louis cato

 

Louis Cato is that true multi-instrumentalist, having held down the drum chair with Marcus Miller, guitar and drums while singing with Bobby McFerrin, and a world of various instruments on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. In between his time recording with Q-Tip or recording on the new Jack White record, Louis Cato is a singer and songwriter - and his debut is ready for release onNovember 17th. A collection of uplifting songs that can be defined as soulful pop, "Starting Now" reveals Cato' view of the world - the message that he wants to fully convey. Lyrically, he reminds us of John Lennon and Bob Marley in that he is totally open and accessible, his story is our story.

Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and singer, Louis Cato is a ball of versatility and a special brand of bright.” - Revive Music

Portuguese-born, Carolina-bred, and current Brooklyn, NY resident Louis Cato is no stranger to planes, tour buses, recording studios, TV sets, liner-notes, and airwaves. He’s a Grammy-nominated and internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter. He has recorded with Beyonce, Q-tip, John Legend and Mariah Carey, among other household names. He has toured with some of the most influential acts in music, such as Bobby McFerrin, Snarky Puppy, Marcus Miller, John Scofield, David Sanborn, and George Duke. Currently, Cato is featured nightly on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” as a member of Jon Batiste and Stay Human.

Cato completed two semesters at Berklee College of Music, but his education and influence is deeply rooted in the gospel and contemporary Christian genres. He was raised in a musical household, drumming by age two and learning wind instruments by age twelve. Much as the Beatles are known for honing their skills during their multi-hour multi-day residencies in London pubs, Cato mastered his bass, drum, and guitar chops during a five-year period of nightly performances in the underground jazz and soul scene in Boston. It was in 2007 at the North Sea Jazz Festival where Cato first met Marcus Miller and a slew of other heavyweights he would eventually work with.

He’s a great, sensitive, powerful drummer who also plays bass and trombone and tuba too…very talented…” - Marcus Miller

Cato has an undeniable ability to craft sonic landscape into timeless masterpiece. After two decades of lending his talents to other projects, Cato is set to birth his first solo release which features six original songs recorded, produced and mixed entirely by the renaissance man himself: “I set out to make an honest record, a documentation of who I am and what I do…I feel like I’ve done that.


Starting Now

release date: november 17, 2017

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1. Introlude

  • Louis Cato - vocals, acoustic guitar

2. In My Reach

  • Louis Cato - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards, trombone, euphonium, drums, percussion

3. Back and Forth

  • Louis Cato - vocals, acoustic guitars, bass, percussion

4. Down for You

  • Louis Cato - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion

5. Starting Now

  • Louis Cato - vocals, acoustic guitars, upright bass, tambourine

6. Light

  • Louis Cato - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards/mellotron, drums, percussion

7. Anymore

  • Louis Cato - vocals, acoustic guitar

8. SE Interlude

  • Louis Cato - vocals, electric guitar
  • Daniela Bauer - vocals
  • Randy Runyon - electric guitar
  • Jeremy McDonald - bass
  • Justin Stanton - keyboards
  • Jack DeBoe - drums

9. Someone Else

  • Louis Cato - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion

10. Look Within

  • Louis Cato - vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards, trombone, drums, percussion

11. SE Bonus

  • Louis Cato - vocal/guitar solo
  • Randy Runyon - electric guitar
  • Jeremy McDonald - bass
  • Justin Stanton - keyboards
  • Jack DeBoe - drums

All songs produced and mixed by Louis Cato.  Tracks 2-10 written by Louis Cato and Adam Tressler.  Tracks 1 and 11 written by Louis Cato.  

Recorded by Louis Cato, Jack DeBoe, Tariq Khan, Rozhan Razman; recorded at Jack Of All Studios, Riro Musik and The Breeding Ground NYC.

Special Thanks to Simon Yu, Robert "Sput" Searight, Louis Marks, Tyler Middleton, my family and close friends for their gracious tolerance of the relentless schedule I keep.