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Simon Law aka The Funky Ginger


Songwriter, Music Producer, Musician, Educator.

Co-wrote, produced and performed on 5 globally successful albums with Soul II Soul ( including 2 Grammy award winning songs, Back to Life and African Dance) ASCAP & Ivor Novello awards.

Signed publishing and recording contracts with EMI, Chrysalis, London and Defected Records.

Co produced South African artist Lucky Dube’s Victims album in South Africa

Produced and co wrote global hits for Chante Moore, Shabba Ranks, Johnny Gill, Maxi Priest, JT Taylor (Kool and the Gang) , Joanna Law (my sister) ....and many others

Wrote, produced and directed an original musical at Jackman Avenue Public school in Toronto

Teaches music at the middle school at Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Dayschool                                                         
                            
A Biography                                                                                                 
From his early childhood days in Trinidad, to head chorister at Hereford Cathedral in England to London clubland and to the present day in Toronto, Simon’s diverse influences have always shone through in his music.

His songs and productions have sold over 10 million albums and singles worldwide.

He was originally signed as City Heat, with his sister Joanna Law to Chrysalis Records in 1988 in the UK, by Danny D.

He was an influential UK house music pioneer as The Funky Ginger with Slaughterhouse (Easy Street records) and did a groundbreaking session at the BBC for the legendary John Peel.

He was a regular clubber & dancer at the Africa Centre for Soul II Soul’s legendary Sunday night sessions which led to the lifelong frienship & collaboration with  Jazzie B OBE and the creation of Soul II Soul’s long career.

He has been involved in all of their 7 album releases. In particular co-writing the Global #1 and Grammy winning Back II Life and also Keep On Movin’ from the seminal album Club Classics Vol 1.
This worldwide multi-platinum album, including the Grammy Award winning instrumental African Dance were all co written by Simon.

He has co-writing and production credits for Grammy nominated artist Chante Moore on MCA on her 3 US gold albums : Precious , A Love Supreme and This Moment is Mine... notably her US r&b top 10 single Loves Taken Over,

He has remixed Eric B and Rakim and Duran Duran toname a few & has production writer credits with Chicago’s highly respected Ten City and Kool & the Gang’s JT Taylor.

In 1990 he produced his sister Joanna Law’s seminal cover and uber sampled #1 UK dance tune The First Time Ever I saw Your Face on Beggars Banquet.

He travelled to Jamaica to write with Shabba Ranks on Slow and Sexy , a US top 10 tune and worked again with legends Sly and Robbie on Maxi Priest’s albums Bona Fide and Man with The Fun, writing and producing.

In the mid 90s, he visited South Africa, where he co-produced Africa’s own reggae superstar, the late Lucky Dube’s Victims album. A personal highlight...RIP Lucky.

Back in the UK he co wrote and produced many great acts like Polydor Record’s Nu Colours, Atlantic’s D’influence and London records Brand New Heavies
Having always been a lover of fine soulful disco he started his own artist project Highsteppers (on London records UK) and Una Mas with partner Lee Hamblin (Defected records UK)…they enjoyed a # 2 UK dance single in 2002 with ‘I will Follow’

In 2003 he worked with soul legend and songwriting genius Brenda Russell on her album for Dome records in the UK, with maestro Nathan East on Bass!

He has also written themes for the BBC, notably the Travel show.


As an educator he wrote, produced and directed Jackman Avenue: The Musical and Muddy York: The Musical ( in 2010 and 2011) These were original musicals at Jackman Public school in Toronto ( written in collaboration with the children using cutting edge multimedia and traditional theatre arts) featuring a cast of 100 children with 4 sellout performances!

Muddy York: The Musical will be performed at George Webster public school in May 2012
http://www.youtube.com/user/muddyyorkmusical

Teaching music to the middle school at Downtown Jewish Dayschool.
http://www.youtube.com/user/djds78/videos

Other writer/producer/remix credits include Guru’s Jazzamatazz, Rebel MC, EWF, Ronnie Jordan, Jazz Warriors, Caron Wheeler, Oleta Adams, Vivienne Mckone, Attica Blues, Kathy Brown and Fiona Prince + many others.

Recent projects:
Soul II Soul : new material with Reggae great Luciano , TV show with Jamie Oliver, performing live at summer festivals in Europe.
School Musicals in Toronto
DJ Andy Smith (formerly of Portishead) solo project,
Music teacher at the middle school at Paul Penna Downtown Jewish dayschool
Joanna Law : new material,
Toronto singer songwriter Jen Schaffer & The Shiners
http://www.jenschaffer.ca/Site/The_Lowdown.html

His own project, Slowmain ( using the psalms as lyrical inspiration)
www.slowmain.net

Peace and Blessings for 2012!
  • Rest in Peace and light eternal Donald Byrd.

    This is a beautiful, haunting recording from his earlier phase before becoming a groundbreaking Jazz funk pioneer. I was so fortunate to work with him on Guru’s Jazzamatazz project and we did some shows in NYC and Atlantic city as well as London. He was a wise and generous man, when he spoke to you he gave you his full attention, you felt as though he could see right into your musical soul! He took some time to show me some chords and harmonic structures that I knew nothng of…and I am forever grateful to have spent time with him, learnt from him and met him face to face.

    Now we have countless treasures to remember him by and this kind and generous genius will never be forgotten.

  • The orij vid for First Time Ever, my dear sisters beautiful rendition of this timeless tune! This is shot at the legendary ( and now sadly gone) Bass clef in Hoxton , London. We would be there most monday nights dancing our selves crazy in the late 80’s and early 90’s at Norman Jay’s seminal Original Rare Groove Show. Wonderful times that live long and strong in the memory.

  • The beautiful Alicia Myers gospel song that Chante covered and truly made her own! Singing the song completely from the heart. We had such a wonderful time making this record. Louis Silas, her record label boss gave us a 16 piece string section budget on many of the tunes!! ….  you can really hear this to great effect here….check the end. Beautiful rhodes by Adrian Reid too, of Jazz warriors fame.

  • Vivienne McKone - Sing (via katasky)

    A song I had the pleasure and honour to produce with Lee Hamblin for Vivienne McKone ( her own song) Sounds good ‘n’ vibey still…a beautiful song, and a beautiful voice.

  • Memories of Sunday 18th July 2010

    I want to recount my amazing day just this Sunday past…

    In the morning my family and I went to St Pauls Cathedral. My nephew Theo is a chorister there ( he’s Joanna Laws boy!!) We heard the incredible cathedral choir perform Mozarts Coronation Mass with the London Sinfonia orchestra under the mighty dome in that glorious building. It was stunningly beautiful , quite overwhelming to me because it was so familiar as I had sung it many moons ago as a chorister at Hereford Cathedral. (This was an extremely formative time for me as a musician, from age 9-14)

    Afterwards we had a wonderful family sunday lunch at Carluccios in west Smithfield and then I strolled along the sun drenched Thames embankment to Somerset House (on that afternoon all I could think of was “Yellow was the colour of sunrays!” )

    I met all my old friends, and some new! from SIIS. We sound checked, hung out, got ready and then played the most amazing concert in the evening to a fantastic crowd.

    Pretty much a perfect day to me…where all this different music made perfect sense. It was simply GOOD MUSIC…..”to elevate your mind and free your soul”

    Peace and blessings all, S. xx

  • BP Gulf oil crisis

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    Hi Folks, I wanted to pass this on to you all,

    Dr. Masaru Emoto, a  scientist from Japan,  has done acclaimed research and publications about the characteristics of water and how, among other things, water physically responds to emotions.  He has proposed a prayer for the Gulf situation.  He uses the Hawaiian healing prayer, Ho’oponopono, as part of it, at the end.
     
    Right now, most of us have felt predominantly angry when we consider what is happening in the Gulf.   And while certainly we are justified in that emotion, we may be of greater assistance to our planet and its life forms, if we sincerely, powerfully and humbly pray the prayer that Dr Emoto, himself, has proposed.
     
    "I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings. To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, plankton’s, corals, algae and all living creatures…..I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you."
     
    We are not powerless. We are powerful.
    We don’t have to know how……we just have to recognize that the power of love is greatest force.

  • JA:M DVD Coming Soon - Order Now (via JackmanMusical)

    Here is a trailer for the Musical DVD I did at Jackman Avenue school here in TO…..We got the FUNK!!

  • Brother Roger of Taize in 1990…speaking so beautifully about faith. Such a great man…whose wisdom and insight lives on in Taize and all over the world in the community’s work for peace and reconciliation amongst all people. RIP and God bless you Roger.

  • This is a great site for some daily wisdom and enlightenment if you so wish!! Not faith specific…or particularly theistic…but words of understanding gathered from many varied sources. All to help us live kinder more loving and peaceful lives….Here here to that!!

  • Incredible song by my talented and soulful sister Joanna. Incredible too that it never got a release?!…Love the whole sweeping vibe of the song. Jo’s voice all over the airwaves again with Way Out West remix of their hit The Gift…which samples her singing ‘The First Time Ever’….cant keep a great voice down!! Watch out for new songs from Jo later this year….

  • This is the cover of Deniece William’s glorious tune that we did with Chante….originally produced for DW by one of my all time heroes and inspiration: Maurice White.

    You can imagine the thrill it was to do this wonderful song with Chante….who does the original total justice in the way a good version should…with respect and honour but also a real reinterpretation….making it her own.

    Special mention for Adrian Reid’s beautiful rhodes and piano playing….Ross Andersons always soulful bass and guitar work….and also this amazing slideshow that I found on YT (respect jayb4321!!)

    It was the late great Louis Silas ( her label boss and great friend) who came up with the idea of fusing ‘Sail On’ at the end…and I still melt when I hear Chante’s BGs come in and her ad libs weaving about them….she is a beautiful song bird of paradise in our midst!!

    Peace and Blessings all….

  • Heres ‘Feel The Need’… the JT Taylor tune I did from yesteryear …hot off the vinyl…coverted to 0s &1s.

    This was the title track from his debut album after leaving Kool and the Gang.
    What a singer…and a gracious lovely fella to boot!! And thats my old production partner Ross Anderson tearing it up and grounding everything on Bass and Guitar…such a talented and soulful player. 16 piece strings section…me on keys n stuff, Jeff Scantelbury on perc and Gary Barnacle on sax. We made a joyful noise unto the creator!!

    One of my favourites of things I have done…

    Peace and Blessings all xxx