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Meet Ted Perlman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ted Perlman.

Ted, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Ted has produced, played guitar, arranged, recorded, & toured with major artists Whitney Houston, Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Burt Bacharach, Christian music stars Colton Dixon & Nicole C. Mullen, Ronald Isley, Mexican pop star Alessandra Rosaldo, The Manhattans, jazz muti-Grammy winners the Manhattan Transfer, gospel legend Edwin Hawkins, Beatles drummer Ringo, Jazz legend George Duke, Joe Cocker, iconic group “Chicago,” rapper Young M.C., R&B stars Howard Hewett-Deniece Williams-Stephanie Mills-Kashif-Melba Moore, father of punk music Jonathan Richman, country stars Garth Brooks & Dolly Parton, Latin music stars Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe, Phantom of the Opera star Michael Crawford, Rolling Stone guitarist Ron Wood, Filipino star Imelda Papin, Dr. Buzzard’s Savannah Band, & pop legend Engelbert Humperdink.

All this has made Ted proficient in a variety of musical styles – R&B, Rock, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Soul, Classical, Pop, Latin, Rap, Country, World, etc. While living in Israel in the early 1970s, he worked in the studios and in concerts with top stars in that country. Ted even worked on a recording with recently deceased Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he now resides and works in Los Angeles.

He has done extensive work in TV & Movies. He arranged, programmed, & recorded three songs in the Adam Sandler movie “I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry,” ft. Lance Bass of *NSYNC. Ted produced the song “Before We Say Goodbye” for MTV’s “2gether,” produced, played, & composed the score for ABC-TV’s “World Stunt Awards,” co-wrote the main theme & cues for Showtime’s “Full Frontal Comedy” (winner of Cable ACE award for Best Stand Up Comedy), co-produced two songs in the Ellen Burstyn film “Walking Across Egypt,” & produced the title song for Jean-Claude Van Damme’s film “Desert Heat.” Ted produced and co-wrote two songs for Alessandra Rosaldo, “Por Tu Amor” & “Eres,” which were the title song and closing theme for the Mexican TV novella “Ni Contigo.”

Ted has conducted, played guitar, & arranged music for NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, Showtime & others. He has done jingles for McDonald’s, Applebee’s, Burger King, Korean Airlines, Perrier, & Coca-Cola. He is a Pro endorser/consultant featured in ads by major companies; Celemony, MAGIX, Steinberg, PSP, ADK microphones, Rob Papen, & many others. He has written for music magazines including “Computer Music” & was the subject of the first podcast by “Electronic Musician.” Celemony & Trident Speakers have both filmed interviews with Ted at his studio.

Recent projects are producing the album “Alessandra” by Mexican superstar Alessandra Rosaldo), the last song The Manhattan Transfer recorded with group founder Tim Hauser, rock superstar Dave Mason of “Traffic’s “26 Letters, 12 Notes,” the “God’s Gardeners” CD by internationally famed author Margaret Atwood, country singer Tesa James (relative of famed outlaw Jesse James), A*TEENS star Sara Lumholdt, pop legend Neil Sedaka’s latest release (featuring producers David Foster & Ted), Bob Geldoff vocalist Zara Phillips, “Gospel Record & Song Of The Year” Unity Award-winning Catholic artist ValLimar Jansen, the new solo CD from longtime Manhattan Transfer member Alan Paul, & solo recordings by “Jersey Boys” Tony winner John Lloyd Young.

He programmed, arranged, & recorded the top-five platinum selling UK singles “Paradise” and “I Think I Love You” for Curb Records’ singer Kaci. He produced & wrote the #1 European charting CD “Livin’ On Love” for American Idol’s “Vocal Coach From Hell” Peggi Blu. He also worked on an arrangement of “Amazing Grace” for Lalo Shifrin and the Vienna Symphony, featuring vocal soloists Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, and Diana Ross. Collabro, the British vocal group that won “Britain’s Got Talent” was in Ted’s studio recording new vocal tracks with him.

Ted won a Grammy for his work on “At This Time” by Burt Bacharach, & co-produced with Burt a song on Ronald Isley’s Dreamworks CD “Here I Am.” On “New Music From An Old Friend,” Ted played the guitar solo on Brian Wilson’s “What Love Can Do” & co-produced “Still Remember” with Burt Bacharach. He mixed “The 5 Browns” duet w/Dean Martin of “Everybody Loves Somebody” (which went to #1 TWICE in Billboard).

Ted is especially proud of playing the two guitar solos on Bob Dylan’s “Tight Connection To My Heart” from his CBS/Sony album “Empire Burlesque.” Ted is currently in production with actress/singer Gloria Loring (Robin Thicke’s mom) on her new CD, featuring songs by Desmond Child, Burt Bacharach, and Robin. Robin sang backgrounds on one of them as well.

Ted is also FINALLY working on his own CD, which he intends to be a Christian-themed one. Currently, he is a member of the worship team at First Baptist Church of Pasadena. Previously he was on the worship teams at “The Crystal Cathedral” with Dr. Robert Schuller, and at First AME Church with Pastor Cecil “Chip” Murray.

In addition to his music productions, Ted has been auditing classes at Fuller Seminary, one of the most respected Theological schools in the world, and studying Scientology self-improvement at Celebrity Centre in Hollywood. He gives all glory to God.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The hardest part of producing and playing music is constantly keeping your craft up to date. Styles and techniques constantly change, especially in the area of technology. I play the guitar, and the older guitars are the ones that are most coveted due to their aged wonderful sound. But in the field of recording and computers used strictly for that purpose, it is what feels like a daily upgrading of systems and IC’s, etc. that will cause you to drive yourself batty if you try to stay current on all platforms used to record and store media. One has to keep in mind “it’s the music and talent, not the gear.”

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
Ted has produced, played guitar, arranged, recorded, & toured with major artists Whitney Houston, Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Burt Bacharach, Christian music stars Colton Dixon & Nicole C. Mullen, Ronald Isley, Mexican pop star Alessandra Rosaldo, The Manhattans, jazz muti-Grammy winners the Manhattan Transfer, gospel legend Edwin Hawkins, Beatles drummer Ringo, Jazz legend George Duke, Joe Cocker, iconic group “Chicago”, rapper Young M.C., R&B stars Howard Hewett-Deniece Williams-Stephanie Mills-Kashif-Melba Moore, father of punk music Jonathan Richman, country stars Garth Brooks & Dolly Parton, Latin music stars Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe, Phantom of the Opera star Michael Crawford, Rolling Stone guitarist Ron Wood, Filipino star Imelda Papin, Dr. Buzzard’s Savannah Band, & pop legend Engelbert Humperdink.

All this has made Ted proficient in a variety of musical styles – R&B, Rock, Gospel, Hip-Hop, Soul, Classical, Pop, Latin, Rap, Country, World, etc. While living in Israel in the early 1970’s, he worked in the studios and in concerts with top stars in that country. Ted even worked on a recording with recently deceased Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he now resides and works in Los Angeles.

He has done extensive work in TV & Movies. He arranged, programmed, & recorded 3 songs in the Adam Sandler movie “I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry”, ft. Lance Bass of *NSYNC. Ted produced the song “Before We Say Goodbye” for MTV’s “2gether”, produced, played, & composed the score for ABC-TV’s “World Stunt Awards”, co-wrote the main theme & cues for Showtime’s “Full Frontal Comedy” (winner of Cable ACE award for Best Stand Up Comedy), co-produced 2 songs in the Ellen Burstyn film “Walking Across Egypt”, & produced the title song for Jean-Claude Van Damme’s film “Desert Heat”. Ted produced and co-wrote two songs for Alessandra Rosaldo, “Por Tu Amor” & “Eres”, which were the title song and closing theme for the Mexican TV novella “Ni Contigo”. Ted co-wrote the song “Walk Away” with Albert Hammond & Marti Sharron. It was recorded by both Celine Dion and Josh Groban.

Ted has conducted, played guitar, & arranged music for NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, Showtime & others. He has done jingles for McDonald’s, Applebee’s, Burger King, Korean Airlines, Perrier, & Coca-Cola.

He is a Pro endorser/consultant featured in ads by major companies Celemony, MAGIX, Steinberg, PSP, ADK microphones, Rob Papen, & many others. He has written for music magazines including “Computer Music” & was the subject of the first podcast by “Electronic Musician”. Celemony & Trident Speakers have both filmed interviews with Ted at his studio.

Recent projects are producing the album “Alessandra” by Mexican superstar Alessandra Rosaldo), the last song The Manhattan Transfer recorded with group founder Tim Hauser, rock superstar Dave Mason of “Traffic’s “26 Letters, 12 Notes”, the “God’s Gardeners” CD by internationally famed author Margaret Atwood, pop legend Neil Sedaka’s latest release (featuring producers David Foster & Ted), Bob Geldoff vocalist Zara Phillips, “Gospel Record & Song Of The Year” Unity Award winning Catholic artist ValLimar Jansen, the new solo CD from longtime Manhattan Transfer member Alan Paul, & solo recordings by “Jersey Boys” Tony winner John Lloyd Young. He programmed, arranged, & recorded the top-five platinum selling UK singles “Paradise” and “I Think I Love You” for Curb Records’ singer Kaci. He also worked on an arrangement of “Amazing Grace” for Lalo Shifrin and the Vienna Symphony, featuring vocal soloists Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, and Diana Ross. Collabro, the British vocal group that won “Britain’s Got Talent” were in Ted’s studio recording new vocal tracks with him.

Ted won a Grammy for his work on “At This Time” by Burt Bacharach, & co-produced with Burt a song on Ronald Isley’s Dreamworks CD “Here I Am”. On “New Music From An Old Friend”, Ted played the guitar solo on Brian Wilson’s “What Love Can Do” & co-produced “Still Remember” with Burt Bacharach. He mixed “The 5 Browns” duet w/Dean Martin of “Everybody Loves Somebody” (which went to #1 TWICE in Billboard).

Ted is especially proud of playing the two guitar solos on Bob Dylan’s “Tight Connection To My Heart” from his CBS/Sony album “Empire Burlesque”.

Ted is currently in production with actress/singer Gloria Loring (Robin Thicke’s mom) on her new CD, featuring songs by Desmond Child, Burt Bacharach, and Robin. Robin sang backgrounds on one of them as well.   

Ted is also FINALLY working on his own CD, which he intends to be a Christian-themed one. Currently he is a member of the worship team at First Baptist Church of Pasadena. Previously he was on the worship teams at “The Crystal Cathedral” with Dr. Robert Schuller, and at First AME Church with Pastor Cecil “Chip” Murray.

In addition to his music productions, Ted has been auditing classes at Fuller Seminary, one of the most respected Theological schools in the world, and studying Scientology self-improvement at Celebrity Centre in Hollywood. He gives all glory to God.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
My personal faith in the divine power of the Lord makes me view the subject of “luck” with one eye closed. The breaks and opportunities I have had, in retrospect, have all been part of a life plan that I cannot take credit for. It wasn’t luck when a drummer I hardly knew sent me to an audition for world-class superstar/activist Harry Belafonte, where I learned so much about life and music from all around the world. It wasn’t luck getting to play on two Bob Dylan records, and it certainly wasn’t luck having Burt Bacharach walk into my studio. I believe in my heart I was meant to work with Burt.

The first recording that made me want to be in the music business was Dionne Warwick’s “Walk On By,” which Burt co-wrote with Hal David and produced. It wasn’t luck when I got called to write the music for an ABC TV show “The World Stunt Awards.” The director called me because he knew I could give him exactly the right music for it and turn it in at the time requested. Waking up is not luck, and using the talents given to each of us by the Creator of All Things is not luck. Winning money playing slot machines in Las Vegas is luck, winning at the game of life is work and blessing.

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