The best and original 24/7, online, Smooth Jazz Internet Radio station : Largest Global contemporary jazz community, jazz charts, jazz festivals and jazz recording artists Launch Radio Station JazzBlast - email signup

Submitting Your Music for Airplay Consideration

Listen to Internet Radio

LIKE us on FaceBook

Follow Us on Twitter

SmoothTravelTV YouTube Channel - Top 50 Indie Chart

SmoothTravel Features

Start Shopping at

Start Shopping at CD Baby

Start Shopping at SoundCloud - Hear Artist Promo, Interviews and more

Navbar More Artist Interviews Artist Website Buy Album Download Music FaceBook YouTube

R.L. Walker

R.L. Walker

R.L. Walker

At what point in your life did you make the decision to become a professional musician and actually record your own albums?

I’ve always attributed my musical ear and experiences to my mother who was a very strong vocalist in her own right. She would always tell me “to not wait for others when going for my dreams or achieving my goals”. Well, at the time of her passing in 2010, I knew it was time to make things happen with my music, one, because life is short and two, because I owe so much to her for pushing me in the music direction.

Who are some of your current favorite artists, Smooth Jazz or otherwise?

Wow, this is tough. There are so many great ones out there. However, if I had to name a few from the top of my head, the stand-outs would be: Kim Waters, Brian Culbertson, Boney James, Najee, Paul Hardcastle, oh and I love Maysa’s and Sade’s voices.

How would you finish this sentence? “I don’t like to go a day without_____?”

I don’t like to go a day without thanking the LORD above for his many blessings and without thanking family and friends for their unwavering support and love.

Going back in your life as far as you can remember, what song or performance is the first you recall hearing and being affected by?

Well, I remember sitting in Ogden Hall on the campus of Hampton University during Home Coming. The Auditorium was packed!! The lights went dim and the band on stage began performing. The audience and myself were unaware that behind us the main performer was walking down the isle and He began playing the most beautiful sounds on the soprano sax. It was Najee. I think at that very moment, witnessing that performance helped me to make my mind up and I knew what I wanted to do!! Play the saxophone...

What would be the most important piece of advice you’d impart to a young musician just starting out in the jazz/smooth jazz arena?

Stay true to yourself, your passion and kept practicing to perfect your craft.

What is your absolute favorite part of the world, and why?

My absolute favorite part of the world would be anywhere there are tropical breezes, surroundings of water, beaches , palm trees, good people, good food and good music!!

You Support when you start your shopping here Start your shopping at Start Your Shopping at CD Baby Making Contact Start your shopping at iTunes Music Store Start your shopping in the Listening Loft Store Top 10 Vid Bar Top 50 Industry Chart Indie Chart Radar Chart Top 50 Album Chart
Chart Album Image
CD Cover
Fly Away Butterfly
A Beautiful Re-Imaging of Al Jarreau's Classic
Lowcountry Jazz Festival
Lowcountry Jazz Fest
SEP 1-3, 2017
Greater Charleston, SC
Start Your Shopping Here Shop for new music at Shop for new music at iTunes Music Store Shop Top Selling Jazz Albums Shop in the Listening Loft Store Social Media Links Like Us on FaceBook Re-Tweet Us on Twitter Subscribe to our SmoothTravel Jazz TV Channel
National Association of Digital Broadcasters - registered as KJAZ-DB