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Michael W. Brookins (born Nov. 10, 1968), also known as MWB, has played piano for the last 25 years in the Washington and Chicago Metropolitan areas. A multi-talented individual, Michael is not only a musician’s, musician, but an outstanding composer of lyrics and music.
“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. 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. MWB was fortunate to have Greg Reilly, the same engineer who recorded some of these great Motown artists. 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.
The production of this recording was an extraordinary collaboration with producer-arranger Eddie Robinson GM, whose vocals you hear at the end of the song. Another Motown Artist/Producer, Eddie, has a track record of producing hit recordings. In this song, you can hear his trademark style, which is a combination of various music genres. A few of Eddie Robinson's works includes, album "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 monumental.