Host and Performer
A star among stars, Marcus Anderson has definitely become a name among names. A music man from birth, the saxophonist lives for the stage, making him one of the most sought-after musicians in the industry. Having graced the number one positions in both Billboard’s Smooth Jazz and Sirius XM’s Watercolors with the chart-topping track, “A Cup of Joe” from the album *And Coffee* listeners from far and wide search through Anderson’s collection of eight studio albums for their next favorite jam and to see him live and in
action. His work with Prince and the New Power Generation led him to join stages with the likes of Ceelo Green, where he’s become a key contributor to his touring band.
Growing up in Washington, D.C., Lattimore was raised on gospel music and R&B/pop icons such as Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. His freshman year at Howard University gave way to Lattimore becoming the lead singer for R&B group Maniquin. Signed to Epic, the group released the single “I Wanna Ride,” produced by the Gap Band’s Charlie Wilson.
The singer has garnered Grammy, Soul Train and Stellar Awards nominations as well as the NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist.
His nuanced vocals have graced projects by a diverse array of artists from Musiq Soulchild and Rachelle Ferrell to Nancy Wilson and Boney James. This prestigious list also includes Kanye West, who sampled Lattimore’s “Lately” for the track “I’m in It” from West’s #1 album Yeezus. Lattimore also created musical magic on iconic movie soundtracks like Love Jones, Best Man and Disney’s Lion King II Simba’s Pride.
Lattimore’s latest project Here To Stay is receiving rave reviews. The 10 song set is led by the singles Pressure and currently Lose You which is climbing the charts as he continues to tour, showcasing his unique creative journey through stunning and diverse set lists. SincereSoul Records is currently in partnership with SRG/ILS distributing Lattimore’s music globally
Award-winning urban-jazz pianist Kayla Waters is a chart-topping recording artist, composer, producer and music director. After signing a multi-album record deal with Trippin N’ Rhythm (SONY), Kayla made Billboard history by becoming the first female pianist and composer to reign atop the charts at the No. 1 spot for 6 consecutive weeks. Beautifully composed and eloquently written, Kayla’s sophomore album, “Coevolve” has dazzled the hearts of many and awarded her two Billboard No. 1 singles “Zephyr” and “Full Bloom.”
Recently, Kayla’s musical achievements have been extolled on prestigious platforms, as she was honored with the Rising Star in Jazz award (Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Foundation of Atlanta) and the Best Jazz Artist award (The Wammies & The Musicianship) in Washington, DC where she is based. This polished young woman premiered with the Billboard No. 1 single “I Am” from her debut album, “Apogee.” Both the single and album hit Billboard’s yearend charts, underscoring her remarkable breakout year.
The spotlight has humbly created opportunities for Kayla to play and perform with music legends and prominent recording artists, including Stevie Wonder, Patrice Rushen, Avery*Sunshine, Maysa Leak, Kim Burse and Ray Chew to name a few.
Four80East is the brainchild of producers Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace, also known internationally for their indie label/production house, Boomtang. Born in 1997 as a small indie UK release, “The Album” went on to revitalize the Smooth Jazz world the following summer when the first single, “Eastside”, broke through in the US to became the seventh most-played track on Contemporary Jazz radio that year.
Their sound lies at the forefront of what has been called the nu jazz movement – taking the best of contemporary jazz and pop styles and aligning them to produce a improvisational dance-infused sound. This Toronto-based group draws from a variety of sources to make their music happen, including found sounds, field recordings and sound effects alongside their finely crafted studio recordings.
As with many so-called “acid jazz” groups, their music is not clearly defined as smooth jazz or any other type of jazz for that matter. Four80East operates on a plane that expresses their own stylized ability under an umbrella of electrified and funky vibes. They have a pronounced R&B influence that fills in the layers between jazz and soul. Improvisational by nature, their recordings are filled with club-inspired beats, exotic rhythms and soulful melodies, some of which are tied to interwoven vocals. A unique sound that can only be described as “Four80East”.
Marcus Johnson is an independent Billboard-ranked, internationally acclaimed Jazz
His latest release is the CD titled “BALLADS…In My Voice”, showcasing his soulful
interpretations of some of his favorite ballads from different parts of his life and favorite artists
who wrote and recorded them.
Marcus Johnson is the author of “FLO… For the Love Of”, published in 2016 which achieved
recognition as a Best-Selling Book and Author at Amazon.com. After publishing the book,
Marcus Johnson was increasingly approached by people who were drawn to the book’s life
affirming messages. Marcus began incorporating these messages in his shows and social
media as an affirmation of his gratitude towards his fans and his understanding of the struggles
that we all face. Through the FLO (For the Love Of…) platform, Marcus is expanding his
support of the physical, mental and spiritual health of his audience.
With a career spanning over 25 years in music, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer
Steve Oliver is still being heard each day on contemporary and smooth jazz radio around the world.
His career has produced multiple #1 hits on the Billboard charts and countless radio staples over nearly
two decades – including with his latest album “Unified” (2020) – a collaboration with keyboardist Brian
Simpson that has reached the #1 spot on the Billboard and Amazon jazz sales charts.
Steve’s been a touring member of Acoustic Alchemy, has played countless club dates and headlined
festivals worldwide. He’s also co-written and produced tracks with Grammy award winning pianist Omar
Akram and many smooth jazz notables including Vincent Ingala, Brian Simpson, and Paul Taylor.
Having released eight studio albums, a live CD / DVD package and a “Best Of”, for Oliver, music is
therapy and a welcomed diversion from the current world climate. With radio legacy hits to his credit
including “High Noon”, “Fun In The Sun”, and “Global Kiss”, today Oliver is just as comfortable being a
creator, adviser, and mentor to others.
Hailing from the “Birthplace of Jazz” New Orleans, Vandell Andrew is a part of the new generation of the jazz genre. With two commercially released albums, 8 Billboard Top 25 singles, a #1 Ranking on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Chart and a 2014 Soul Train Award Nomination for “Best Contemporary Jazz Performance”, Vandell is no stranger to success in the music industry.
“Turn It Up” (2014), which featured the Soul Train Award Nominated, Billboard #1 Smash Hit “Let’s Ride” was Vandell’s introduction to the world as a world class artist and musician. Since the release of “Turn It Up” Vandell has been afforded the opportunity to play venues and festivals around the world, such as the Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival and the Legendary Ronnie Scott’s in London,UK.
Vandell has been honored to open for and share the stage with Kirk Whalum, Paul Brown, Peter White, Rick Braun, Bobby Lyle, Marion Meadows and many others.
It takes skill, creativity, sheer musical ability, and a charismatic presence to electrify the music scene. And that’s just what flautist Ragan Whiteside has done in the world of instrumental soul within a few short years. The Atlanta-based musician, songwriter, and vocalist has consistently delighted fans and critics alike with her unique brand of engaging upbeat melodies and exhilarating flute playing. Tunes like the May 2021 single release “Off The Cuff,” as well as “JJ’s Strut,” “Reminiscing,” “Jam It,” “Early Arrival,” “See You At The Get Down,” and the Billboard No. 1 “Corey’s Bop,” have burnished her reputation. What’s more, Whiteside has become one of few women players to excel in the male-dominated instrumental sphere, garnering six consecutive Top Ten Billboard airplay singles by 2021. And she’s done it as an independent, releasing projects on Randis Music, the label she founded with her husband, producer, and composer Dennis Johnson.
Whiteside gained her musical acumen by training as a classical flautist. Originally from Mt. Vernon, New York, Whiteside got her first taste of music in elementary school, playing drums, piano, and violin before a desire to be in the marching band put the flute in her hand at age 8. “I did not want to play the flute. And it took me about a week to get a sound out of it,” she says. But once young Ragan locked onto the instrument, she got good and got serious.
Ashley A-Luv Doe
Ashley A-Luv Doe was born January 4th, 1985 in Greenville, North Carolina to Apostle Willie Doe and Gloria Doe. Ashley comes from a large family and is the youngest of 10 children.
Ashley’s love for music started at the age of 4 when he started playing the drums and his interest quickly switched to the bass guitar. A-Luv is a rare bass guitarist, as he plays with his left hand. He is very passionate about his music, his sound is very distinct and it shows during his performances!
A-Luv’s music career advanced quickly and allowed him the opportunity to branch out and play for different crowds in clubs, cafes, lounges and venues with numerous bands all over the world. His smooth performance and sound led him to captivate the eyes of other artists, and he has accompanied music greats such as smooth jazz artist Marcus Johnson, Marcus Anderson, Marcus Mitchell, Pastor John P. Kee and a host of other notable artists. His music career is extensive and he was also the music director for the hit stage play ” A Good Man is Hard to Find” directed by the late David Payton.
Although A-Luv loves to travel with other groups, he established his own band, “Above Water Band” in 2009 and they are currently traveling and accepting engagements.