New Series Premiering this Fall
The Rehearsal is a 45 minute pilot and 6-episode series that will celebrate its release this October 1st by No Budge Music, followed by a premier at The New York TV Festival.
Thanks to director Jaclyn Bethany and my amazing partner on scoring these compositions, Dalal Bruchmann.
RHYS LEWIS GOING ON TOUR
Opening for Julia Michaels
I'm thrilled that Rhys Lewis will be opening for Julia Michaels for her 2 and 1/2 month international tour featuring my songs "Be Your Man" (28 million streams) and "Under The Sun." Check out his EP In Between Minds which features our song "Lonely As Love." You'll love Rhys, so make sure to purchase tickets soon. He'll also be headlining a 10-day tour in the UK this November.
NEW SINGLE AND TOUR DATES
FOR DENNIS Van AARSON
The song "Superhero," which I co-wrote with Maria Christensen and Dutch artist Dennis Van Aarsson (winner of Holland's The Voice) is Dennis's current single.
He is recording 5 of our songs for his upcoming album. Dennis has a wonderful voice, in the spirit of Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble, and is headlining a 34-city tour with a big band in Holland starting on September 28th.
HOUSTON WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS Oct. 24th - 28th
I'm excited to return to Houston from October 24th - 28th and will be conducting a songwriting workshop with Tom Kimmel, who co-wrote "Never Saw Blue Like That" and "When You Know," on Saturday, October 26th at 11am. We will also be performing with Jane Vandiver on Thursday, October 24th.
My jazz quartet will appear at Cezanne on Friday, October 25th from 9 - 12pm, featuring Woody Witt on alto sax. I will be also available for private sessions. To find out more details, please contact me at the link below.
MAI KURAKI RELEASE
Mai Kuraki who is one of Japan's biggest selling artists recorded my song "Wishing You..." on her album which debuted at #3 on the Japan's Oricon Pop Album charts on August 29th.
I co-wrote the song with Paul Carter and Kanata.
Be Your Man — Rhys Lewis, hit single by UK artist
Never Saw Blue Like That — Shawn Colvin, in the Julia Roberts film Runaway Bride, and Dawson's Creek
La Tua Semplicità on Amore Infinito — Placido Domingo and Josh Groban, featuring lyrics by Pope John II
We Can Go Back Again — To be featured on the upcoming album by Peppina, Follow Your Gravity this Fall
Goodbye — Featuring Gia Koka, an upcoming pop artist from the Netherlands
What Else Is Love For — Filipa, the South African artist who won Ryan Seacrest's competition
Tears in my Voice — Will and Anthony, 2 brothers who performed recently at Carnegie Hall, co-written by Jeff, Nina Ossoff and Porter Carroll
Walk to the Beat of my Heart — The Jamaican band Persons of Interest will release this song in the Fall
Anything Could Happen — Jeff Franzel, performing a song on the album "When You Know"
You Should Be Loved — A demo of a song by Jeff Franzel, Paul Carter, and Kanaka
I Could Hardly Ask For More — Jeff Franzel, performing a solo piano composition on the album "When You Know"
SINGLE WITH RHYS LEWIS
"Be Your Man" — a single by UK artist Rhys Lewis on Decca — has over 28 million streams on Spotify! Rhys kicks off a European tour this Fall.
RELEASES JEFF'S LATEST SOLO ALBUM
When You Know," Jeff's solo project, was recorded in Montreal at Oscar Peterson Hall on a Yamaha CFX. The album is available on all major music sites including Apple Music, Amazon, CD Baby, and more. You can also listen by clicking the Spotify link above.
TEACHING MASTER CLASSES & LESSONS
Jeff teaches piano and songwriting privately, both in person and via Skype throughout the world.
He says, "I've been conducting songwriter workshops in Houston, TX for 7 years, and holding master classes at my alumni CalArts for the last 6 years. My focus is developing ones individual voice through learning the craft of songwriting. When teaching piano I help the student to develop chord structure and scales as well as the basic tools of learning how to improvise piano. I look at music as a language and the more knowledge one has the more they can express themselves. [read more]
UPCOMING BILLY JOEL COUNTRY TRIBUTE ALBUM
Jeff's Billy Joel Project is scheduled to be released this year featuring Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Lady Antebellum, and Tim McGraw. Jeff arranged and played piano on 5 of the songs.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY RON FONTENOT