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Chart-topping Female Artist Set to Give Fans More of Her Smooth, Sexy Sound

(Atlanta, GA – May 28, 2021) – Flute-playing soul-jazz phenomenon RaganWhitesidereleases a brand-new single titled “Off The Cuff” on the Randis Music label today, May 28, 2021. The flirty new groove, co-written by Whiteside with her husband, noted producer Dennis Johnson, and veteran producer/keyboardist Bob Baldwin, is from her yet-to-be-titled 2022 album. “Off The Cuff” is available on all digital download and streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes Store, Tidal, Deezer, YouTube, Pandora, and more.

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Soul-jazz flutist Ragan Whiteside is Billboard’s
top female artist for the second consecutive year

A six-song Billboard Top 10 hit streak and the new “Five Up Top” EP power her success

ATLANTA (9 December 2020): For the second consecutive year, soul-jazz flutist Ragan Whiteside is Billboard’s top female smooth jazz songs artist of the year. In the male-dominated genre in which only three females made it into the year-end top 10, Whiteside, powered by singles from her aptly titled new EP, “Five Up Top,” came in at No. 5 for 2020. Last year, the Atlanta-based musician-songwriter checked in at No. 3.

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No stopping soul-jazz flutist Ragan Whiteside

Her fifth collection, “Five Up Top,” drops Friday as she enjoys a Billboard Top 10 hit streak

ATLANTA (18 November 2020): Riding a hot streak of six consecutive Billboard Top 10 singles, soul-jazz flutist Ragan Whiteside will drop her new EP, “Five Up Top,” on Friday on the Randis Music label. Cowriting four new songs for the disc with her producers, influential soul-jazz keyboardist Bob Baldwin and Dennis Johnson (Celine Dion, Freddie Jackson, Melba Moore), the latter of whom handles drums and keyboards on the EP, Whiteside vowed to drop her fifth album this year and refused to be stopped by the novel coronavirus.

“This record, more than my other albums, was an exercise in sheer will, determination and drive. Juggling a family with two toddlers, live shows and all the business-related stuff you have to do as an independent artist is a challenge. Adding an album project to the mix took that challenge to another level. Just when we thought we had everything ‘under control,’ the pandemic hit and everything screeched to a halt. The focus shifted to safety and survival since nobody had a clear idea of the full impact of COVID-19,” said the Atlanta-based Whiteside.

“We knew we wanted to name this album ‘Five Up Top’ since it is my fifth studio album. However, with the time constraints, we realized that if we wanted to get this album out this year, we would have to get realistic and compromise on the length. We ended up making a five-song EP, which kept with the ‘five’ theme and took some of the pressure off.”

The conservatory-trained Whiteside recently rose to No. 3 on the Billboard chart and No. 1 on the MediaBase chart with “JJ’s Strut,” a jubilant joint inspired by her daughter’s moxie that opens the EP.

“Dennis conceived the song that we named for our daughter. She’s a feisty little cutie who doesn’t just walk – she struts!” said Whiteside who was accompanied on the cut by trumpeter Willie Bradley and guitarist Tony Bunch.        

Written with a backyard barbecue in mind that Whiteside describes as filled with “sun, food, laughter, music and dancing with a plate in your hand,” “Jam It” went to No. 2 at Billboard and reigned in the No. 1 position at MediaBase for five weeks.

The EP’s lone reboot comes from an unexpected source: Little River Band. Whiteside climbed to No. 8 on the Billboard chart by soulfully reimagining the Australian rock band’s 1978 hit “Reminiscing,” giving it an R&B flair with lyrical flute play and dreamy vocals illuminating the chorus. The single was accompanied by a video (https://bit.ly/3f9bCx0).     

Recalling her Bronx roots where saucy Latin rhythms permeated the air, “12 Bean Soup” is a Latin jazz stew seasoned by Baldwin’s tasty piano and Phil Hamilton’s (Luther Vandross) spicy guitar riffs.

“Dennis and I grew up close to New York’s Orchard Beach, so we spent a lot of time enjoying the sounds, sights and smells of the Latin culture. People would come to the boardwalk with percussion instruments, guitars, flutes, radios, etc. and sit there all day and jam out,” said Whiteside who hosts a weekly radio show on Atlanta’s WCLK.

Speeding to a close comes “Flying on 75,” a clubby Euro house meets contemporary jazz hybrid capable of making dance floors jump. Percussionist Chembo Corniel drives the rhythm with prominent beats and crafty percussive fills.   

“In Atlanta, I-75 can often be like a NASCAR race and you really need to know what you’re doing. When I’m driving, and especially when I’m running late, I tend to choose specific songs for specific roads that will help me focus and get there. Just be careful with this song: I found that I had a little extra lead in my foot when this song was bumping in my car,” admonished Whiteside with a laugh.      

Whiteside’s hit streak includes her first Billboard No. 1 hit, “Corey’s Bop,” along with “Early Arrival” that features saxophonist Kim Waters and “See You at the Get Down.” She has been collaborating with Baldwin and Johnson since her 2007 debut album, “Class Axe.” Pairing her classical flute with R&B, funk, jazz and fusion grooves, Whiteside has cultivated a fervent following with her consistent chart presence, abundance of global airplay and rousing performances at popular music festivals and cruises.  

“Five Up Top” contains the following songs:

“JJ’s Strut”

“Jam It”

“Reminiscing”

“12 Bean Soup”

“Flying on 75”

For more information, please visit http://www.raganwhiteside.com.

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Soul-jazz flutist Ragan Whiteside’s hit streak continues with “Jam It,” her fourth consecutive Billboard Top 10 single.

ATLANTA (5 August 2019): The sizzling summer heat. A backyard barbecue filled with food, family and friends. A tune comes on the radio that instantly sets bodies in motion. As people start moving and grooving, someone exclaims, “That’s my jam!” This scene is what soul-jazz flutist Ragan Whiteside envisioned when creating her latest single, “Jam It.” The hot track became her fourth consecutive Billboard Top 10 single when it hit the ninth spot on the chart for the week of August 3. At No. 9 with a bullet, it’s still rising like the mercury.  

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“See You at the Get Down” continues to dominate the charts, reaching #1 on Groove Jazz / RadioWave this week!

In addition, “See You at the Get Down” is #3 on MediaBase, #3 on Smooth Jazz Network, and #6 on Billboard.

To date, Treblemaker has produced 3 Top 10 Billboard singles: “See You at the Get Down,” “Corey’s Bop” at #1 and “Early Arrival” at #7.

Ragan is the first female flutist to hold the #1 position on 3 heavy hitting radio charts simultaneously.

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See You at the Get Down,” Ragan’s 3rd single from her latest album Treblemaker has hit #5 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Radio chart this week.  In addition, “See You at the Get Down” is #3 on MediaBase, #3 on Smooth Jazz Network, and #5 on Groove Jazz charts.

To date, Treblemaker has produced 3 Top 10 Billboard singles, including “Corey’s Bop” at #1 and “Early Arrival” at #7.

Ragan is the first female flutist to hold the #1 position on 3 heavy hitting radio charts simultaneously.

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Ragan Whiteside, the flautist who catches the ear like few in the world of contemporary jazz can, is getting ready to make waves again with the release of her third single, “See You at the Get Down” from her critically acclaimed album, TREBLEMAKER. “See You at the Get Down” follows on the heels of Ragan’s Billboard #1 single, “Corey’s Bop” and features The PR Experience and Bob Baldwin.
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In an unprecedented feat, Ragan Whiteside’s “Corey’s Bop” is dominating the Smooth Jazz charts, grabbing #1 on MediaBase (3 weeks), #2 on Billboard, and #1 on Smooth Jazz Network. “Corey’s Bop” is the soul-jazz flutist’s follow up to her Top 10 Billboard hit, “Early Arrival” on her latest album, Treblemaker. Stay tuned for more info on upcoming releases!

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Ragan’s single, “Early Arrival” is in the Top 10 across ALL Smooth Jazz Radio charts for the week of 8/21/17! This includes Billboard, RadioWave, Media Base, SmoothJazz.com, and Groove Jazz!

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“Early Arrival” has risen to #7 on the Billboard radio chart, making it the first single from Ragan’s latest release Treblemaker to make it to Billboard’s Top 10!!

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