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.
Since breaking through to contemporary urban jazz stardom in the early 2000s, Nick Colionne has been one of the genre´s most dynamic and tireless live performers, headlining hundreds of shows and energizing fans across the U.S. and Europe with his sizzling blend of jazz, R&B, funk, blues and soulful, seductive vocals. Over the years, the charismatic, inspirationally fashionable (courtesy of designer Stacy Adams) Chicago based guitarist´s album titles have kept everyone in the loop as to where his musical heart is. He has mastered the art of Keepin´ It Cool (2006), pushed musical boundaries to a place where there are No Limits (2008), urged us to Feel The Heat (2011) and later explored some of his deepest Influences (2014).
On his newly-released Trippin ´N´ Rhythm album The Journey, Nick takes stock of his extraordinary career, the wonderful musicians he´s played with, the people he´s met, worked with and entertained, and the amazing places he´s traveled with his electric guitar. It´s taken him to great heights recently, as the three Top 5 singles from Influences led him to be named Billboard´s #5 Artist of the Year for 2015. Nick keeps the forward momentum going with the infectious and grooving title track and lead single from The Journey. Upon the single´s release at the end of February 2016, it earned a “#1 Most-Added” designation on iTunes and Billboard, and quickly reached #1 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz and Groove Jazz Music charts!
Master Pianist, Visionary, Writer and Producer, James Lloyd Is Full Speed Ahead on his Shanachie Entertainment Debut CD “Here We Go” Featuring Special Guests & Tributes to George Duke and ‘The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul’
“Now feels like the right time for many reasons,” confesses pianist James Lloyd, a legend on the contemporary jazz scene, about the timing of his Shanachie Entertainment debut CD, Here We Go. Lloyd, who has shared the stage with everyone from James Brown to Count Basie, was recently on a plane that was struck by lightning and forced to make an emergency landing. The celebrated pianist shares, “I just turned 50 and realized that each day is a blessing. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us, finishing the rest of this sentence isn’t even promised. Recording my first solo album is something I wanted to complete while I’m still here.” For fans of contemporary jazz, James Lloyd is no stranger. He is a pioneering member of the groundbreaking band Pieces of a Dream (that will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year) who, like artists John Coltrane, Grover Washington, Jr., Gamble, Huff, Patti Labelle and Teddy Pendergrass all got their start in the “City of Brotherly Love.” The city’s rich musical tradition is the foundation for Lloyd’s expansive creative vision. “I didn’t realize it as much when I was a kid, but Philly had and has a certain vibe spiritually and musically,” confides Lloyd. “I’m a product of all that I have listened to and absorbed. There’s a lot of music floating around in my head, I’m just trying to get it out and hope that it touches some people.”
The earthy, charismatic and beautiful Lindsey Webster is a surprising and welcomed anomaly in the contemporary jazz world. The sultry and soulful young singer/composer, who has scored two Billboard #1’s on the Contemporary Jazz Chart, making her the first vocalist in the format to garner a #1 since the iconic Sade, is still amazed by her own success.
“It is unbelievable that it is really happening” says Webster. “But now that it has, I feel like my world and career have opened up and that it is only the beginning!” Blessed with a honey-toned voice and enviable range, Webster’s uniquely identifiable sound is fueled by potent messages of love that are timely for today’s climate. Webster is holding her own in a largely male dominated genre comprised of artists who are much older than her and she is quickly becoming a favorite on the charts and international touring circuit. Her sophomore Shanachie recording,
A dynamic lead bass player from Kansas City, bassist Julian Vaughn is rapidly becoming a major player in the contemporary jazz genre. Vaughn has made a name for himself as bassist in the smooth jazz genre which is dominated by saxophone players. Although the bass is often associated with funk, Vaughn likes to play with more of a finesse style as well as some funk.
Vaughn grew up in the church where his grandfather pastored until turning over the reins to Vaughn’s father. Like other kids at the church, he began his music career playing the drums, but says, “Trying to play the drums at church was like ten football players going after a fumble.
Guitarist Adam Hawley is a gifted performer, sideman, and educator, known for his lithe, groove-oriented approach to contemporary jazz and R&B. After working steadily for over a decade with many marquee jazz and pop artists, Hawley launched his solo career with his breakthrough 2016 debut album, Just the Beginning, which featured three chart-topping smooth jazz singles including “35th Street,” “Joy Ride,” and “I Don’t Mind.”
He followed that up with the #1 single “Can You Feel It” off of his 2nd project Double Vision. Along with performing, the guitarist has a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, and balances his time between playing live and teaching at places like Musician’s Institute, Chaffey College, and Saddleback College.
Lin Rountree aka The Soul-Trumpeter, is an accomplished recording artist, producer and live performer. With Six solo projects, Twelve Chart Topping Billboard singles (Including his Billboard #1 hit “Pass The Groove”) and numerous collaborations with some of the industry’s top R&B/Contemporary Jazz artists to his credit he is poised to be one of the most renowned artists of his generation.
Lin began playing the trumpet in Alexandria VA., when he was just 11 yrs. old and frequently attended music development programs at The Duke Ellington School for performing arts in Washington DC. Upon his graduation from High School Lin was recruited into the Music program at Florida A&M University where he performed with the famed Marching 100’. And shortly thereafter Lin entered into the lifelong Brotherhood of the OMEGA PSI PHI Fraternity Inc.. After receiving his degree from FAMU he found his home in Detroit, Michigan where he formed a band and performed extensively throughout the region. 2004 saw the release of Lin’s debut CD, GROOVETREE on independent label BDK Records, which was met with international acclaim. After releasing one more CD under BDK: SUMTHIN’ GOOD and another SOUL-TREE, The Soul-Jazz Experience (self released) also to rave reviews, he was sought after and signed to major label, Trippin’ N Rhythm Records, where he subsequently wrote and co-produced three more projects: SERENDIPITOUS, SOULFUNKY and his current hit CD, STRONGER STILL.
The Phil Denny surge has become a topic of conversation and interest among an international audience spawning loyal and borderless fanfare. Impressive artistry, presence and passion combined with a unique ability to connect with people on and off the stage have earned Denny a resume of notable achievements in just a short time and give reason to play on.
Since emerging onto the smooth jazz scene in 2012 much traction has been made by the efforts of saxophonist and businessman, Phil Denny. The 5x Billboard charting, independent artist has been described as a passionate and soulful player often captivating audiences with his smooth, sexy yet energetic style. Friends and fans alike often describe him as a people’s musician having developed and maintained a very active, loyal and ever-growing fan base even before the release of his internationally recognized 2012 debut CD, Crossover.
She was born December 25th in Detroit, Michigan and began her musical journey at the tender age four. She studied classical music while attending Howard University in Washington D.C. and later gained further musical inspiration from the accomplishments of Yusef Lateef, Ian Anderson, and her father, one of Motown’s original Funk Brothers, Dezie McCullers. She has since developed her own creative style.
For more than 10 years she was employed as a Wayne County Deputy Sheriff (Detroit, Michigan). Today, she is a full-time performing/recording artist and some regard her as a “master of her craft” and one of the world’s most exciting solo improvisational flutists.
In May 2013, she released her fifth project “In The Flow”. Collaborating with Grammy award winning producer Michael Broening, (producer for legendary icons George Benson and Paul McCartney) she cowrote the title track. That single became her biggest hit and reached number one ranking on both the Billboard Chart and the Smooth Jazz Chart. Althea Rene made history by becoming the first flute player in the history of Billboard Chart to reach the number one spot.
In April 2015, Althea Rene recorded her first live project. She and her rhythm section annihilated the stage of the beautiful Detroit Public Library with a free concert. Music fans from all over Michigan enjoyed a scorching hot performance. A compilation of some of her greatest hits, “Live in Detroit” is arguably her strongest work to date.
Jeanette Harris is the scintillating saxtress of smooth jazz. This lady understands that energetic and captivating performances matched with uplifting and inspiring vibrations in the music are the solid platinum recipe for success. Fans already recognize her for her wonderful cover of Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do,” which hit Billboard’s smooth jazz singles chart from her previous album, Saxified. Classically trained in both sax and piano, a graduate of Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music, and the saxophonist for the late, great Teena Marie’s final year of touring, Jeanette has weathered the fiercest challenges to bring the world her own brand of soulful healing vibes. That baptism awaits in her fourth CD, Summer Rain, on which Jeanette had a hand in writing all of the selections except her lovely cover of the Luther Vandross classic “Here and Now.” Its 11 sunny songs wrap the listener in the glow of fun love grooves and sweet romance.
“The music of Summer Rain is all about a positive vibe,” Jeanette states. “It’s about staying in love…never falling out of love, feeling good, being faithful and always following a positive route. Great things have happened for me in the last year. I’ve learned what’s really important in life – my family and my music.”
When a passionate adventurer finds music, then magic ensues. Guitarist Darnell “Showcase” Taylor captivates worldwide audiences through a style that balances tradition with innovation. Born and raised in Moncure, North Carolina, the self-taught musician started his love affair with instruments as a church kid having joined a local band at the age of 15.
Playing throughout the country for a wide variety of artists, Taylor eventually met Grammy Award winner Anthony Hamilton. The powerful, soul master added him to his critically acclaimed band where they continue to thrill music lovers across the globe in South Africa, France, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, and the Caribbean to name a few.
Marcel Anderson is an Urban Soul Contemporary Gospel Artist whose roots in gospel music began at an early age. A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Marcel was raised among a powerhouse of musicians and singers, which is where he discovered one of the many passions God placed in him, singing. Marcel has a BA in Psychology from Saint Augustine’s University and a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior from Capella University. With a passion for education and youth development, Marcel continues to showcase his musical talents on the stage while empowering the youth in his community with his mentoring program, Accelerating Men, Inc.
With an irresistible R&B and Urban Soul Contemporary Groove, Marcel reaches a new generation of young leaders and worshipers. He always allows the spirit of God to be glorified through his music and has shared the stage with local and national gospel greats such as Tye Tribbett, John P. Kee, Leandria Johnson, Shawn Bigby, and Teen Pure N Heart.
ADRIAN CRUTCHFIELD SAXOPHONES/ FLUTE/ EWI-SYNTH/ VOCODER/ VOCALS/ KEYBOARDS
Adrian Crutchfield is known around the world for his neo- soul sound. His smooth, unique timbre represents a variety of genres such as jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock, and more. ! ! ! ! ! Adrian’s star began shining at the age of four when he received his first saxophone during a concert in Roanoke, VA from acclaimed jazz artist Kenny G; who noticed Adrian’s interest from the audience, stopped the show, and invited him to the stage, playing a childish melody, and finally bestowing the sax to young Adrian.
Known as the last horn-man to perform and record (2012-2016) with Prince; Adrian is featured on many of Prince’s final masterpieces including the 2017 Grammy-Nominated Hit-N-Run Phase 2, and the un-released but highly anticipated “Black Is The New Black” Album.
Brad Keaton is changing the game with his soulful sound and unforgettable look. With many years of singing and songwriting experience, Brad brings a professional and polished product that crosses boundaries of race, religion, and demographic, engaging any audience and leaving fans wanting more.
He is passionate about the music that he creates, and therefore it is easy for Brad to communicate each song from the heart, giving 100% of himself every time he sings. Brad’s Latest Project, “Full Circle” debuted on the Billboard “Heatseekers” Chart at #4.
Marcus Anderson’s band is no ordinary house band. These are some of the most sought-after musicians of our era. Many of Marcus’ band members have solo careers and have played behind some of the most renown names to include Marcus Anderson. Band Members include: Musical Director & Keys Nile Hargrove, Drums Demetrice “Meat” Everett, Bass Antwon Timmons and Lead Guitar Tyrik “Paco” Bradley.