Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

Nathan East: Creative people inspire me. Athletes also inspire me to come alive, especially my daughter, a competitive gymnast who works very hard, as much as six hours a day on her gymnastics skills.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

NE: Earthquakes.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

NE: “Love one another.”

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

NE: I find that deep breathing and meditation help me handle practically any situation.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

NE: I begin and end each day with prayer, meditation, and thoughts about what I am grateful for.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

NE: I’ve learned that, as much as you would like to, you can’t trust everyone.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

NE: I know that I am absolutely blessed beyond belief!

MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about?

NE: Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, Parkinson’s research, ALS research, cancer research, Autism Speaks, any hospice organization.

MP: Tell me about your yoga practice. What influence has it had on your life?

NE: I practice yoga on a regular basis at my gym and when I travel. Yoga not only keeps me flexible, but I feel it enhance the quality of my blood cells through deep breathing. I also feel energized when I practice yoga, which helps me cope with my demanding schedule.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

NE: Apart from raising teenage twins with my wife, which takes top priority, I am involved with some cool projects at the moment, including a duo album with my Fourplay bandmate Bob James. I am honored to be the bassist for Eric Clapton’s current release, The Breeze: An Appreciation of J. J. Cale. I’m finishing production on new music for my long-time friend and collaborator Anita Baker. A new Fourplay silver-anniversary album is in the works, and I am continuing work on my follow-up CD, Nathan East: Vol. 2. All these in addition to finishing a new e-book!

MP: Why are these important to you?

NE: For the obvious reasons, furthering my children’s education and keeping my family healthy and thriving is my highest mission. All of the musical projects that I am involved with are near and dear to my heart and allow me in a small way to make a contribution to the world of music.

MP: What is love for you?

NE: For me, love is an enhanced state of kindness, compassion, service, respect, and humility, an emotion I feel we are all here to give and to receive.

Nathan East is one of the world’s most recorded bassists, with over 1,500 album credits. He performed alongside Barry White, Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton, Daft Punk, and others for the last forty years before releasing his self-titled debut solo album in March on Yamaha Entertainment Group.



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