Musical adventurer Ragan Whiteside has never been known to pull punches with her studio work, and the accolades for her fourth studio album, Treblemaker, keep coming accordingly.
Ever since the album went public in May 2017, the successes have been immediate. The first single off the album, Early Arrival, rose to #7 on Billboard after a residence in Smooth Jazz’s Top 10 Most Added songs for airplay. Corey’s Bop surpassed that record by skyrocketing to #1 on Billboard, held a residence of 2 weeks at #1 at Smooth Jazz Network’s Top 100, and 4 weeks at #1 on MediaBase’s charts, making Ragan the first female flautist to hold the #1 spot on 3 major smooth jazz charts simultaneously. The 3rd single, “See You at the Get Down” is poised to follow suit.
“She has made the flute an integral part of this format,” said Walter Beasley of her work. “Huge!”
And he is right. With a touring portfolio that touts major events such as the Capital Jazz SuperCruise and Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Ragan Whiteside has firmly established herself and her sound, and continues to take it further as she begins work on her fifth album.
A musical prodigy since the age of five, Ragan found her way to the flute after the piano, the violin, and a turn with the drum set. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and the prestigious Harid Conservatory, where her sound was honed with the tried-and-true classical training, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree.
Ragan then found herself in New York and immersed herself in the world of jazz, funk, and R&B, going on to collaborate with contemporary heavyweights such as Patrice Rushen, Bob Baldwin, Kim Waters, Chieli Minucci, Frank McComb, and many more. Since her debut with Class Axe, Ragan honed her arranging and songwriting skills alongside Bob Baldwin and acclaimed producer/arranger Dennis Johnson, and focused on the deeper inner workings of producing and releasing music. The albums that
followed, Evolve and Quantum Drive, flow along a variety of musical styles, the sounds never parking themselves too long in one genre or another, leaving no aficionado wanting.
Ragan Whiteside is a resident of Atlanta, GA and tours globally.