A virtual press conference from Sound & Video Contractor

SMOKEY ROBINSON REALLY GETS A HOLD ON SHURE

Smokey Robinsonu>Motown Icon Performs With PSM® 700 Personal In-ear Monitors

NILES, IL, April 2, 2009 — William “Smokey? Robinson hardly needs an introduction. With more than 4,000 songs to his credit spanning a musical career of 50-plus years, Robinson was one of the architects of the legendary Motown sound. Producing the label’s first million-selling hit, “Shop Around? in 1960, he charted countless others with The Miracles from 1960 into the ‘70s, wrote and produced tracks for other Motown hit makers, and served as the record company’s VP under lifelong friend and Motown founder Berry Gordy from 1961-1988.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1990, Robinson performed at this year’s GRAMMY Awards on February 8, as part of a Four Tops tribute, including Jamie Foxx, Ne-Yo, and Duke Fakir, the only surviving Four Tops member. Onstage, the singer was a longtime believer in floor wedges when it came to meeting his monitoring needs, this until a fateful meeting with the late Luther Vandross changed his performing style forever.

“My production manager is this guy named Brian French, and Brian had tried to get me to switch to ear monitors for probably eight years,? Robinson admits. “I went to see Luther Vandross—who was a really good friend of mine—and he was at the Hollywood Bowl. Afterwards I went backstage, and he said, ‘Smoke, let me tell you, the ear monitors, they are really what’s happening. It’s like singing to yourself in the studio. When you saw me, when I came on, I was barely singing, because I could hear myself. I don’t have to strain; I don’t have to do anything.’

“Later I told Brian, ‘I saw Luther and he was telling me…’ Brian said, ‘Great man! I’m gonna have the lady come down to the studio and fit you.’ I said, ‘OK, fine.’ So they fitted me and the first concert that I used them on I could hear myself great, better than I ever could. It was a godsend. It doesn’t matter where you’re playing. It doesn’t matter what the acoustics are. It doesn’t matter if you’re outside or inside. It doesn’t matter if the wind is blowing. It doesn’t matter, whatever is happening, you can hear yourself. I tell everybody, I tell all the singers I know, who haven’t tried them. I told Gladys Knight, ‘Gladys, get the ear monitor. Get it baby, because it is what’s happening.’ I told Aretha, ‘Get the ear monitor because it’s what’s happening.’ It saves your voice. When we do concerts, I’m not kidding, I sing for two-and-a-half hours. I don’t have to strain because I can hear me.?

Timeless Love, Robinson’s latest record released in 2006, was, according to the artist, tracked with all the musicians present at once. “We just did the stuff live, man,? he relates, grinning with his wide and famous smile, “and I had a ball. I haven’t had that much fun recording in years, because it was like doing a concert in the studio.?

Robinson’s tour schedule this year will include stops at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ, on April 17 and 18 as well as a date at the Star of the Desert Arena in Jean, NV, on May 23.

For more information, visit www.smokeyrobinson.com

About Shure Incorporated
Founded in 1925, Shure Incorporated (www.shure.com) is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. Over the years, the Company has designed and produced many high-quality professional and consumer audio products that have become legendary for performance, reliability, and value. Shure’s diverse product line includes world-class wired microphones and wireless microphone systems for performers and presenters, award-winning earphones and headsets for MP3 players and smartphones, and top-rated phonograph cartridges for professional DJs. Today, Shure products are the first choice whenever audio performance is a top priority.

Shure Incorporated corporate headquarters is located in Niles, Illinois, in the United States. The Company has additional manufacturing facilities and regional sales offices in China, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, The United Kingdom, and the United States.

Contact:
Mike Lohman
Shure Incorporated
847-600-6417 lohman_mike@shure.com

Greg DeTogne
Gregory A. DeTogne Public Relations
847-367-8187
greg@detogne.net

Digg Syndication Del.icio.us Syndication Google Syndication MyYahoo Syndication Reddit Syndication

Related Topics: Microphones, News

Sennheiser Ushers in a new Class of RF Experts
Extron Shipping MediaLink Plus Controller with Ethernet Device Control
Women in CE Inducts 2015 Class of Legacy Award Honorees
Digigram IQOYA *LINK IP Audio-Over-IP Transport System Earns Critical Embedded Solution 2014 Honor
QUANTUM TO SPEAK AT STORAGE VISIONS 2015
Archimedia CMO to Address Media Collaboration Workflows at Storage Visions 2015
Kelly Fair Named Wohler Vice President of Sales
BenQ Unveils World’s First Professional Photography Monitor
Revolabs ISE 2015 Preview
RTI ISE 2015 Show Preview

About

Stay up to date on the latest technology news. Select press representatives post company news several times a day. Check back often to get the latest news on product releases, mergers and acquisitions, and product applications. To be included in this virtual press conference, please contact The Wire.

Calendar

April 2009
M T W T F S S
« Mar   May »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  

Your Account

Subscribe

Subscribe to RSS Feed

Subscribe to MyYahoo News Feed

Subscribe to Bloglines

Google Syndication