EDITOR’S NOTE: Memphian Gregory Lofton has garnered an array of attention as one of the Mid-South’s up-and-coming record producers. The founder and chief executive officer of Memphis-based Silky International Records, Lofton’s unique style of song-writing and producing have become a popular trend particularly among local female media pundits. And given the immense musical strides he has made in the Bluff City in recent, it’s safe to assume there’s no stopping whom many have deemed a rising star of a producer. During a recent interview with MemphiSport senior writer Andre Johnson, the 59-year-old Lofton explained in detail why he is Memphis’ best kept secret in the music industry.
ANDRE: Greg, assess your admiration for the Bluff City.
GREG: I am a Memphis native who loves my city so much that I wrote and produced recording projects to promote it.
ANDRE: Please enlighten our readers on the various projects you’ve produced.
GREG: Well…Memphis City Beautiful…to promote all of our attractions for our football and basketball fans all around the world, We Love The Grizzlies for Grizzlies fans around the world, and When I Look In Your Eyes that I dedicate to all of our beautiful female newscasters, past, present and future. I am really promoting Memphis in these projects, because I am the Executive Producer for Silky International Records in Memphis. I want it known that after completing my Memphis City Beautiful and Weee Got Tiger Fever projects, I’ve prepared a special kits for the University of Memphis and Memphis Grizzlies.
MORE ON GREG LOFTON: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Memphis-City-Beautiful/171202932962518?ref=hl
ANDRE: So how does your music reflect the success of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies?
GREG: The Grizzlies and I both have something in common as my lyrics will reflect. We have both walked roads of adversity. They overcame and I’m still fighting too…Lol.
MORE ON GREG LOFTON: https://www.facebook.com/pages/When-I-Look-In-Your-Eyes/344366612261808
ANDRE: And what about those tradition-rich Memphis Tiger hoopsters?
GREG: I have been a Tiger fan since the days of my high school days as well as a hero U of M head basketball coach, the late Larry O. Finch. I have become a very devoted Tiger fan to a degree, really since the arrivals of head football coach Justin Fuentes and head basketball Coach Josh Pastner.
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ANDRE: So I hear you’ve gone as far as to contact the Grizzlies front office about your musical aspirations. Please explain.
GREG: Well, I’ve contacted The Grizzlies and Tigers in times past on numerous occasions, but I don’t have music to give away and I beg no one. God is my ever exceeding reward and He will give me my rain in its due season.
WHAT ABOUT GREG? http://www.silkyinternationalrecords.com/
GREG ON YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfX9cvdzO9g&feature=youtu.be
ANDRE: So with that being said, what message would you like to get across to the Grizzlies and Tigers?
GREG: Well, right now, I don’t fit into their agendas and they don’t fit into mine, So I push my music out of Memphis to a very broad and lucrative worldwide market. Tiger Fever has six different versions that serve purposes of their own…The 9/11 instrumental version of Tiger Fever expresses an emotion that someone may have for a product, brand, sports teams, and other events. Of course, the straight instrumental is perfect for introducing a starting lineup of a sports team. There are also four different fan versions for devoted fans of the mascot.
ANDRE: So tell, Greg why have many labeled you Memphis’ best kept secret?
GREG: I am this citys best kept secret because I possess and master skills in various genres of music — R&B, Hip-Hop, Gospel, Pop, Classical, and theme. I am trying to find affiliates and alliances. All I have been introduced to is slave masters in the industry here. I have been writing and performing since the age of 17 and give credit to Kenny Gamble of the Grammy Award winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Team of Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and The Black Music Association.
MORE ABOUT GREG LOFTON: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiger-Fever/117809608251785?ref=hl
LISTEN TO GREG’S TIGER FEVER SONG: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfX9cvdzO9g
WHAT ABOUT SILKY INTERNATIONAL RECORDS? http://www.silkyinternationalrecords.com/
Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send an email to email@example.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.