Taylor McFerrin

Taylor McFerrin is a jazz/soul/electronic musician and producer whose first recorded appearance was as a background sing...

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{"key":"98377","name":"Taylor McFerrin","bio":"Taylor McFerrin is a jazz\/soul\/electronic musician and producer whose first recorded appearance was as a background singer on \u201cJubilee\u201d, a song included on his father Bobby McFerrin's 1982 debut album.Moving on 3 decades, following on from a series of singles and EPs, Taylor released his amazing debut album \u2018Early Riser\u2019 on Flying Lotus\u2019 Brainfeeder imprint in 2014. The album featured guest appearances from Naipalm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Thundercat, Robert Glasper, Cesar Mariano, Marcus Gilmore and, returning a favour from 32 years prior, Bobby McFerrin.Taylor continues to tour worldwide supporting the release of his album both as a solo act, and as a duo featuring jazz drummer prodigy Marcus Gilmore. In addition to headline shows around North America, he has performed alongside artists such as Erykah Badu, The Roots, Nas and Talib Kweli.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/98377_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

John Legend

John Stephens (born December 28, 1978 in Springfield, Ohio), better known as John Legend, is a Grammy award winning R&B ...

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{"key":"21353","name":"John Legend","bio":"John Stephens (born December 28, 1978 in Springfield, Ohio), better known as John Legend, is a Grammy award winning R&B singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet and actor signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label. Prior to the release of his debut album Get Lifted in 2004, Legend's career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple established artists such as Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Lauryn Hill. He released his second album, Once Again in 2006, and his latest release, 2008's Evolver showcased a more experimental and upbeat side of Legend. He is the recipient of six Grammy Awards, and in 2007 he received the special Starlight award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.Legend also played the piano on Lauryn Hill's 1998 song \"Everything is Everything\" and sang background vocals on Jay-Z's \"Encore\" and Alicia Keys' \"You Don't Know My Name\". Legend frequently cites gospel, R&B, and hip hop music as his main musical influences.Legend released his critically acclaimed and Billboard Top Ten second album, Once Again, in October 2006. Produced by Raphael Saadiq, Kanye West and, it is again a mixture of gospel and classic soul showcasing his extraordinary voice, particularly on \"Show Me\".Grammy Award Wins:*2005 Best New Artist*2005 Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: \"Ordinary People\"*2005 Best R&B Album- Get Lifted*2007 Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Heaven*2007 Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group: Family AffairNeo-soul singer and pianist John Legend combined the raw fervor of contemporaries Cody ChesnuTT and the burning precision of D'Angelo. Born John Stephens, Legend was a child prodigy who grew up in Ohio, where he began singing gospel and playing piano at the tender age of five. Legend left Ohio at 16 to attend college in Philadelphia, and it was there that he first found a larger audience. Not yet out of his teens, Legend was tapped to play piano on Lauryn Hill's \"Everything Is Everything\" in 1998. After completing college, he moved to New York, where he began to build a loyal following playing in nightclubs and releasing CDs that he would sell at shows. He also became an in-demand session musician, playing and occasionally writing for a wide array of artists, including Alicia Keys, Twista, Janet Jackson, and Kanye West. It wasn't until West signed the young talent to his new label that he adopted the Legend name with 2004's Solo Sessions Vol. 1: Live at the Knitting Factory. Get Lifted, his first studio album, was released later in the year. On the strength of enduring single \"Ordinary People,\" the album reached the Top Five of the Billboard 200. This led to three Grammy Awards: Best R&B Album, Best R&B Male Vocal Performance, and Best New Artist. Once Again, which peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and number one on the R&B\/Hip-Hop Albums chart, followed in October 2006. Live from Philadelphia, sold exclusively at Target stores, was a successful stopgap release that predated October 2008's Evolver.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/21353_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Aloe Blacc

Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III (born 1979 in Orange County, California), better known by the stage name Aloe Blacc, is an ...

175,000 - 300,000
{"key":"17042","name":"Aloe Blacc","bio":"Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III (born 1979 in Orange County, California), better known by the stage name Aloe Blacc, is an American soul singer, rapper and musician. He began his recording career as an MC back in 1995 when he joined up with hip-hop producer Exile to form the mainstay indie rap group Emanon. Aloe released his debut solo album Shine Through on Stonethrow Records in 2006 and followed this up in 2010 with Good Things. He has also collaborated with the Cradle Orchestra under the name Bee, and they released the project Open Your Mind in 2009. His song \"I Need a Dollar\" is the intro song for the HBO show How to Make It in America. The I Need A Dollar Songfacts reports that after this retro soul track hit the charts throughout continental Europe, Blacc signed with major label Epic Records for the UK and Ireland release of the record. A few years later, Aloe would \u201cstow away\u201d on a Lootpack European tour and become fast friends with Oh No \u2013 a relationship which led to many fruitful collaborations as a solo artist.These days, Aloe Blacc has evolved into a true Renaissance man \u2013 dubbed \u201cthe indie R. Kelly\u201d by online retailer Turntable Lab. Recordings like his Latin cover of John Legend\u2019s \u201cOrdinary People\u201d prove that \u2013 not only can this multi-instrumentalist produce, rap and sing \u2013 but he can flip it in Spanish, too. With an amazingly broad set of influences ranging widely from the acoustic guitar stylings of folk artist Cat Stevens, to the soul-stirring sounds of the Negro Spirituals, Aloe prides himself on the spectrum of his musical roots. His sound often forays into the digital R&B realm, but always grooves with a tinge of Latin and the pulse of hip-hop.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/17042_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"175,000 - 300,000"}

BJ The Chicago Kid

B.J. The Chicago Kid is one of the most explosive, yet mature, soulful artists/writers of our young generation. Followin...

10,000 - 30,000
{"key":"111469","name":"BJ The Chicago Kid","bio":"B.J. The Chicago Kid is one of the most explosive, yet mature, soulful artists\/writers of our young generation. Following the love of his life, BJ married to music at a young age and has since been living his dream. BJ\u2019s talents have assisted artists such as Mary Mary, Musiq Soulchild, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Usher, Mario, Mary J. Blige, and Jamie Foxx via writing and performing.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/111469_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"10,000 - 30,000"}

Mayer Hawthorne

Mayer Hawthorne (real name Andrew Mayer Cohen) grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and vividly remembers, as a child, drivin...

40,000 - 75,000
{"key":"19925","name":"Mayer Hawthorne","bio":"Mayer Hawthorne (real name Andrew Mayer Cohen) grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and vividly remembers, as a child, driving with his father and tuning the car radio in to the rich soul and jazz history the region provided. \u201cMost of the best music ever made came out of Detroit,\u201d claims the singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, who counts Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson, Mike Terry, and Barry White among his influences, but draws the most inspiration from the music of Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield and the legendary songwriting and production trio of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland Jr.The \u201cretro\u201d tag is added to almost any contemporary work that sounds like it was originally recorded between 1966 and 1974, and Hawthorne, among the newest contributors to the genre, is aware of how trends come and go. After being introduced to Stones Throw Records label head Peanut Butter Wolf by mutual friend Noelle Scaggs of the Rebirth, even his current boss was skeptical. \u201cHe showed me two songs and I didn\u2019t understand what I was listening to,\u201d Wolf recalls. \u201cI asked him if they were old songs that he did re-edits of \u2013 I couldn\u2019t believe they were new songs and that he played all the instruments.\u201dAnd after meeting in person, it was even harder for Wolf to believe that Hawthorne was also the lead vocalist. Few expect such heartfelt sentiment to come from a 29-year-old white kid from Ann Arbor, but he has caught the ear of his family at Stones Throw, as well as BBC Radio 1 host Gilles Peterson and producer\/DJ Mark Ronson. Expectations are high for the admitted vinyl junkie who never planned on taking his crooning public. Hawthorne\u2019s hanging-by-a-string falsetto and breakbeat production on his first recorded effort, the tender \u201cJust Ain\u2019t Gonna Work Out,\u201d are simultaneously Smokey and J Dilla \u2013 equal parts \u201cThe Tracks of My Tears\u201d and \u201cFall in Love.\u201d \u201cIt\u2019s soul,\u201d he explains, \u201cBut it\u2019s new.\u201dHawthorne has produced and played instruments for much of his life, but never intended to become a singer. He isn\u2019t formally trained, and never sang in a choir or in any of the bands he was in before founding the County (formerly the County Commissioners). But here he is, new school soul sensation, who has taken the Motown assembly-line production model and eliminated nearly every element but himself and a few hired hands. \u201cI think Mayer is the only artist in the history of the label that I\u2019ve signed after hearing only two songs,\u201d says Peanut Butter Wolf. \u201cSometimes, you just know it\u2019s the right thing to do.\u201dAnd for those willing to believe anything is possible, be grateful to have Mayer Hawthorne on the scene. It\u2019s not just throwback music anymore \u2013 this revival is all about progression.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/19925_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}

Jill Scott

Born Jill Heather Scott in the North Philly neighborhood of the City of Philadelphia, PA on April 4, 1972. She began h...

150,000 - 300,000
{"key":"17485","name":"Jill Scott","bio":"Born Jill Heather Scott in the North Philly neighborhood of the City of Philadelphia, PA on April 4, 1972. She began her career as a performance poet. She was discovered by Amir \"Questlove\" Thompson of The Roots. Questlove invited her to join the band in the studios. Which resulted in the live version of \"You Got Me\" in 1999. Subsequently, she collaborated with Eric Benet, Will Smith, Lupe Fiasco, Common and broadened her performing experience by touring Canada in a production of the Broadway musical Rent. Signed to Steve McKeever's newly formed Hidden Beach Recordings label, she released her debut album Who Is Jill Scott: Words and Sounds Vol. 1 in July 2000. The following summer she released Experience:Jil Scott 826+ after she released the single \"A Long Walk.\" Scott continued to gain more recognition, eventually earning a Grammy nomination in early 2003 for Best Female Vocal Performance for \"A Long Walk\", Jill Scott won a Grammy award at the 2005 Grammy awards for Best R&B Solo Vocal Performance, Male or Female.Jill Scott appears in David Chappelle's Block Party performing with The Roots and Erykah Badu.Scott released a new album, entitled Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds Vol. 2 in 2004. Her book of poetry, The Moments, The Minutes, The Hours was released in April 2005.Recently, Scott was prominently featured on hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco's 2006 single \"Daydreaming\" which also appeared on a new Scott collection called Collaborations on January 30, 2007.The Collaborations collection served as \"an appetizer\" for her next studio album, The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3 released September 25, 2007. A clip of the title track was released on a bonus disc from Hidden Beach Records and included with Collaborations. The lead single \"Hate on Me\", gained airplay in May 2007 with a video released in mid-July. In advance of the album's release, Hidden Beach released a 17-minute album sampler through their forums. Interspersed between the dozen songs previewed on the sampler was a personal explanation from Jill for the inspiration behind some of her songs.Jill Scott is also an accomplished actor, appearing as detective Precious Ramotswe in the BBC's dramatisation of Alexander McCall Smith's series of books: \"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency\". Scott also appeared as \"Sheila\" in the Tyler Perrry film, \"Why Did I Get Married\" (2007) and its sequel, \"Why Did I Get Married Too\" (2010) .","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/17485_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"150,000 - 300,000"}


India.Arie, born India Arie Simpson on October 3, 1975, in Denver, Colorado.She absorbed musical skill early in life, en...

50,000 - 100,000
{"key":"21377","name":"India.Arie","bio":"India.Arie, born India Arie Simpson on October 3, 1975, in Denver, Colorado.She absorbed musical skill early in life, encouraged by both parents: her mother, Joyce, herself a former singer, and now India Arie's stylist; and her father, former ABA and NBA basketball player Ralph Simpson (not former NBA star player Ralph Sampson, as has been mistakenly reported in some media). She had taken up a succession of musical instruments throughout her schooling in Denver, Colorado, but her interest in the guitar while attending the Savannah College of Art and Design led to a personal revelation about songwriting and performing. \"When I started tapping into my own sensitivity, I started to understand people better. It was a direct result of writing songs,\" she said at the press release of her debut album, Acoustic Soul.Co-founding the Atlanta-based independent music collective GroovmentEarthseed (Groovement was the collective artists' name and Earthshare was their independent label name), her one-song turn on a locally released compilation led to a second-stage gig at the Lilith Fair. Their Universal Records\/Motown music scout spotted her and made an introduction to Motown CEO Kedar Massenburg. Sidestepping all the devices of flavor-of-the-month record-making, Acoustic Soul acquainted listeners with a brave and eloquent new voice, drawing an uncommonly broad swath of listeners from hip-hop, the so called neo-soul, blues, folk, and classic troubadour-style singer\/songwriting, all at once. The album, released in 2001, debuted at number ten on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart and number three on the R&B album chart. Within months, without the concentrated radio play that typically powers pop and rap albums, Acoustic Soul was certified double-platinum.India.Arie also features on Stevie Wonder's album A Time To Love which was released on October 18, 2005. India.Arie and Stevie Wonder duet on the title track \"A Time To Love\" that India wrote, which was nominated in the 2006 forty-eighth Grammy Awards, for Best Pop Vocal Collaboration with Vocals.On the September 2005 premiere of The Tyra Banks Show, Arie performed \"Just 4 2day\". She wrote this song especially for Tyra's show. Arie also wrote \"What About the Child\", a song that did not air but was made available as a $1 internet download to support child victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Voyage to IndiaIndia.Arie followed the success of her debut in 2002 with the release of Voyage to India. Debuting at number six on the Billboard 200 and number one on the R&B chart, the album eventually earned a 2003 Grammy for Best R&B Album. The single \"Little Things\" also won a 2003 Grammy for Best Urban\/Alternative Performance. Soon after its release, Voyage to India was certified gold; and it was certified platinum on Friday 4 August 2006.Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & RelationshipIndia.Arie's third studio album, Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship, was released on June 27, 2006. Testimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship gave India.Arie her first number-one on the Billboard 200 and was her second chart-topper on the U.S. R&B album chart. This album was also the first #1 album for the Motown record label in 33 years since Diana Ross's #1 Lady Sings the Blues Its first week sales of 161,000 copies is Arie's best sales week to date and was certified gold on Friday, August 4, 2006. Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics was released on Tuesday, February 10, 2009.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/21377_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"50,000 - 100,000"}

Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq (born Charlie Ray Wiggins on May 14, 1966 in Oakland, California) is an acclaimed American music artist. ...

50,000 - 100,000
{"key":"21378","name":"Raphael Saadiq","bio":"Raphael Saadiq (born Charlie Ray Wiggins on May 14, 1966 in Oakland, California) is an acclaimed American music artist. He is a singer, songwriter and record producer associated with the neo-soul music movement.Saadiq made a name for himself as the lead vocalist in the rhythm and blues and dance trio Tony! Toni! Ton\u00e9!. He went by his birth name during the beginning of Tony! Toni! Ton\u00e9!, where he was joined by his brother Dwayne Wiggins, and his cousin Timothy Christian. He adopted the name of Raphael Saadiq in the mid-1990s.After the 1996 Tony! Toni! Ton\u00e9! album, House of Music, (when he performed under his current name) Saadiq started his solo career. He produced a few solo tracks, but Saadiq's next big project became the R&B supergroup Lucy Pearl. He recorded the self-titled album with Dawn Robinson (En Vogue) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest). This group only lasted for one album. His solo album Instant Vintage, released in 2002, also earned 5 Grammy nominations.Saadiq released his third solo album, The Way I See It, on September 16 2008, featuring collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Joss Stone. Saadiq acknowledges the album's old school soul sound, which he says includes nods to Gladys Knight & The Pips, Al Green, The Four Tops, The Delfonics and The Stylistics.Various artists have tapped Saadiq to produce their work through the years. Some of Saadiq's most notable work has been with D'Angelo. The 2000 collaboration \"Untitled\" won D'Angelo a Grammy award for Best R&B Album. In 2007, Saadiq was called on to produce the whole third album from UK Soul singer Joss Stone. Other artists he has collaborated with include The Roots, Macy Gray, Snoop Dogg, Kelis, Q-Tip and Young Bellz.In 2002, Saadiq founded his own record label, Pookie Entertainment. Among the artists on the label are Joi and Truth Hurts.Saadiq has been playing music since the age of six. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, he played bass at church and school. He also enjoyed his on-stage moments at various local events of his hometown.http:\/\/\/3020000","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/21378_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"50,000 - 100,000"}

Anthony Hamilton

Anthony Hamilton (born January 28, 1971, in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an R&B/soul/"neo-soul" singer and songwriter w...

75,000 - 150,000
{"key":"17697","name":"Anthony Hamilton","bio":"Anthony Hamilton (born January 28, 1971, in Charlotte, North Carolina) is an R&B\/soul\/\"neo-soul\" singer and songwriter who rose to fame with his 2003 second album Comin' from Where I'm From, which featured the singles \"Comin' from Where I'm From,\" \"Charlene,\" and \"I'm a Mess.\" Hamilton first discovered his talent while singing in his church choir at age 10. In 1993 he left Charlotte for New York City, where he signed with Andre Harrell's Uptown Records. At Uptown, he recorded XTC, which failed to receive radio play. He was first introduced to mainstream audiences with his singing of the chorus on the Nappy Roots song \"Po' Folks,\" which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap\/Sung Collaboration in 2003. He is also featured in the Jadakiss single \"Why\", and the Tupac song \"Thugz Mansion\". He previously made a little-known guest appearance on Busta Rhymes' album \"When Disaster Strikes\" singing the hook on \"Things We Be Doin' For Money\" in 1997.Soulife was released in June of 2005 by Rhino Records. The album is composed of songs recorded during the early part of Hamilton's career. Ain't Nobody Worryin was released on December 13, 2005 by SoSoDef\/Zomba Label Group. In 2007, another compilation album, Southern Comfort, was released, featuring songs written and recorded during a similar period. A year later, in december 2008, he released another album, The Point of it all.Hamilton also makes a guest appearance on blues guitarist Buddy Guy's 2005 album Bring Em In, contributing vocals to Guy's cover of Bob Dylan's Lay Lady Lay. Bring Em In also features appearances by John Mayer and Carlos Santana.At the BET Awards of 2006, Anthony Hamilton was nominated for and won the BETJ 'Cool Like That' Award. He has also received a 2009 Grammy for a tribute performance to Al Green.He is amazingAnthony Hamilton performs two tracks on the 2007 movie \"American Gangster\" soundtrack, as well as appearing in a scene of the film.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/17697_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"75,000 - 150,000"}

Jazmine Sullivan

Jazmine Sullivan is an American R&B singer born April 9th, 1987 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Born: Apr 9, 1987 in...

75,000 - 150,000
{"key":"13437","name":"Jazmine Sullivan","bio":"Jazmine Sullivan is an American R&B singer born April 9th, 1987 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Born: Apr 9, 1987 in PennsylvaniaGenre: R&BStyles: Urban, Contemporary R&BBiographyContemporary R&B rising star Jazmine Sullivan spent several years learning the ropes of the recording industry before signing to J Records and making her solo recording debut in 2008 with \"Need U Bad.\" The Philadelphia-based singer\/songwriter began her career at a young age, making her national television debut on Showtime at the Apollo at age 11. Jazmine sang at Stevie Wonder's birthday party at age 13 and signed to Jive Records at age 15. Her stint at Jive Records only lasted a couple years, however, and she was dropped by the label before any recordings were released. In the wake of this disappointment, she began working behind the scenes, for instance working with Missy Elliott on productions for Fantasia's debut album, Free Yourself (2004), and writing a couple songs for Christina Milian's third album, So Amazin' (2006), including the hit single \"Say I.\" Sullivan was then offered a solo recording contract with J Records, which released her debut single, \"Need U Bad,\" featuring and co-produced by Missy Elliott, in 2008. Fearless, her full-length album debut, featuring productions by Salaam Remi and Stargate, among others, was issued that September. US Singles were Need U Bad, Bust Your Windows and Lions, Tigers & Bears. Dream Big was the fourth single in the US and first single in the UK.In 2009 Sullivan hit the studio again to record songs for her sophomore record. Released on November 29th, 2010, Love Me Back was a contemporary R&B album with touches of pop, soul, urban dance and a song with a gospel-like chorus. Production was done by Anthony Bell, Missy Elliott, Toby Gad, Chuck Harmony, Cainon Lamb, Los da Mystro, Ne-Yo, No I.D., Prolyfic and Salaam Remi. The first single Holdin' You Down (Going In Circles) peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot R&B\/Hip-Hop Chart. The following and final single 10 Seconds reached a high of 18 on Billboard's Hot R&B\/Hip-Hop Chart.On October 7, 2011 J Records along with Arista and Jive disbanded and will from now all release material under RCA Records. Jazmine's junior effort is called \"Reality Show\" released in 2015. The first single was called \"Dumb\" feat. Meek Mill.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/13437_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"75,000 - 150,000"}

Donell Jones

Donell Jones (born May 22, 1973) is an American R&B singer, songwriter and producer, most notable for the hits "U Know W...

40,000 - 75,000
{"key":"21382","name":"Donell Jones","bio":"Donell Jones (born May 22, 1973) is an American R&B singer, songwriter and producer, most notable for the hits \"U Know What's Up\", \"Where I Wanna Be\" and his cover of Stevie Wonder's \"Knocks Me Off My Feet\".Born in Chicago, Illinois, Jones' upbringing was rough. He struggled between wanting to be a musician and to be a member of a street gang. After a brush with death, Jones left the gang and focused on a music career forming the group Porscha. However, Jones was gaining notice as a writer penning songs for established R&B acts such as Usher, producing the singer's 1995 hit, \"Think of You\", 702's \"Get It Together\" and also wrote for groups such as Brownstone and Silk.In 1996, he signed with LaFace Records and released his debut album, My Heart, which included his hit cover of Stevie Wonder's 1976 ballad \"Knocks Me Off My Feet\". It wasn't until 1999 however that Jones began to establish himself as a R&B hit maker with the album, Where I Wanna Be. The album yielded the number-one hits such as \"U Know What's Up\", which featured TLC member Lisa \"Left-Eye\" Lopes and the title track. Other hits included \"Shorty (Got Her Eyes on Me)\" and \"This Luv\".In 2002, Jones released the gold-selling Life Goes On album, which featured the hits, \"You Know That I Love You\" and \"Put Me Down\" featuring Styles P.. Four years later, he released his fourth album, Journey of a Gemini, which featured the Tim & Bob hit, \"I'm Gonna Be\", which became a big hit on Urban AC. Jones is currently writing songs for Usher, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey on their upcoming albums.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/21382_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}


Andwele Gardner (born February 14, 1978 in Detroit, Michigan), better known simply as Dwele, is an American R&B and soul...

20,000 - 50,000
{"key":"17698","name":"Dwele","bio":"Andwele Gardner (born February 14, 1978 in Detroit, Michigan), better known simply as Dwele, is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter and producer known for his work with Slum Village, J Dilla and Kanye West. After self-releasing the demo tape Rize in 2000, he released his debut studio album Subject in 2003 through Virgin Records, his second album Some Kinda followed in 2005 and his third studio album Sketches of a Man was released in 2008. His fourth studio album W.W.W. (W.ants. W.orld. W.omen) was released in 2010.Although Dwele has had somewhat of a short career as a commercially avaliable artist, he has a vast catalogue of material currently unreleased that die-hard fans revere as some of his best work, considerably superior to his material released as a signed artist that showcases the true depth of his artistic and diverse talent, displayed without constraint.Gardner was raised on the west side of Detroit in a musical family. He played piano from the age of six, later taking up trumpet, bass and guitar. He was deeply affected by the fatal shooting of his father outside his home when he was age ten, later stating \"I learned to put my emotions into music; it was my therapy.\" He cites Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Roy Ayers, Miles Davis, and Freddie Hubbard as favorite artists, and took inspiration from hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest, becoming an MC, and working with Slum Village. Gardner recorded a demo in his bedroom, called, The Rize, and sold it out of the trunk of his car. He had about 100 copies, which sold out within a week. He caught the ears of local heroes Slum Village and more specifically their world-renowned producer J Dilla. Slum Village invited Dwele to sing the hook of the song \"Tainted\" for their album Trinity (Past, Present and Future). It became an instant classic and led to more high profile work with female rapper Bahamadia, the all-star group Lucy Pearl and London's New Sector Movement. Dwele signed to Virgin Records in 2003, who released his debut album, Subject, which mixed neo soul and hip hop. In a 2005 review in The Independent, his style was summed up: \"Dwele's rooted in vintage soul but isn't stuck in the past, overly reverential or an exercise in pastiche - there's a major hip-hop edge which betrays his original incarnation as a rapper.\" A second album, Some Kinda\u2026, followed in 2005. He then later signed with RT Music Group and KOCH records in March, 2008. He is coming out with his fourth album titled, W.W.W. (W.ants. W.orld. W.omen) coming out June 29, 2010. Dwele was recently featured on the first single off of Kanye West's fifth studio album, Good Ass Job. The song was entitled \"Power\" and was leaked on May 28, 2010.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/17698_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"20,000 - 50,000"}

Chrisette Michele

Grammy award-winning Chrisette Michele Payne (born c. 1982), known professionally as Chrisette Michele, is an American R...

30,000 - 50,000
{"key":"27360","name":"Chrisette Michele","bio":"Grammy award-winning Chrisette Michele Payne (born c. 1982), known professionally as Chrisette Michele, is an American R&B singer on the Def Jam Recordings record label. She has been featured on such popular hiphop albums as Jay-Z's Kingdom Come and Nas' Hip Hop Is Dead. She sings in a jazz style reminiscent of past singers such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.Surrounded by music since she was a small child, singer, songwriter and composer Chrisette Michele has been blessed with an old soul and this Long Island bred vocalist has a deep appreciation for the harmonic foundations that includes gospel and jazz. \u201cI did my first solo when I was four years old,\u201d Chrisette remembers.Currently putting the finishing touches on her soulful debut album, an artistic exploration that fuses Chrisette\u2019s diverse musical interest into a wonderland, the young artist couldn\u2019t be more pleased. \u201cI realize that I\u2019m new to the music world, but I\u2019ve been preparing for this moment for long time.\u201dEven before signing on the dotted line of her Def Jam contract last year, the multitalented soul sister had toured with more established artists like Kem and India Arie. \u201cIndia saw me singing at the Village Underground in New York City. She came backstage that first night and graciously offered me a gig as her opening act.\u201dWorking hard in the studio writing songs and recording demos, Chrisette finished an album worth of material before even trying to get signed. \u201cI\u2019ve been creating songs since I was twelve, so I knew I needed the right musical blend in order to stand-out from the many other performers trying to get a deal.\u201dWhile not hung-up on genre labels, Chrisette Michele says, \u201cI\u2019m excited about finding my place amongst young composers like Alicia Keys and Jill Scott. My goal from the moment I was signed by Antonio \u201cLA\u201d Reid, Chairman and CEO, Island Def Jam Music Group, was to create a seamless album that mixes soul and pop in a way that will have people coming back to again and again.\u201d Favorite contemporary artists that are in high rotation include, Beyonce, Kanye West and NAS.Days after giving LA \u201cgoose bumps\u201d during the audition, the young singer found herself in a California studio called Brandon\u2019s Way having a creative conversation with Babyface.Over the course of a few days, the duo recorded seven tracks, four of which will be heard on her upcoming release. \u201cBabyface and I got into a conversation about the love he has for his children,\u201d she says. \u201cSo, the first song I penned was called \u2018My Joy.\u2019 It\u2019s a song about a child speaking to his or her father, and I think it\u2019s quite special. Observing the artistry that Babyface possesses has hopefully made me a better performer as well.\u201dHaving grown-up in the suburbs of Long Island, Chrisette didn\u2019t spend much time planted in front of the television. \u201cMy parents had me in girl scouts, tap class and piano lessons,\u201d Chrisette says. \u201cIt wasn\u2019t like I was cut off from the world, but there just wasn\u2019t a lot of media influence in my life during those early years.\u201dChrisette Michele has always been true to herself. \u201cI don\u2019t feel as though I was the typical deacon\u2019s kid, because I was taught early on to speak my mind and not be afraid to think,\u201d she says. \u201cTo me, that is one of things that helped keep me focused as an artist who is trying to do something different in music.\u201dA self-described \u201cgirly girl\u201d Chrisette says, \u201cI have definite older child syndrome. I helped my mom raise my brothers like they were my own children, but I also had the pleasure of being daddy\u2019s little princess.\u201dIn addition to her own relatives, Chrisette was blessed with an extended family that included the many folks that her mother allowed to room in their house. \u201cIf my mother saw a homeless pregnant woman on the street, chances are they would soon be staying with us,\u201d Chrisette laughs. \u201cI learned so much about the world listening to these folk\u2019s stories, and to this day their experiences can be heard in my material.\u201dThough already a fan of gospel and classical, it wasn\u2019t until Chrisette Michele was seventeen that she also developed a passion for jazz. \u201cWhen I was still in high school a teacher introduced me to jazz singer Astrud Gilberto, and afterwards my life was all about jazz,\u201d she remembers.Majoring in music at 5 Towns College in Long Island, Chrisette cites the nurturing sway of her teachers for where she is today. \u201cAlthough I did have talent, often that is not enough,\u201d she says. \u201cMy professors taught me how to be a professional and to be serious about my music. They taught me how to put the music that I dream about at night on paper in the morning.\u201dWith the release of her debut album, Chrisette Michele will soon be sharing those musical dreams with the rest of the world.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/27360_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"30,000 - 50,000"}

Melanie Fiona

Melanie Fiona Hallim (born July 4, 1983) is a Grammy winning Canadian R&B singer-songwriter from Toronto, Ontario. She w...

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{"key":"19932","name":"Melanie Fiona","bio":"Melanie Fiona Hallim (born July 4, 1983) is a Grammy winning Canadian R&B singer-songwriter from Toronto, Ontario. She was born to Guyanese immigrant parents (mixed with black, Indian, and Portuguese ethnicities) and grew up in the inner city of Toronto. Living in a music filled household, Fiona says she always knew music was her passion. Her father was a guitarist in a band and would allow her to sit on the stage when she was younger as he practiced, and remembers her mother playing music at home; everything from The Ronettes to Whitney Houston.Fiona was featured on Reggae Gold 2008 with the Supa Dups-produced \"Somebody Come Get Me\". Her debut album The Bridge was released in the summer of 2009. She worked on the album with Future Cut, Vada Nobles, Stereotypes, J. Phoenix, Peter Wade and Salaam Remi. The debut single \"Give It to Me Right\" was released to radio stations on February 28, 2009, and peaked at #20 on Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 and #41 on the UK Singles Chart. The second single, \"It Kills Me\", became her breakout song on the Billboard Hot 100 where it cracked the Top 50, along with hitting #1 on the Hot R&B\/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song earned Fiona a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.Her second album, The MF Life, was released through the SRC Records and Universal Republic on March 20, 2012 after several delays. The Break Down The Walls Songfacts reports Fiona told Billboard magazine that her goal with The MF Life was to give an \"honest\" depiction of her life and how things have changed from her debut set, The Bridge.In 2002, Fiona was briefly involved with girl group X-Quisite. Early in her career, she would perform at nightclubs in Toronto. In 2005, Fiona traveled to Los Angeles, California, in search of a recording contract. According to Fiona, record labels \"loved\" the way she looked and sung, but \"knew that the minute I worked with them or would have signed with them, they would have tried to change me into someone else completely different. That was something that I didn't want to do.\" She went on to co-write songs for recording artists Rihanna and Kardinal Offishall. Fiona also recorded the reggae song \"Somebody Come Get Me\" under the stage name Syren Hall, which was included in the Reggae Gold 2008 compilation album. Entrepreneur Steve Rifkind discovered and signed Fiona to SRC Records and Universal Motown in 2007. She went on to tour with Kanye West in his Glow in the Dark Tour.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/19932_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Raheem DeVaughn

Raheem DeVaughn's debut album was "The Love Experience;" his critically acclaimed follow-up was "Love Behind The Melody....

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{"key":"21409","name":"Raheem DeVaughn","bio":"Raheem DeVaughn's debut album was \"The Love Experience;\" his critically acclaimed follow-up was \"Love Behind The Melody.\"DeVaughn's musical story began with his mother's vinyl collection. \"I always loved music so I would sneak into her record collection when she wasn't around and play her stuff.\" DeVaughn's father, noted jazz musician Abdul Wadud was also an influence. DeVaughn knew at an early age that he would become an entertainer.DeVaughn graduated from High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland; then headed to nearby Coppin State. It was the first day of college that changed the course of his life. \"I saw a group of guys standing outside singing, Boyz II Men style,\" remembers DeVaughn. \"I just went up there and started harmonizing with them. Before I knew what was going on, I was in a group, cutting class to write lyrics and record.\" After winning $2,000.00 in a talent show at Bar None, a Washington D.C. nightclub, DeVaughn decided to go for broke and invested all of his winnings into a CD burner. Several independent releases led to a showcase with Jive Records, and the career was on it's way.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/21409_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"40,000 - 75,000"}


Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart are the funky divas behind the neo-soul duo Floetry. Ambrosius and Stewart emerged ...

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{"key":"27357","name":"Floetry","bio":"Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart are the funky divas behind the neo-soul duo Floetry. Ambrosius and Stewart emerged in the mid-'90s as songwriters in demand. They're behind some of the new millennium's biggest hits, too. The pair has written tracks for Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, Glenn Lewis, and Bilal. While they're highly respected behind the scenes, Floetry is their way of moving up front. Ambrosius is the songstress to Stewart's spoken word impresario or \"floacist\" role. The two met due to their love of basketball. Stewart, who hails from London, was a superstar on her court, while Ambrosius wowed fans in her local English neighborhood. They were competitive, but not rivals, so a friendship was formed. Music was also a passion. Ambrosius relished in her reggae roots while Stewart found herself grooving to funk and soul. While attending Brits Performing Arts School, Ambrosius studied business and finance, but made room for courses in voice, performance technique, and recording. Stewart split her time between acting and directing. Later, Ambrosius and Stewart headed to college. Ambrosius planned to attend Georgia Tech University on a basketball scholarship, but injury forced her to bow out. Stewart headed for Middlesex University, eventually transferring to North London University. Still, they two kept in touch and raved about music. It wouldn't be until Stewart's girl group, 3 Plus 1, disbanded that Floetry would actually give music a serious shot. In 1997, Ambrosius and Stewart began writing songs and playing shows in and around London. Three years later, they moved to America in search of something bigger. A brief stint in Atlanta didn't pan out, but their time spent in Philadelphia proved golden. Ambrosius and Stewart befriended Julius Erving III, basketball great Julius Erving's son, in mid-2000. Floetry and Erving clicked instantly. Erving signed on as their manager and hooked the ladies up with Jeff Townes, aka DJ Jazzy Jeff, for some recording. That's when the deals started trickling in \u2013 Floetry were official and living out a dream. In 2002, they inked a deal with DreamWorks and touched up their own work for a debut album. Floetic appeared in October 2002, and its follow-up, Flo'Ology, reached the Top Ten upon release three years later. MacKenzie Wilson, All Music GuideGroup Members:Amanda DivaNatalie StewartMarsha Ambrosius","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/27357_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}

Amel Larrieux

Amel Larrieux (born March 8, 1973) is a U.S. singer-songwriter and keyboard player. She was formerly lead vocalist of th...

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{"key":"17491","name":"Amel Larrieux","bio":"Amel Larrieux (born March 8, 1973) is a U.S. singer-songwriter and keyboard player. She was formerly lead vocalist of the '90s R&B and soul group Groove Theory.Larrieux was born and brought up in the neighborhood of Greenwich Village in New York City. Her mother was a dance critic and professor who encouraged Larrieux to grow up in a free-spirited, artistic environment. Many of her influences are drawn from R&B, soul, jazz, folk, hip-hop and gospel, with flashes of Middle Eastern, West African, and Indian ethnic styles. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.As a solo artist, her music is mostly categorized as fitting within the nu-soul genre, though she also dabbles in jazz, blues and gospel sounds. She sang lead vocals with Sade's band Sweetback while Sade was on hiatus. On her last album 'Lovely Standards' she gravitated away from nu-soul to produce a cover album made up of songs from the jazz and blues singers that inspired her. Larrieux is also influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and Prince \u2014 as she has previously credited on her website.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/17491_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"30,000 - 50,000"}


Bilal (born Bilal Sayeed Oliver on August 23, 1979, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) is a soul musician and member of th...

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{"key":"17701","name":"Bilal","bio":"Bilal (born Bilal Sayeed Oliver on August 23, 1979, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) is a soul musician and member of the musical collective known as Soulquarians. In 2001, his debut album \u2014 1st Born Second \u2014 was released on the Interscope record label.Bilal's classical training at the Mannes Music Conservatory in New York was instrumental to his conversance with Jazz, voice, and big band arrangements. It has also been reported that he is capable of performing opera in seven languages and writes both music and lyrics.In 1995, Bilal encountered Faulu Mtume, and his brother, Damu Mtume (sons to James Mtume and founders of Moyo Entertainment) at a barber's shop in Philadelphia. His plans to produce film scores was shelved after he handed the brothers a demo recording; they were so impressed that they successfully convinced him to record commercially.Bilal has also frequently collaborated and performed with several neo-soul and alternative hip hop artists, including Common, Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, and The Roots. He also covered Radiohead's \"High & Dry\" for the 2006 Radiohead tribute, Exit Music: Songs With Radio Heads. Bilal appears in Dave Chappelle's Block Party.His sophomore full-length recording, Love for Sale is rumored to have been shelved after being leaked on the internet. Despite no official release as of yet, Love for Sale has become an underground classic. In 2010, Bilal released his sophomore album, Airtight's Revenge, 9 years after his debut album. The album was well-received, critics praised his lyrical substance and experimental sound. Bilal is set to release his 3rd album, A Love Surreal, on February 26, 2013. Bilal explains that the album has a warmer, more acoustic sound compared to his previous works. He released a mixtape leading up to the release in late 2012 called Retrospective of the Man Called Bilal. 6 days after the mixtape was released, he took the wraps off his first single for A Love Surreal, \"Back To Love\". A video was released the next month. So far, reviews for A Love Surreal are positive, praising Bilal's natural singing talent and lyrics.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/17701_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"20,000 - 50,000"}


Ledisi hails, originally, from New Orleans, but grew up mainly in Oakland. The Pieces of Me Songfacts reports that after...

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{"key":"17712","name":"Ledisi","bio":"Ledisi hails, originally, from New Orleans, but grew up mainly in Oakland. The Pieces of Me Songfacts reports that after self-releasing two albums, Ledisi signed a major record deal with Verve Forecast and released her third album Lost and Found in 2007. The record earned her two Grammy nominations, including one for Best New Artist.In 2009, Ledisi released her fourth album Turn Me Loose , which earned her a couple more Grammy nominations. Ledisi's fifth album, Pieces Of Me, was released on June 14, 2011 debuting at #8 on the Billboard 200, her first entry on the top 10 of the album chart.She and her band are from a new breed of modern soul singers (that fall into the New Organic Soul movement in the U.K.) that do not bow to the formulated 'pop' format that permeates the national charts of the U.K. and the U.S.A.Her mother sang in an R & B band and opened her daughter's ears to classical music, then to jazz and gospel.\u2018My mother is an inspiration to me because she was an R & B singer when I was growing up, and I'd watch her perform in the park by our house. I grew up on Earth, Wind and Fire. Tina Turner is my favorite\u2019.As a teenager Ledisi first sang in a friend\u2019s band, but soon realised she'd have to form her own if she was going to get the creative freedom she desired.She formed the group Anibade.The band consisted of:Sundra Manning (keyboards)Cedrickke Dennis (guitar)Nelson Braxton (bass)Wayne Braxton (saxophone)and Tommy Bradford on (drums)Anibade means \u2018my mother is great\u2019 in Yoruba and also happens to be Ledisi's middle name.The band the group performed at several nightspots including Bruno's, The Black Cat, and Rasselas, in the San Francisco area before, successfully, getting a local radio station, KMEL, to play the single \u2018Take Time\u2019, without any major label distribution.Ledisi said, \u2018We took it to other labels to try and get a deal, but we found that they didn't get it 'cause it wasn't already out there. We got frustrated with that.\u2019Ledisi is said to be recording a jazz record with bassist Marcus Shelby on Noir Records.That album was due in early 2000, although the set has not yet surfaced.Her first solo album \u2018Soulsinger\u2019, was, however, released in 2000, to critical acclaim.The album addressed several personal issues, none more so than the track \u2018Papa Loved To Love Me\u2019, a harrowing tale of a father sexually abusing his daughter.The track is uncomfortably close to home.Ledisi said \u2018My family heard it, though, and they said, 'Wow, you went and told everything!'. I know it's giving something away about myself, but it's a part of me. That's why people relate to a story like that.\u2019Eric Ben\u00e9t and Rahsaan Patterson recently attended her groups' concerts and they have opened for Eric Benet, D\u2019Angelo and Angie Stone.A second album entitled 'Feeling Orange And Sometimes Blue' was released in early 2002.Ledisi travelled to London's Jazz Cafe in March 2003 for more gigs following a successful concert at Subterranea in the autumn of 2002.She was supported by the Braxton Brothers along with several other performers.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/17712_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"30,000 - 50,000"}

Lulu James

Lulu James is a young British artist hailing from the North East whose sound blends irresistible soul over electronica. ...

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{"key":"206503","name":"Lulu James","bio":"Lulu James is a young British artist hailing from the North East whose sound blends irresistible soul over electronica. Since the unveiling of her debut tunes 'Rope Mirage' and 'The End' the interest has been phenomenal. Currently recording her debut album.","featuredImage":"http:\/\/\/images\/206503_h_0.jpg","feeRange":"please contact"}
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