If you listen to the local Seabreeze Radio station, you might have heard local talent Geoff McBride singing lead vocals in a remake of the Seals & Crofts 1970s hit "Summer Breeze."
"Summer Breeze" is the lead single on the new "Jet Stream" album produced by Trammel Starks of Atlanta, which is set for release in its entirety in October. The album was recorded two months ago in Panama City.
McBride and Starks have known each other for more than 20 years, from their Atlanta roots.
McBride moved to Santa Rosa Beach seven years ago and gained fame locally onstage at the now defunct First Note Music Hall, and nationally as a contestant on “The Voice” reality TV show.
McBride said Starks called him the first of the summer and asked him to sing the lead on a song on his new album.
"I didn't know at the time that it was 'Summer Breeze'," he said. "Trammel just said he thought my voice would be perfect for this song and I said, 'Sure.' We had worked together in the past and I felt honored to work with someone so talented."
Starks has enjoyed a 40-plus year stint as a recording artist, jazz keyboardist and producer who has worked on more than 400 albums. He wrote the music that is heard on The Weather Channel. He says he decided to produce this album in response to popular request. He describes the remake as "a modern fresh take on a classic." He said he chose McBride for the song because he is "a wonderful, extraordinary singer."
Mark Carter, owner of Seabreeze Radio, said that so far, the response from local and internet listeners who hear the remake has been overwhelmingly positive.
When McBride hears his voice and the song on the radio, "It feels great when you put in the hard work and have radio pickup."
Listen to "Summer Breeze" at www.trammelstarks.com.