Larry Gold, producer, superb cellist and most notably, brilliant arranger, is as much a part of the fabric of the Philly music scene as Leon Huff, Kenny Gamble, Thom Bell and The Roots. He is revered among his peers as one of the top arrangers in the music business. A music man par excellence.
Larry’s always in the mix of popular music and this year is no difference with his music being such a large part of Kirk Franklin’s Grammy-winning Best Gospel Performance from Losing My Religion and Best Gospel song for “God Provides”.
Back in 2009, John Legend and The Roots began collaborating on a studio album called Wake Up! The socially conscious project — which later won the 2010 Grammy for best R&B album — featured covers of Curtis Mayfield’s “Hard Times,” Marvin Gaye’s “Wholy Holy” and Bill Withers’ poignant protest song against the Vietnam War, “I Can’t Write Left Handed.” Larry Gold arranged the strings on this album.
Larry’s vast array of clientele includes Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Kanye West, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, P!NK, Michael Jackson, Avril Lavigne, Mariah Carey, Ne-Yo, Kid Cudi, Lana Del Rey (he arranged her #1 debut release, Born To Die (Interscope), and George Michael among others.
One of his most well-known works appears on Kanye West’s Graduation featuring his signature strings on the breakout track “Flashing Lights”. Rolling Stone remarked about John Legend’s Evolver release: “Evolver‘s tunes and arrangements are as impeccable as the cut of Legend’s suits.”
From his very first #1 single, Brandy and Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine,” which lasted 13 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts, to The Roots Grammy-winning single, “You Got Me”‘ (featuring Erykah Badu) to Jennifer Lopez’s #1 single, “If You Had My Love”‘ to present day magic with Justin Timberlake on his monumental Top Five singles, the #3 “Cry Me A River” and the #1 “What Goes Around…/…Comes Around (Interlude)”. Larry’s days are filled with doing what he loves–making incredible music sound even better.
Red Bull Music Academy, Berlin 2018:
Interview with Daniel Sarkissian – August 2020