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Natasha Watts

banderNatasha Watts, Singer, song writer, performer and all round entertainer.

ilikebar_open_011Where did she come from, humble beginnings  a dream, a desire an ambition to be someone!

Natasha started to sing at a very early age, performing arts from a young age was her passion, she trained in Ballet Tap Jazz dance and street as singing was not her dream until around the tender age of 14 and she discovered she had a voice, a powerful voice for someone so young.

All her life Natasha was surrounded by music, all kinds of music Reggae Jazz Blues Funk Soul you name it, her father was a DJ and an she had an older sister that raved so hard it was hard for Natasha not to know the words to every 80’s soul and rare groove track above her years.


At the age of sixteen Natasha teamed up with Roame Lowrey percussionist with Maze and Frankie Beverly. He took Natasha to the states to experience recording and develop her as a young artist. Whilst in the states Natasha worked in on a stage musical and performed with Kirk Franklin and the Family, in these fruitful times Natasha’s talent grew and the inspiration from her current peers coaxed her in new directions and Natasha realised she had a new found love for Gospel and true RnB.

Natasha_Watts-5Natasha’s stay in the states ended with the arrival of her son Taylor, this arrival took Natasha out of music for some years. But this is not the end of her musical journey.

So we fast forward to the year 2006 Natasha joins Funkshone as the lead singer for the funk band, they have just one album together before they part company and Natasha goes it alone.

Natasha credits her mother as her inspiration, in 2008 she loses the one woman who is her everything, and out of that awful time in her life comes “Time to shine“, still her favorite track to this day because of the deeply personal meaning behind the track!

Natasha Watts – Back 2 U

The last few years has seen Natasha once again in demand for her vocal talents from many well respected producers, and has collaborated with other various contemporary song writers and bands from Papa Records Reel People, Bugz in the Attic’s Kaidi Tathum, Speedometer on Freestyle records various tracks on Purple, Nervous, Barcoda and more recently as the main vocalist on a forth coming Yam Who? E.P. on the cutting edge label ISM records.

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Natasha Watts first Release At SedSoul Records is a Superb Odlskool Influenced Neo -Soul Track . The track is produced by Frank Ryle & Rob Hardt ( Cool Million ) For SedSoul . Video Director Max Duda for Duda Film

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Felice Messambanner2012 Atlanta’s Gospel Choice Award Winner for “Best New Artist”.

fmFelice Messam – an extraordinary woman, known for her outgoing personality and captivating vocal ability… Born in Sewickly Pennsylvania, Felice Messam a renowned singer, songwriter, musician, vocal arranger, and actor started out at an early age singing and playing piano in her local home church.

While attending the Creative and Performing Arts High School of Pittsburgh (CAPA), she then took paths that would lead her to her destiny.

She was Soloist and featured artist on “Today’s Dream Tomorrow’s Reality” a cable television special broadcasted out of PA.  She has performed lead theatrical roles in musicals such as Bubbling Brown Sugar, Lost In The Stars and Clean Drums.

She was also awarded scholarships to Berklee College of Music where she met and fell in love with her husband of   years (Dove Award Nominee Producer) Vernon Messam. Together they formed Messam & Messam Productions.

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Along with Vernon’s producing and writing, Felice has arranged and sung background vocals for artist such as Grammy award nominated Canton Jones, Stellar Award Nominee Lionel Jones, former Verity Artist and current bass player on the Monique Show Debra Killings, Jeff Sparks, Deleon and Johnathan Phillips. Felice is an original member of Arrow Records recording group, “Heart of God “ where they recording the album “ Creflo Dollar presents Change”, produced by:  Grammy Award winner Aaron Lindsey.

Felice Messam “I Am Who God Says I Am” *OFFICIAL VIDEO*

felice_piano_2Felice has performed live background vocals for artist such as: Darwin Hobbs, Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark Sheard, Byran Cage, Tramaine Hawkins, Chrystal Aiken and many others.

This musically diverse album, “Break Out” produced by: Vernon Messam; has something for everyone.

Felice’s unique and captivating voice matched with scripturally rooted lyrics will uplift, motivate and deliver people to go after their dreams and fulfill the will of God for their lives.

Felice Messam “Break Out” (Official Video)

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April Christina

logo“For the Glory of His Name”

April_0176_ppRaised in Augusta, GA, April Christina grew up knowing that one day God would use her gift of song to minister to others. As the daughter of a Pastor, she began, at a young age, to minister in song at her father’s church and wherever he would preach locally.

When April Christina was introduced to what is known as “Praise and Worship” at the age 11, she knew then that God’s ultimate for her life would be to lead others into the presence of God.

But her teenage years took her down a road that could have ended it all. At the age of 17, April Christina became a mother and life took on a new direction. Music took a back burner to raising her son and making a life for them.

April Christina… I Just Want To Praise You

While in college, she gave birth to her second child and her small family settled in Statesboro, GA as she worked hard to graduate from college.  By the grace of God and a lot of hard work, April completed her undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University in 1999.  All the while, she continued to cultivate her craft and serve faithfully in ministry.

April_3_4-12Since graduation, April Christina has served as the Worship Leader for several churches in the Atlanta area and currently works full-time as a Worship Leader and Vocal Coordinator. But worship isn’t limited to only Sunday morning for April Christina.

She believes we are to cultivate a lifestyle of worship to bring glory to God in our everyday lives.  She displays a heart of transparency while ministering, and has found that people are able to relate to her experiences and awesome testimony.

Beyond the four walls of the church, April Christina has used her gift of song to serve as a background vocalist in the studio and/or live concerts with several national recording artists such as Babbie Mason, Charles Billingsley, Joann Rosario, Darwin Hobbs, Martha Munizzi, and Destiny Praise, just to name a few. But her scope doesn’t end there.

April Christina – “That Love”

Having been an “un-married” parent for the past 18 years, life’s trials and victories have afforded April Christina a message for the masses; a message of hope, redemption, perseverance, and unconditional love. Her exposure to and love for genres ranging from all Christian/Gospel Music to Jazz and Soul Music makes her appealing to any audience regardless of denomination, race, age, or ethnicity.

Banner_PhotoHer goal is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his love with anyone God gives her opportunity to share it with. “Nothing brings me to the feet of Jesus like worship, and there’s no other place I would rather be.

April Christina is not just a singer, but she is a minister of the gospel. She currently resides in Kennesaw Georgia with her sons Christopher and Joseph.

Now in 2012 check out the Debut LP “Overwhelmed“, An awesome blend of worship and life music, with a refreshing sound and heartfelt lyrics, from a fresh new Christian Worship Artist.

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Stacye Branché

DSCF1551__2The Evolution to Living in TruthDeluxe”   Stacye Branché Brings “Alternative Soul” Full Circle Evolution is a gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex form.  Nowhere is that more evident than on Stacye Branché’s third disc, “The Evolution to Living in Truth.”

Capitalizing on her silky soprano, a three octaves diapason,  the Los Angeles native builds on the “Alternative Soul” hybrid — a fusion of rhythm and blues, pop and jazz — illustrated on her 2001 album “I Believe,” and illuminated in 2004, on the follow-up “For the Man I Love.

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The lush melodies and production on “Truth” were guided by Branché’s classically-trained voice and fully evolved during live sessions with some of the most highly-sought after musicians, including Rob Bacon on guitar, jazz bassist Alex Al, Brandon Coleman and Kenneth Crouch on keyboards , Cory Mason on drums , and noted percussionist Timbali Cornwell.

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DSCF1438Further proving her melodic prowess, Branché also introduces a distinctive meld on the track “I Was Thinkin’ Maybe,” a collaboration with music producer DJ Khalil of the hip-hop duo Self Scientific.

Branché went back to the Studio for the deluxe edition of the CD to included the classic songs “Pillow Talk” . “Love , Love, Love,” , “If I Even Lose This Heaven” and “I’m A Fool To Want You .“

“This album embodies the time I’ve spent growing as a person,  as a writer and now producer ,” said Stacye.  “The tracks are a kaleidoscope, offering my fans a true sense of myself, of my evolution.”

Stacye Branché – “Pillow Talk” – (Official Music Video)

ETLIT-Promo Shot1_2Along the way Branché wrote and recorded the “I Believe” songs; “How Did We Come To This”, for the ScreenGems/Sony picture The Brothers; “Don’t Stop”, for the Dreamworks Picture Biker Boys; “Come Into My World”, for the Independent film Kingston High; and “Don’t Fight”, for the independent film Blue Moon.

Stacye also released two singles through Expansion Records in the United Kingdom, “Inside Me,” in 2004, and a remake of the Sergio Mendez classic “The Real Thing,” in 2005, as part of the label’s Soul Togetherness compilation series.

With a vocal style borne through a study of the emotional nuances of Minnie Riperton, Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald, Branché has combined that knowledge with the influence and inflections of her work with Stevie Wonder, Herb Alpert and The Emotions to bring her distinctive style full circle. In essence, she has found her “truth.”

“Love, Love, Love” – Official Music Video

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I’m a Fool to Want You



bannerVocalist, flutist, filmmaker, actress, aspiring photographer and more.

monet_...._ese_ovueraye_photoLIFESIZE MIRROR, the title of Monet’s brand new project  was  released by the Purpose Music Group through Nia Distribution in Oct. LifeSize Mirror makes a bold revealing statement about how profoundly  life’s journey has touched her.

The thick, golden brown locs that once graced her crown – very much the signature image of her debut release ESSENCE  six years ago  – are gone.  You almost don’t recognize her.  But that unmistakable voice buried deep in her chest, almost as if coming directly from her heart is ever present.

Her flute that teases and soars, bouncing in the air like a wondrously, hypnotic tribal spell – is pronounced, only finer, richer and more knowing.  This couldn’t be more evident than in  “VAIN,” which uniquely combines jazz, classical and instrumental soul ” VAIN” is an account of a reflective journey – Monet’s flute like a snake charmer, beautifully intricate which starts out with moments of calm, coaxing gently until it deepens to a throaty rasp, becoming more complex and intriguing.

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Monet’s musical repertoire is diverse with influences drawn from jazz, soul, latin, classical, folk, house and funk. Fundamentally, however, her sound is purely rooted in organic soul. The influences are a glorious amalgamation of Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley, Sade and Hubert Laws.

monet_flute_n_guitar.._ese_ovueraye_photoSurrounded by multiple genres of music by both parents – her mother a doo-wop singer and her father a manager of jazz and Latin artists.  Monet’s – musical roots run deep.

A little known fact is that she was accepted to the prestigious Cornell University at the tender age of 14 on scholarship due to her advanced musical proficiency in classical flute. Monet also plays guitar, oboe , piccolo and piano.

One would be remiss not to mention Monet’s various film credits including acting and directing.  This is a resume full of aesthetic discovery.

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While in between projects, leading up to the actual production of LIFESIZE MIRROR, Monet was quite busy at work fine tuning her craft, contributing her signature flute work, songwriting and vocals to recent projects by Angela Johnson  “That’s Just The Way“( which is also on Lifesize Mirror) , Nigerian world soul artist SijiFantasy”  and “Ekundayo,” and singer/songwriters  Kendra RossHas to Be,” and La Sonya Gunther, ” How We Livin.” Monet is involved in upcoming projects by The Revelations featuring Tre WilliamsDon’t Wait “, Abby DobsonFly,” Tarrah Reynolds and Collette.  Monet also contributed to club hits by Melena Perez, “Confession,” and Tortured Soul, “Don’t Hold me Down,” flute and vocals respectively.

2012-12-09LIFESIZE MIRROR is rich with what we expect from Monet. However some surprising alternative twists to her sound abound.  There is more orchestration in the arrangements, and the addition of violin, cello, trumpet and soprano sax on various cuts are welcome.

Her reggae dub influence is present on, “Ever Want.” Then there’s the Monet that many are definitely familiar with in “Hold me Sweetly,” a quivering ode to desire that Monet admittedly calls baby making music.

Other cuts from this effort seem to convey odes of promise, hope, inspiration and transformation like  “Walk with Me,” and “It’s Your Life,” which is an anthem to one being a master of one’s own destiny.

Monet “It’s Your Life”

Jeff Smith (Family Stand), violinist Tarrah Reynolds, keyboardist  Nick Rolfe, vocalists Tricia Angus, Saundra Williams, Martha Redbone, and Abby Dobson,  are all contributors to LIFESIZEMIRROR.  The producers of the project include Steve Wallace, Angela Johnson, Sijii, Prez, Jesse Fischer (Soul Cycle),Ticklah and Ethan White (Tortured Soul).

IMG_1862Monet is an explorer. Through her musical expression we witness her seeking the highest level of self awareness and realization which is often referred to as LIFESIZE MIRROR.

In this project she freely moves through her existence fearlessly, balancing both the pain and the pleasure, the heartache and the rapture making sure we feel it too, spiritually, intellectually and physically.

Conveying this is no easy feat – and as we bear witness to Monet’s creativity as she continues to document her journey through her music. We know that we’re all the better to be an audience to such a gift.

Lifesize Mirror has charted for six weeks on the Billboard Jazz Chart, reaching a high of #31 in Feburary , a rarity for an artist who is also part of the independent honest soul movement.

Monet -Hold Me Sweetly (Official Video)

Monet recently released her very first official music video “HOLD ME SWEETLY” directed by BILLY SHELL and also endorsed by several animal advocate organizations. When you watch the video you will see why. Monet is also currently in negotiations with a couple of corporate sponsors who are interesting in co-branding partnerships with her.

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Cassandra Stewart

csHer voice is like no other. Her songs provide true worship for those after God’s heart and energetic praise that will keep you uplifted.

“My passion is leading God’s people into His presence”- Cassandra.

Her motivational music encourages the discouraged to rejoice and be glad. Cleveland native Cassandra has ministered across the nation before thousands and desires to share her gift worldwide.

Cassandra Stewart singing “The Greatest”

HBP- 399 CassandraShe was born and raised in Cleveland OH. Singing since she was three, this psalmist comes from a long line of singers going back several generations in her family.

Throughout her youth, she was involved in different choirs and even played the cello for some years. It was in college where Cassandra became serious about her God given vocal talent and decided to take vocal training to strengthen her gift.

Since then, she has blossomed into an anointed worship leader, gifted song writer, stage and screen actress and musician (guitar). She released her first single “Love you for you” in 2005 which spear headed her first album “This Walk: Chapter 1” in 2006.

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HBP- 137 CassandraA second single (but first CCM production) entitled “Background” was released with Urgency Records in 2009. After a few years ministering as a worship leader (and with other Christian groups and solo artists) Cassandra has come back to release a third (pop) single “Come Alive“.

Staying true to her simple yet impacting sound, Come Alive sends a strong message to the listener, that you can overcome any adversity when you stand on God’s word, and that’s when a believer truly comes alive.

Making of the COME ALIVE music video

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She is set to release her sophomore album “Arise” in 2013. Stay connected with Cassandra on Twitter, Facebook, Reverbnation, Youtube and more

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Karmyn was born September 15, 1985 in Peoria, IL was born to a family of singers, as well as song writers.At age three, her parents discovered that she had a talent; a gift that they knew stood out from other children her age.

Her father and mother began to catapult her gift by having her to sing in front of hundreds by age five.  At this young age, she sang at church events as well as talent shows throughout the city.

As time progressed, she began to develop her writing skills with the help of her mother and second oldest sister. She was also inspired to write from the sermons her father (Pastor R.E. Walker) would preach at services.

Karmyn Performing ‘Fight’

By listening to the word, God spoke through him, songs emerged. For a 10-year-old, they felt that it was something great on the horizon. Now residing in Atlanta, GA, Karmyn serves as the worship leader at her church.

Her soulful and raspy voice blesses people’s lives even more today. She gives credit to her role models, Brandy Norwood, Dorinda Clark Cole, Esperenza Spaulding, her mother and uncles.

She also had the opportunity to sit under the anointed voices of Kelly Price and Cherisse Stephens. The most credit of all goes to her Lord and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. Karmyn states, “My music is based on experiences, and my goal is to change people’s outlook on their lives.

In high school, she and three of her classmates were honored and awarded for writing a school song. It resulted in a music video that was shown throughout the school for years. Karmyn auditioned for the McDonald’s talent search in 2007.

Out of 250 people she made it to the top five finalists. She also auditioned for Sunday’s Best in 2009. Out of thousands of people, she made it through to the second round. The beauty is still pursuing her dream by developing her writing skills and vocal range. Karmyn is pushing toward her completion. Karmyn recently won ‘Rhythm & Praise Song of the Year’ at the 2012 Crunk 4 Christ Awards for her single ‘Crazy Praise’ from her 2010 EP Project, ‘All For U’. Now her first single ‘Closer’ just hit the streets getting radio airplay in UK

Karmyn at Rhodell Lewis New Artist Showcase

Recently, Karmyn made her acting debut in multi-platinum Producer, Zaytoven’s, movie ‘Birds of a Feather’, set to be released in a few weeks. ‘Birds of a Feather’ revolves around the life of Zaytoven, who plays an aspiring music producer from the Bay Area, recently relocated to Atlanta in search of fame and fortune. Zaytoven also produced her single ‘Ride The Wave’ for her album, which is set to be her next single that will be released. Karmyn’s highly anticipated debut album will be released in March 2013.

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Muhammad Ayers


He is from St. Mary Parish Louisiana & a recent signee of Atlantic Records who has crafted a sound that he affectionately calls “Free & Open”.

“I get tired of hearing songs that are so full of production and sounds for the sake of having sounds on the track that you barely even hear the singer that the song is supposed to be for.

Back in the day, every instrument was just another way to tell the story.  Another part that added to the whole. Music is the framework, the artist is the canvas.”

Muhammad Ayers I Am The 99

Born to a singing father from Ohio and a songwriting mother from Louisiana, the second youngest of eight children all singer/musicians in their own right, Mr. Ayers was literally born into music.

“My mother told me that I literally rode into this world to The Isley Brothers.

That’s not what most kids would want to hear from their parents, but I loved it. It let me know that this was my destiny from the get go.

”Mr Ayers has been singing since the age of two and performing professionally since the age of 13. He has been a writer and producer of his own music since the age of 15.

Muhammad Ayers – I can’t make u love me (cover)

Many have described him as a true homage to great soul singers from the past as well as a sure sign of the future. One listen to him weather LIVE or on wax leaves no mistaking who and what his influences are.

“Music is like time, there are no straight lines, only circles. Everything comes back around again. The 60’s, 70’s and 80’s have all had a resurgence.

It’s only a matter of time before the 90’s get their turn in the limelight once again.” That means good singing laid back production and style marrying substance, not replacing it. And if Mr Ayers has his way, then he plans on being one of music’s leading archaeologists.

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Muhammad is in the studio with his all time idol Ronald Isley & he currently have 4 songs that he wrote for the super producer Troy Taylor on his forthcoming album that he will be recording!!!

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Liza Ellen

Singing Love, Singing Life.

Liza Ellen began writing at 7, singing at 12. Her path took her into acting, singing and dancing through church, small local productions and school events from elementary through High School and into College.

Not until she was 21 did she decide to pursue a career in healing arts. After a spellbinding meeting with her purpose to the sound of Lauryn Hill’s “I gotta find peace of mind” Liza decided to take her gifts seriously and thus began the climb.

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As an undergrad at San Diego State University she sang background for local artists and continuing her work as a poet. In 2005, Liza Ellen moved to Texas and became a mother.

While in Texas, she joined the groups Caleb Dicking and Friends and 2AM, was cast in the opening cast of Tucker’s Blues. There she shared the stage with Blues Legend Lucky and Tamara Peterson, Broadway’s Liz Mikel, Producer, Singer, Actress and Writer Sheran Keyton.

Tucker’s Blues served as her live performance boot camp. Since then, she’s been singing with Dallas’ top musicians and bands and began her ascension into her own brand of music and performance.

Lauryn Hill/ Bob Marley’s Turn Your Lights Down Low

This year Liza Ellen began standing on her own, performing in venues all around DFW and recently the Dallas Museum of Art as well as on Channel 4‘s Good Day Dallas. Liza Ellen is now a genre spanning artist in the Dallas Arts Rennaisance.

Singing World Music, Jazz, Folk Music, R&B, Latin Jazz, Gospel and Neo-Soul. Her EP, “Everything’s Okay” is set for a release soon. Be on the look out. You want to see this!

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