He’s been dubbed “The Musical Force of Nature” by music critics. He’s renowned rock-contemporary jazz musician-producer and new Moody Blues keyboardist Alan Hewitt. He has a new CD entitled Retroactive ( 2009) which features a stellar cast of guest artists including Greg Adams (Tower of Power), Paul Jackson, Jr., Steve Madaio (Stevie Wonder) and Steve Oliver. He recently signed with NuGroove Records. The CD is available for download on ITunes and Amazon.com. The album’s cover looks like a reproduction of the old TV series, Miami Vice. His extensive discography of previous albums include the critically acclaimed Metropolis, (2006) which features the single Joyride, Noche de Pasion, (2004) Escape from Life, (2000) Two, (1999) Native Heart, (1996) and Voyages, (1996) which he produced. Hewitt just came off a tour in March with The Moodies and is scheduled to hit the road again for their North American tour in June and July with several tri-state area dates; including Ives Concert Park in Danbury, CT, Bethel Woods, (where the original 1969 Woodstock concert took place) and the Stanley Theater in Utica, NY. The band will also make international stops in the UK, The Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand later this year. There have also been reports that a 2011 US West Coast tour may be likely. The Moodies auditioned forty keyboardists before deciding to hire Hewitt who replaced former keyboardist Paul Bliss.
Hewitt’s smooth, romantic signature jazzy-rock sound is heard on many of Retroactive’s tracks; including an instrumental jazz-style cover version of “Shaft” by Isaac Hayes, the title track, Hot Fun in the Summertime, (which is also featured on the album Metropolis) H20, All For You, Amagine That, Saturday Afternoon, and many other songs. He was educated at Berklee College of Music in Boston and began his music career singing in the clubs and fronting a leading Chicago rock band in the 80’s with a Star Search appearance and later as a whiz kid in the production room, working with Earth, Wind, and Fire for over half a decade with their 2000 Greatest Hits album. He hails originally from Michigan but now resides in the Palm Springs, California area with his wife, 2 basset hounds, and 3 King Charles Caveliers. He’s an all around nice guy and avid animal lover! With his new gig as the Moodies keyboard player, he brings a whole new exciting jazzy sound, energetic vibe and showmanship to the legendary classic rock band. As a talented solo artist with a lot of heart, Hewitt has the exceptional ability to draw both worlds of pop and rock together combined with urban contemporary jazz instrumental flair. His intoxicating, charismatic stage presence captivates audiences worldwide and has them on their feet! His accolades include The Golden Planet Award, and the ESPY Award for excellence. He prefers using Yamaha keyboards.
Hewitt’s successful career spans over 12 million albums sold worldwide. His impressive credentials include working with famous artists like Maurice White of Earth, Wind, and Fire, Donny Osmond, Bruce Hornsby, and as a featured producer on Warrant’s 2004 platinum selling album, Cherry Pie (co-writing and piano-organ contributions), and a composer for film and television including The Oprah Winfrey Show, MTV, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Bridget Jones:The Edge of Reason, Gods and Generals, Killing Frank starring James Woods, Cropsie featuring Rhianna, Survivor, Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight to name a few. He’s also composed music used in the video games Spy vs. Spy Sony/Wave Forward, Pool- Wave Forward, and Wisdom Voyager (an educational video game).
Although I was not able to get an interview with Hewitt at this time, I hope if he sees this article that he would consent to an interview with me at some point. Good luck with the Moody Blues.