Real Life was entirely produced by contemporary jazz icon Paul Brown, who also contributes some tasty guitar licks on the opener "Boogie On Reggae Woman." Covering any Stevie Wonder tune is an incredible artistic leap of faith, doing so with "Boogie On Reggae Woman" is going all in on your own talent and Bart Brandjes simply slays this tune. Other guests include drumming great Ricky Lawson, saxophonist Jesse J, steady as she goes bassist Roberto Vally and percussion master Lenny Castro.
Another tune with the potential to make or break any recording is the classic "One Hundred Ways", which is a tune that has seen better days and been done to death. The arrangement by Jeff Carruthers is masterful and somewhat deconstructed, to allow Brandjes plenty of room to work his timing, tone, and vocal timbre to full effect. Real Life also features four original compositions written by Paul Brown, which go well beyond expectations in terms of both content and execution. Brown: "Working with a talent such as Bart Brandjes is a match made in heaven!"
Bart Brandjes - vocals; Paul Brown - guitar, drums, percussion; Ricky Lawson - drums; Marco Basci - grand piano, keyboards; Tracy Carter - organ; Roberto Vally - bass; background vocals: Tim Owens, Devere Duckett, DeYon Dobson, Kez, Eric Mondragon, Billy Mondragon, Dax Reynosa; Jeff Wyatt - harmonica; Michael Ripoll - guitar; Jeffrey Freeman - keyboards; Freddie Flewellen - bass; Mike Shapiro - drums; Jeff Carruthers - keyboards, drums, guitar; Lenny Castro - percussion.