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Host Cyrus Webb talks with vocalist Ebony Ann Blaze on Conversations LIVE about her love of music and what it's been like to see the response to her single CHICAGO BLUE.
DON'T JUDGE ME, BUT LOVE Me. now it’s time to share me with the world.” Quick Facts
Quintetta Samone Ausha Thompson aka “Queen” (born March 2, 1990) is a diversified American Songwriter, Vocalist, and Dancer. Thompson was born in Vidalia, Georgia. Vidalia is a city located primarily in Toombs County, about 172 miles southeast to Atlanta Georgia. Born to Anthony Thompson (Father), and Janet Daniel (Mother) Queen is the second oldest of six siblings; Brother: Johnathan Bell (25), Sister: Yasha Thompson (22), Brother: Anthony Thompson (14), Brother: Alexander Thompson (6), Brother: Gabriel Thompson. (10), and adopted Sister Kadessha Thompson (3).
Early Life and Heritage?Queen grow up in a single parent home from five years of age with her mother who previously worked in nursing; but is now a social worker, and an involved father who worked as a sensei and security officer. While growing up Queen’s grandmother Rosa Hogans would aid in her rearing to sing in Church, and be involved in the Summersett family tradition. The Summersett family is from Queen’s mother maiden family. Queen would be influenced by watching the Summersett family members perform and showcase their talents.
Royalty would be the true beginning of Queen’s music career. She would connect with her best friend Keaundra to write the hit song “Confessions of a Broken Heart”. A reunion with James Faison also occurred, and after rehearsing several songs they would record songs with Luther Wardlaw from the gospel group the Wardlaw Brothers. After taking notice of the talented group James sister Fern Johnson decided to manage the group under the name Royalty. The group immediately moved to Atlanta, GA to perform at the open mic Apache and Shed a
Join us at Up Close & Personal as we help celebrate a milestone in the musical career of one of our fave guitarist Steve Oliver. With eight albums over the last 15 years, Steve's "Best Of so far" gathers multiple #1 Billboard hits and fan favorites including 2 brand new songs.
Wash. DC based jazz vocalist LOIDE (pronounced "Loy-deh") has roots in Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau though born in France and raised in California. Serving up a mix of contemporary jazz and warm afro-lusophone rhythms, Loide's music is reflective of her own eclectic roots. An immigration attorney by day, she has spent the last 9 years honing her musical craft in some of the nation's hippest speakeasies and jazz clubs by night.
Loide serves up straight ahead jazz coated with lush bossa rhythms - an exquisite blend reflective of her own eclectic roots. She cites Sarah Vaughn, Cesaria Evora and Miriam Makeba as some of her greatest musical influences, but it is her Guinea Bissau and Mozambican heritage that has provided her with a fresh musical perspective, a unique sound, and her native tongue, Portuguese.
Jazz/Pop artist Pete Belasco began playing piano at a young age, later turning his concentration to saxophone. Both of his parents played piano as well. In high school, Belasco played in rock bands, but he soon became primarily interested in jazz and studied sax at Rutgers University and the Hartt Conservatory. He was also preparing a demo at the time, but was involved in a severe boating accident that broke both of his hands. For several months, he was unable to play, but in the interim he turned to composing and singing. In retrospect, Belasco has referred to the accident as a watershed experience because it forced him to develop his songwriting and singing skills. Belasco’s demo made its way to Verve Records, and A&R Executive, Guy Eckstine, who signed him. Upon healing, Belasco moved to New York to record his debut, Get It Together, which was released on Verve Forecast in the fall of 1997. The album was a concoction of influences such as, Marvin Gaye, the Beatles, and Curtis Mayfield, along with jazzy pop and lounge music cool. As Pete Belasco created the songs that would become his second album, Deeper, he kept returning to a common theme-intimacy. The grooves were sensual, relaxed, erotic. The lyrics were passionate, tender, generous. In a time of confusion and strife, Belasco wanted to sing about love, about faith, and about supporting one another. In a feature article in The Village Voice, music journalist James Hunter rhapsodizes about Belascos second effort
Have mercy, this powerful woman from Chilliwack, BC, is on fire! Bria Skonberg is her name - with ancient Swedish heritage and Dixieland in her veins. Trumpeter, Vocalist, Composer, Bandleader and benevolent contributer to the community. Ten percent of the proceeds from her 2012 release, "So Is the Day", has benefitted The Jazz Foundation of America.
So - with that knowledge - it comes as no surprise that good things are coming Bria's way. When one GIVES like that, they usually do :) This award-winning artist knew early in life that she wanted to play the trumpet. There she was, her first professional gig at 16, singing and blowing that horn - and blowing the audience AWAY! She hasn't looked back since then - having played at countless Jazz festivals around the world, both as bandleader and guest In 2010, Bria moved to New York City and there was an instantaneous connection. She had headlined at Birdland, Cafe Carlye, Dizzy's and The Iridium.
Those that she has met in her fascinating journey have been significant. Wycliffe Gordon has been one of those with whom Bria has felt kinship - and they have been involved in each other's projects. The Jazz Journalists' Association and Downbeat Magazine Critics' Poll have taken notice of the incredible creativity of this gifted musician - and have publicly acknowledged their admiration. Bria is the recipient of The New York Bistro Award for "Outstanding Jazz Artist." Once you hear her previous effort and her latest CD, "Into Your Own", you'll HEAR why. Combining her love of classic Jazz with World percussion, Soul and electronic effects, Bria delves into a different zone than anyone you'll hear. SO different that she had actually staged an event combining Jazz and Stand-up :)
Our VERY cool guest joins us on 6/12 at two p.m.
APRIL’s “Authors & Artists” MONTH is going to be a power-packed month!
Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 8:00 a.m., learn about indie recording vocalist, Sulena Olivia, as she shares about her work, and her newest endeavor, 3-D Vocalist: Divine. Discipline. Dynamic. Vocalist. Labeled often as a “true worshiper”, Sulena consistently leads audiences into the presence of God. Sulena currently focuses on educating others in vocal excellence through her personally designed 3D Vocalist (TM) Program and basic piano (for minors/children). “Can anything good come out of Nazareth [Havre de Grace]?” The answer is yes and something great has come! Experience the soulful sound of Spirit, Truth, and Worship through the musical sounds of Sulena Olivia!
Oh - let's not stop at vocalist and saxophonist - let's run with composer, percussionist and future "Gentleman's Quarterly" magazine cover ;) Darryl F. Walker is a multiple threat in the music business. One of those special talents that keeps on surprising!
From what we understand, it took our guest quite a while to figure out what his true calling was...one of those situations where everyone told him how utterly fantastic he was - but Darryl finally understood, later in life, that his gift had to be shared. We're so grateful! He has been involved in the business via back-up vocals - you might have seen him on Craig Ferguson's Show - or you might have heard him sing jingles for Dole, Pringles, Toyota or Honeynut Cheerios. The superstar, Luis Miguel, has thought so much of Darryl that he has used him on his pre-production team. Those bi-lingual skills have come in handy for our handsome star!
How many if us have come to know Darryl is via the work that he has done with Greg Adams and East Bay Soul. Remembering the story that Greg told us one day is so funny NOW - but it was frustrating for Greg and wife, Andrea, then. Greg had listened to dozens and dozens of voice tracks - looking for the perfect fit for his new band. He was about to throw in the towel when he heard the captivating Mr. Walker. Excited, he tracked him down - and the rest is blissful true funk soldier dreams-come-true.
East Bay Soul is about to start the Summer Tour - and we have Darryl just before he hits the road. Let's get into the spirit of things with the remarkable "Hold Me" EP - released in 2013. And talk to the man whose career has soared to new heights - with EBS or solo. You'll hear the appreciation and gratitude in his voice. It will match the gratitude that so many of US feel REGARDING that voice! 6/3/2014: magic!
Sharon Marie is a favorite in LA's jazz club scene and performs with the finest jazz musicians and in the most exclusive rooms on the west coast. Sharon Marie is an extraordinary vocalist. Her approach to standards, show tunes and classic jazz is charming and refreshing.
Join the ladies of RTRW Radio as they share their opinions. Feel free to call in and share your thoughts as well. Norma, Erika and LaShawnda look forward to hearing from you! Blessings
Jamie Kay, a guitarist, vocalist and song composer. Kay's style croses many genres. In 1979 while performing in Westport, Connecticut he was introduced to Darius Brubeck, son of Dave, the great jazz pianist. To follow would be recording sessions in Brubeck’s studio and shows in Greenwich Village, Kay has performed in venue from New Orleans to Portland, Maine. He has shared the stage with musical icons, Pete Seeger and Bo Diddley, crossing folk and rock boundaries. And has recorded with a host of other musical greats, such as Larry Hoppen of Orleans and Curt Smith of Tears for Fears.
The Charlotte Examiner writes:: “A lot has been written about Jamie over his 35 year career as a singer-songwriter. The fact that he has been an active part of American music for that many years speaks volumes about his talent.
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