CoM&L Episode 4 - Will Downing

Almost 30 years into his career, Will Downing keeps on earning his “Prince of Sophisticated Soul” sobriquet. With last summer’s “Black Pearls,” he put his own polish on songs previously recorded by legends including Chaka Khan, Angela Winbush, and Phyllis Hyman. That project had its roots in a conversation about Downing covering Hyman’s “Meet Me on the Moon.” Once he did, he saw an opportunity to honor some of his soul-music sheroes. Of course, this silken baritone and veteran composer is also an original in his own right. Among his songwriting credits are the anthem “I’ll Wait” and the lilting “Something Special.” Clearly, that last title also describes Downing himself.
Edward Austin Hall

Edward Austin Hall


Marko Nobles

Marko Nobles, Host of CoM&L

Conversations on Music & Life (CoM&L) is a weekly program which presents relaxed conversations with artists from the Jazz and R&B genres for digital audiences. Host and producer Marko Nobles invites the greats and soon-to-be greats to join him for an hour of music and conversation. The artist selects the music: music they were, and continue to be, influenced by. The conversation about the music leads to a discussion of a myriad of topics including social issues, business and politics. Most importantly, he allows them to share what they think is important to them and gives us the listeners a deeper insight into the artist and the person that they are.