As we learned during the 2001 World Series, sometime New Yorker, Paul McCartney, is a New York Yankees baseball fan. Today it was announced that Sir Paul's music company MPL Cummunications has signed New York Yankees' outfielder, Bernie Williams, to a contract as a composer and guitarist. A native of Puerto Rico, Mr. Williams will be MPL's first Latin and first jazz artist. MPL hopes to be able to sell Brian Williams' gentle, soulful music for use in films, tv, and other media.
In a press release, Sir Paul said he became aware of Mr. Williams music talent during a Yankees' game back in 1999:"I was intrigued to hear his music. When I heard his CD, I was just blown away by his talent. It's a home run!"In response, Mr. Williams stated:It's an honor to have one of the greatest songwriters in music history supporting my project. I've always been a big Beatles fan, and working with Paul McCartney and MPL Communications is a dream come true. It brings the whole ablum project full circle."Mr. Williams is currently on the disabled list, recovering from surgery to repair torn knee cartilage. As of last weekend, he is off his crutches and hopes to return to play with the Yankees by the mid-summer All-Star break. He will appear at Chicago’s House of Blues on July 13 during baseball’s All-Star week, two days before the release of his first album, The Journey Within.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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