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Acclaimed Boston Music Company Gratitude Sound Appoints Jeff Turlik as New York-based Creative Director

Acclaimed music company sound of gratitude, headquartered in Boston, MA, is expanding its East Coast footprint by appointing Jeff Turlik as its new creative director. The announcement was made today by Bryan Hinkley, owner of Gratitude Sound.

Based in New York, Turlik will work as a composer and creative director within Gratitude’s roster. Additionally, he will interact with New York-based ad agencies and client brands, assist with artist relations, and work closely with Hinkley on overall company management and business development.

Gratitude regularly composes and produces original music for advertising agencies, production companies and directly to brands. The company’s customer base includes leading brands such as Cheerios, Reebok, Samsonite, Toyota and Wayfair, among others. More recently, Gratitude has created music for: Cowboy (Elegant machine); fantasies (Order); Open house insurance (Great house partners); and Iora Primary Care (Allen & Gerritsen).

Regarding Turlik joining his company, Hinkley said, “Jeff and I grew up together on the Boston music scene. We often toured together and I always had a huge respect for him musically. I also admire his kindness and general good humor.

“Jeff and I reconnected in 2021 when our two bands reunited for two sold-out nights at Paradise here in Boston. The show was to benefit an old friend and Boston rock icon, Julie Duffy. Backstage we started talking about music and Gratitude Sound – Jeff said he was interested in writing for some commercials. After working on a few jobs together, it was clear he would do well in a bigger role at Gratitude Sound. The time was right, so here we are with Jeff as creative director in New York,” adds Hinkley.

Turlik adds, “Bryan and I have known each other for a very long time, so there is a real confidence factor for me to join Gratitude Sound. Around 2001, I had moved to New York from Boston, and once there he and I kinda disconnected except on social media. So when we got together in 2021 on this benefit show for Julie Duffy, we talked about joining forces – the timing seemed perfect. I’d like to say that I bring to the Gratitude table a wealth of management experience and skills in how to help grow a business and keep it organized, while moving it creatively forward. Bryan has done a great job building Gratitude Sound for almost 10 years now – his company is pretty well balanced. I really look forward to helping to further focus the creative output and commercial expansion of Gratitude in the years to come.

About Jeff Turlik
Guitarist, electric bassist, composer and musical director Jeff Turlik is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. From 2001 to 2020, he held various creative and supervisory positions for the acclaimed BLUE MAN GROUP – a globally recognized phenomenon in the entertainment industry that showcases a dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology. The euphoric celebration of human connection of Blue Man Group shows has enjoyed universal appeal for a wide range of age groups and cultural backgrounds around the world since 1991.

Turlik oversaw and managed all aspects of music and recorded sound related to broadcasts, marketing, and other Blue Man Group products. He was part of a team of creatives responsible for developing material and directing the band’s theatrical performances, television and other appearances, marketing for television, radio and the Internet, design and development of instruments music and various other projects. This required partnering with stakeholders inside and outside the BMG organization – producers, artists and performers, managers, directors, designers and technical supervisors – to ensure that quality remained high, that everyone involved has clear direction and that all infrastructure related to the musical impact of the show (sound, instrument design, etc.) has been performed to BMG’s high standards.

From 1999 to 2020, Turlik performed as part of the “BMG Band” in a variety of shows and appearances, playing guitar, bass, chapman stick, 98-string electric zither, the lap steel guitar, keys / samplers. Highlights from this time include appearing as a cast member in: The Boston Production (1999-2003); the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2003; two sold-out nights at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic; performances with the Boston Pops and Philadelphia Orchestra; performances on The Area2 Tour (supporting David Bowie, Busta Rhymes, Moby); performing at Complex Rock Tour, Megastar World Tour, Tokyo Summersonic Music Festival, Salvador Carnival, Brazil. He has also appeared in various national, regional and international television appearances including The show tonight, the show today, the Ellen Degeneres show, and America’s Got Talent.

In addition to working with Blue Man Group, Turlik was a freelance producer/arranger/musician for the Dan Band’s wedding album. and has served as guitarist/bassist/composer for dozens of bands and projects, including: Sony/Columbia artist Stompbox; indie art-rock band Chevy Heston, original punk band Milligram, R&B tribute band Soul Diamond; and currently the original surf-rock band The Cameramen, to name a few.

About Bryan Hinkley, Owner/Producer
Boston-based Bryan Hinkley is the owner of Gratitude Sound. He has a dynamic career experience in several areas of the music industry. As a guitarist and manager, Hinkley has toured much of the world, working with several rock bands including Tree, Gang Green, Clutch and 311.

After briefly working as a songwriter/producer for a Nashville-based music house, Hinkley launched Gratitude Sound in his hometown of Boston in March 2014.

About the Sound of Gratitude
Founded in 2014 in Boston by Bryan Hinkley, Gratitude Sound is an award-winning music production company home to a diverse team of established artists and emerging talent.

Gratitude Sound started in 2014, with a mission to provide premium music along with exceptional service to advertising agencies. Over the past 8 years they have expanded to include recording studios, music supervision, sound design, a production music library and a record label.

In addition to its custom music work, Gratitude Sound also represents the music of dozens of emerging artists for licensed placements in advertising, film, television and multimedia projects. To learn more about these artists, please CLICK HERE

For general inquiries: [email protected] And for more information, please see: https://www.gratitudesound.com/about/