The show was B-A-N-A-N-A-S. Despite being given the run around, when I finally did perform it was nuts. I gave the crowd a much needed boost of energy and wake up call. Instead of focusing on myself, I will tell you about the other incredible acts. Where do I begin....
Here's an artist who effortlessly combines Neo-Soul, Jazz, and R&B, all while playing the keyboard AND singing. Drea's sound is versatile, but last night's set was filled with sensual baby making music that had everyone open....especially the comedian and MC of the night, John Laster. From her lyrics alone, you can tell she draws from a ton of life experience. This songwriter/singer/producer is definitely someone to keep an eye on. Find out more about Drea by clicking on the pic. Officially Co-SIGNED!!
Dain Harris is next up to bat, and his soulful ballads had the crowd on its feet. His stage presence is slightly reminiscent of Maxwell, which by all means is a compliment. This crooner's music is refreshingly dope. Its executed incredibly well, and the combination of great production, fresh songwriting, and a smooth voice make for an enjoyable listening experience. Check him out by clicking on the pic. CO-SIGNED!
Jimi James is the TRUTH. You talk about charisma and star power, look no further. She fuses Hip-Hop, Reggae, R&B into one big explosion of dopeness. While paying homage to KRS, she had everyone singing her name.. "The J, the I, the M, the I, The J.....its Jimi, WORD UP!!" There's not much more I can tell you other than get familiar. Check her out by clicking the pic. Officially CO-SIGNED!!!
Paul Rivers Bailey is dope, and for a myriad of reasons. Here's a singer that has a certain grittiness to his style, but his music is also feel-good and inspirational. If Gospel & Hip-Hop had a child that sang, it would be Paul. At no point will you ever question if his music comes from a genuine place because you can't help but feel it. Check him out by clicking the pic. CO-SIGNED!!!
and finally... I rocked