MUSIC - Earl Carter - Guitarist, songwriter, arranger and producer


Earl is a guitarist, bassist, and saxophonist.  When he was 11 years old he bought a couple of books and began teaching himself to play the guitar. At 15 years old he began learning to play saxophone and performing in the school band, marching band and jazz ensemble. His bio says he practiced both "diligently" but eventually chose the guitar to be his main focus.

He was a member of the "14 Karat" band and later played with "EU", recording music on the soundtrack of Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing" movie soundtrack.

In "1999 he laid several guitar tracks for many artists at Diddy's New York City recording facility, 'Daddy's House'."

Earl has performed with many groups and played many styles of music from dance/go-go to jazz. He has been a studio musician, co-produced dialogue recordings for motivational speakers and sports stars, and he has performed with a host of local and world-renowned artists. To name a few, he has performed with Bobby Lyle, Marcus Johnson, Jaared, Alyson Williams, Nick Colionne, Bob Baldwin, Michael Lington, Angela Bofill, Regina belle, Gerald Veasley and opened for Pieces of a Dream, Spyro Gyra, Bona Fide and many others.

He released "My Paradise"(2007), "X Project" 2009. Two EP's in 2011 "Yeah Mon" and "Summertime", and his "Welcome Back Carter" album in 2013, all of which can be purchased on CD Baby.

Earl is lead guitar player for The X-Posure Band, who was hand picked by one of the wealthiest men in the world, Sheik Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi, to be the featured band at the five-star hotel, The Sheraton Addis in Ethiopia. 

Earl on Reverbnation


Earl Carter - The Sideman of Smooth Jazz  

"This month, OTS returns to Washington, DC to introduce you to guitarist Earl Carter. Here is a man who wears many hats. In addition to being a long established sideman, he is a front man who has three solo CDs to his credit. His most recent CD, My Paradise, was just released nationally in April of this year. He has five regular groups that he performs with. He’s also a talented song writer, who writes music for many genres, like contemporary jazz, R&B, gospel, hip-hop, pop and alternative. And, if that’s not enough, he’s a recording engineer and music producer, as well. (And, he does his own website, to boot!) This is a man who never stops working." ~ Mary Bentley -


Earl Carter - Project X (2009)   "Guitarist Earl Carter is well known in smooth jazz business. He already recorded with Marcus Johnson, Bobby Lyle, Jaared, Alyson Williams, Spike Lee, John Tillery and also performed with Nick Colionne, Bob Baldwin, Mike Phillips, Freddie Jackson, Michael Lington and a lot more. He regularly release solo albums as No Frettin' (2002), 495 (2005), My Paradise (2007) and this year Project X. After the first listen I was pleasantly surprised about the fresh and unadulterated sound." ~ HBH -

Earl Carter - My Paradise (2007)  "Earl Carter is smokin’ on his new release MY PARADISE, where you’ll find some cool covers, like “My Boo,” “Happy Anniversary,” and “A Horse with No Name.” You’ll also discover some tasty originals, ranging from the compelling title track and the festive “Latin Fever,” to the aptly titled “Smooth Ride Home” and the funky “A Taste of Miles.” ".  ~ Blue Isle Smooth Jazz - jazz.dominica-weekly


Earl Carter - Smooth Ride Home

Earl Carter - Out On A Limb

Earl Carter - My Paradise