Executive producer, singer and songwriter Allen Ling is an American born artist and entrepreneur. He is also the seventh generation descendent of Lin Zexu, a historical hero in China, the CEO of a physical therapy business, and a graphic novel creator and publisher. He has been a songwriter since 8th grade, and a body of music compositions from 1984 to 1988 was exhumed in 2009 after encouragement from his friend Bryan “Brain” Mantia, one of the premier drummers in contemporary music.
We happily present multiple versions of over a dozen original songs after hundreds of hours of work by the production & performance team of Brain (drums, production), Melissa Reese (Lead and background vocals, production and keyboards), Patrick O’Connor (guitar and male vocals on Breakthrough), Carl Restivo (guitars and bass), Bryan Kehoe (lead vocals on Mystery), and Victor Little (electric bass), and five-time Grammy nominated engineer & producer Cookie Marenco, and Caram Costanzo who helped engineer and produce the “Chinese Democracy” album by GunsNRoses.
Allen dedicates GEN-7 to Brain’s father, who passed away suddenly as project began, and to his own father, Tony, who passed away as the bulk of the production was finishing in Summer 2014. Tony actually thought the music here was “pretty good, but not my kind of music” (although “Closer” met with his full approval). My father eventually helped coach Melissa with the Mandarin translations of I’m Free and The Way It Was which he labored over without complaining too bitterly.
It was a six year journey that continues, as writing music regularly has become part of Allen’s lifestyle now. Enjoy listening to all the different styles and genres of music, and one day they will be downloadable.
I met Marcellus Love and Emilio Virgo through Dave Lopez, who was the mentor for both of them and eventually became their captive manager. Emilio is a grateful polite young gentleman, and Marcellus, who is the lyricist and main songwriter, brilliant and conflicted. They are both self taught musicians at an early age, and the Runaway Hearts is my first attempt at being a music executive producer for a band. Enjoy their amazing tracks as much as I do.
– Allen Ling, Executive Producer of “The Runaway Hearts”
Allen Ling: Executive Producer, Songwriter, Lead Vocals
Marcellus Love: Lead and background vocals for “The Runaway Hearts”
Emilio Virgo: Lead and Rhythm Guitars for “The Runaway Hearts”
Melissa Reese: Producer for Allen Ling, Music and Vocal Arrangements, Keyboards (GunsNRoses)
Brain Mantia: Producer for Allen Ling, Drum Programming and Arrangements, and Music Arrangements, Live Drums for Closer (GunsNRoses, Primus, Limbomaniacs, Godflesh)
Javier Mora Torres: Live Drums for Allen Ling and “The Runaway Hearts”
Greg Hoffman: Keyboards for “The Runaway Hearts”
Dave Lopez: Lead and Rhythm Guitars for Allen Ling
Arion Salazar: Bass for Allen Ling and “The Runaway Hearts” (Third Eye Blind)
Marc “MIRV” Haggard: Lead and Rhythm Guitar for Closer (M.I.R.V.)
Tony “House” Chaba: Bass for Closer (Limbomaniacs)
John Spiker: Bass for Fall in my Arms (Tenacious D)
Oscar Olivo: (Synthesizer Arrangements, Drum Programming and Engineering on Better off )
String Quartet on Closer: Eugenia Wie, Adam Friedberg, Kathy Marshall Biggs, Emily Onderdonk and Vanessa Ruotolo
Reto Peters at The Teahouse: Arrangements and engineering on all of “The Runaway Hearts” and all other recording engineering for Allen Ling
Carem Constanzo: Recording Engineer for Closer, Heart and Tomorrow