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Culbertson started playing piano at age 8, drums at 9, trombone at 10, bass in 7th grade, euphonium in high schoo

Brian Culbertson (born January 12, 1973) is a contemporary jazz/R&B/funk musician,instrumentalistproducer and performer from Decatur, Illinois, United States. His instruments include the keyboardpiano,trombonedrumsbasstrumpet, euphonium and percussioCulbertson started playing piano at age 8, drums at 9, trombone at 10, bass in 7th grade, euphonium in high school and more.As a child, he listened to David Foster,Marcus Miller, David Sanborn, Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire and was also influenced by his father.He attended and graduated MacArthur High School,where his father was a music teacher.He then moved to Chicago where he attended DePaul University.He is married to Michelle (née Buss) Culbertson,also known by her stage name Micaela Haley, and they live in Los Angeles, CA. In an interview, Culbertson revealed that he met his wife in college and they were later formally introduced at his first concert in 1994.His wife contributed background vocals on his earlier albums and a feature vocal on his Christmas CD, A Soulful Christmas.Although heavily influenced by funk, Culbertson also works with many other musicians in the R&B and jazz arena, often as a composer and arranger. Culbertson is currently credited with working with Maurice White, Bootsy Collins, Ledisi, Musiq Soulchild, Larry Graham, Avant, Faith Evans,Kenny Lattimore, Vivian Green, Stokley Williams from Mint Condition, Noel Gourdin,Brian McKnight, Ray Parker Jr., Boney James, Chris Botti, Earl Klugh, Dave Koz,Peter White, Richard Elliot, Jeff Lorber,Michael Lington and legendary A&M Records composer and producer Herb Alpert.Culbertson plays Mason & Hamlin pianos and Roland keyboards and has appeared at the NAMM Show.

Culbertson has written and produced over 25 #1 contemporary smooth singles on the R&R, Gavin and Billboard Radio charts. Singles include "So Good" and "On My Mind" from Secrets, "Get It On" and "All About You" from Nice & Slow, "Hookin' Up" and "Let's Get Started" from It's On Tonight, "Always Remember" from Bringing Back The Funk, "That's Life" from XII, "Your Smile" from Dreams in addition to many more with other artists such as Norman Brown, Bob James, Dave Koz, Eric Marienthal, Rick Braun, Steve Cole, Eric Darius and Michael Lington.

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