Vlad (musician)

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Vlad, Jack Spade
Birth name Volodymyr Mikhailovich DeBriansky (Володимир Михайлович Дебрянський)
Also known as Vlad, Jack Spade
Born (1972-01-03) January 3, 1972 (age 42)
Kalush, Ukrainian SSR
Origin Ukraine
Genres pop, jazz , rock , classical
Occupation(s) guitarist, producer, composer
Instruments guitar , drums, piano
Years active 1991—present
Labels Orpheus Music, EMI, Warner
Website www.jackslastdollar.com
Notable instruments
Guitar , drums , keyboards

Vlad DeBriansky (Ukrainian: Влад Дебрянський, born Volodymyr DeBriansky; 3 January 1972, Kalush, Ukraine),[1] known mononymously as Vlad is a jazz, blues, rock and classical guitarist; composer and songwriter; music producer, television producer as well as an actor.

Music biography

Vlad was born in western Ukraine in 1972 and studied jazz and classical music as a youth. He was a member of popular Ukrainian bands Forte, Tea Fan Club (Club of Amateurs of Tea, Клуб Шанувальників Чаю) and Loony Pelen (Луні Пелен), with whom he had several hit records in the Ukrainian and Polish charts. He studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts in 1996 and later moved to New York City and then to California in 2000. He released his debut US album, Vladosphere[2] in 2004 on Orpheus Music label. The album became a commercial and critical success with its single "Little Star" climbing to #4 place on Adult Contemporary radio chart bypassing Phil Collins and John Mayer. The following second US album Sun In Capricorn[3] released in 2008 aired mostly on classical music radio stations around the US and received a praise from critics earning a Grammy nomination.

Vlad also worked with such notable artists as: Donna Summer, Lauryn Hill, Katy Perry, Tony Levin and Pat Mastelloto (King Crimson), Orianthi, Holly Knight, Skyler Jett, Billy Sheehan, Joey DeFrancesco, Rahni Song, Nile Rodgers, and many others.

In 2014 Vlad formed a band "Jacks Last Dollar" and its new album "Part I" debuted as #14 on iTunes blues charts in the US.

Film and TV

In the Fall of 2009 History Channel aired a series "Nostradamus Effect: Da Vinci's Armageddon" - where Vlad plays Leonardo da Vinci.

In 2013 he co-produced a popular TV music talent show "Boyuk Sehne" (Böyük Səhnə) aired in Baku, Azerbaijan, where Vlad as Jack Spade was also one of the judges.

Electric cars

Vlad is a spokesperson for the electric automobile company ZAP Automobiles.

Social and Political involvement

Along with Ruslana Lyzhychko, Vlad was one of the activists in the Ukrainian independence revolution in November 2013. He is the leader of a social-political movement Patriots (not to be confused with the Patriot Of Ukraine).

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Руслана – Биография
  2. ^ "Album Notes: 163". Berklee Today. Berklee College of Music. Retrieved 2008-03-24.  (see 1997)
  3. ^ "Album Notes: 193". Berklee Today. Berklee College of Music. Retrieved 2008-03-24.  (see 1997)

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