Saturday, August 28, 2010

ALEXIS P. SUTER BAND - BIOGRAPHY


A true vocal phenomenon, Suter has been astounding audiences up and down the east coast for the past few years, backed by her tight, soul-rocking ensemble. The band is anchored by Ray Grappone’s solid, funky beats and Peter Bennett on bass. Guitarist Jimmy Bennett plays stinging guitar, Benny Harrison adds his passionate keyboard wizardry and soulful singers Vicki Bell, Glenn Turner and Linda Pino ramp up the intensity that has captured the attention of some of the best players around.

The Alexis P. Suter Band have had the honor of opening the show at the acclaimed Levon Helm Midnight Ramble Sessions in Woodstock, NY over 80 times. The APS band have also performed at festivals including the Pocono Blues Fest, The Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, The WC Handy Blues BBQ, Virginia Blues and Jazz Fest and the New York State Blues Fest among many others. Along with The Levon Helm Band, they played sold-out shows at the Beacon Theater in New York City, Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, The Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ and Central Park’s Summerstage.

Recently, Alexis and the band were the guest musical performers on the Imus In The Morning show, aired nationally on WABC Radio and RFD TV. Their song "Ride Ride" is currently being featured on a national commercial for howstuffworks.com. In February, they headlined at BB King’s in New York to a sold out crowd. The APSB had the honor and pleasure of touring the Piedmont region of Italy as part of "Blues Al Femminile". At the 2009 New York State Blues Fest, the APSB were honored to perform with Mr. Dan Aykroyd.

On their latest CD, Just Another Fool on Hipbone Records, Suter and her top-notch band take you on a musical journey of emotional, gut-busting blues and soul. The CD is doing well on Triple A Radio stations nationwide. The APS Band’s CD/DVD Live at The Midnight Ramble on Levon Helm Studios Records and their debut release, Shuga Fix on Hipbone Records, are also still being enthusiastically received by the music community. When she takes the stage there’s a change in the air as if something explosive is about to happen. And then comes that VOICE!

Alexis P. Suter’s voice is a force of nature. Thunder rumbles, lightening bolts from the sky, sparks fly everywhere! Her live performances are all this and more. You will be moved immediately and you will be MOVING! When she sings the blues you know it’s genuine, you know she’s been there. When she sings a tender ballad, you hear her heart. And when she rocks you, baby that’s when you get your SHUGA FIX!

The Music Box’s John Metzger says "Shuga Fix," the magnificent debut release fromAlexis P. Suter, "very well may be the perfect remedy for everything that currently ails contemporary R&B." Living Blues Magazine calls Shuga Fix "fierce and fabulous." Although her career is relatively new, Alexis has already toured nationally and internationally, including radio and television performances and has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in blues. As Peter Hay at Twin Vision puts it: "She’s just that good!"

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Alexis came from a strong musical background. Her mother was a music teacher and an accomplished singer who worked with notables such as Harry Belafonte, Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and The Hall Johnson Choir. Her Mom would have Alexis sing in recitals and Gospel plays and it wasn’t long before Alexis realized that it was music and sharing it with others that fed her soul.
In the early 90’s, Alexis became a staple of underground garage and the first African American woman signed to Sony-Epic (Japan). Her legendary Club Shelter Anthem "Slam Me Baby," distinguished her as a genuine underground star with penetrating vocals. For Sony she brought forth an EP titled "Drums of Freedom," including the hit "We Need Each Other."

Miss Suter solos with New York’s acclaimed Illumination and Total Praise Gospel Choirs. Her debut CD with Hipbone Records is being widely received by the music community and Triple A Radio nationwide.

Alexis regularly performs live at the Levon Helm Midnight Ramble Sessions in Woodstock, NY. These live performances are not to be missed because her unprecedented, universal talent connects with the heart and soul of audiences everywhere. Her larger than life stage presence radiates with the power of a white-hot super nova to the farthest niche of performance space. She has just released a phenomenal CD/DVD recorded live at Levon Helm Studios from The Midnight Ramble Sessions. Keep your eyes and ears open. Shooting stars can only be seen if you’re paying attention.

CHINAHBLAC - BIOGRAPHY


ChinahBlac has gained fans all over the world for the past 15 years. A diamond takes a long while to be birthed. Well this A-class gem is ready! Supporting everyone from The Dave Mathews Band, being the vocal director for Erykah Badu to presently recording, arranging, and touring with Jill Scott (Hate On Me, My Love, All I from "The Real Thing" Words and sounds Vol 3.), she has become one of the most sought after vocal arrangers in the industry.

Now ready to step into her own light, she brings you an original sound that she has profoundly coined as 'Aggressive Soul'. "I live hard and love hard. My music goes straight to the gut. It’s all truth, no sugar." She exclaims. With a voice that can only be compared to the likes of Chaka Khan, ChinahBlac is the next to be crowned Queen! With a commanding stage presence and unrelenting vocals, ChinahBlac leaves you thirsting for more. Along with her band "The Collective", ChinahBlac has opened for artists such as Common, Musiq, Anthony Hamilton, Erykah Badu, and many others. "Every time I open my mouth, I want whoever is listening to feel and connect with every word, I want to bring the fire back to music". It’s for that reason ChinahBlac is WHITE HOT!!!

CINNAMON BROWN - BIOGRAPHY


Cinnamon Brown began her career the group Fabershe while attending NYC's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of performing arts. Her love of all things music was watered and fed. From Bach to Billy Ray Cyrus Cinnamon Brown can do it all. She is not one for labels or boxes. She is the singers singer. Her main influences began with famed gospel music legend James Moore and continued on with R&B singers like, Faith Evans, Chaka Khan, Prince and Michael Jackson. She has seen what she feels to be the rise and fall of music first hand and is determined to keep real music alive. More importantly she wants to be a beacon of life. She will prove that if she can do it any body can.

"Never Stop believing in who and what you are and your dreams will come true.." - Cinnamon Brown

CRYSTAL JOHNSON (Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Actress) - BIOGRAPHY


This multi-talented artist hails from Brooklyn, New York. Her musical career is rooted in the church where she developed her rich, soulful and intricate vocal abilities. Her formative years as a child were influenced by the musical prowess of her family where she was always in the mix of the entertainment industry and some of her mentors were the best musicians of all time.

At the age of seven Crystal had the opportunity to record with Pink Floyd. She was a member of the award winning Institutional Children’s Choir, on her way to becoming a successful musician. As a backstage baby, Crystal experienced early through the rigorous process of the recording studio and a performers life, while watching her parents and uncle collaborate artistically with such renowned artists as Max Roach, Yusef Lateef, Lonnie Smith, James Cleveland, Edwin Hawkins and Brook Benton, to name a few. Singing with cousin and gospel great Daryl Coley, Crystal was musically nurtured by way of family tutelage, which served as a template that helped shape her extraordinary talents. At age 11, she landed the original lead role of "Doris Winter" in the smash hit and gospel classic, "Mama I Want To Sing". Soon after she performed in the much acclaimed opera, "Porgy and Bess", a Shakespeare In The Park Production with the Lincoln Philharmonic Orchestra, starring Theresa Merritt. Crystal then made her debut at the Lunt-Fontainne Theatre on Broadway, in the original production of "Gospel at Colonus" starring Morgan Freeman.

Crystal has endured many triumphs throughout her musical career and her incredible talents as a singer, songwriter, producer, vocal coach and entrepreneur have served her well. She has worked with the likes of Usher Raymond, Anthony Hamilton, Patti LaBelle and Dead Prez. Crystal has also appeared on the soundtrack "Who’s The Man" performing self written/produced "Lovin You", with Mobb Deep (Loud Records) featured on "Temperature’s Rising" and "Survival of the Fittest", and with Pete Rock and CL Smooth (Elektra Records) featured on "I’ll Take You There". Crystal has collaborated with Dr. Dre (Aftermath/Interscope) on his multi-platinum "Chronic 2001" project co-writing "The Message", a composition that features Mary J. Blige and Rell. Crystal has collaborated with Angie Stone, creating the smash hit "Cinderella Ballin" available on Angie Stone’s, "Stone Love"/J Records. Crystal Johnson has certainly proven herself the consummate music professional.

The Day Before Heaven, Crystal’s Forthcoming CD is a statement of Crystal’s artistic and female independence. . . A diary of her love woes and triumphs. You will identify with Crystal’s persona. You instantly feel her spirit and positive energy move you as you listen to her angelic voice on this fantastic compilation of music. "By The Time" and "The Day Before Heaven", both self-produced by Crystal are promised classics. "Forbidden Love Affair", co-produced by Crystal and produced by the great Mike City, has a funky yet sensual groove. It’s mystical sound of cutting edge soul is especially enticing.

E Fusion Music, her entertainment company perfectly describes Crystal’s vibe. Her style is inspired by world music. She blends the music of various cultures to create her unique style of R&B, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. "My music is from my soul. . .. . .a story of my triumphs and pains. Taking elements, putting them all together and making one thing fantastic is greatness" quotes Crystal.

"The Day Before Heaven", her forthcoming CD, produced by Crystal Johnson, Dinky Bingham, Mike City, (to name a few) is slated for release in 2010. The highlighted single that introduces Crystal will make you dance, sing and laugh all at the same time. Influenced by Stevie Wonder, the sexy single, "By The Time" will take you back to the "Good ole’ Days". This track perfectly demonstrates Crystal’s vocal versatility. Her dynamic voice is filled with passion as she sings about reuniting with her long-distant love interest

A warrior of personal achievement, Crystal Johnson marches forward with great faith and tenacity to fulfill her destiny. When she is not on the road producing and writing for artists, you can find Crystal composing music in her home studio. She finds renewed strength as a single mother. She takes pleasure in cooking and entertaining for family and friends. Crystal is known amongst her friends as the Brooklyn-Chick with ‘Urban Socialite Appeal’!

Crystal is representing for the ‘grown and sexy’ women. Her sophisticated presence, beguiling charm, and exceptional talent have earned her much praise and well deserved respect in the entertainment world, the kind that will give her continued staying power. She is, and will remain one of the most esteemed women in the industry.

DAWN TALLMAN - BIOGRAPHY

Honeycomb Music.
The Queen of Gospel Energy was born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, Dawn began singing in the house of God from childhood. Later, she expanded her body of work into the R&B and Dance scenes. Dawns voice and style have been compared to those of many great vocalists, like Chaka Khan, Karen Wheeler and Oleta Adams, yet her style is completely & audibly her own. Her ear for harmonies and her perfect sense for the placement of backgrounds & adlibs make her a producers dream and an audiences delight. Dawns voice has blessed numerous singles as the featured artist and she is on the must call list for many producers when they are looking for someone to arrange and sing backgrounds. In her own right and as a member of various ensemble groups, Dawn has traveled all over the world.

If youd like to see a partial list of her accomplishments, take a look at her page on Discogs.com at: discogs.com/artist/Dawn+Tallman

HONEY SWEET - BIOGRAPHY

Born and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, Honey began singing in the house of God from childhood. Later, she expanded her body of work into the R&B and Dance scenes. Honey's voice and style have been compared to those of many great vocalists, like Chaka Khan, Caron Wheeler and Oleta Adams, yet her style is completely & audibly her own. Her ear for harmonies and her perfect sense for the placement of backgrounds & adlibs make her a producers dream and an audiences delight. Honey's voice has blessed numerous singles as the featured artist and she is on the must call list for many producers when they are looking for someone to arrange and sing backgrounds. In her own right and as a member of various ensemble groups, Honey has traveled all over the world. This amazing lady has also appeared on the VH1 hit reality show "Born to Diva," where she was one of the top 5 contestants. Some of Honey's tours include: Patti La Belle, KC & JoJo, Keith Sweat, Dave Hollister, Michelle Williams, Stephanie Mills, Calvin Richardson, & Kim Burrell. She was booked for 3 months of work at the Soul Star Caf.. in Tokyo, Japan. She has had quite a few Billboard charted singles.

JOSH MILAN - BIOGRAPHY


Josh Milan is one of those rare artists in this business whose music is truly timeless. You can play his remix (along with co-producer Kevin Hedge) of Cold Cut featuring Lisa Stansfield’s pop dance hit, "People Hold On", today and it still sounds as fresh as it did 16 years ago, or Blaze's, "Can't Win for Losing", you'll find lyrics that are forever relevant. His catalog totals over two-hundred published works, making it the largest catalog produced by any single entity in the genre. As artist and businessman, he has been involved in almost every facet of the music business.

From producing to performing to managing to distributing music, not many can come close to the artistry and business of Josh Milan. Blaze (Josh Milan, Kevin Hedge and Chris Herbert) started writing music together in 1984. The three decided to form a production team after Chris introduced Josh and Kevin and encouraged them to become a recording group. In the beginning, the three would meet in Kevin’s bedroom for writing sessions. That is where they laid the foundation for what they became most respected for - great spiritually uplifting songs. "Songs have always been our main production focus." Josh Milan explains. "It’s the lyrics and melodies of our musical heroes that have influenced us the most." Josh has influences that range from Stevie Wonder to James Taylor and beyond. But it’s the combination of deeply soulful melodies, his blend of Afro, Jazz, Soul and Gospel, and the positive world views in their lyrics that makes most people compare his music to the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire.

Josh started to develop demo recordings in the style of the day’s popular club music. With "DJ" Kevin Hedge at the controls, they turned out song after song for other artists and producers to record. Some included "This Time" by Colonel Abrams knock off Hunter Hayes, "One Man" by Chanelle and "Reachin'" by Phase II. The three ultimately signed their first record deal with the newly formed Quark records in 1985, producing three major club hits of the time; "Whatcha Gonna Do", "If You Should Need A Friend" and "Can't Win For Losing". The Blaze sound caught the ear of then Motown Vice-president of A&R, Timmy Regisford, who immediately put them to work on numerous Motown projects. "These guys were making productions that were raw enough to move the club, but always kept the integrity of the songs," says Regisford on Blaze. By now, the Blaze sound was capturing the spirit of dancers in the clubs and the hearts of radio listeners in New York. As a remixer, Josh(along with Kevin Hedge) has worked on projects for Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Macy Gray, Jamiroquai, Lisa Stansfield, Babyface, and countless others. As overdub musicians, they have worked with DJ/producers David Morales, Frankie Knuckles, Timmy Regisford, Masters at Work and many others.

After touring with bands and playing at such incredible venues and cities as Wimbley Arena, most of the Carribean islands and major cities in the U.S. Following a tour, Josh returned home to start businesses that included real estate, car services, retail stores and night clubs (Kevin and Josh co-owned and promoted the Club Shelter in NYC). Josh went on to produce three more albums under the Blaze banner(along with Kevin): "Basic Blaze" onSlip-n-Slide/UK, "Natural Blaze: The James Toney Jr. Project" on Life Line/Japan and "Spiritually Speaking" on Slip-n-Slide/UK. Also, you will find many compilation albums that comprise some of his greatest hits, a few are: "6 Hubert St." on Avex/Japan, "Pure Blaze" on Easy Street/US, "Blaze Productions" on Playhouse/Germany and "Spiritually Speaking . . .Then and Now" on West End/US. In 1995, Josh scored his biggest co-writing success with a song called "Hideaway" performed by De'lacy. The song reached the top ten on the UK charts and was added to a vast array of compilations, racking up sales in the millions. Josh also co-wrote charts hits for Amira "Desire" and himself with the #1 dance hit, "Breathe". This helped him to become one of the most sought after writers, producers and remixers in the business, along with his partner Kevin. Musically, Josh has collaborated with super DJ/Producer Louie Vega (one half of the production team Masters at Work) to assist him with producing his first solo album, "Elements of Life".

Finally, after 25 years on the scene, Josh Milan is just as current as he was then, producing relevant hits today as he did back in 1985. "I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing." Josh further explains, "Music is Gods voice and my ears are pressed against his lips." JOSH MILAN has been a student of music ever since he was in grade school in Brooklyn, NY. At an early age, through the influence of his mother, he learned to appreciate music from many different genres. "I believe that music is an extension of a man’s inner self" Josh says. He grew up in a religious household, and learned to play the organ in the church. He later teamed up with Chris Herbert and Kevin Hedge and the three of them formed the performing/production team known as Blaze. Co-writing and producing many artists, along with Hedge, became the primary focus. As his career blossomed, Josh learned to arrange vocal harmony, and vocal performance. "Donny Hathaway is my main vocal influence. He has touched my musicality in such a way that I find myself listening, and learning from him even today." Josh has made many guest appearances as vocalist for artist such as YUKIHIRO FUKUTOMI, Louie Vega, and Chieko Kinbara to name a small few. Josh's artistry takes on many turns. He is a Jazz music collector, a photographer and a painter. He is currently the Minister of Music at his church, and very proud of it.

After 20 years of writing, arranging, and performing music, Josh is yet playing in the church and staying true to his roots in Gospel music. Josh Milan is writing and producing a full length CD that will feature songs written and produced by him. "Sandra St. Victor, ChinahBlac, Crystal Johnson, Cinnamon Brown, Honey Sweet, and a few others have lent their talents to complete this project. It's going to be awesome" Josh says. "There is a lot of live instrumentation that the industry has gotten away from. That's the main reason I'm starting Honeycomb Music. I wanted to be in full control of the music that comes out. Labels like to have a hand in your music. The industry has a way of dictating what some producers feel they should produce. I'm choosing to march to my own BEAT. After that project comes out sometime this Summer, I will be finishing my solo project. I'm looking forward to an extremely creative year!"

LAMONE - BIOGRAPHY


Who is Lamone? Lamone, the self proclaimed "X-man" aka (Lomon Andrews), pulls in the crowd. He is a must hear, multi-talented vocalist, songwriter, producer, and must see performer with an incredible vocal range. Born and raised in Waterbury Connecticut, and being a product of "Generation X", Lamone is no stranger to going against the grain, or straying from the norm. Never a follower, always a leader, this "soulja" of music and art blazes his own trail. With his ability to channel and evoke the artistry of such legends as Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway, Lamone has devolped a soulful yet eclectic style all his own. That ability combined with his dynamic stage presence commands audience attention at every show. Growing up, "Lomon" heard music all the time - "day in and day out."

His mom sang at home and in church and his dad always listened to all the latest music, which had a tremendous effect on Lomon growing up a 70's soulchild. Influenced by his idols: Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Patti, Chaka and Aretha, Lomon started singing at the age of 10 and hasnt stopped. When asked what singing does for him Lamone replied: "Singing is my high, it relaxes me and reduces all tension."

He is currently touring America with Najee. Lomon sang "Falling in Love" on Najee's cd, My Point of View, released in August 2005 Lamone is also working on his much anticipated cd entitled "Eclectically Speaking",which is currently in production with various producers such as Michael Terry, and Jay Rowe. Lamone has performed as part of opening acts for Phyllis Hyman, Keith Washington, The Stylistics, The Chi-Lites, and the Dramatics. He has also performed on stage with Chaka Khan and Anita Baker and sang background for Melissa Morgan.

Ladies and Gentleman, this is one "exclusive" artist you don't wanna miss. So stay tuned! The wait will soon be over.

SANDRA ST. VICTOR - BIOGRAPHY


As lead singer of genre slashing cult band, The Family Stand, Sandra St. Victor helped knock down walls of the expected R&B group norm. The Family Stand bore the cross as did many other black rock groups of trailblazers. Not reaping plentiful, but harvesting in time. With her two solo sets, "Mack Diva Saves The World" and "Gemini: Both Sides", she continues in this tradition, stretching barriers, turning heads and in general raising a ruckus. Her latest venture, Daughters of Soul is a labor of pure devotion to the continued validation of true soul & true soul singers. EXTRAS; Written songs for Prince, Chaka Khan, movie soundtracks, recorded a beautiful duet with late legendary Curtis Mayfield Originally from Dallas Texas, adopted by Brooklyn, NY.

T'ZELLE - BIOGRAPHY


A true to life diamond in the ruff, this Bronx born diva is sure to shine bright. Born Tiffany Wilson aka T'zelle, she is no newcomer to the scene, by any stretch of the imagination. Flexing her vocal cords since the tender age of eight, her hard work and dedication has made her into the multi-faceted singer/songwriter she is today.

T'zelle's first true break came as a teen, where she became a part of the female R&B group "R.E.A.L.", who were signed to Quincy Jones label, QWEST Records. That experience, coupled with years of touring with various artists and working for a major Gospel Label (Verity/Jive Records) has given her all the right tools she needs to excel in this business that we call Music. She demands respect as a Vocalist, Writer, Artist Developer and Vocal producer. Don't sleep on her acting skills either. (City Kids Foundation, ie. Malik Yoba).

Her writing skills has led to collaborations with various accomplished artist, including Coko (SWV), KayGee (Naughty by Nature/Divine Mills), Aaron Hall (Guy), Barbara Tucker (for you house lovers), as well as newcomers Thalisha, Darien, Hanaan Rubenstein, Malissa Hunter, Chandlar, Kieran, JNyse, Juanita Wynn and Trey Munroe.

Currently, T'zelle is back in the studio, penning the joints that will definitely grab your ear and get your head sprung.