arkham Studios, Indian Summer's home base in West Hollywood, CA. Since the release of the record, Indian Summer has continued to perform and write songs and are gearing up for a new EP and a dive into the festival circuit.