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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 producing several songs. These form the heart of Carl’s debut CD: “Too Hard” released in the year 2002. 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 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, as well as seasoned Blues veterans such as John Houston, Louisiana 'Guitar' Red, Coco Montoya, Bobby Picket, Leon Ruebenhold,Greg Lewis 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 over 10 years where he is the original host and performer of the main St. Lucia Jazz encore event the“Encore Jam" for the past 6 years. He has performed at other festivals in the Caribbean including Cayenne Jazz 2007, Mustique Blues Festival 2007 and 2008. A national favorite on St.Lucia Jazz Festival stages from 2009-2013. He performs regularly at clubs and hotels in St. Lucia and the Caribbean region as well as internationally.
He continues to write, record and produce, music that blends styles with his latest “Irie Blues” releases of "Ain’t No Woman" & "Some Kinda Wonderful” Currently getting airplay on internet stations around the world.
Check out his web site http://www.carlgustave.com to listen to an eclectic mix of music with a feeling.