On The Rise: Flutist, Vocalist, and Songwriter, Ragan Whiteside

by Raheem Karim

Jazz music is the rhythm of life and flutist, vocalist, and songwriter, Ragan Whiteside is riding it. Ragan is bringing the forgotten instrument back into the mainstream with funky rhythms and a unique style.

Whiteside is highly regarded as someone that is immensely talented among her contemporaries. After winning the Capital Jazz New Artist Competition, she released her debut album, Class Axe in 2007. Since her debut album, this award winning artist has developed a heightened focus in the writing, producing, and editing process of her 2012 sophomore release, Evolve. Evolve showcases not only her melodious musicianship as a flutist, but her sultry vocals and soulful compositions. Under the direction of her highly acclaimed producers/arrangers, Dennis Johnson and Bob Baldwin,Ragan showcases her high energy and expansive musical abilities. Taking her refreshing and vibrant flute sounds to newer heights, Ragan collaborated with an array of veteran contemporary jazz artists, including Chieli Minucci, Marion Meadows, Bob Baldwin, Porter Carroll Jr. (original member of Atlantic Starr) and Chembo Corniel (Latin Jazz Grammy nominee).

Earlier this year she released of her 3rd studio album, Quantum Drive. This album pushes the boundaries of Contemporary/Urban Jazz and R&B even further. You can purchase the album at iTunes or Amazon.  Check out some of her music from reverbnation below.

Website: www.raganwhiteside.com

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