Ted Carpenter is one of two current lead singers (and founding members) of former Mercury Recording artists Fathers Children. As a member of Fathers Children, he performed with a host of notable artists, including Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Teddy Pendergrass, Stephanie Mills, Frankie Beverly and Maze and many others. Fathers Children released a self-titled album on Mercury Records in collaboration with, and produced by, Wayne Henderson of the Crusaders. That album generated both national and international airplay and popularity, particularly from a track titled “Hollywood Dreaming.” When the group reformed after a long hiatus, they continued to perform in major venues mostly along the eastern seaboard of the United States. The group released an album in late 2007 entitled “The Sky’s The Limit,” and again in 2013 entitled “Love and Life Stories,” of which Ted was co-writer and co-producer. In June of 2011, the archival label The Numero Group, discovered and released “Who’s Gonna Save the World,” a collection of previously unreleased material recorded by Fathers Children back when the group first formed in 1973. That album is receiving critical acclaim and includes a track that is being sampled by artists like Kanye West as recently as January of 2016.
As a boy he grew up listening to the sounds of Motown, the Philly Sound, the music of Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield and a host of others. This solo project provides an opportunity for Ted to express songs that were on his heart and mind. In many respects, the songs featured here are reminiscent of some of the themes expressed in the music of Marvin and Curtis as they touch on topics ranging from love, to social commentary, to self-empowerment, and cross several genres at the same time. So sit back, listen and enjoy as Ted takes you on a musical journey that covers several aspects of the musical spectrum.