Carlos Sosa (musician)

Carlos Sosa is an American musician, producer, composer, music director, and arranger. Heavily influenced by the R&B and funk sounds of the 1970s, Sosa founded Grooveline Horns in 1996, and is best known for touring and recording with Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz,[1][2] Zac Brown Band, and Hanson.

Carlos Sosa
Carlos Sosa performing October 2010.
Carlos Sosa performing October 2010.
Background information
BornSan Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
InstrumentsTenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Flute
Years active1996–present
Associated acts

Early influences and careerEdit

Sosa started playing saxophone around the age of 10. When he was 15, he joined a funk band and started playing clubs in Texas. Heavily influenced by Earth, Wind & Fire, James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic, he knew his musical preferences leaned heavily towards funk, R&B, soul and pop music.

He attended Texas State University, getting a degree in Audio Engineering. While in college, he formed Grooveline Horns and they played with various cover bands on 6th Street, honing their versatility. Within a short time, they began playing with Austin musician Bob Schneider. This led to bigger acts using the group including Don Henley, Suicidal Tendencies,[3][4] and Kelly Clarkson.[5]

AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009 We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things., Jason Mraz 2009 Teen Choice Awards Won
2005 Best Groupera Album, La Mafia Latin Grammy Awards[6] Won
2004 Spanish Album of the Year, Con Poder, Salvador[7] 35th GMA Dove Awards Won
1997 Best Horns: Grooveline Horns, The Scabs Austin Music Awards[8] Won
1998 Best Horns: Grooveline Horns Austin Music Awards[9] Won
1999 Best Horns: Grooveline Horns Austin Music Awards[10] Won
2000 Best Horns: Grooveline Horns, The Scabs Austin Music Awards[11] Won
2001 Best Horns: Grooveline Horns Austin Music Awards[12] Won
2003 Best Horns: Grooveline Horns Austin Music Awards[13] Won
2006 Best Horns: Grooveline Horns Austin Music Awards[14] Won

DiscographyEdit

[15][16]

Year Album Artist Credits
2017 Finally It's Christmas Hanson Engineer, Horn Arrangements, Saxophone
2017 Sir Rosevelt Sir Rosevelt Saxophone, arranger
2017 Jesse & Joy Jesse & Joy Saxophone
2017 Lay It on Down Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band / Kenny Wayne Shepherd Saxophone
2017 Until My Voice Goes Out Josh Abbott Band Producer, engineer, Saxophone, Horn Arrangements
2016 Spark Drake White Saxophone
2015 Big Trouble Outasight Composer
2015 Un Besito Mas Jesse & Joy Saxophone
2015 Vivir Sin Miedo Buika Saxophone
2014 8 Luis Fonsi Arranger, engineer, Horn Arrangements, Horn Engineer, Mixing, Saxophone
2014 Dear You Meiko Saxophone, Horn Arrangements, Horn Engineer
2014 Defected Presents Glitterbox Ibiza 2014 Composer
2014 Engelbert Calling Engelbert Humperdinck Saxophone, Primary Artist, Horn, Horn Arrangements, Horn Engineer
2014 Junto Basement Jaxx Composer
2014 Viaje Ricardo Arjona Saxophone, producer
2013 All People (Deluxe) Michael Franti Saxophone, arranger, Horn Section
2013 Baby Let's Dance Shane Filan Saxophone
2013 Dirty Word Dumpstaphunk Guest Artist, Primary Artist
2013 In a World Like This Backstreet Boys Saxophone, Horn Engineer, Primary Artist
2013 PTX, Vol. 2 Pentatonix Composer
2013 Red Room The Shadowboxers Saxophone, Horn Arrangements, Primary Artist
2013 Everything to Me Shane Filan Saxophone
2013 Whut It Dew: The Album Rapid Ric Saxophone
2012 Love Is a Four Letter Word Jason Mraz Saxophone
2012 Live at the Moody Theater Warren Haynes / Warren Haynes Band Saxophone, Guest Artist
2012 ¿Con Quién Se Queda el Perro? Jesse & Joy Arranger, Saxophone
2012 Watergate X Watergate Records Composer, producer
2011 Cocoon Heroes Adam Beyer / Dorian Paic Composer, producer
2011 When You Gonna Learn Beverly Knight Saxophone
2011 Everybody Want Sum Dumpstaphunk Saxophone
2011 Soul UK Beverly Knight Horns
2011 Everything Everytime Everywhere Trevor Hall Saxophone, Horn Engineer
2011 Man in Motion Warren Haynes Saxophone
2011 Fabric 56 Derrick Carter Composer
2010 The Future Ain't What It Used to Be Bleu Edmondson Saxophone
2010 Top Ten Salvador Producer
2009 Back in the Box DJ Sneak Producer, Mixing, composer
2009 Del Castillo Del Castillo Saxophone
2009 Catwalk Megahits 2009 Various Artists Composer
2009 Chilled, Vol. 2: 1991–2009 Various Artists Composer
2009 How Far Is Heaven: The Best of Salvador Salvador Producer
2009 La Terrazza Atmospherical Fun Club Valentino Kanzyani Composer, producer
2008 10,000 Nights (2 Tracks) Alphabeat Composer
2008 Bacardi B-Live, Vol. 9 Various Artists Composer
2008 The Glass Passenger Jack's Mannequin Saxophone, Horn Arrangement
2009 When I Let Go Paul Wesley Saxophone, Horn Arrangements
2008 Thicker Than Water Vallejo Saxophone, composer
2008 We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. Jason Mraz Arranger, engineer, Flute, Saxophone (Tenor), Saxophone (Baritone)
2008 The New World Bruce Robison Saxophone, composer
2007 Feel the Boombox Boombox ATX Producer, Saxophone, Founder, Group Member
2007 Future Clouds & Radar Future Clouds & Radar Saxophone
2007 Noble Creatures The Gourds Saxophone
2007 Listen Hear Dumpstaphunk Saxophone
2007 Get Down Todd Terry / Todd Terry All Stars Composer
2007 Penthouse: La Nuit Luxure Todd Terry Composer
2007 Strictly Todd Terry Todd Terry Composer
2007 The Birth of Cornelius Corneille Saxophone, Horn Arrangements
2007 The Grand DJ Mix 2007: Non Stop House Traxx Various Artists Composer
2007 Vocal House Sensation, Vol. 1 Various Artists Composer
2007 Young Style Grooves, Vol. 3 Various Artists Composer
2006 24/7 Intimate Praise Joyce Pierce Saxophone
2006 From There to Here and Now Rolando Producer, engineer, Mixing, composer
2006 Get It Goin' Stereokitsch Saxophone
2006 Hot House 2006 Various Artists Composer
2006 Musique, Vol. 1 Daft Punk Composer
2006 No. 1 Euphoric Dance Album (Box Set) Various Artists Composer
2006 Real House Classics Various Artists Producer, composer
2006 Sensation White 2006 Various Artists Composer
2006 Sessions 4 DJ Sneak Composer
2006 Summer Essentials Various Artists Composer
2005 ¡Bastardos! Blues Traveler Editing, Saxophone, Horn Overdubs
2005 Byzantine Jud Newcomb Saxophone
2005 Chica Chica Saxophone
2005 Distancias Jason McGuire Engineer
2005 Family Duels Inland Knights Composer
2005 House of Om DJ Sneak Composer
2005 Parables & Primes Danny Schmidt Engineer, Assistant
2005 Playboy: The Mansion Soundtrack Felix da Housecat Producer, composer
2005 Qué Tan Lejos Está El Cielo Salvador Producer, arranger, Vocals, Saxophone, Recording, composer
2005 Renaissance Presents Frontiers Yousef Composer
2005 Switch, Vol. 3 Various Artists Composer
2005 Technics in the Mix 50: 2005 Various Artists Composer
2004 Album, Vol. 2 Various Artists Composer
2004 Amor Sagrado, Vol. 1 Various Artists Composer
2004 Chillout Sessions, Vol. 5 Various Artists Composer
2004 Club Classics – The Greatest Old Skool Various Artists Producer, composer
2004 Housekeepin' DJ Sneak Composer
2004 Dancemania, Vol. 21: Non-Stop Mixed by X-Treme X-Treme Composer
2004 Para el Pueblo La Mafia Guest Artist, Saxophone
2004 Screen Cuts Various Artists Composer
2004 So Natural Salvador Composer
2004 The Trax Records: The Next Generation Various Artists Composer
2004 The Trax Records: Queer Trax Various Artists Composer
2004 Tribal Gathering Presents 10 Years of Sankey's Soap Krysko / Greg Vickers Producer, arranger, Mixing, composer
2003 Alfresco Soiree, Vol. 2 Various Artists Composer
2003 Best of House, Vol. 3 Various Artist Composer
2003 Chinese Vacation Steve Poltz Saxophone
2003 Con Poder Salvador Producer, arranger, Saxophone, Recording, composer
2003 Conciones de la Familia de la Vega Leti Delavega Tenor Saxophone
2003 Credence Club Hits Various Artists Composer
2003 Daft Club Daft Punk Composer
2003 Dance Nation 2003 Various Artists Composer
2003 Homework/Discovery Daft Punk Composer
2003 Earthbeat, Vol. 2 Various Artists Composer
2003 Good for Nuthin Honeybrowne Producer, engineer, Mixing, Percussion, Vocal Harmony, Group Member
2003 House Classics: The Greatest House Anthems of All Time Various Artists Producer, composer
2003 Living in a Big Pink Edsel Hulley Gulleys Saxophone
2003 Lucky Jean Synodinos Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor), Group Member
2003 Now Dance 2003, Vol. 2 Various Artists Composer
2003 Pensando en Ti Various Artists Producer
2003 Steamboat Live '97 Vallejo Primary Artist
2003 Chinese Vacation Steve Poltz Horn Arrangements
2003 Pure Dance Party, Vol. 1 Various Artists Composer
2003 Siempre en Forma, Vol. 1 Various Artists Composer
2003 The Best Dance Album in the World...Ever! 2002 Various Artists Composer
2003 The Challenge: A Call to Action Promise Keepers Horn Overdubs
2003 Underwater, Episode 2 Darren Emerson Producer, arranger, Mixing, composer
2003 Worship Live Salvador Arranger
2002 2002 Brit Awards Hits Various Artists Composer
2002 Bate Que Bate Mayonesa Vocals
2002 Decks and the City, Vol. 1: New York Marcus & Dominique Producer, arranger, Mixing, composer
2002 Fencing Under Fire Patrice Pike Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor)
2002 Got Dance? Various Artists Composer
2002 Into Motion Salvador Saxophone, Horn Arrangements, Overdub Engineer
2002 Kiss Presents: Hit List 2002 Various Artists Composer
2002 Mastercuts: Discothèque Various Artists Producer
2002 Miss Moneypenny's Gold Various Artists Composer
2002 My Favorite Record Asylum Street Spankers Additional Personnel, Sax (Baritone)
2002 Nouvelle Discothèque Various Artists Composer
2002 Platinum Ibiza Various Artists Producer, arranger, Mixing, composer
2002 Trust the DJ: SJ01 Smokin Jo Producer, Mixing, composer
2002 Wild, Vol. 15 Various Artists Composer
2001 Absolute 2001 Various Artists Composer
2001 Ataca Tribu Producer, engineer, Editing, Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor)
2001 Creamfields 2001 Seb Fontaine / Yousef Producer, composer
2001 Digital Love Daft Punk Composer
2001 Discovery Daft Punk Composer
2001 DjMixed.Com: DJ Feelgood DJ Feelgood Producer, arranger, Mixing, composer
2001 Global Underground: Singapore Darren Emerson Producer, arranger, Mixing, composer
2001 Lonelyland Bob Schneider Saxophone
2001 Mayonesa Chocolate Vocals
2001 Miami 2001 Various Artists Composer
2001 Miss Moneypenny's: Going Global Jim "Shaft" Ryan Producer, arranger, Mixing, composer
2002 Now Dance 2002 Various Artists Composer
2001 Now That's What I Call Music! 50 [UK] Various Artists Composer
2001 Pepsi Chart 2002 Various Artists Composer
2001 Queen Club Paris: DJ Set, Vol. 1–2 Various Artists Composer
2001 Sneak's Ju Ju Beats DJ Sneak Composer
2000 Bombtracks The Scabs Saxophone
2000 Destroyer The Scabs Saxophone
2000 Sub Club Presents Subversion Various Artists Producer, arranger, Mixing
1999 Classic Classic Various Artists Producer, composer
1999 Club Series, Vol. 2 DJ Irene Composer
1999 Denver Live DJ Vitamin D Producer, arranger, Mixing, composer
1999 Groove Radio International Presents: Global House Swedish Egil Composer
1999 Hits Jocelyn Brown Composer
1999 Little Brother Beaver Nelson Saxophone
1999 Ministry of Sound, Vol. 9 Various Artists Composer
1999 More Than a Feeling The Scabs Horn Arrangements
1998 Absolute Dance Mix, Vol. 2 Various Artists Composer
1998 Boom Boom Baby The Ugly Americans Horn Arrangements
1998 Boomtown Flood Cadillac Voodoo Choir Sax (Tenor), Sax (Baritone)
1998 Freebird The Scabs Horn Arrangements
1998 L.A. House Riot The International Hooligans Composer
1998 Subliminal: Get The Message, Vol. 1 Various Artists Composer
1997 House Kisses Various Artists Composer
1997 Vallejo Vallejo Assistant Engineer
1995 Deep House Party, Vol. 2 Various Artists Composer
1986 Should the World Fail to Fall Apart Peter Murphy Cover Design, Paintings
2017 ANTS, Vol. 2: God Save the Queen Various Artists Composer
2015 Defected Presents Most Rated Ibiza 2015 Various Artists Composer
2012 Digital Love Almamy Composer
2009 Mundo Alas Leon Gieco Y Otros Paintings
2012 Strictly 4 DJs, Vol. 6 Various Artists Composer
2011 Strictly Ibiza to Amsterdam Norman Doray Composer
2015 Ven a Cristo Alex Perez Composer
2012 Wax Motif & Neoteric Present Strictly Rhythms, Vol. 9 Various Artists Composer

SinglesEdit

Year Single Artist Credits
2015 The Wild Life Outasight Composer

ToursEdit

Music community and advocacyEdit

 
Carlos Sosa discussing musician rights.[17]

Carlos is an active member of the Texas Chapter Board of Governors for the Recording Academy (also known as the GRAMMYs), having held office as both President and Vice President.[18][19]

He is on the board of directors for the SIMS Foundation,[20] and has advocated with local politicians regarding the epidemic of opioid abuse.[21]

Sosa is also an Advisory Board Member[22] of Black Fret, a non-profit organization that provides grants and mentorship to musicians.[23]

He has advocated for passing laws for royalty payments for musicians in the US, providing parity with the rest of the world.[17]

After the 2017 Las Vegas shooting while playing with Josh Abbott band,[24][25] he urged fans to continue going to shows.[26]

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Off the Record".
  2. ^ "Off the Record".
  3. ^ woodruff, wil gerken, nathan hendler, doug floyd, amy burnham, zak. "Music: Live Shots (Austin Chronicle . 07–08–97)". weeklywire.com.
  4. ^ "V3N6: August 1997 – DiverseArts Culture Works". diversearts.org.
  5. ^ "Talking with Carlos Sosa, saxophonist for Jason Mraz".
  6. ^ "Grooveline Show! Are you ready?". facebook.com.[non-primary source needed]
  7. ^ GMA Dove Awards Archived October 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Grooveline Horns (The Scabs) – Best Horns – Austin Music Awards – 1997 – Best Austin Musicians – The Austin Chronicle". austinchronicle.com.
  9. ^ "Grooveline Horns – Best Horns – Austin Music Awards – 1998 – Best Austin Musicians – The Austin Chronicle". austinchronicle.com.
  10. ^ "Grooveline Horns – Best Horns – Austin Music Awards – 1999 – Best Austin Musicians – The Austin Chronicle". austinchronicle.com.
  11. ^ "Grooveline Horns, the Scabs – Best Horns – Austin Music Awards – 2000 – Best Austin Musicians – The Austin Chronicle". austinchronicle.com.
  12. ^ "Grooveline Horns – Best Horns – Austin Music Awards – 2001 – Best Austin Musicians – The Austin Chronicle". austinchronicle.com.
  13. ^ "Grooveline Horns – Best Horns – Austin Music Awards – 2003 – Best Austin Musicians – The Austin Chronicle". austinchronicle.com.
  14. ^ "Grooveline Horns – Best Horns – Austin Music Awards – 2006 – Best Austin Musicians – The Austin Chronicle". austinchronicle.com.
  15. ^ "Carlos Sosa – Credits". AllMusic.
  16. ^ "Carlos Sosa (2)". discogs.
  17. ^ a b amfmstudios (May 24, 2010). "Carlos Sosa of Grooveline Horns on Musician's rights" – via YouTube.
  18. ^ "Austin Is in a Creative Class of Its Own". March 15, 2012.
  19. ^ "Texas Chapter President Carlos Sosa speaks to attendees at the..."
  20. ^ "Board of Directors SIMS Foundation". simsfoundation.org.
  21. ^ "Austin music community looks for help in struggle to end opioid abuse – Community Impact Newspaper". June 27, 2018.
  22. ^ "Carlos Sosa – Black Fret Advisory Board Member – Producer". blackfret.org.
  23. ^ "About Black Fret – A Patrons of Local Music Organization". blackfret.org.
  24. ^ Willman, Chris (October 3, 2017). "A Band Member Describes Backstage Vegas Chaos: 'Just Hearing the Screaming Was Nightmarish'".
  25. ^ "Las Vegas Shooting Witnesses Describe the Terrifying Moments".
  26. ^ Inns, Alicia (October 3, 2017). "Austin musician at Vegas shooting urges fans to continue coming to shows".