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Melissa ?MoonChild? Stokes was born in California to a Nicaraguan mother, who sang for popular radio stations in her country. Melissa was raised in Africa and the Middle East. From an early age, MoonChild wrote and published poetry. MoonChild's musical influences include Celia Cruz, Prince, Armando Manzanero and Sadé. She is a songwriter and sings everything from Latin ballads to Hip Hop tracks and Smooth Jazz and R&B to Electronic Dance. She has performed thousands of people and opened for Smokey Robinson, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. She performs regularly with Willie Stewart of Third World and his Rhythms of Africa. She absorbed the rich tapestry of music and dance from the world around her: the orchestra of drums deep in the forest throughout the nights in Liberia, and the heart-felt, melodious prayers sung five times a day from the several mosques surrounding her homes in Morocco and Bahrain. After completing two years of pre-med and dance at the University of California, San Diego, MoonChild relocated to the east coast, where she found her voice. She performs at Jazz Festivals, charity events, health fairs, live music lounges and many other venues including the Save the Twinz: Live Pink! Women Who Jam Concert Series. MoonChild released a re-mixed version of her first project, Eclectic Collection I, in 2012, a jazzy, R&B, independent CD, and she is working on a new album. Moonchild can be found on all social media. www.MoonChildSings.com www.wijsf.org
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Shirazette Tinnin was born in North Carolina to parents in Gospel groups. From 4, she loved drums. She studied with Cindy Blackman, Lewis Nash, Terri Lynne Carrington, Allison Miller, Sherrie Maricle, and Ernie Adams. She received a... more

Mimi Jones was born in the Bronx to parents descended from Barbados and St.Croix, which explains why Mimi has so many musical influences that flow easily through her compositional style. As a child, her parents always played music... more

Camille Thurman was born in St. Albans, NY. She is a saxophonist, flutist, vocalist, composer, and educator. Her lush, velvety, rich, warm sound on tenor saxophone has been compared to tenor greats Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon... more

Kim Scott was born in Birmingham, AL. She burst onto the jazz scene in 2011 with her debut CD Crossing Over. After a successful global campaign, her CD made it to the BDS Billboard and Smoothjazz.com charts. In 2014, she performs... more

Karen Briggs was born in New York . When her family moved to Portsmouth, VA, she started on violin at 11, at junior high school. With strong family music influences, Karen experimented with the violin, outside of it's traditional... more

Courtney Bryan, a native of New Orleans, LA, is ?a pianist and composer of panoramic interests? (New York Times). Her music ranges from solo works to large ensembles in the new music and Jazz idioms, film scores, and... more

Paula Atherton was born and raised in NY. She studied saxophone with Lee Konitz, Sal Mosca, Bob Mintzer (improvising), Liz Gorrill add Gerry Janssen (vocal improvising and voice), Jim Mc Neeley and Enos Payne (piano and... more

Ginger Dee Davis is a talented musician, songwriter, and professional emcee from Omaha, Nebraska. Growing up in the Midwest in a highly musical family, Ginger sang in a quartet with her sisters and best friend around the Midwest. By... more

Laura Klein grew up in New York City, has a B.A. in music from SUNY Buffalo, and attended the Berklee College of Music. A jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, she has recorded with FivePlay Jazz Quintet the three-horned band... more
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