Marva King

Marva King interview on Colourful Radio 25-Aug-2019

While perhaps best known for her starring role as Helen in the Tyler Perry’s 60 plus mega-million dollar grossing DVD “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”. She also spent 4 years as a vocalist, dancer & percussionist with Prince and the New Power Generation, Marva King is a true multi-media sensation whose talents and ambition continue to expand with every new creative endeavor.

Today, King prepares for the release of her long awaited 2019 solo CD titled Marva King “Th@t Part”. It embodies R&B, Funk, Raggae, Soul, and Dance Music from the Old & New Skools.

King’s new music will be released Independently on her Marvalous Works Entertainment label. She is also a featured performing artist in the band “consisting of former New Power Generation members & other extremely talented musicians for the new band “ Soul Beret.”

Look for an Original Music CD giving homage to Prince, created by “Soul Beret” band members in 2019.
The multi-talented producer, singer/songwriter and recording artist conceptualized, co-wrote & co-produced her last single “Steppin” along with track-master/producer Stone Paxton in 2012 which featured rapper Alpha Red & Christopher Williams. It rose quickly on the Top 20 U.K. R&B charts.

King sang with and for Michael Jackson, Prince, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, George Howard, 2Pac, Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Yolanda Adams, Anita Baker, Will Downing, Norman Connors, Ronald “Mr. Biggs” Isley of The Isley Bros. just to name a few. Her upcoming cd slated for release in 2019 is a melodic & grooving 12 to 15 tracks that further establish King’s virtuosity as a solo artist after her career as a backing & featured vocalist. Marva; “The key to the success of this project is that I’m expressing myself with total authenticity,” King says, “musically as well as emotionally and spiritually. I’m sharing my beliefs and some of my innermost secret emotions and thoughts about myself and the world around me.”

Blessed with a dynamic vocal range and a multitude of influences, King’s recordings include elements of R&B, soul, funk and reggae. “Soul B Soldier” is focused on a range of music genres, as her mentor Prince did in his successfully illustrious career.

Her previous Indie solo recordings include The One (2010), Grown & Sexy (2007), Soul Sistah (2005) and Light of Day (2003), while Soul Sistah enjoyed rave reviews by the British, Asian and European music critics. The album entered the Top 30 charts at #5 and quickly rose to #2, surpassing Indie Arie, Teena Marie, The Isley Brothers and Donnell Jones, among others. King’s most noted recordings is her Solo debut album Feels Right on Electra/Planet Records 1981, produced by Richard Perry.

A native of Flint, Michigan, Marva King has been performing nonstop since the age of four. In addition to her vast resume as a session singer—which also includes recordings by LionelRichie, Whitney Houston, Jimmy Cliff and Chaka Khan—she co-wrote The Whispers’ single “Innocent,” which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Hot Singles Chart and sold more than one million units worldwide. King also wrote the lyrics & melody for ”A piece of Love” on Lionel Richie’s CD “Louder than words.” Over the years, she has performed live with Lenny Kravitz, Seal and Will.i.am and toured with many affiliated hit makers.
King’s mesmerizing delivery inspired Larry Flick to write in Billboard, “Marva King is a supreme diva, and her name will go down in history as one of the best.” In 1997, Prince took her on the road, under his wing, and made her a member of his group, New Power Generation (NPG)—a stint that included recording on his New Power Soul album. In 2007, recorded Shania Twain’s Hit song “Still the one” which Prince re-titled “Ure still the One”.

Marva reunited with Prince for another series of arena and intimate venue concerts, which included the record breaking “21 Nights Concerts” at the 02 Arena in the UK, as well as recording on his Lotus Flower recording in 2009; she also made several appearances in his bestselling coffee table book “21 Nights.” King managed 15 shows of her own in between the Prince dates. “Those two years were intense,” she says. “I was exhausted the entire time, yet it was so exciting. I learned a lot about performing from Prince.”

Other career highlights include Stevie Wonder hiring King as an eager teen; performing on “Natural Wonder,” a double album recorded live in Osaka and Tel Aviv in the mid 90’s.

King thanks American Idol’s Randy Jackson for her first production jobs at Sony in the early ‘90s, a stint that made her one of the few female producers at that time in the music industry.

Reflecting on her journey, King says, “One of the things I have learned from acting is the importance of communicating your “truths” with people, no matter how apprehensively uncomfortable you may feel to expose your deepest emotions. I’m doing that more with my recordings.

Cooking is King’s secondary passion. Marva creates & modifies many culturally popular dishes & cocktails. She maintained a 3.6 GPA as a Culinary student at the prestigious Arts Institute. Look for “something Artsy” on the screen reflecting her undeniable skills by 2020!!

Currently King returned to the theatrical stage as the lead in the production “Can a Woman raise a Man.” Touring the U.S.

Many exciting things on the horizon in 2019 for the woman many have given the name “Marva The King.” 👑

Candace Woodson

Candace Woodson interview on Colourful Radio 04-Aug-2019

Born in Paducah, KY, she began singing at the age of five with her older sisters in a gospel group called the Parks Sisters. Although her roots are in gospel, after high school Candace began to explore other avenues in the music industry. She is the first graduate of the Commercial Music Program at Tennessee State University in Nashville and is a professional recording artist with a background in Gospel, R&B, Jazz, and Pop.

Twenty-eight days after her 2014 breast cancer surgery, Candace Woodson was back to business as usual performing at the wedding of one of John “Cougar” Mellencamp’s daughters. This is a testament to Candace Woodson’s lifelong passion for performing and a talent for resilience she calls “stick to it-ness”.

A survivor since 2014, she wrote the song “Free,” a funky old school dance anthem that conveys hope and positivity in the wake of adversity. This is a message she conveys stemming from her own experience and feeling after receiving her last cancer treatment at the Medical University of South Carolina.

This success laid the foundation for a handful of other chart topping singles, including “The Answer Is No”, a defiant female empowerment ballad produced by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tom Glide. “The Answer Is No” hit #1 on the UK Soul Chart Top 30 and has continued to receive airplay Smooth Jazz Radio. Woodson received Billboard’s “Most Added” designation and a Bright Star Awards Best International Artist nominee.

Her highly anticipated full-length debut album “Desire” includes her UK hits as well as new tracks produced by hit smooth jazz guitarist/producer Nils and Lew Laing (Paul Brown, Richard Elliot, Stephanie K) and others helmed by the singer herself.

“I’m so grateful for the opportunities I have had in the UK, and it’s exciting now to work with Nils and Lew in expanding my fan base in the United States.”

“I have stopped and started the musical part of my life so many times, but this time I will not stop no matter how things play out. To me, the album is very authentic and it reflects everything I’ve gone through and the soul of someone who has loved music all her life“.

Tyra Levone

Tyra Levone interview on Colourful Radio 07-Jul-2019

Tyra Levone is a soulful R&B Singer/ Songwriter/ Producer from Washington, DC. Through emotional, honest, and transparent lyrics, Tyra’s music reflects the struggles of everyday people. Tyra Levone’s first single “If Only I Knew,” released in 2015, expresses great joy, sorrow, and Tyra’s personal life lesson…this too shall pass. In her debut album, “Testimony: A Soul Set Free,” (2017) Tyra bares her soul through musical testimony, with the hope to inspire “the awakening of knowledge, peace discovered on the journey and the freedom to live boldly.”

From humble beginnings, Tyra’s singing aspirations began at the age of 10, with a father-daughter duet at her neighborhood church. She continued writing songs, singing, and playing the piano for church choir and, over the years, further developed her craft.

Tyra’s aspirations for singing began at a young age witnessing her father sing in the church choir, so it was only natural that Tyra began playing the piano and singing in the choir as well.

Throughout these years, Tyra discovered her ability to convert her thoughts, emotions, and feelings into poetry and song. Tyra’s fusion of old school Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Blues, and Hip Hop influences produce an eclectic feel good sound.

She credits her influences to the likes of Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye, Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, and Aretha Franklin, just to name a few. Tyra has performed at special events with the late legendary Godfather of GoGo Chuck Brown, Entertainer Marcus Johnson at Blues Alley, as well as numerous other special events and venues, and has written and published songs with Spur of the Moment and Kenny Allen.Tyra’s talent for creating custom written songs for events displays her authentic artistry, a gifting many have grown to love.

Tyra’s has always genuinely believed that when it became her season she would be called…and now she proclaims,
“This is my call…This is my space.”

Her joy, tears, laughter, deep sorrow, and life lessons fueled with mid-tempo to upbeat songs dusted with a few ballads, has accomplished Tyra’s mission of putting everyone in the groove and begin her #FeelGoodFrenzy that will make you clap your hands, bob your head, smile, laugh, and maybe even cry as your soul is enlightened. Witness the musical miracle as we follow the journey of how Tyra’s soul was set free!

Tyra Levone – Keep Steppin – Released 8th June 2019.

Rayvon

Rayvon interview on Colourful Radio 16-Jun-2019

Brooklyn-raised Rayvon has garnered this success and more while affectionately being dubbed the “ambassador of hip-hop reggae.” Having shared the stage with monolithic icons The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson his pop-infused Caribbean flavor has paved the way for the next generation of Barbadian recording artists such as Rihanna, Shontelle, and Jaicko. Rayvon’s eponymous third album. Rayvon features track work from heavyweights such as Jah Snowcone (Sean Paul, Vybz Kartel) as well as the production prowess of Danny Champagne, Ali Cat, and Carl “Beaver” Henderson.

The first single “Back it Up” is a hard-edged pulsating groove that have guys jumping and ladies gyrating. From “Hustle and Flow” to the pop reggae lilt of “Wedding Song,” the album result is an explosive collection of sonic heavy hitters (“Riding Skill”), Euro dance (“Private Dancer”), and his patented brand of hip-hop reggae (“Get Money,” “Bang Bang”). To date, “Back It Up” has garnered Rayvon an International Association of Independent Recording Artists (IAIRA) award and ranked in at No. 1 on Indie-Music.com’s top 25 for 2011. The second single “One N Only” is swiftly giving chase at No. 2.

Rayvon is probably best known for his work with multi-platinum selling vocalist Shaggy. The two began collaborating on a string of tunes in the 90’s which culminated in the Sting Int’l produced regional hit “Big Up.” Rayvon says, “We both got our break with that record. It put us in the reggae/dancehall spotlight. I had a smooth-edged style of singing and he had that rough DJ style. The chemistry was amazing.” Rayvon was also featured covering The Melodians’ classic “Rivers of Babylon” on the B-side of Shaggy’s 1993 hit “Oh Carolina”.

The following year Rayvon’s solo star began to brighten with the release of his hip-hop reggae classic “No Guns, No Murder” (produced by Funkmaster Flex) on the venerable VP Records. The track hit a trifecta on Billboard, ranking in simultaneously on the Hot 100, Rap Singles, and R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs charts. VP issued the follow up “Pretty (Before I go To Bed),” which quickly impacted the Billboard’s Rap Singles chart. Rayvons’ career trajectory accelerated in 1995 when he recorded the island-tinged duet “In The Summertime” from Shaggy’s platinum, Grammy award-winning album Boombastic. The song was a cover of Mungo Jerry’s 1970 hit and following in its original success Shaggy’s version with the help of Rayvon reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and No. 5 in the UK while also featured in various major motion pictures and television series.

Rayvon spent the next few years diligently releasing underground singles including “Bashment Party,” which positioned itself on Billboard’s Rap Singles chart. In 2001 he lent his vocals to yet another smash Shaggy duet, “Angel,” from the 6x Platinum seller Hotshot. This time, the duo topped Billboard’s Hot 100 and took home an American Music Award for the wildly successful tune. Rayvon appeared with Shaggy in the national spotlight on shows like Live w/ Regis & Kelly, Saturday Night Live, Jay Leno, David Letterman and All My Children. The song has since clocked in at 18 million views on YouTube and has been certified gold and platinum around the world. Rayvon says, “People have grown up with the classic songs I’ve done over the years. People want to hear Reggae because it’s feel good music. Feel good music will never die.”

Rayvon previously released two solo albums including Hear My Cry (Virgin Records 1997) and My Bad (Big Yard Music/MCA Records 2002). Though hopes were high for his impressive debut album, it largely hovered under the radar in a whirlpool of label politics. “I came out in a year where it was like a small dog among big dog. Virgin released albums by UB40, Janet Jackson, Rolling Stones, and the Spice Girls that same year. I was caught in that whole whirlwind.” The release of “2-Way” off the sophomore effort reached No. 10 on BET’s 106 & Park countdown and chimed in on Billboard’s R&B/ Hip-Hop Songs chart. The title track “My Bad” stands at 84 thousand views on YouTube, featured a cameo from cohort Shaggy and boasted No. 1 at Top 40 Radio for four weeks.

Noel McKoy

Noel McKoy interview on Colourful Radio 09-Jun-2019

Noel McKoy is an internationally renowned singer, songwriter and producer.

With over forty years in the music industry, Noel has recorded, performed and toured the world with many of the greatest names in music including (but not limited to): The Staks Band, Stevie Wonder, Kool and The Gang, Ronald Isley, Gladys Knight, George Clinton, Womack and Womack, Atlantic Starr, Lonnie Liston Smith, The Sounds of Blackness, Nu Colors and Marcus Miller.

Noel has sung duets with UK stars including Mica Paris, Beverley Knight, Juliet Roberts and Ebony Alleyne. In addition, he’s collaborated with respected innovators Omar, Mark Morrison, Incognito’s Bluey Maunick, Steve Williamson, Linton ‘Kwesi’ Johnson, The Pasadenas and Acid Jazz’s Snowboy – all of whom consider him a major force to be reckoned with.

He has taken the stage by storm at New York’s legendary Apollo Theatre, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Stevie Wonder requested Noel sing with him at his London 02 concerts.

As the songwriter for, and signature voice of The James Taylor Quartet’s most commercial period – completing 10 world tours and three albums with them, Noel McKoy was at the forefront of the 1990’s Acid Jazz explosion.

As well as being a highly successful front-man and collaborator with other major artists, Noel McKoy is also a deeply respected innovator. The genre-defining street soul anthem “Family” which he wrote, produced and performed in family band Mckoy with his brothers and sister in 1993, is revered over twenty years later as a stylistically unique classic, loved by an entire generation of UK soul fans.

Noel has performed many successful studio sessions with soul legends Atlantic Star, Courtney Pine and Climie Fisher.

Since 2000, the resurgence of the house music scene has, again, heard Noel McKoy’s thundering vocals fronting many chart hits such as the classic “So Right” by Jet Lag (produced by Axwell of the Swedish Mafia). Noel, along with his sisters, also featured on Legendary producer Ian Levine’s Northern Soul 2007 and Disco 2008.

Noel’s mastery of classic soul stylings was demonstrated on his album “Brighter Day” – featured live on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends – and on his series of all-star tribute shows to the greats of black music such as Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway. His successful take on the masters showcased his power, range and versatility, which brought the house down.

Noel was one of the featured singers on BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Voice concert – a celebration of some of the great songs of the past few decades, sung by some of the great voices of today.

Noel has featured in the acclaimed cinema movie “Glastonbury”. He has also written for Sir Cliff Richard OBE.

Soundtrack commissions include (but not limited to): composing the music for Children’s ITV drama “Running Loose”, writing and performing the 1994 BBC1 Commonwealth Games Theme “The Brave”. Hollywood took notice and, soon thereafter, he co-wrote the song “Five Good Reasons” for the movie Bad Company starring Ellen Barkin and Laurence Fishburne.

Noel co-wrote and performed on Jean Toussaint’s album ‘A Street Below the Underground’ which was voted Best Album in the BBC Radio 3 Jazz Awards.

Noel has performed jazz originals and standards on the stages of the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Royal Albert Hall and Ronnie Scotts. He sang for HRH Elizabeth II on The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee’s River Pageant with Guy Barker’s Jazz Orchestra.
Recent highlights from his ever more diverse career includes taking lead vocals at The Royal Festival Hall for Jazz Jamaica’s 21-piece orchestra’s 2014 “Motown Greats” show led by double bassist Gary Crosby OBE.

In 2015 Noel’s stature within UK Soul Music was again recognised when he was asked to join The British Collective – the supergroup of British soul music pioneers comprising Leee John (Imagination), Omar, Junior and Don-E.

As well as performing and touring, Noel has been writing, recording and producing his TRIO Album concept – which showcases his musical diversity across Soul, Reggae and Dance genres. His “Dutch Pot – Hard Food”, reggae album will be first of the trilogy to be released – Release on Independent Label – Foundation Recordings.

Rahsaan Patterson

Rahsaan Patterson interview on Colourful Radio 26-May-2019

Los Angeles based singer/songwriter and actor Rahsaan Patterson is used to being in the limelight.

This summer marks his 35th anniversary in the entertainment industry. The dynamic artist was
only ten when he landed in the national spotlight as a cast member on the Disney Channel show, Kids Incorporated, alongside cast mates Fergie and Mario Lopez. However, it is not fame that has fueled Patterson all these years but rather an earnest desire to create music and stories about life’s ever-changing journey that capture the human spirit. It is a mission that he has fulfilled well through the narrative of his own soul-stirring compositions. R&B goddess Chaka Khan has sung his praises, Brandy and Van Hunt have recorded his songs and Faith, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi and Rachelle Ferrell have all done collaborations with him. “I create my music based on my personal experience, my spirit, and where the spirit takes me and guides me to where I’m supposed to go,” confides Rahsaan, who was named after the iconic and eccentric jazz legend Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

Patterson’s adventurous musical palette, which fuses the worlds of R&B, funk, jazz, gospel and electronica, has always kept his fans on the edge of their seats. His visionary spirit, coupled with his buttery smooth and flawless soul drenched tenor, has garnered Rahsaan, a unique space in the R&B world. “I am more than a classic R&B person. I have an exploratory nature in life and that dynamic is also reflected in my music,” shares Rahsaan. On May 17, 2019, Shanachie Entertainment will release Heroes & Gods , which further cements Patterson’s place as one of the most impressive voices in modern R&B. “I have always felt my path is my path,” explains Rahsaan. “When everything is aligned, that is when it will be my time to shine brighter.” The arrival of Heroes & Gods is a testament to the fact that Rahsaan Patterson is right on time and his time is now!

Shalamar

Shalamar on Colourful Radio 19-May-2019

As Shalamar, Howard Hewitt and Jeffrey Daniel sold over 25 million records worldwide and collected no less than 100 gold, silver and platinum awards. Howard and Jeffrey, together with Carolyn Griffey – the daughter of Solar Records founder Dick Griffey and Carrie Lucas, bring an exciting blend of funk, disco and soul to every live show. One of the most powerful and energetic acts on the circuit today.

As noted in the British Hit Singles & Albums, Shalamar were regarded as fashion icons and trendsetters, and helped to introduce ‘body-popping’ to the United Kingdom. Jeffrey Daniel brought street dance to the UK – he is noted as the dance mentor for Michael Jackson and the man that taught him the moonwalk.

Howard Hewett is a one of the most iconic US soul artistes of all time, releasing numerous solo albums and collaborating or performing with some of the greats including Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Earth, Wind and Fire, Teena Marie, Anita Baker, Dionne Warwick, Deniece Williams, El Debarge. He was recently voted by Soul Tracks as one of the top 10 greatest male soul singers of all time.

Jeremy Hector

Jeremy Hector interview on Colourful Radio 12-May-2019

Jeremy Sean Hector is a gifted guitarist and songwriter, whose unique approach to writing and performing comprises of a soothing blend of soul and contemporary jazz. He is a perpetual student of music, and aspires to use his gift to positively influence and inspire his listeners.

Jeremy is known for a very melodic style of guitar playing; that has been described as having a vocal quality.

Born on the Caribbean island of Grenada on December 24th, 1990, Jeremy was introduced to music at an early age. His musical journey began at the age of seven; with classical piano lessons. However, it was on the guitar that he found his true passion for music. His father, Jude Hector, being a guitarist himself, exposed Jeremy to a wide variety of contemporary jazz, soul and gospel, and taught him for a few years.

This combination of exposure to music and informal lessons became the bedrock of his musical education. His musical philosophy has been heavily influenced by the likes of the late Chuck Loeb, Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, Eddie Bullen & Arturo Tappin.

In 2009, Jeremy began a four year academic journey on the Caribbean islands of Jamaica and Barbados consecutively, which culminated with a Masters Degree in Psychology. In addition to his academic achievement, he interacted and worked with professional musicians on both islands; an experience which opened his mind to the possibility of life as a musician.

Jeremy’s career as a full-time musician began in November 2014 with the inception of the band Soul Deep; with his twin brother, Josh Hector, being the drummer and bandleader. Soul Deep drew widespread attention on the island because of their versatility and the ease with which they tackled songs from musical giants such as Earth Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder.

The band enjoyed moments such as memorable performances with Ronald “Boo” Hinkson at the Rhythms of Spice jazz concert, and backing the UK’s British Collective comprised of Omar Lye-Fook, Junior Giscombe, Don-E, Noel McKoy and Leee John at the Pure Grenada Music Festival.

Individually, Jeremy has been featured onstage with internationally acclaimed musicians such as saxophonist Arturo Tappin, and pianist Eddie Bullen; experiences which have significantly contributed to his musical development.

To date, the highlight of his career has been partnering with Eddie Bullen and Thunder Dome Sounds to record and release his debut album titled Ascension. As the title suggests, Ascension is just the first step in documenting a musical journey that promises to be fruitful and inspirational.

Chelsea Wilson

Chelsea Wilson interview on Colourful Radio 21-Apr-2019

Chelsea Wilson is a Melbourne based vocalist, songwriter, broadcaster and producer. Her debut soul inspired album “I Hope You’ll Be Very Unhappy Without Me” was lauded #2 Album of the Year on ABC Radio National and nominated for Best Soul Album at The Age Music Victoria Awards. An internationally acclaimed live performer she headlined the Arts Centre Melbourne stage at the Australasian World Music Expo; supported Macy Gray on her Australian tour; and made her UK debut at Glastonbury Festival 2015, subsequently selling out the famous London Jazz Café.

Her highly anticipated second album “Chasing Gold” (available March 22) sees Chelsea move into rare-groove territory, fusing her love of early disco, epic pop and jazz. Produced by ARIA nominated composer/ bassist Ross McHenry (The Shaolin Afronauts), the album features lush string orchestration arranged by Ross Irwin (The Bamboos) and backing vocals by Jason Heerah and Thando. The debut single “Real Love” has garnered international airplay.

Behind the scenes Chelsea is the Artistic Director of the Stonnington Jazz Festival and recently appeared as a panel expert on Australian Music at The Lincoln Centre New York City for Jazz Congress 2019. A champion for diversity in the music industry she has produced the ‘Women of Soul’ series featuring artists such as Kylie Auldist, Mojo Juju and Stella Angelico alongside emerging artists since 2010. She is currently Deputy Chair of Music Victoria, the state peak body for contemporary music and was a formative member of the MV Women in Music Advisory Panel.

As a DJ Chelsea has supported artists including Booker T, Neneh Cherry, Tina Arena, Hiatus Kaiyote and Craig Charles.

Taj Weekes

Taj Weekes interview on Colourful Radio 07-Apr-2019

Musician, Poet and Humanitarian. Taj Weekes is a St. Lucia bred, singer/songwriter and musician with an unwavering, energetic humanitarian spirit that extends beyond his socially conscious lyrics into activism. He is a UNICEF Champion for Children and founder of his children’s charity, They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO). Aside from brains, heart, and a great smile, Weekes is a poetic singer-songwriter who fronts a dynamic reggae band named Adowa, a disciplined team of talented musicians that delivers a blend of rock n’ roll, reggae one drop rhythms and traditional Caribbean sounds. The band (named after the battle of Adowa in 1896) superbly supports Weekes’ haunting falsetto, giving audiences a mesmerizing and fantastic show.

Taj Weekes & Adowa have released six critically acclaimed albums of musically adventurous reggae – To All My Relations (2018), Love, Herb & Reggae(2016), Pariah in Transit (2014), A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen (2010), DEIDEM (2008), Hope & Doubt (2005) – all of which showcase Taj’s unblinking and sophisticated view of the world.

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Taj Weekes & Adowa is a dynamic reggae band delivers a blend of rock n’ roll, reggae one drop rhythms and traditional Caribbean sounds superbly supported Weekes’ haunting falsetto, giving audiences a mesmerizing and fantastic show.

Mandee

Mandee interview on Colourful Radio 31-Mar-2019

Mandee is an award-winning, international singer/songwriter based in the UK who has been singing from the age of 4 and has proven her vocal abilities through many different styles of music she has been recording since the 90’s. She has released some incredible songs which have taken us on a momentous journey as they all bring back sweet memories if you are a true connoisseur of music.

The first song which gave Mandee a lot of recognition was an original track written by the songstress entitled “The Feeling” going back over a decade ago. This song was a production by Cassell The Beat Maker and recorded at As1 studios engineered by DJ Sb.

In October 2015 Mandee released a superb cover of Love Unlimited classic track “If You Want Me…Say It” and the response she still receives via live performances or airplay is remarkable. This song came to light with Frederica Tibbs recommending to Derek Fevrier (Nu Lovers UK) that she thought Mandee would do wonders with covering this timeless classic and so said…so done.

Following through to February 2016 revealed the release of another cover from the songstress but this time we were reminded that “Kisses Don’t Lie” which was originally sung by Miss Evelyn “Champagne” King. Once again Mandee has revealed her sweet, soulful voice on a very well produced Nu Lovers UK revamp in a soft, sensual reggae style.

Mandee has been writing new material since then and has recorded tracks such as
*Soul Attraction* written by Mandee (produced by Zige Dub as part of the “You Should Have Known” riddim compilation),
*Black Lives Matter* written by Mandee & JayjayBorn2Sing, *No Other Love* (Cover) & *Sweet Ecstacy*: Tribute To The Jones Girls (produced by Senator B music production),
*Sweet Thing* (Unreleased cover) & A Mother’s Cry written by Mandee (produced by Don Chandler),
*A Certain Some Way* written by Mandee (Dan-Tan productions)
*Don’t Cry*, *The Tree* & *I Don’t Want To Sing* written by Mandee & JayJayBorn2Sing (BLM productions).

To add to her musical career Mandee has performed with many artists working as a backing vocalist with her band “Maximum Hights” but since 2015 she has been concentrating more on her solo career. She has headlined a few shows and performed as a support act for many artists. In 2018 Mandee performed alongside Arturo Tappin as part of his UK Tour in London and Birmingham where she paid tribute to Aretha Franklin and Etta James and she absolutely astonished the audience with her vocals.

In February 2019 Mandee released her first 5 track Ep entitled *Love & Light* with Fsi Music Productions which is available via CD Baby & most download sites. The response for her EP has been tremendous as her vocal ability & signwriting skills on all tracks have now been exposed to us from a very soulful point of view. Mandee has already started writing & recording new material for future projects with Chopper (Fsi Music Productions).

Keep a lookout for this songstress as she is on the rise.

Christopher & Paulette Tajah

Christopher & Paulette Tajah interview on Colourful Radio 17-Mar-2019

Play: Dream Of A King

A Resistance Theatre Company Production.

‘New writing’ production ‘Dream Of A King’ is a solo performance that revisits the man that is the icon Martin Luther King Jr.

The Resistance Theatre Company’s mission is to provide a home for storytelling with an African and Caribbean origin. Their first ever production ‘Dream of A King’ is a compelling solo performance which revisits the extraordinary man that is Dr King set on the night of Dr. King’s assassination, Dream of A King explores the extraordinary man behind the legend. The Momentum behind the civil rights movement are constantly referred to in the modern uprising of social movements and the fight against racism. As Dr. King stated “All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” It is this sense of inalienable connection which makes this in theatre experience inspiring and relevant. The play allows the audience to discover the man behind the icon and to give audiences the opportunity to learn more about King’s passion, empathy, inspiration, dedication, philosophy, intellect, and vision.

Chucky Bantan

Chucky Bantan interview on Colourful Radio 10-Mar-2019

Born in South London on the 1st Feb 1972. He found his voice singing Dennis Brown (Easy take it easy) on the stairs on the block. Brought up listening to the mighty Brixton sounds of the early Eighties Sir Coxsone, Taurus and in particular Treasure Isle & King Tubby’s. His older brother Sergeant Six, became a selector with King Tubby’s and he followed the Sound.

In 1986 at the Notting Hill Carnival, at the age of 14, he picked up the mic for King Tubbies and sang for the first time. His sweet singing voice was a huge hit and he became part of The sound, performing at the legendary World Cup clash with Java in 1987 at the Acton Town Hall.

In 1989 he began his recording career. To date he has recorded in excess of 16 singles, having his biggest hit with the Larry Marshall cover I Admire You. Now singing on The Trojan Sound System.

In the 90’s he recorded several tracks with G Vibes under the Goldhanger Record Label, this included the Larry Marshall Classic track Why.

Since then he has been working with various artists, producers and sounds such as:-
Treasure Isle
Younger Soverign
King Tubby’s Surety Sound
Sweet Connection
Sting
Pieces International

Currently working with Trojan Sound System since 2008.

Currently on Tour in Europe attending Reggae Festivals and clubs representing Trojan Sound System.

Olivia Lichtenstein

Olivia Lichtenstein interview on Colourful Radio 17-Feb-2019

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER – Olivia Lichtenstein, like so many, grew up listening to soul music. She’s passionate about telling Teddy Pendergrass’ story and bringing his music to a new generation. ‘He was an enormous talent and deserves recognition,’ she says, ‘While everyone knows his voice, all too many have forgotten the extraordinary story of the man behind it, his unique contribution to the history of popular music and his courageous triumph over adversity.’

She has had a long and distinguished career and is one of Britain’s foremost documentary filmmakers and has won numerous awards for her work – BAFTA, Grierson, RTS, British Press Guild Award; Cologne Conference Award; Golden Gate Award; cableACE Award…

Olivia started her career at ABC News in their London bureau before becoming a producer and reporter at TV-am. A Russian Studies graduate, Olivia joined the BBC to make the ground-breaking documentary series, Comrades. She won a BAFTA for The Silent Twin: Without My Shadow, and was the editor of BBC television’s former flagship documentary strand, Inside Story. She won the Grierson Award for Tongue Tied, her film about John Diamond’s journey through cancer (he was TV Chef, Nigella Lawson’s first husband.)

While at the BBC, Olivia commissioned over a hundred single documentaries and was Executive Producer of many documentary series for BBC ONE. She also spent a year on attachment to BBC Drama developing projects before being appointed Creative Director of BBC Documentaries, London, where she oversaw a raft of documentary programming. As a drama director, she made A Lump in My Throat, a TV drama starring Neil Pearson. She has also directed BBC ONE’s Holby City and numerous episodes of ITV police drama, The Bill.

She left the BBC in 2002 to become a freelance Producer/Director and writer and her producer/director credits since then include Who Killed Kirsty MacColl? a film about the British singer/songwriter who was tragically killed by a speedboat in Cozumel, Mexico in 2000; Prince Phillip at 90 for ITV1 and The Twins of the Twin Towers for BBC ONE and OWN in the U.S to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Olivia joined well-respected, independent production company, Storyvault Films as a partner in January 2012. In 2014, she made Broadmoor for ITV, two films with unique and exclusive access to Broadmoor Hospital, Britain’s high-secure psychiatric hospital. It was the first time anyone has been granted access to the hospital, which houses some of Britain’s most dangerous offenders. IN 2014 she produced and directed, Melvyn Bragg – Wigton to Westminster, a highly-acclaimed 75 minute special for BBC TWO about one of Britain’s foremost writers and broadcasters.

Olivia is also the author of two novels, Things your Mother Never Told You and Mrs Zhivago of Queen’s Park. She was educated at Sussex University and did her Masters degree at UCLA on a Fulbright Scholarship. in 2014, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sussex in recognition of her contribution to film and media.

Lifford Shillingford

Lifford Shillingford interview on Colourful Radio 10-Feb-2019

Lifford David Shillingford. Soul singer from the South of London. Featured Vocalist on Artful Dodgers Please Don’t Turn Me On. A career spanning over 20 years in the music industry.

Lifford’s singing career began at primary school in the local church choir where he went on to teach and direct. His first release aged just 17 was a collaboration with MC Mushtaq on a track called ‘Take You Home’ which fueled his new passion leading him to become the front man in a group called Public Demand. Public Demand (which provided him with his first big break) were signed to ZTT through a development deal, and it was during a writing trip in America that the group penned a song which captured the interest of Trevor Horn who duly took the track into the studio. ‘Invisible’ was critically acclaimed as a breakthrough single and considered brave, mature and ahead of its time. A tour with Gabrielle and East 17 followed, staging performances at Wembley Arena. During his time with the band, he continued to write and tutor a number of up and coming artists including a group called Sugababes (the original line up) signed to London Records.

After a short break Lifford went back to singing for himself as a artist and collaborated with garage act Artful Dodger on a track called ‘Please Don’t Turn Me On’ which was a top 4 hit in November 2000. This catapulted Lifford back into the limelight on a higher level, doing radio shows up and down the UK and Europe, TV performances on shows including Later with Jools Holland, Best of Jools Holland, Children in Need, Live and Kicking, London Evening News, T.F.I. Friday, Top of the pops, M.T.V. and M.T.V base with Trevor Nelson, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and C.D.U.K. The track was also a smash for International clubland, where it was PA’d in Ibiza, Palma, Copenhagen, New York, Switzerland, Sweden, and Germany.

To follow on the heels of Artful Dodger, Mark Hill went on to form a collective called The Stix – a group of live musicians, singers and songwriters which recorded (and toured) an album full of laid back soulful grooves. Lifford’s 3 co-writes and performance vocals have been featured on various compilations since. A promotional tour paved the way for welcoming reviews and gave Lifford another chance to exercise his vocal and live performance skills, including ‘Give And Let Live’ a fund raising charity record for the victims of the Tsunami disaster featured alongside Chaka Khan, Jocelyn Brown, Bluey (Incognito), Charlene Anderson, Omar and the London Community Gospel Choir.
Other successful collaborations include Disclosure, Joey Negro, Grooverider, Conducta, DJ Cameo, Matt Jam Lamont, Wipe The Needle, Rhemi and Hanlei.

T.V and film placements include N.B.A Games 07′ At Home With the Kardashians, American Pie 6 and Paula Abdul’s fly on the wall documentary series.

On a personal note and after years of collaborations & artist performances, Lifford is currently penning his own beautiful soul songs under the guise of Blue Dye and is having some of the most fulfilling experiences to date.

A body of work which will truly reflect who he is as a recording artist.

Jodie Abacus

Jodie Abacus interview on Colourful Radio 03-Feb-2019

‘Take This And Grow Flowers’ is the highly anticipated debut album from South London’s Jodie Abacus. In a recent review of the album in Music Week from Blues And Soul Editor, Lee Tyler, he said “Abacus’ debut ‘Take This & Grow Flowers’ has fulfilled the promise. With freshness and lyrics with an edge, here is an artist who is both confident and comfortable with his vocal and, with catchy tracks aplenty, the LP has more than enough quality to draw attention from niche and mainstream music fans alike.”

Over the past 3 months, Jodie has released 3 singles in the lead up to this album. Between the 3 singles, they have received a great deal of support from blogs, radio and streaming services. His single, ‘You’re Crazy’, was premiered by Clash , while single ‘Skin’ was premiered by Line Of Best Fit, who said, “The fusion of soul, funk and pop is seamless, making him an artist that has potential to storm the charts. There’s no better way to get your Friday feeling than from the ferociously funky ‘Skin’ by Jodie Abacus.” Fader, ID, Clash, Metro, Evening Standard, Complex, DIY, Afropunk and Noisey have all also supported him in the past.

Two of his previous singles from the album were added to New Music Friday in Germany & Switzerland as well as Pop Brandneu in Germany. He was also added to Bakermat’s personal playlist on Spotify ‘Bakermat Presents: The Circus’. Jodie now has over 11 million streams on Spotify, being added to playlists such as New Music Friday (4 times), Sweet Soul Sunday, A Perfect Day and Morning Rhythm to name a few. He has also been added to Apple Music’s Best of the Week 3 times.

Three of his previous singles have seen him added to the A-list at Radio 2 twice and the C-list at BBC 6 Music once. Elton John is a big fan, saying “Jodie Abacus from South London… I love this song and love his singles. He has a great future ahead of him!”

Westerhall Rums UK

Westerhall Rums UK, Nick Kingsman interview on Colourful Radio 20-Jan-2019

In the Southern Caribbean, on the South East corner of Grenada, lies the beautiful Westerhall Estate.

Since the early 1700s it has been producing sugar cane, coconuts, bananas and limes. Most importantly, over the centuries the family at the estate have developed a unique approach to the blending and bottling of rum.

Westerhall’s location on Grenada, the ‘Spice Isle’, means our rum is infused with a unique range of flavour notes. We’re now proud to say that we can promise quality and taste that can’t be found anywhere else.

But more importantly, we are right at the beating heart of Grenadian culture, and the result is a selection of rums with a range of individual tastes and aromas that scream sun, summer and carnival.

Steve Arrington

Steve Arrington interview on Colourful Radio 23-Dec-2018

Steve Arrington, known for his innovative vocals on such funk classics as “Watching You” and “Just A Touch of Love,” with Slave, as well as his solo hits like “Weak at the Knees”, “Way Out” and “Nobody Can Be You”, and the top ten singles “Feel So Real” and “Dancing In The Key Of Life” Arrington’s songs have been sampled by the likes of Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Snoop, LL Cool J, Mariah Carey, and N.W.A, Masters At Work, and even on Pitbull’s massive hit “Timber”.

In 1975, Arrington moved to San Francisco, hoping to take his music to a national level, and landed a spot in the renowned percussionist, Coke Esovedo’s band, and eventually moved in with the percussionist and his manager, becoming a Latin soul apprentice and protégé. Arrington went on to play with Escovedo’s older brother Pete and niece Sheila – now known as Sheila E – during his time in the Bay Area, which included a tour featuring guitarist, Carlos Santana.

As that tour was ending, Arrington returned to Dayton in 1978, to join Slave, as drummer and eventual lead singer, and for the next four years and four albums, he contributed to the innovative Dayton outfit’s most successful period, as dance floor classics like “Watching You,” “Just a Touch of Love,” Snap Shot,” and “Wait for Me” all bear his trademark tenor.

In 1982, Arrington left Slave and formed Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame. After two Hall of Fame and three solo albums for Atlantic Records, which included “Dancin In The Key”, with three weeks at #2 on the dance charts, and “Feel So Real’’, with #6 on the UK Singles Chart. Arrington was nominated for the 1986 NAACP Image Award for Male Artist of the Year and in 2000 Steve won a Grammy for his contribution to “Money Ain’t A Thang”, performed by Jay Z and Jermaine Dupri.

Arrington left the music business in 1991, at the height of his career and joined the church, devoting his life to spirituality. He continued to study music, from gospel to jazz, classical to blues, electronic to world music, and Latin to hip hop. This fusion of spirituality and musical study resulted in the 2009 self released “Pure Thang”, his first release in nearly 20 years. In it, you hear the discovery of new ideas mixed with the musical legacy of those that came before him. “Ever since slavery, spiritual men and women have come to the fore and spoke,” he says. “It’s a legacy…Last Poets, Mahalia Jackson, the Impressions, Gil Scott-Heron.” Music still represented the desire for freedom, equality and love for Arrington, and this was to be his renewed mission.

He counts blues artists with longevity like Buddy Guy and BB. King among his heroes, and admires, how they’re embraced by new fans throughout the years. He respects innovators like Miles Davis, who embraced and absorbed the music culture of each new generation during his career, to create a continuously evolving musical legacy. As a fan, he is a musical adventurist, embracing everyone from Stravinsky and Bartok to Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Madlib.

Arrington’s current musical journey consists of embracing and connecting with new fans who are hearing his music for the first time, from 2013’s collaborations on the album “Higher” with Dam Funk and “1Question” with Snoop on the 7 Days of Funk album, to 2015’s collaboration with productions duo, Christian Rich (“What More” on “FW14”) and most recently, with Kool Moe Dee (“Are You Beautiful”, 2018). Steve received a standing ovation after his lecture at 2013’s Red Bull Music Academy in NYC – only the 2nd in RBMA’s 15 year history! In September 2014, Steve released “Way Out” (80-84), a retrospective album, which also includes a bonus of previously unreleased and unfinished tracks.

Steve is touring with a new band, as well as doing dates with artists like Public Enemy, DJ Quik, Chub Rock and Q Tip, who are more than up for the idea of sharing the stage with someone who influenced and inspired their careers, as well as classic RnB groups, such as, The Ohio Players, Original Lakeside, The Bar-Kays, Con-Funk-Shun, Cameo and Zapp. In early 2017, Arrington was in the studio with George Clinton, where he added his vocals to a few tracks, plus he’s working on a new album of this own due out later this year.

Judi Jackson

Judi Jackson interview on Colourful Radio 16-Dec-2018

The name Judi Jackson, is not widely known within the music industry, yet anyone that has met Judi Jackson or seen her perform live will tell you, look out for Judi, she is destined to be a big star.

Born June 1st, 1993, in Roanoke (pronounced, rOH-un-nOHk) Virginia, (USA), Judi’s early years were filled with challenges and obstacles, some of which most would never overcome. Her mother Nancy Lee Martin was a very intelligent writer, pianist, poet, and scholar. Her father, Alonzo Levi Jackson, was an African percussionist/conga drummer and also a historian of African culture and linguistics.

Although both of her parents attended university, only her mother continued on to graduate. Shortly after Judi was born, her parents separated leaving Judi to be raised by her mother who remarried to a very abusive partner. During this time, Nancy and Judi escaped to live at the Red Cross’s women’s shelter. This is where Judi first recognized her affinity for music. She would sing to the women during chapel on Sunday’s to lift their spirits. Whilst staying at the Red Cross, Judi’s mother became terminally ill, and had to be re-admitted to hospital. On this day during one of her grade school classes, Judi’s best friend, Ashley Jones, noticed that something was wrong. She took Judi home for a sleepover, that later they all would jokingly refer to as being “the longest sleepover ever.” Ashley’s parents, Edward and Stephanie Jones, lovingly took Judi in as their own child, and she was fully adopted into the family by the tender age of 12.

Judi is forever thankful to the Jones’s for their love and care, and refers to them as “Mom” and “Dad.” Judi would sing in church, being the first female to play “HARK”- in her church school’s rendition of “HARK the Herald Angel.” It was here that her desires, gifts, talents, and hard work in the music and theatre world continued to blossom. Her talents led her off to the University of Mary Washington, (Fredericksburg, VA), where she majored in Theatre with a minor in Musical Theatre. She shined brightly in college and excelled in all of her classes graduating cum laude. Judi could have played the victim during the difficult times in her life, however, she chooses to focus on her goal of becoming an accomplished multi-talented singer, songwriter, recording artist and musical theatre performer.

Through the Jefferson Center’s Music Lab in Virginia, Judi spent her early years immersed in a school for young artists and musicians to learn, practice, and perform their talents. In 2007 at the age of 14 Judi was fortunate enough to meet Wynton Marsalis at the Jefferson Center performance hall after a show. He sent her a box of music the following Christmas, that became the seed of inspiration for her development as a jazz vocalist. She began listening to and studying the sounds of Blossom Dearie, Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughn, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mahalia Jackson, amongst many other greats.

Judi continued studying over the next few years and started gaining more experience as a performer by opening for acts such as Mavis Staples, where Snarky Puppy saw her perform and snapped her up to record her original piece ‘Only Love’ as a guest artist on their Grammy-winning album Family Dinner – Volume One.

Kara Marni

Kara Marni interview on Colourful Radio 18-Nov-2018

21-year-old R&B powerhouse KARA MARNI is the next wave of break through talent for 2019.

Fusing elements of R&B peppered with classic soul, her exemplary debut EP release ‘Love Just Ain’t Enough’ has earnt praise from Vogue, Fader, Wonderland, Glamour, Music Week, Hunger as well as seen Kara support pop royalty such as Rita Ora, Ray Blk, Madison Beer and Raye on the live circuit.

Tipped as a One to Watch for the next 12 months, Kara’s rich, powerful, soulful sound is inspired by heritage artists such as Sade, Minnie Ripperton, Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill, fused with her own contemporary take on forward thinking R&B. Kara quotes “I love soul music, I love current music, and it’s the fusion of the two”.

Sabrina Francis

Sabrina Francis interview on Colourful Radio 14-Oct-2018

Born in the country side of Grenada to a music-loving family, music and song-writing have always been a way of life for Sabrina Francis.

Mind you, she wasn’t forced to practice the piano 8 hours a day or write entire symphonies, but she and at least four of her siblings were all taught to appreciate the simple beat of a drum and to take pride in the gratification that can come from expressing yourself with a pen.

Over the years, Sabrina’s has had a number of very memorable opportunities to share her voice with anyone willing to listen. Sabrina’s song “This Is Home“ was used by the Grenada Tourism Authority to promote Grenada as a holiday destination.

Sabrina and her band FLOM (For the Love of Music) started doing small annual tours in Europe, spanning over Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy so far.

Sabrina’s first album, “Think in Colour“ was recorded and produced by Samuel Baur (CH) in 2017. Once that was done, Sabrina Francis & FLOM had multiple opportunities to open on the main stage of the Pure Grenada Music Festival. During this festival Sabrina met English singer Joss Stone and did a small collaboration with the UK soul songstress.

Eshe Escoffery

Eshe Escoffery interview on Colourful Radio 07-Oct-2018

Eshe Escoffery’s musical pedigree is formidable. Her gospel roots gave rise to the internationally acclaimed sister group, ‘The Escoffery’s’ who entertained audiences worldwide for over 25 years.

Their 1991 debut Album ‘Opinions’ with Atlantic Records featured the single ‘Look Who’s Loving Me’ written by the late Sandra Escoffery & Marcus Johnson of The Ethnic Boyz, which charted in the top 20’s on both sides of the Atlantic and firmly established Eshe and her sisters on the music scene with their jazz inflected soulful sounds tutored by their father George Escoffery and supported by their mother Millie Escoffery who made many of their stylish outfits.

Inspired by her father, George Escoffery, Eshe was exposed to diverse musical genres and styles that he played in the family home, through the bass amplified Tannoy speakers. From gospel and jazz, to reggae and African music, her schooling was broad and these influences are reflected in this debut EP.

Sulpacio Jones

Sulpacio Jones interview on Colourful Radio 30-Sep-2018

Dynamic and authentically inspiring, Sulpacio Jones is a melodic and passionate artist, songwriter and producer who expresses her truth through the art of love and life experience. Born in San Diego, California and raised in Berkeley, California, this vibrant beauty captivates audiences with her unique funky sound and sexy musical undertones. As an independent R&B Soul artist, Sulpacio has established a strong presence in the music industry and continues to effortlessly create a synergy that reaches audiences in the United States and expands across the globe; topping reputable, international music charts and a catalogue which reaches fans Worldwide.

Her debut self-titled EP, released in summer 2013, immediately impressed industry professionals, catapulting her single, “Should I Stay,” to the number one spot on the Top 20 Independent Chart Show in London. UK’s Colourful Radio listeners voted Sulpacio as “BEST NEWCOMER” for her refreshing sound that keeps soul music lovers awaiting her next move. London’s Soul Brother Records states, “IT’S ONE OF THE BEST SOUL SETS OF 2013.” With over 100,000 streams since her debut, it is no surprise that Sulpacio holds her place steadily in the indie music scene.

After a successful tour, Sulpacio was eager to return to the recording studio for her sophomore album, “LIVE, LOVE FLY, HIGH”–a collection of edgy up-tempo bangers, alluring soulful ballads, and distinctive lyrical content. With the release of her latest project, “FUNKY LOVE”, a funk infused Neo-R&B set of sexy, delectable ear candy, her true fans will be more than delighted as it was well worth the wait. With song placements in various film and TV projects, Sulpacio has no plans of letting off the gas, and still stands true to her message: “No matter what’s trending and no matter how music or the demand changes, I want to consistently deliver the true essence of music to my listeners. This is what they want and it’s what I do!” she eloquently shares. And indeed Sulpacio Jones is doing it yet again.

LyricL

LyricL interview on Colourful Radio 09-Sep-2018

Lyricist, Singer-Songwriter, FeMCee, 2014 ‘Spokenword’ BEFFTA Award Winner and Artist-Tutor LyricL, is a jubilant, exultant performer, whose animated fresh style exudes joy, in a euphoric and beautiful way!

Born in London to Nigerian parents, LyricL’s early and enduring musical influences came from home. A drummer/DJ Daddy, who “loved African Jazz, Gospel and High Life, entertained with chest-tap percussion, beatbox and skillfully played his hands as wind instruments, as Mommy dances and sings in her own key of happiness to this very day.”

Wilderness, Southport, North Sea Jazz, Sabolai Music and the Toronto Jazz Festivals, have embraced her creative works. An eclectic catalogue that spans Hip-Hop, House, Jazz through to Afro and Broken Beat with a soulful edge, stirring grooves enhanced by her lyricism and Spokenword.

Support act to Patrice Rushen, Xantone Blacq, The Roots, Omar, Incognito, Big Daddy Kane, Black Thought, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Jill Scott, LyricL is an often sought after keen creative ally. Lighting up mics and stages with her performances, LyricL has been fortunate to both tour and record with a range of talented musicians and producers; MJ Cole (UK) Nathan Haines (NZ) KiloBeats & David Oscar (Accra, Ghana), Roots Soul, Kyoto Jazz Massive (Japan) and Guerrilla Science (Toronto).

Unapologetic originality, lyrical dexterity and openness, to innovate, elate and debate.

Kim Tibbs

Kim Tibbs interview on Colourful Radio 26-Aug-2018

What some may call “luck,” others call DESTINY. Since birth, Kim Tibbs has been honing her craft…Crediting her late father, Pastor Robert L. Tibbs for her musical ability, Kim has over thirty years of musical experience as an accomplished Arranger, B-3 Organist, Keyboardist, Lyricist, Pianist, Producer, and Songwriter. Kimberly is currently an Endorsed Hammond Artist with Hammond Organ Company USA, a Roland Artist with Roland Corporation US, a Peavey Artist with Peavey Amplifiers USA, and a Slick Audio Recording Artist; as well as a Staff Writer for the Songs of Love Foundation; Kimberly is also a Council Member of the Board of Advisers in the College of Arts located at J.C. Calhoun Community College. Kimberly holds a Bachelors of Arts and Science in Business Administration, Double Masters Degrees in Organizational Leadership and Masters of Business in Public Administration as well as currently working on a Doctorate of Business Administration in Leadership. Kim is also a Fashion Designer. Her fashion specializes in one of a kind bold, eclectic, and unique hand-crafted pieces ranging from women’s fashions to household goods.

As an Artist, Kim Tibbs has gained international acclaim with her forthcoming release, “…Kim.” Her first single, “I Need You For Your Love,” entered the Official U.K. Soul Charts at Number #24, November 6, 2016 and in two weeks, it skyrocketed to Number #1 separately along with the second single, “Soul!” staying there for Four Consecutive weeks; before ending the yearly chart at a respective Number #2 for both singles. The single, “I Need You For Your Love,” landed at Number #4 on the year end Official U.K. Soul Chart Top 100 Songs for 2016. The third, fourth and fifth Singles released called, “Drifting,” “For!” and “Move!” respectfully have been successful granting her movement the ability to now be traced in 36 countries and steadily growing to a wider audience daily, with “Drifting” and “For” both debuting on the Official U.K. Soul Charts at Number #9, getting to the Number #4 position on April 23, 2017. On August 25, 2017, the debut album,KIM, was released remarkably charting strong in 3 days on the Official U.K. Soul Chart at Number #7. By September 3, 2017, KIM moved into the Number #1 position on the Official U.K. Soul Charts with “I Need You For Your Love,” “Soul!,” For!,” “A Building That’ll Last,” “My Better Side,” “Drifting,” and “Come On By,” all charting at separate Number #1 positions alongside the album making 7 SOLID Number #1 charted songs along with a Number #1 Album and a total of 8 songs respectfully charting from the album; Staying at the Number #1 position for 4 weeks straight as a an album. KIM finished the year at Number #23 on the Official UK Soul Charts Top 100 Albums and Songs for 2017. Kim was nominated in November, 2017 for Best International Artist in the Bright Star Awards 2017/2018 for her album, work as an artist/professional musician, and won the Best International Artist 2017 award in the Bright Star Awards in London, United Kingdom, January 28, 2018.