No Doubt's Stephen Bradley Drops First Solo Album, 'Runaways'
May the man behind the trumpet, Stephen Bradley, come forward please? You got it! He’s the No Doubter with the dreads, best known as the killer trumpeter who blows a mean horn. For over 19 years, Since 1993, Bradley has brought the magic of the trumpet, keyboard, and vocals to ska, rock band, No Doubt, along with sidekick, Gabrial McNair. Whether it's the jumping on stage, the cry of the horn, the animated look on his face when he hypes the crowd, his soulful voice, or his noticeably beaming smile, Bradley is electric. We applaud his acknowledgement of musical diversity, including elements such as reggae, jazz, R&B, rock, and many more. From a New Orleans swing to a reggae jam, to a medieval trumpet tune, to a Coltrane classic, if he shall, the man behind the trumpet tells so many stories.
As his first solo project, and album, 'RUNAWAYS' is now available on iTunes. “Feel the Music” is a cool synthetic, electric pop tune, a spectacular piece that makes us feel alive, wanting to escape. If you’re into big cities, bright lights, looking for a night of “dancin’ and groovin,” you’re in Sunset Boulevard all over again. “Runaways” is altogether, jazzy, smooth, sexy, and cool. Starting off with the shrill cry of the horn, he then takes us away with the electric flow, adding a touch of an R&B urban twist. This track will no doubt have you feeling “rock steady vibes.” "Cocaine" is another catchy, electro pop tune. No doubt, it will have you in tears, as Bradley depicts the harsh realities of toxic love. Oh, the feels. "Take You Home," another upbeat, electric tune, will have feeling like John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever, as you're walking down the street, lost in the rhythm, as if no one is paying attention (we're all guilty of it). Even guitarist, Tom Dumont agrees that Bradley’s music brings “freshness” and “excitement” to the table. Perhaps Tom Dumont is also guilty of busting a move to Mr. Bradley's music.
We’re excited to see what Bradley’s music has to offer the world. With support from his long time friends and No Doubt family, Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Adrian Young, Tom Dumont, and Gabrial McNair, one thing we’ve learned is that a “real love survives a rock-steady vibe.” Bradley reminds us that the relationship between a musician and their instrument is one of the most powerful love of all time. The world can’t wait to hear more stories from the man behind the horn.
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