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Nooky Jones 2019 Bio
After 3 years of captivating audiences with their unique blend of soul, jazz, and undertones of hip-hop, Minneapolis-based Nooky Jones released their debut self-titled album in the summer of 2017, a truly cohesive collection of love stories and music that takes listeners to beautiful places alongside deeply provocative characters. Riding the momentum of the release, 2018 was full of sold-out performances locally, including two runs at The Dakota and their annual year-end Soulful Soirée at Icehouse, as well as a collection of successful tour dates.
In the fall of 2018 the band released a brand new single entitled “Gimme Some More”. Paying homage to the classic R&B and hip-hop singles of the 90s, “Gimme Some More” was pressed as a limited edition 12” vinyl record, complete with instrumental and a cappella mixes to cater to DJs. An irresistibly bouncy, old school funk-inspired track, “Gimme Some More” marked the band’s first studio release in over a year, and represents a bold departure from the smoother, mellower material that comprised much of their well-received 2017 self-titled debut. The band’s lyric-writing team of Cameron Kinghorn (vocals) and Reid Kennedy (drums), reveal that this move was a conscious—yet completely natural—aesthetic shift, informed by months of entertaining audiences across the region with their renowned live performances
On Saturday, September 28th 2019 Nooky Jones released their EP Like Candy at the legendary Paisley Park in Chanhassen, MN to a sold-out crowd. Like Candy features five original songs representing the evolution of Nooky Jones following two years of live performances at clubs and festivals throughout the country since the release of their self-titled debut album in 2017. The EP captures the high octane atmosphere of the Nooky Jones live show experience, a sound that has been described by NPR’s Heavy Rotation as “equal parts Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo and Prince… guaranteed to move both heart and booty.”
Ashley Tamar Davis
New York Times describes Tamar as:
“Having a voice that can fill 3 stadiums and the moves of Tina Turner.”
Tamar, also known as the muse and favorite singer of her mentor Prince, gained notoriety for being the music legends “Protégé” while co-writing their Grammy-nominated duet “Beautiful, Loved, and Blessed.” With recent jaw-dropping performances on NBC’s “The Voice: Season X,” Tamar adds a Broadway debut in “Motown, the Musical” (Diana Ross u/s, Esther Gordy, Gladys Knight, Gladys Horton, Lula) to her resume. Tamar has toured with Tyler Perry’s “Madea Gets a Job” prior to touring with “Madea’s Big Happy Family,” “Laugh to Keep from Crying,” “The Marriage Counselor,” and “A Madea Christmas”; Lions Gate productions set to home DVD rentals.
With a recent performance for our former 42nd President and 1st Lady Barbara Bush for their 19th Annual “Celebration of Reading” and for our 43rd President George W. Bush at the “Helping a Hero” event, Tamar continues to excel in creating her own path. Tamar recently launched an interactive ipad, iphone and Android Music app with a follow-up performance for former Secretary of State at “The Men of Distinction” dinner. A graduate of University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music with a Bachelor in Music Business Tamar was honored as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts while attending Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where Tamar also received 3 Gold medals in the NAACP ACT-SO competition. In 2010, Tamar initiated and created Syren Music Group, LLC: a music entertainment company that specializes in the advancement of independent music and live entertainment which was funded through personal finances acquired while on tour and starring in Tyler Perry’s stage-play “The Marriage Counselor” as the only nuanced lead (New York Times). Through the creation of Syren Music Group, LLC Tamar launched her independent album “My Name is Tamar” (3.24.2011), which has garnered sales from Japan, Belgium, Barcelona, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands and the United States with additional article write-ups from Glamour magazine, VIBE magazine, the New York Times, US Weekly, Sophisticate’s Black Hair and the Vegas Tribune, with complementing appearances on Great Day Houston, Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, and the BET Awards. Tamar is the co-founder of The Tamar Davis Project: an international, educational and artistic project designed for singers, artists, musicians, writers, painters, composers, choreographers, and dancers to benefit from opportunities that will become catalyst to successfully launch their careers under the watchful eye of industry professionals turned mentors.
During the NBA ALL-STAR week 2013, Tamar introduced her philanthropic and educational brand by premiering a “College, Career, and Empowerment Summit: Inspiring the Future, Recapturing the Essence of Greatness,” as an inspiration to our cities youth about the importance of attaining a higher education. This monumental achievement was successful through the partnership with Houston Community College and Stewart Cadillac (just to name a few) with special panelist guests such as Howard White (VP Brand Jordan/NIKE), Dr. Reagan Flowers (CSTEM), John Lucas III (Toronto Raptors; NBA) and Dr. Umar Johnson (Certified Psychologist) and influential City Council Members and political activists.
Corey Medina and Brothers
Corey Medina is a Native American Blues Artist from Shiprock, NM. Shiprock is on the Navajo Tribal Nation where Corey was born and raised. He moved to Northern Minnesota in 2012 and collaborated with Incepticons Entertainment. Through Incepticons Entertainment Corey released his debut album “Old Dog Crying” in May of 2015, produced by Garlic Brown Beats. Corey now plays, writes and produces with the Incepticons team full time and also travels with his band known as “The Brothers”, hence Corey Medina & Brothers. Corey refers to the Brothers as a representation of the relationship he likes to keep with his fellow band mates. Currently the Brothers band consist of Eric Sundeen of Bemidji, MN on Drums and Gary Broste also from Bemidji, on upright bass. They set out to spread light to dark, and hope to the hopeless with their raw, soulful, intimate music and stage presence.
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Nadim Azzam bridges folk to pop to hip-hop. He brings an acoustic guitar with lyrics that can often wear the proverbial heart on the sleeve, but the chording is concentrated into quickened pop-hook staccatos with a soul intonation that sings catchy choruses but raps descriptive bars in between.
I’ve come to believe that no one fits in a single genre any more, these days, but this Ann Arbor based songwriter more than epitomizes that hypothesis. This omnivorous fusion of styles and vibes comes naturally when one is obsessed…, well, healthily obsessed, with music…, as Azzam is!
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“As a young woman in the mid-1980s, I hadn’t yet found where I was going,” Chavez says. “Looking back, I’ve worked with some amazing artists – Prince, David Sylvian, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Lenny Kravitz to name a few. Motherhood has been a blessing. These things have heightened my sense of giving back. I enjoy mentoring young artists, particularly women.”
The multi-hyphenate has been hard at work – promoting her upcoming album, Memories of Flying, producing a video music video for the single Snow-Blind, and focusing on her Snow & Ink Collection, a growing brand that includes her poetry, journal writings, and apparel.
Raised in Marietta, Georgia, the ambitious young artist relocated to Minneapolis in 1986, which led to a chance encounter with Prince. The result was Chavez’s first album, titled May 19, 1992, released on the Paisley Park Records label. Chavez also appeared on Prince’s Lovesexy album as “The Spirit Child.”
“Lovesexy and May 19, 1992 mirror each other,” she says. “I was writing poems at the same time that he was writing Lovesexy. We talked a lot about God, love, and sex…how we felt about those things.”
The spiritual connection continued with the feature film Graffiti Bridge, with Chavez cast as Aura, an angel. Chavez then teamed up with Lenny Kravitz and Andre Betts, emerging with Justify My Love. That same year, another Chavez-penned song, Do Anything by Natural Selection, peaked at #2.
During the mid-1990s, Chavez worked with David Sylvian and Richard Werbowenko on Little Girl With 99 Lives, released through Ingrid’s own Ten Windows Records. In 1996, Chavez joined the band Ova, leading to a four song EP. Her second solo album, A Flutter and Some Words, was released in 2010. Next, Chavez collaborated with Marco Valentin as Black Eskimo, releasing the Deep & Heady LP in 2013. Other collaborations include Ganga’s 2015 single Non-Toxic and Ride (with Deep Dive Corp.) in 2016.
Today the little girl with dreams is all grown up, replaced by a woman with vision who fearlessly pursues her art while selflessly mentoring other female artists on the rise. She’s featured, along with Ole Theill, on Mashti’s Out of Love. Memories of Flying drops on May 17. There’s the Snow-Blind video, and more on the way from the Snow & Ink Collection. Busy? You bet. That Ingrid Chavez continues to create – those stark New England winters serving as the canvas for many of her poems, the narrow back roads leading us to her ten window studio – is a dream all its own.
-Michael D. McClellan
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Lisa, Daughter of L.A. session vibraharpist/percussionist Gary Coleman is an Emmy® Award winning composer. She is one half of the musical duo Wendy & Lisa. At 19, Lisa started her career in one of the most successful rock bands of the 80s, Prince & the Revolution. Lisa makes records with Wendy. Plays on other peoples songs, writes lots of music for film and TV, and still has the time to create music of her very own.
Lisa Coleman was born on August 17, 1960 in Los Angeles, California, USA. Was in a band named Waldorf Salad which was signed to A&M Records in 1971 with her best friend and actress Mackenzie Phillips. Mackenzie had to leave the band because she got a part in American Graffiti and subsequently did not appear on the album.
She also appeared in the Linda Blair movie “Sarah T. – Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic” as the piano player in the talent show that Sarah tries out for.
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Seismic City is a roots rock band from Minneapolis, MN. The band consists of Zach Dyer (Drums), David Clare (Lead Guitar), Austin Jones (Bass), and Matt Guertin (Lead Vocals and Guitar). Originally a trio known as Matt Dylan and The Overflow, through many line ups and member changes Seismic City evolved and found an undeniable chemistry as a quartet in 2018. Enticing funk/fusion rhythms with warm, rootsy, overdriven guitars creates a perfect foundation for Matt Guertin’s rich vocals.
From all different parts of the Midwest, the magnetism of the Minneapolis music scene drove all four members to meet in the Twin Cities. The band has released one single, “Rapido”, and one E.P., “Down From The Heights”. Seismic City plans to keep creating music and come out with a full length album in the summer of 2019. Hungry to perform, Seismic City’s calendar is filling fast and they are excited to be playing with bigger acts such as, Minneapolis legend, Jellybean Johnson on April 25th at the Minnesota Music Cafe.
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Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota – also known as the Twin Cities, has its own unique sound board of music. The diverse tone of the TC sets itself apart from any other Midwestern city. From Funk, to Soul to Hip Hop, the Land of 10,000 Lakes has birthed many incredible talents including Prince, The Time, Mint Condition; to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. It must be something in the water….
Insert Envy and Fancy, the Hip Hop and R&B duo known as iLLism. The pair stand to one day be among the most influential artists to come from the North Star state alongside their predecessors who left incredible legacies before them. The husband and wife duo are setting their own precedence when it comes to their sound, “Our Music. Our Rules.”
The pair has already captured nods from the house of Paisley Park (Prince’s famous royal domain) after having competed in the “Musicology Battle of the Bands” competition and placing in the top three out of the 150 bands who entered. Donna Grantis and guitar player of Prince’s assembled band 3rd Eye Girl, later applauded them on their incredible performance and “Killer arrangements.”
In the studio, iLLism demonstrates an incredible amount of talent. Their current discography includes two EPs (Definition of iLL A side and B Side), their debut full length album, “Love and Loyalty,” and their long awaited sophomore album “iLLuminate.” The duo describes iLLuminate as being a reflection of their personal and musical journeys. With songs like, Who You Lovin, Life, Bet and MNsota Nice the duo evoke passion and emotions that listeners all over the globe can connect with.
iLLism’s sound has always been musically robust. With the help of their live band as well as awarded producers, iLLuminate not only captures the Minneapolis sound made famous by Prince, they push it forward by adding their own originality. “This album is us in full music form. It’s our blood, sweat, tears and heartbeats. That’s how special it is,” the duo says. “It’s therapeutic. It’s a release. It’s a celebration. It’s everything hip-hop is supposed to be. We may be biased but we listen to it everyday.”
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He has shared the stage with notable artists including George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Chicago, Steve Miller Band, Johnny Lang, Eric Hutchinson, Jimmie Vaughan, Blues Traveler, The Funk Brothers, Susan Tedeschi, Los Lonely Boys, Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Ave and many others. He has been honored to perform for the troops on multiple occasions, across the globe. Recently featured on Dana White’s show ‘Looking for a Fight’
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Balladeer, songwriter, producer and musician, Melvin Riley will mark his success with a celebration around the world that will mark his era as a legend within the entertainment industry and being one of the most influential songwriters of our time for Multi-Platinum Ready For The World. Riley Co-founded the Flint, MI band in 1982. Melvin was honored when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame requested personal memorabilia to be showcased in their artist showcase.
Melvin Riley, original Lead Singer of ‘Ready for the World’ is known for writing and bringing the house down with his sensual, smooth slow jams while delivering hooks on a slow song that fans will remember for generations to come. What the music industry and fans never knew is that Melvin wrote, produced and performed all vocals and instruments on hit songs such as “Love You Down”, “Gently”, “Can He Do It Like This”, “Who’s Is It” just to name a few. Riley produced, wrote and sang ‘Tonight’, ‘Slide Over’, ‘Deep Inside Your Love’, ‘Ceramic Girl’ , ‘Can He Do It Like This’, ‘My Girly’, just to name a few and take you down memory lane.
The year will not only be a celebration for Melvin Riley’s success, but the launch of the new show billing title Ready 4 The World “Featuring” Melvin Riley. It will mark the 35th Anniversary when Melvin wrote the catchy lyrics and music for “Oh Sheila”.
The new billing title will ensure promoters, agencies, buyers and the fans they are securing the Original Lead Singer Melvin Riley, and a full band playing all of the hits with live instruments.
The Official 35th Anniversary of the “Oh Sheila Love You Down Tour”
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“The Rain.” By Melvin Riley (Listen) on ITunes , Nov 10th
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Tonysha Nelson and Patavian Lewis are better recognized as Kandy Apple Redd. They’re multi-dimensional international performers who are gaining fans across the globe, in fact, in the past eighteen months, KAR has performed more than two hundred concerts in over seventeen countries as part of P-Funk under the direction of their legendary Grandfather, George Clinton. Kandy Apple Redd’s international flair comes naturally. Tonysha was born and raised for a time north of the border in Scarborough, a suburb of Toronto and spent her formative and teen years in the DC/Maryland area. Patavian was born in Los Angeles and spent her youth on the family farm in Brooklyn, MI. Spending summers together on the farm, with Tonysha and eventually moving to Maryland, they solidified their bond as sisters living a fairly typical childhood. In fact, it wasn’t until later in life did they truly understand the cultural significance of their legendary clan while traveling the world and seeing the fans clamoring for more.
As part of the Clinton Dynasty, one knows these ladies have been singing since childhood and are not the pre-fab studio confection of many of today’s pop stars. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. For Kandy Apple Redd, being granddaughters of Dr. Funkenstein means standing in prodigious shoes which cannot be easily filled. So, rather than attempt to mimic their elders, KAR are creating their own lane. Their forthcoming debut EP “KAR’s Comin’ ” is a gumbo of sound, containing influences of R&B, Hip Hop, Neo-Soul, Jazz, Black Rock and of course PFUNK. While proudly flaunting the Clinton name on Instagram and Facebook as #DemClintonGirls, Kandy Apple Redd still strive to cultivate a unique and diverse sound true to their musical DNA.
” We want to be a positive influence on our generation and make music that restores confidence, love, and good vibes.”
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Azusena is a pop enigma and a creative polymath: feeding her imagination through bold, experimental pop hooks, and back through the accompanying visuals. Her first debut single, Crosby, combines the musical simplicity of Lykke Li or Zero 7 with a warm, cinematic vocal line reminiscent of Portishead’s Beth Gibbons or Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser.
The 23 year old, who was born in New York is also a vast mix of British, Iranian, Native American, Black and Italian. She grew up between England and America and attributes the power of the mantra as the driving force behind much of her music. “My dad was on a spiritual journey to becoming a Yogi while I was growing up and shared a lot of meditational Indian music and enlightening books with me – over the course of the past four years I got into meditating and doing mantras in the morning.”
Long notes drone throughout several of her tracks – drums carry with them a hypnotic beat – the power of the mantra is edifying throughout her music. Azusena takes a deep dive with her newest release “In The Water.” The video, directed by Nono Ayuso, is a visual paradise that has quickly gained traction and has exposed Azusena to a new market of international music fans.
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Mark Joseph is a Minnesota based musician who has played over #2500 shows in his 20+ year career in the US, Mexico and Japan. Mark is the founder of the Jam Funk outfit Down Lo and is a current band leader and founder of the Mark Joseph & The American Soul. Mark also plays guitar for legendary MN band The Big WU, and has been with the band since 2010. He is a producer, musical director and songwriter and has worked with countless artists from LA based MC Deploi to co-producing the Big Wu’s new album to jamming with Rock N Roll hall of fame inductee Robby Krieger from The Doors. With early influences of gospel and jazz, Mark has performed many different genes of music and continues to study and embrace new music and ideas, such as the 2016 release of “Back 2 Basics” an acoustic hip hop EP.
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PC began his career in the early 90s as an R&B/Gospel drummer and indie producer, while teaching elementary school by day. In 1998 he launched a solo artist/label entrepreneur career, releasing his acclaimed debut solo disc, The Trouble I’d Bring You on his own label, Beevine Records.
Beevine also released 2002’s CMJ-charting A Good Deed in a Weary World, 2004’s Golden State mash-note California, and 2005’s Twenty Haiku. In 2005, PC delved further into production and artist development, co-founding the unique record label/private recording studio entity Talking House Productions with Seagate CEO Steve Luczo and 5 close music industry colleagues. The Talking House facility was later re-christened Studio Trilogy and hosted everyone from Bay Area emerging artists to pop mega-stars like Lady Gaga, T.I., and will.i.am. PC now works out of various studios in the Bay Area
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Danny, a Minneapolis based saxophonist has carefully crafted and mastered a combination of Prince, The Minneapolis sound and David Sanborn into a truly unique sound that is instantly recognizable. Being named the hippest jazz cat by Minneapolis/St.Paul Magazine back in 2007 was no mistake! His energetic performance, unique style and one of a kind Pink inspired brand truly earn him that title.
His truly remarkable career has has earned him 2 Los Angeles music awards, multiple Minnesota Music Award nominations, a cover story on The Jazz In M.E.E. January 2016 issue, 3 solo albums and multiple top 10 charting songs.
Songs feat. The Hornheads, Jellybean Johnson, David Feily, The MPLS Horns and Valeriy Stepanov.
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Tracey Blake is a Minneapolis based writer/producer/artist who is committed to writing great music of multiple genres.
Born in the small city of Davenport, Iowa Tracey was handed his first instrument. At the age of 5 he now had a fender precision bass guitar. Within a year he had become a bass player in his dads gospel Quartet. After seeing that not only did he have a love for playing but he also listened to all styles of music so his parents began buying him various instruments which included keyboards, drums and guitars. It wasn’t till the age of 16 that Tracey realized that this is what he really wanted to do in his life
After finishing school he moved to Minneapolis or start a his career in music. Tracey has become a prolific songwriter and has had great success with getting various styles of music on TV shows. After sharing the stage with many national recording artists he has become known for his electrifying live performance.
Tracey Blake has made a commitment to keep the legacy of the Minneapolis Sound alive after the passing of his favorite artist, Prince. A rare talent, he can write many styles of music which will connect with your heart and soul. His ultimate goal is to use his gift to provide and assist foundations, support and provide services for cancer patients and their families. Tracey’s passion is to help create opportunities for under-privileged children to succeed academically, musically, and socially is beyond words.
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Vocalist, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Best known as the lead singer and drummer for the Minnesota group Mint Condition, the Grammy nominated artist has traveled the world with such legendary artist as Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys and the one and only Prince.
In 2011 he earned a Grammy nomination for his work with Kelly Price on the song, ” Not My Daddy “. With TV performances, award shows and film scores Stokley has a list of collaborations dreams are made of. Jimmy Fallon, Conan O’ Brien, Mariah Carey, Usher, Mary J. Blige, and Jill Scott just to name a few.
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Real music Radio’s February Artist of the Month. Artist, composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist, entrepreneur and Post Millennium Rocker.
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Prometheus & Pandora
Sananda plays all instruments and all songs are written, produced, arranged, performed and conceived by the artist, except where indicated.
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