About Three Deep

Three Deep consists of three smooth jazz artists combining their talents to a collaborative project. Three deep consists of Russ Brannon guitarist, Billy Shields keyboardist and Preston Glass producer and musician. The idea for this group came about in a jazz club in Sarasota Florida where Russ was sitting in with Billy’s band. Being simpatico as musicians, the idea for a collaborative project began to gel. Working with Preston Glass on other projects, Billy felt that Preston should join in this project, and felt he could bring something new to the mix. The group hopes it can make a impact on the smooth jazz scene with a fresh sound, and each being a strong writer.

Russ Brannon
Russ Brannon is an accomplished guitarist and composer from Halifax Nova Scotia. For more than twenty years Russ has performed Blues, Jazz and Pop as a sideman and as a featured musician. Russ’s playing is centered on musicality and rich harmonic ideas over an interesting rhythmic approach. As both a composer and a player, Russ has dedicated himself to the pursuit of these musical ideals. Russ’s first CD Into The Light (2003) received extensive press and critical acclaim and established Russ as a guitarist and composer of significance in Canada. Russ has been nominated by the East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) for each of his last three albums.

Preston Glass
As a successful commercial songwriter/producer, Preston Glass has few equals, and fewer who surpass. BMI tallies 567 Glass titles, so the bar is high and still rising. Glass, of New Orleans musical heritage, also teaches music, as did his grandfather and mother. Through UCLA he offers Glassology to a savvy generation of tin pan hopefuls, as he gladly shares his tricks and trademarks. Truly the renaissance writer/producer, he ably performs his own musical tracks, arranges, mixes, and writes lyrics and melodies.

Forging hit after illustrious hit, Professor Glass often gleans the best from himself in collaborations. His inspired #1 SMASH, "Miss You Like Crazy", paired him with Michael Maser and Gerry Goffin. Their Natalie Cole recording garnered the coveted BMI Million-Air Award, and keeps on going....He also penned "Don't Make Me Wait For Love" for Kenny G, another evergreen. Glass's glistening production is also imprinted on G's breakout landmark, "Song Bird". Earth, Wind & Fire strode to #1 on his "System Of Survival" production. A third Million-Air Award was bestowed on Aretha Franklin's "Who's Zoomin' Who", a co-write with Narada Michael Walden. Additional BMI Awards were lauded on his cuts, "Jimmy Lee"/Aretha and "We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off"/Jermain Stewart. In Europe, Glass is recognized by his Brit Awards Song Of the Year nominated "Sweetness", a #1 UK hit for Michelle Gayle. Preston has also written songs for and/or worked with WHITNEY HOUSTON, LIONEL RICHIE, GEORGE BENSON, JOHNNY MATHIS, DIANA ROSS, TEMPTATIONS, JOHNNY GILL, THE STYLISTICS, DENIECE WILLIAMS & many more.

Billy Shields
Billy started playing and taking lessons at the age of 5. Was born in Indiana and started playing in bands at the age of 12. After High School Billy went out on ther road for four years tourning with a top 40 band playing 6 nights a week. After touring Billy decided it was time to return to lessons and moved to Cailfornia to Study Berklee School Jazz Theory under Allen Rowe, who played with Stan Kenton Orch and was downbeat soloist of the year two years in a row. After completing Berklee's course Billy started playing with Los Angelist top Jazz BeBop players for another few years and than was signed by RSVP Record label where he recorded his first critically acclaimed CD. "Shields and company have created a stellar release perfect for any smooth jazz collection. This is a must-have CD!" -EJAZZNEWS.com

Billy Shields second highly anticipated smooth-jazz production, "Crystal Blue" reached #8 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year chart, and #17 on the Contemporary Jazz Album chart. His next, "Shieldstone" featured Stanley Clarke, Jack DeJohnette, John Abercrombie, Airto, and Freddie Hubbard. Next, he released Shieldstone II, which again received critical acclaim. Featuring special guest Freddie Hubbard, this collaboration culminated in a video that was aired with avid audience response on VH-1.