Few people realize that in addition to being a respected journalist and media personality, Martin Bashir also plays bass reggae. The 'Dateline' contributor and MSNBC afternoon anchor, has been working on his upcoming 14 song reggae album called "Bass Lion." Produced Cary Haase and mixed by Marilyn Music's Casey Conrad, the album is slated for Fall 2010 independent release. Mixed in August at Headman's Studios, "Bass Lion" offers a combination of traditional and contemporary Jamaican music, with all 14 tracks having been recorded in Jamaica. Selected songs from the album will be used in his upcoming daily hourly investigative reporting show on MSNBC.
MarilynMusic is the partnership of musicians/composers Michael Gaines and Casey Conrad. Gaines and Conrad created MarilynMusic to marry their love and knowledge of a broad range of musical genres with the tastes of today’s pop audience. The prolific duo has numerous tracks recorded and produced, with new material constantly coming down the pipeline. Gaines and Conrad collaborate on every aspect of the music from the writing to the finished product, but the two have distinct roles in the process. Gaines is primarily responsible for lyrical composition and Conrad produces the recordings. Both write the music and play on the recordings – Conrad on bass and drums and Gaines on guitar.