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Darryl Anders~AgapéSoul

Bassist, singer, songwriter and producer

Darryl Anders’ credits include gigs with Tower of Power, Narada Michael Walden, Zigaboo Modeliste, Booker T. Jones, Joyce Cooling, and two-time Grammy-nominee Ledisi, but millions of video game crazy kids have heard his bass, production, and vocal skills on Karaoke Revolution, Guitar Hero, and Rock Band.

The moment you put on the gospel-tinged “Don’t Say U Love Me,” featuring guest vocalist Zoe Ellis, you’ll be transported back to a time when musicians played real instruments, songs had enduring melodies, and lyrics actually said something.

AgapeSoul “Believe In Love”

Anders’ husky baritone and Lars’ soulful sax work make “Time Cannot Erase” take its place high up on the list of modern baby-making music.Jones’ sultry vocals on the funky yet laid-back “Tell Me Where It Hurts” is just what the doctor ordered.

The Latin flavored “Voice of Reason” reminds us that love is indeed everlasting. If you like real music, you’ll love AgapéSoul. Besides being highly skilled purveyors of soulful originals, the band represents a movement, a new voice of music from the old school. Their goal is to bring something positive to listeners.

It is not about us, as people or as musicians. It’s about the songs,” says Anders. “I’ve been blessed with an opportunity to share my music with the world, and I hope AgapéSoul will inspire and encourage everyone who hears us.”

Reviews

Agape Soul – Believe in Love

agapesoul3-300This is a really solid debut album from this San Fran outfit; the set is a mix of tempos, full of soul and emotion and thankfully for these ears real instruments on the production. There is something here for soul music lovers of all styles.

The title track sets the tone, a joyful uplifting groove “Don’t stop believing“ which really lifts the spirit although I would prefer the rap cutting out to be honest, just does not work for me.“Say you will “is a great mid tempo dancer that should find favour with Modern Soul dance floors.

There is a sax lead instrumental cover of Stevie’s Sir Duke which I imagine the band can really go to town on when they perform live.“Tell me where it hurts “is another mid tempo winner soulful and with a catchy hook that stays with you.Vocalist Indra Jones hits the spot

There is another quality cover of Quincy Jones “If I ever lose this heaven” and time cannot erase has that quiet storm feel about it that should hit the spot for lovers of a smoother soul sound.All in all a really solid debut set.
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Tell Me Where It Hurts is utterly mind blowing, what a TUNE! Great work on the whole EP folks, big respect to you.
Roger Williams, SoulSorts
Tell Me Where It Hurts is just stunning Darryl…. What a magnificent piece of music. The whole EP is sublime and I hope there’s a full album on the way
Paul Goldsmith, SelectSoul
… a wonderful blend of real soul dashed with jazz, and easily one of the best releases out of the US.
Barry Towler, The Vibe Scribe

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Margot B.

Margot B. is very versatile…although concentrating on urban/pop now, she has a history and enjoys R&B, Neo Soul and Jazz…

From the pageant stage to the soundstage, to center stage with a Grammy-nominated artist, triple-threat Margot B. makes a habit of working hard and moving forward.

The Pittsburgh native began her career in front of the cameras at the age of nine, modeling for local and national talent agencies.

It’s been a steady, accomplished rise ever since. At 13, she wrote a tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. called In My Dreams, which continues to be featured at MLK events nationwide.

While her friends planned ‘Sweet Sixteen’ parties, Margot was winning the National Miss Black Teen title and spending the year visiting Veterans Hospitals, performing at charity fundraisers, and volunteering for Make-A-Wish and Children’s Hospital.

EFFICACY: Margot B

2005 saw two major milestones: her first full-length CD Unframed was released to a sold-out crowd at the Hard Rock Cafe, and she was a main force behind Pittsburgh’s Katrina Relief Benefit Concert (both planning and performing) at Mellon Arena. The city-wide event featured 10 acts, garnered major media attention, and raised $185,000 for the American Red Cross.

The Creative and Performing Arts High School student went on to perform the title role in AIDA during her senior year, and appeared in commercials for GNC, Dad’s Dog Food, and the Black Family Channel.

Margot continued her training through the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Civic Light Opera, studied with vocal coach Claudia Benack, at Carnegie Mellon University, and completed Dance/Musical Theatre classes in the nationally-ranked dance program at Point Park University.

Margot B Cool

While sharing the stage with Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Nelly Furtado, and Lupe Fiasco, Margot released Inspired  an EP featuring covers of songs by five African-American artists who truly inspired her to live her own dream.

Margot also performed the National Anthem for countless national sporting events and charity fundraisers, and lent her talents to many regional entertainment acts. Her relentless desire to give back found her touring with Armed Forces Entertainment, performing for troops stationed in Cuba.

2009 kicked off with Margot being named Best Female Vocalist at the Pittsburgh Hip Hop Awards, and hitting the recording studio to finish her second full-length CD Two Thousand Mine.

“Symptoms of Love” by Margot B. @ S.O.B.’s

The summer release coincided with her joining Jason Mraz on select tour dates. Margot performed the duet Lucky with Jason in venues such as Nikon at Jones Beach in New York, Minneapolis’ Xcel Energy Center (on her 21st birthday), and in her hometown.

The 22-year old  wrapped up filming of a video for the Oxygen TV Network, where she was a Featured Artist of the Month, which was showcased in a national Hoover Vacuum commercial currently airing, will be releasing Live at The Hazlett – recorded before an intimate studio audience in August 2010, and has started work on a European roll-out of her popinspired music.

Based out of New York City, Margot continues to write, take meetings with major labels, audition for roles, and wait for her moment. It wasn’t the shelved Janet Jackson-backed “triple-threatMTV reality show project, for which she beat out thousands of others for one of 10 spots.

A nine-time call back finalist for Broadway’s ‘Spring Awakening‘, she knows her big break could be right around the corner…it’s just a matter of keeping at it, staying focused, and working hard. Nobody does that better than Margot B!

Margot B. – Complete

Also look for Margot in the upcoming feature films “Love and Other Drugs” (Jake Gyllenhaal/Anne Hathaway) and Fugly (John Leguziamo/Rosie Perez); the made-for-TV movie “My Destiny“, a two-part film/documentary showcasing both her acting and singing; and in what popular blog welovesoaps.com calls a highly anticipated entry into the growing world of web series and indie soaps, In Between Men.

As we speak Margot B. is part of the current RENT cast, it is set in NYC’s East Village, is a modern take on the classic Puccini opera, La Boheme.

It tells the unforgettable story of a group of young artists learning to survive, falling in love, finding their voices and living for today.

All roads lead to New World Stages / Stage 1 340 West 50th Street Between 8th and 9th Avenues, New York NY 10019. Check out more info at http://www.siteforrent.com/ .

Listen to Thermal Soundwaves’ podcast  to hear Margot B. speak about it. CLICK THIS LINK Margot B. RSVPs Broadway, Music and Film

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Management
Miles Anthony
Righteous Music Media, LLC
P.O.Box 2341
New York, NY 10185
Ph: 347-431-9651

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Wildcookie

Fredrik Lager aka Freddie Cruger & Red Astaire first got in contact with hip-hop when he started out as a break dancer in the early 80’s. His electric boogie dancing brother was collecting records at that time, which introduced Freddie to the world of black dance music.

Around 85-86 he worked weekends at a legendary import record store in Stockholm called Space (special job cleaning the toilet). At this time he started buying more and more records, mostly electro and rap records but also disco and funk 12″/7″ classics.

One thing led to another and he soon bought his first drum machine and turntables in 88 (according to himself the best investment he’s ever done). Around 91 he met up with Mad Mats (Raw Fusion/Jugglin’) and started to hang out in Mats studio in downtown Stockholm.

Wildcookie – Serious Drug – Live @ Kungsträdgården, Stockholm

This started a friendship and working relationship, which is still going strong today. Around 92 he bought his first sampler and released his first 12″ vinyl in 94 under the name Chimney Heads (only 100 copies printed). But since then he’s worked with numerous artists like China Moses (DeDe Bridgewaters daughter), Bob Powers (Tribe Called Quest, The Roots), Rappadon, Baz Baz, La Nata (France), ADL, Desmond Foster, Linn, Swing Fly, Anthony David, Bas-1 and many more.

The characteristic style off Freddies productions are a blend off old school hip-hop and b-boy grooves mixed up with dirty funk, soul, reggae, latin and disco rhythms.

He’s currently signed to Jugglin’ Records (sub-label to Raw Fusion Recordings) but he also releases music on Swedish Brandy, GAMM (as the notorious Red Astaire) and his own Home Grown label.

Since his last release on Tru Thoughts in 2006 has been busy traveling the world as a DJ everything from future to old-school funk, soul, hip hop, reggae, disco and latin, and releasing music – one of these releases was the debut, and now extremely rare, Wildcookie 12”.

The “Drugs EP” received support from Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 1 and the lead track, “Heroine”, also features on the debut album ‘Cookie Dough’, due out on Tru Thoughts on 21st February.

Heroine

Wildcookie is not a one man band though; each one of Freddie’s ultra-crisp productions and sophisticated synthline melodies are backed with the pitch perfect, often freestyled, vocals of Anthony Mills.

Anthony Mills is no stranger to the world of music. In 12 short years he has toured extensively with Harry Belafonte’s All-Star Band, recorded with Krs-One, Amy Winehouse, Leela James, Maxi Priest, Snow, Sizzla, Dead Prez, Doc (Esthero), Sly Dunbar, Chinna Smith and Grace Bumbry.

Mills has written over 1000 songs in this time and recorded well over 100 studio and live albums, providing lead vocals for two other duos – Super Viral Brothers (Pope/Universal) and XXLARGEMILLS.

Touchy Touchy

The debut single, “Heroine”, is out as a free download from wildcookie.bandcamp.com, the follow up singles ‘Touchy Touchy’ and ‘Serious Drug’ from the latest Album ‘Cookie Dough’ are all available now.

Wildcookie Live In The UK@MusicConnex Showcase 8th July 2012

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Location: South Stockholm, SE
Website Contact: homegrownrec@gmail.com
Record Label Homegrown,Rawfusion,TruThoughts,Ubiquity.GAMM ent.
Type of Label: Indie

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Passionate, pure and powerful are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the musical expression of Kendra Cash.

More than just a singer, this woman of worship is committed to singing of her love for God in a way that captivates her listeners.

The Jacksonville, FL native is no stranger to the industry and has shared the stage with many notable artists including Troy Sneed, Vashawn Mitchell, Kim Burrell, Lisa McClendon, Leon Timbo and many more.

Kendra Cash Live – at “The Gathering Family Style”

Kendra’s desire is that listeners would know firsthand her heart before God.

In her words,

I talk to God so much with my heart that music becomes the only way I can verbalize everything He says to me in return.”

So be it the smooth melodies, soulful worship or the simplicity of her heart’s lyrical expressions, prepare yourself to SMILE with Kendra!

Kendra Cash Live In The UK@MusicConnex Showcase 8th July 2012

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Artist – Kendra Cash
CD Title – Smile
Release Date – April 2011
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Home Church: St. Paul Baptist Church
Musical Style/Genre: Gospel, Urban Contemporary Christian, Jazz

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/#!/kendra_smile
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kendra.cash.9

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Amma Whatt

Singer/Songwriter Visionary Without Boundaries

Amma Whatt began her rich journey as a performer dancing professionally at 5 years old. Under the tutelage of her parents, she studied and performed the traditional music of West Africa and The Caribbean.

After leaving her mark in the Howard University Jazz Vocal Performance Program and Howard Gospel choir as a soloist, she vocally supported acts across the US and internationally (Glory of NY Gospel Singers, Ruben Studdard, Karen Clark-Sheard, Ki-Ki Sheard, Shirley Murdock, Howard Hewitt, Melba Moore, Byron Cage, Rob Murat, Tulani Kindard).

Amma was also a Hollywood finalist on the 2007 season of American Idol. Adding further to her accomplishments, Ms. Whatt sang on the Academy Award-nominated songRaise It Up” from the 2007 film August Rush. She appeared in the film, and performed the song at the 2008 Academy Awards.

Amma Whatt Show Clips

As a staff writer and vocal producer with the Grammy nominated team of women songwriters, Big Drawz Music Group, Amma co-wrote “Just the Way You Are” for Kindred and The Family Soul’s “The Arrival.” She, along with Vinx, is the lead vocalist and composer for the internationally acclaimed Vinx and the Groove Heroes.

These accomplishments and more are the reason Amma continues to be in demand as a songwriter, supporting vocalist and performer.

Sharing the stage and album credits with Jarrard Anthony, Nicholas Ryan Gant, Monet, Darien, Catz & Dogz, and Vinx & the Groove Heroes are some of her latest endeavors that were music magic!

Even now you can listen for Amma singing “Get Happy” in the new Home Goods commercials, currently airing on national television and radio.

Amma Whatt & Friends @Soul Kitchen 4am Jam Session

As a recipient of the Fund for New Work Grant, installed by Harlem Stage and the Jerome Foundation, she is happily busy working on her debut EP titled MAYBE, and a full length album due next year. Ever the musical storyteller, Amma Whatt’s angelic delivery and poignant lyrics will draw audiences to her like bees to honey.

AMMA WHATT LIVE

Soul Factory presents… Amma Whatt

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http://www.ammawhattnow.com
http://www.twitter.com/#!/ammawhatt
http://www.facebook.com/ammawhatt
http://www.ammawhatt.bandcamp.com/
http://www.youtube.com/user/ammazin10

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Londee

Londee is a singer of Adult Contemporary R&B, Jazz, Neo-Soul often compared to Chaka Khan and Anita Baker, with a twist of Sade.

She has toured internationally to Sao-Paolo Brazil, Bahrain and Japan A Native of Dallas Texas, Londee began singing at the age of 8.

Much like many other artists, her career began in church, where she honed her skills and developed her talents to launch a career that has yielded the following accolades and accomplishments:

Londee Live -Happy Feelngs at Kat’s Cafe

Debut EP “I’m a Lady” on the UK Soul Charts Top 30 for 8 week reaching as high as #12.

At the age of 9, interviewed and donned a child protégé by PM Magazine. Guest Appearance on the TV show, “Eye for an Eye” with Tommy Habeeb.

Semi-Finalist for Amateur Night at the Apollo on Tour * Bass Hall- Forth Worth Texas….Semi-Finalist forGIMME THE MIC” North Texas hosted by UPN 21.….Role in Stage playCheesecake Boiz and the Diva as Josephine Baker Gril#3, pending a National Tour.

Londee’s Debut EP Entitled I’m A Lady was released in March 2012. Written collectively by her, William Thomas, Quentin Moore, Earnest Zachary Jr., Derrick McAlister, Jr., Gene Peoples,  Andre Lindsey, Emsy Robinson and Taneicesaya Spencer this project provides an array of flavors for all listening audiences.

Londee Live – All Things Are Good

Climbing as high as #12 on the UK Soul charts, the debut EP is representative of her appeal to a wide range of audiences. “I’m A Lady”, conveys her personal message of triumph. It inspires and encourages men and women to realize that:

ALady” does not accept or equate disappointment with failure.

ALady” evolves with age and accepts that through her experiences maturity is the result – The specific experience of parenthood changes perspectives and is a “rite of passage” into a new and different understanding of life and what’s important.

ALady”,  has a desire for true love. To be held, loved and appreciated by a man who values and knows her worth. The thought of his touch and the opportunity to share and spend time with that special him evokes in her a yearning and longing to give and experience more.

Londee Live – I Will Always Love You

While “I’m A Lady” is her first solo project, she has collaborated with other artists on the following projects:

Cover of Minnie Riperton’s classic “Memory Lane” in collaboration with All Funk Radio, showcases her range and vocal prowess. It demonstrates her ability to take an old school classic, add new school flavor, and maintain the integrity of the song’s old school roots and heritage, while making it relevant for new school audiences.

The single, “Believe in Me”, written by Londee and release by Cliffhanger records. “Better Leave Well Enough Alone” written by Tom Snow and Kerry Chater….

Time Will Dry Your Tears” for Capital Records – written by Larry Lee to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.Christmas Time for Everyone” – written by Alexis-Hadjopulos was featured in Pinkberrys across the United States.

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The consummate performer, songwriter and music producer, Londee, has performed with Tom Brown (Funkin’ for Jamaica), Michael Ward, Howard Hewitt and Alexander O’Neal.  She has opened for and performed at after parties for Bobby Brown, John P. Kee, Raheem DeVaughn, George Clinton, KC & Jo-Jo and the S.O.S. Band.

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Londee is currently performing throughout the Southeast at Supper Clubs, Corporate Events, Festivals, Weddings and Private Events in Texas, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas.

You can follow her on twitter@Londeethartist. Like her on FB @londeetheartist. Check her website out at http://www.Londeetheartist.com for updates and scheduled performances. Also, you can find her at http://www.reverbnation.com/londee. Look at her youtube channel http://www.youtube/londee216

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