Larry Gold, producer, 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”.
Currently, you can hear his work on the new Jessie Ware album, Tough Love (Interscope) and Aretha Franklin’s amazing new release, Aretha Sings the Great Diva Classics (RCA).
In 2015, Larry arranged music for Dr. Luke, Kirk Franklin, R. Kelly and Jay Rock.
In 2014, Larry wrote beautiful arrangements on the new J-Lo album entitled AKA, the late Michael Jackson’s Xscape, Mariah Carey’s latest Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse and the upcoming all star album from Emile Haynie.
Larry’s vast array of clientele includes Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, John Legend, Kanye West, Jay-Z, R. Kelly, P!NK, Ne-Yo, Kid Cudi, Mary J. Blige, Lana Del Rey (he arranged her #1 debut release, Born To Die (Interscope)), George Michael and Darryl Hall 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.