GEN-7

Gen-7 Final Album Art by Christian Boe
Allen Ling: Executive Producer, Songwriter, Lead Vocals on Closer, Miracle Man, Heart, In My World, Fall In My Arms, Chemistry, Rain, Tomorrow, Background vocals on Mystery
Melissa Reese: Lead Vocals on I’m Free, Breakthrough, The Way it Was, Speed of Light; Background Vocals on I’m Free, Mystery, The Way It Was, Breakthrough; Music and Vocal Arrangements, Keyboards
Brain Mantia: Production, Drums, Music Arrangements, Background Vocals on Speed of Light

Patrick O'Connor: Guitar, Male Vocals on Breakthrough; Bryan Kehoe: Lead Vocals on Mystery; Victor Little: Electric Bass; Joel Behrman & Alex Murzyn: Horns on Chemistry, Miracle Man; Carl Restivo also played Guitar and Bass on other versions of Miracle Man, Breakthrough, The Way It Was, Heart, Rain, Tomorrow, In My World, Fall In My Arms; John Spiker (of Tenacious D fame) on Bass for "Fall in My Arms"; Get Off (guitars) - Scott Kaminski; String Quartet: Eugenia Wie, Adam Friedberg, Kathy Marshall Biggs, Emily Onderdonk and Vanessa Ruotolo; Tony Chaba - Bass on "Closer"; Mark MIRV Haggard - Guitars on "Closer"

Cookie Marenco: Engineer & Producer Breakthrough, Speed of Light, Mystery, The Way it Was, Chemistry
Get Off Mixing & Mastering by Dan Monti, additional Engineering by Scott Kaminski
Closer, Heart, Tomorrow, In My World, and Rain Engineered by Caram Costanzo
Chris Dugan, Engineer on Closer vocals, Live Strings
Mostly Recorded at OTR Studios, Belmont CA and Jingletown, Oakland CA.
Final Album Art: Christian Boe
Tony K. Ling: Mandarin Translations

Executive producer and songwriter Allen Ling is the seventh generation descendent of Lin Zexu, a historical hero in China (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin_Zexu), thus he named his first Album GEN-7 short for Generation Seven. A body of music compositons from 1984 to 1988 was exhumed in 2009 after encouragement from Bryan "Brain" Mantia, one of the premier drummers in contemporary music.

We happily present multiple versions of over a dozen original songs after hundreds of hours of work by the production & performance team of Brain (drums, production), Melissa Reese (Lead and background vocals, production and keyboards), Patrick O'Connor (guitar and male vocals on Breakthrough), Carl Restivo (guitars and bass), Bryan Kehoe (lead vocals on Mystery), and Victor Little (electric bass), and five-time Grammy nominated engineer & producer Cookie Marenco, and Caram Costanzo who helped engineer and produce the “Chinese Democracy” album by GunsNRoses.

Allen dedicates GEN-7 to Brain's father, who passed away suddenly as project began, and to his own father, Tony, who passed away as the bulk of the production was finishing in Summer 2014. Tony actually thought the music here was "pretty good, but not my kind of music" (although "Closer" met with his full approval). My father eventually helped coach Melissa with the Mandarin translations of I'm Free and The Way It Was which he labored over without complaining too bitterly.

It was a six year journey that continues, as writing music regularly has become part of Allen’s lifestyle now. Enjoy listening to all the different styles and genres of music, and one day they will be downloadable.

Allen Ling: Executive Producer, Songwriter, Lead Vocals on Closer, Miracle Man, Heart, In My World, Fall In My Arms, Chemistry, Rain, Tomorrow, Background vocals on Mystery
Melissa Reese: Lead Vocals on I’m Free, Breakthrough, The Way it Was, Speed of Light; Background Vocals on I’m Free, Mystery, The Way It Was, Breakthrough; Music and Vocal Arrangements, Keyboards
Brain Mantia: Production, Drums, Music Arrangements, Background Vocals on Speed of Light

Patrick O'Connor: Guitar, Male Vocals on Breakthrough
Bryan Kehoe: Lead Vocals on Mystery
Victor Little: Electric Bass
Joel Behrman & Alex Murzyn: Horns on Chemistry, Miracle Man
Carl Restivo also played Guitar and Bass on other versions of Miracle Man, Breakthrough, The Way It Was, Heart, Rain, Tomorrow, In My World, Fall In My Arms
John Spiker (of Tenacious D fame) on Bass for "Fall in My Arms"
Get Off (guitars) - Scott Kaminski
String Quartet: Eugenia Wie, Adam Friedberg, Kathy Marshall Biggs, Emily Onderdonk and Vanessa Ruotolo

Cookie Marenco: Engineer & Producer Breakthrough, Speed of Light, Mystery, The Way it Was, Chemistry
Get Off Mixing & Mastering by Dan Monti, additional Engineering by Scott Kaminski
Closer, Heart, Tomorrow, In My World, and Rain Engineered by Caram Costanzo

Tony K. Ling: Mandarin Translations
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