Lin Rountree, the Soul-Jazz/R&B Trumpeter, is the latest artist to emerge from the ‘new’ Detroit music factory. His playing has been described as soulful, funky, and sensual. Be it R&B/Soul or Groove Jazz, he has an innate ability to connect his music to his listener’s soul.
Lin began playing the trumpet in Alexandria VA., when he was just 11 yrs. old. He frequently attended music development programs at The Duke Ellington School for performing arts in Washington DC. Upon his graduation Lin was recruited into the Music program at Florida A&M University where he performed with the famed Marching 100’ under the direction of William P. Foster and Dr. Julian White. Lin credits his abilities to practice, prepare and perform to the training that he received at FAMU. Likewise the school is also where he started to develop a deep appreciation for Jazz music and began studying some of its masters. Lin cites trumpeters Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, and Tom Browne as huge influences on both his playing and writing styles. After his graduation and after several stops around the country he found his home in Detroit, Michigan a city with a rich tradition in R&B, Soul and Jazz music. Lin hit the music scene hard by sitting in and learning from well established Detroit musicians. The next few years Lin played in a several top 20 Motown bands but quickly realized that Trumpet players were not typical side-men in smaller R&B units where soloing opportunities were more plentiful, so he formed his own working group, “Up Close” which featured vocalist Michele Nicole. For the next 6 years, then band-leader, Lin worked the tough Detroit club circuit as Up Close quickly became one of the most sought after and top performing bands in the city. In 2004 Lin had a chance encounter with two accomplished producers, Dana Davis and Billy Meadows who after listening to a demo of original songs written by Lin decided to work with and eventually sign him to BDK records. BDK went on to ink a distribution deal with Ryko/Warner Bros through Nu-Millennium records. This after Nu- Millennium owners and industry heavyweights Kindall Minter and Hank Caldwell were blown away with the quality of Lin’s materia
Lin has released two projects for BDK Records Groovetree and Sumthin’ Good that both propelled him into the industry as a driving force in the new generation of instrumental soloists, and put on display, his talents as an innovative composer and polished recording artist. Both projects garnered chart topping singles like: “For Your Love” (feat. Tim Bowman), “Candie”, “Sumthin’ Good” and “Seldom Sunday”. The success of these records has afforded Lin the chance to travel and perform all over the world, as well as the opportunity to play and record with some of the industry’s top musicians including: George Duke, Marcus Miller, Nate Harasim, Darren Rahn, U-Nam, Elan Trotman Tim Bowman, Kem, and Dwele among others.
After BDK Records was dissolved, Lin continued to push forward and in early 2011 independently released Soul-Tree, The Soul-Jazz Experience an R&B and Soul-Jazz based project with a combination of vocal and instrumental songs. The first single released was a hard driving cover of Michael Jackson’s “You Rock My World” and reached number 19 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts. Additionally, 2011 saw Lin Rountree on the top 30 Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts three more times, first with the follow up single “I Didn’t Know feat. Althea Rene,” remixed by Grammy Nominated Producer Nate Harasim. Next with two collaborations “As” a Stevie Wonder cover done with Saxophonist Elan Trotman and “Kroydon Road” with Keyboardist Demetrius Nabors.
“His hip vibe and soulful sound find perfect fit here and is sure to assist in bringing the cool factor back to this genre....the future looks bright for contemporary jazz as we continue to attract fresh young artists of this caliber and Lin’s star will surely help light the way.” - CUTMORE RECORDS
LIN ROUNTREE made his major label CutMore Records debut releasing his fourth studio album on September 3, 2013. The first single “We Chill,” reached #14 on the National Billboard charts, and is but one of 11 grooving and soulfully crafted songs on SERENDIPITOUS. Lin teamed up with Grammy Nominated Producer Nate Harasim on this project and the result was nothing short of magical. Likewise, guest appearances by fellow Label-mates Nate Harasim, Darren Rahn, Althea Rene, Randy Scott, and Anna Stevenson as well as independent guitarist Matt Godina proved to be a perfect compliment to Lin’s smooth and sultry playing. Guest producers included: Sharay Reed, Nicholas Cole and Dana Davis.
All in all Soul-Jazz Trumpeter Lin Rountree and his music represent a new direction in instrumental soul. A polished recording artist, an outstanding live performer, and a thankful musician, Rountree is a leader amongst a new generation of Soul- Jazz artists.