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Lloyd Parks is an American R&B/soul singer born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is an original member of the Grammy-Nominated Philadelphia International Records group Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes.Lloyd is noted for his high tenor and falsetto vocal leads and harmonies. He is also a founding member of The Epsilons who backed Arthur Conley on his Atco Records hit single Sweet Soul Music. He is also the sole surviving original Blue Note.Parks started his career in music in the mid-1960s performing with various local Philadelphia vocal groups including the Emanons who hit with "One Heart" on "Phila Of Soul" Records. He later merged with friends Gene McFadden and John Whitehead to form the Epsilons. The group was managed by Soul Singer Otis Redding and were soon signed to the Stax Records label. They toured for two years with Redding and backed label mate Arthur Conley on his 1967 recording "Sweet Soul Music." The single reached No.2 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard R&B charts. The following year the Epsilons a quintet that included Allen Beatty and James Knight released "The Echo." The group disbanded following the tragic death of their mentor Otis Redding. Parks joined another local act The Broadway Express while McFadden and Whitehead reformed The Epsilons as the group Talk of The Town.
Drew Fraser begain his career in Boston, Massachusetts at the world's famous "Nick's Comedy Stop." He later moved to New York City where his career took off. His first television appearance was on "Showtime At The Apollo". Since then, Drew Fraser has been seen on Russell Simmons' "Def Comedy Jam", "BET Comic View" and has made performances all over the world, including London, Holland, Bermuda, and Australia. Drew Fraser also have several music videos to add to his list of performance credits.
Drew Fraser has received numerous awards for his stand-up acts, including the "New York City's Funniest Male Comedian" award in 1996. In 1999, Drew Fraser won honors in third place a the Urban Comedy Awards as well as performing at The Melbourne Comedy Festival in Australia.
Drew Fraser currently hosts "Amatuer Night" at the world's famous Apollo Theater in New York City. He also does the "Warm-Up" for one the world's top talk shows, "The Queen Latifah Show".
Drew Fraser has the ability to perform for any group regardless of race or age.
Wayne began his comedy career in 1998, and quickly established a reputation as one of the city's most outrageous young performers. A 2004 shooting left Wayne paralyzed from the waist down, but he returned to the stage, and continues to crack up audiences around the Bay Area and beyond. In 2011, Wayne won the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition and the Central Valley Comedy Competition, and he's opened for comedy stars including D.L. Hughley and Katt Williams.First time Bay Area Music Awards Next Rising Star
2nd Place Shades of Laughs Comedy Competition 2011
Semi-Finalist San Francisco International Comedy Competition 2010
3 Time Champion Sacramento Black Expo
Alicia Michelle "Miki" Howard (born September 30, 1960) is an American R&B/jazz singer and actress who had a string of Top 10 hit songs in the late-1980s and early-1990s, including "Baby, Be Mine", "Come Share My Love" and "Love Under New Management". "Ain't Nobody Like You" and "Ain't Nuthin' in the World" both peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Top R&B Singles chart.
Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of gospel singers Josephine Howard of The Caravans, and Clay Graham of The Pilgrim Jubilees. Howard's mother took her to the homes of various stars such as Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples. At the age of nine, Howard and her family moved to Los Angeles where Howard's mother sung in a choir led by Caravans member and arranger James Cleveland. Among those who visited Howard's Los Angeles residence were Albertina Walker, Shirley Caesar, Billy Preston and Fats Domino. Howard was also influenced by jazz greats, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington and Nancy Wilson.
As a teenager, she often visited Maverick's Flat, a popular night club in Los Angeles, and a venue for music acts such as Rufus and Chaka Khan and Earth Wind & Fire, who were influential in her pursuit of a professional singing career.
At the age of 16, she performed in a teen pageant. After the show, she met singer Augie Johnson, leader and member of R&B group Side Effect, who happened to be in the audience and began working with Howard on music. Johnson charmed Howard and later chose her as the vocalist for the group.
Taking a leap of faith Conley began his professional career when he moved to Los Angeles with David Townsend. It was there he joined the group Port Authority in 1976. After an un-released record with 20th Century Records Conley left the group to join Mandrill in 1977. In 1978 he made his television debut with Mandrill performing on the popular show Soul Train hosted by Don Cornelius. Conley released only one album with Mandrill, New Worlds, in 1979. Conley left the group and after a short hiatus Townsend and Conley collaborated on the beginnings Surface. When Conley became the founder of the Multi-Platinum Soul/R&B group Surface in 1983 the original group consisted of Conley and Karen Copeland. Townsend collaborated by writing and producing. In that same year Surface released their debut single, Falling in Love performed by Copeland, which peaked at #84 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 4 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #67 on the U.K. Singles chart. In addition Surface recorded 2 more singles with her; When Your Ex Wants You Back and Stop Holding Back. After Copeland left the group in 1984 Bernard Jackson and David Townsend replaced her by becoming the Surface we know today. More success came in 1985 when Conley became a staff writer for Screen Gems BMI. Shortly after in 1986 Surface landed a record deal with Columbia leading them to release their debut album in 1987. The album peaked at #55 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. In 1989,
Actress / Comedienne, COCOA BROWN will be my upcoming Guest on Entertainment NOW on The fiery performer, whose credits includes a starring role in Tyler Perry’s critically acclaimed comedy series “For Better or Worse” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, her one-woman show “Cocoa Brown – Off the Chain” on Bounce TV, releasing her new comedy CD “One Funny Momma”, which is available now on iTunes and co-starring in the upcoming sequel to the blockbuster “Ted 2” with Mark Wahlburg. Don't miss it and for more show information please visit www.facesofsuccessradio.com!
Detroit Brooks A.K.A. (504 Detroit) is a young smooth R&B/Hip Hop vocalist whom is definitely making his presence known in the music industry today. Detroit is also a songwriter who is seasoned and ready to take his place in the spotlight. Paving his own path while growing up in the 9th ward section of New Orleans, Detroit began showcasing his talent as a member of his church choir and performing in local talent shows. Detroit's unique style can be best described as smooth, with a dance appeal, but also street friendly. His sound definitely appeals to the masses. Working with artists such as C-Murder, Anthony Hamilton, Carl Thomas, Bobby Valentino, Pleasure P, The Dream, Monica, Slim of 112, and Lil Wayne's Young Money Camp. Detroit has performed around the world, and has an enormous fan base in New Orleans and throughout the southern region. Detroit plans to take his singing and songwriting talents to the next level.
Detroit’s motto is, “to never stop grinding…” and grinding he does!
Beth Griffith, the daughter of legendary Multi-Grammy Award winning Motown Funk Brother Keyboardist Johnny Griffith. He was one of the original Funk Brothers who played on such hits as "Stop in the Name of Love", "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "I Heard it Through the Grapevine", "What's Going On", "Shot Gun" and "Dancin' in the Streets". Beth was born with drive, stamina, determination, beauty and brains (she holds a B.S in Business and Information Systems) and music is in her blood; it's in her DNA, and it's very clear that she's making her mark !
Three extraordinary women who have made their marks on the pop, R&B and disco charts have joined forces for the first time: Martha Wash, Linda Clifford, and Evelyn "Champagne" King. They come together as a powerful force known as The First Ladies of Disco, a moniker inspired by a recently published book of the same name, compiled by author James Arena, in which many disco pioneers tell their stories. The vocal power of this new ensemble is unsurpassed, and their style and energy meld perfectly on their debut single, "Show Some Love." "The love I've had for these incredible women for so many years is certainly reflected in it," says Clifford, famous for the classic "If My Friends Could See Me Now." Wash, known the world over for the floor-filling "It's Raining Men," adds, "What I liked about 'Show Some Love' is that the song and its cross-genre appeal gave all of us a chance to use our talents and range in an uplifting song that I know is going to inspire!" King, who scored the hit "Shame," agrees, saying "This song has a wonderful message that is extremely relevant to today's world, and I know many people are going to connect with it."
"Show Some Love" is indeed about love...in so many ways. The love I've had for these incredible women that I've known for so many years is certainly reflected in it. I am honored to sing with these ladies, and it's wonderful to experience the combination of our talents. I think the love we share each time we are together will be palpable. This song is about the love of family, the love that's been missing from so many lives, and the love we hold inside and are sometimes afraid to show. We are all excited to work together on this as well as future projects and to share our love with the world. I think people will feel it. - Linda
On the mic and in the studio since 9 yrs of age. Now Introducing the Prolific 19 yr old L.A. BORN story teller, The Latin rhyme sayer, Joshua Michael Negrete aka "JST.ONE".
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She's not Billie, not Judy, not Jennifer, not Carmen, not Nancy, it's Cynthia Holiday!
Cynthia Holiday is a real crowd pleaser and her renditions of straight-ahead jazz, blues and pop standards are full of swing, improvisation and soul. Clearly, singing live before an audience is where she feels most comfortable.
Kevin Mahogany says, "I met Cynthia many years ago when I used to frequent various jam sessions in Harlem clubs. I was struck by her ability to quickly command the stage. Cynthia has fantastic stage presence and it's time for her music to be heard."
Cynthia says "I love the up-and-close feeling of performing in small, intimate venues like SMOKE or Showmans Jazz Club in NYC. I also enjoy the thrill of performing for an audience of 10,000 + people at outdoor events like the Harlem Jazz & Blues Festival or Hartford Jazz Festival." Following her performance, the Hartford Courier's music review said of Cynthia "She may have been unfamiliar to the audience, but Holiday quickly won over the crowd with her blues-soaked swing and charming banter."
Since the 2008 release of her debut album, All The Way, on the Miles High Records Label, Cynthia Holiday has made new fans and friends in the US and internationally. Most recently she served as a judge in the 2013 Asian Dreams Jazz Vocal Competition followed by a performance with the TS Monk Septet in Osaka, Japan.
Cynthia's gifted vocals and natural inclination for jazz is attributed to her upbringing in Newark, New Jersey where music filled her home on any given day. Her stepfather, trumpeter Calvin Hughes was a band leader and performed with such jazz greats as Count Basie, Frank Foster, Clark Terry, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, and Big Maybelle.
Maurice Starr is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. Though trying his hand at a solo career, he's best known for his work creating songs and albums with pop and soul bands such as Con Funk Shun, New Edition, and the New Kids on the Block.
Originally from Deland, Florida, Johnson moved to Boston, Massachusetts, in the early 1970s. As an artist, Johnson was a member of The Johnson Brothers (not to be confused with The Brothers Johnson from Los Angeles, California) and the seminal electro group known as the Jonzun Crew with brothers Michael Jonzun and Soni Jonzun. In 1980, Johnson changed his name to Maurice Starr and recorded two R&B albums, Flaming Starr and Spacey Lady. Unsuccessful as a solo artist, Starr decided to create a band to perform the songs that he wrote.
In 1982, Starr discovered the band New Edition on his talent show. The group produced a number of U.S. Top 10 R&B hit singles and a Top 5 hit in the Billboard Hot 100. Differences between Starr and New Edition caused the two to go their separate ways. Eventually the band split up. Two of the members, Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant, went on to have a successful careers as a solo act, while the three others formed the award winning group, Bell Biv DeVoe.
After losing New Edition, Starr needed a new band to record his songs. In 1984, he created New Kids on the Block, a band consisting of five male teenagers, brothers Jordan Knight and Jonathan Knight, with Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg and Joey McIntyre. Starr produced New Kids on the Block to be a white version of New Edition as he stated I honestly believe that if they'd been white, (the group) would have been 20 times as big. With New Kids on the Block as Starr's "voice", Starr won Songwriter of the Year in 1989.
In addition to New Edition and New Kids on the Block, Starr also formed the boyband Perfect Gentlemen and discovered solo artist, Rick Wes.
President of the los Angeles Civil Rights Association
Eddie Jones Jr. a native of Los Angeles, CA. has been president of the Los Angeles Civil
Rights Association for ten years and a public servant for the last twenty years. Mr. Jones has worked with a variety of leaders from all over the United States such as Dr. Earl Ofari Hutchinson, AI Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Yvonne Burke, Congress woman Diane Watson, Congress woman Maxine Waters, Dr. Martin Luther King Ill, John Mack, Council Man Herb Wesson, Council Man Bernard Parks, Dick Gregory, Danny Bakewell Sr., and a host of other governors, congress people, council people.
Eddie Jones Jr. has worked on a variety of cases with the Los Angeles Civil Rights
Association along with the department of justice to investigate wrongful treatment of innocent people along with other major issues. Some cases that the Los Angeles Civil Rights Association has worked on include the wrongful death of Woodrow Player Jr. who was shot in the back with no weapon found, the Kevin Wicks shooting, the Devin Brown shooting, the Tyiesha Miller shooting, the wrongful killing of John Thomas Horton Ill who was beat to death and hung in the men's central jail in downtown Los Angeles unveiling the cover up of beatings and misconduct.
Mr. Jones has also worked very closely with the families of cases such as the shooting of
Montae Ray Talbert also known as M-Bone, and so many other cases.
The Los Angeles Civil Right Association makes it a priority to help the community in a
variety of ways. They have collaborated with council man Herb Wesson to put a street light on Rodeo at Dorsey High school where nine year old Demaria Grant was hit and killed by a hit and run driver. They provide food for the homeless every Friday from seven pm to ten pm.
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