Artists

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.

Kenny Lattimore

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

Kayla Waters

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

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

Marcus Johnson is an independent Billboard-ranked, internationally acclaimed Jazz
Keyboardist.
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.

Steve Oliver

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.

Vandell Andrew

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.

Ragan Whiteside

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.

Kayla Waters

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 year end 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. 

Passionately alluring, Kayla gracefully flourishes on stage, having played exhilarating and exuberant concerts at intimate venues, illustrious theaters and acclaimed festivals such as the Newport Beach Jazz Festival, Berks Jazz Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Catalina Island Jazztrax Festival, Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, Music City Jazz Festival, Capital Jazz Supercruise and the Algarve Jazz Festival in Portugal. Poised with purpose, the luminous artist shined brightly on national television at BET’s acclaimed “Black Girls Rock” awards show, revealing her tenacity and versatility by performing with legend Gladys Knight, Marsha Ambrosius, Corinne Bailey Rae and Imani Uzuri. The keyboardist was also invited to be a featured performer at the inaugural Fender Rhodes Fest in Los Angeles alongside a host of music contemporaries.  

 

A classically trained pianist who grew up in a jazz household, Kayla’s parents observed her innate passion for music when as early as 10-months old,  “baby Kayla” frequently made her way into the living room and began “playing” the family’s Brentwood piano. Enrolling in piano lessons at the age of six, she instantly fell in love with music and fervently began mastering her gifts. The daughter of urban-jazz saxophonist Kim Waters, Kayla closely observed the inner workings of the music industry by studying and admiring his successful career; it naturally inspired her to pursue her calling as a solo jazz pianist. In addition to being featured on several of her father’s albums, she has performed with him at various concerts and jazz festivals worldwide. These experiences nurtured her creative artistry, serving as fertile ground for Kayla’s evolution as an emerging artist, composer and producer. 

 

As a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Howard University where she earned a degree in Piano Performance, Kayla credits the institution for her success. Spiritually grounded, she serves as Associate Music Director at Grace Brethren Church in Maryland and delights in the opportunity to share her God-given gifts of music in ministry. Firm in her faith and wholly aware of her unique purpose, Kayla never loses sight of God divinely orchestrating her every move.

Four80East

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”.

Don’t let the title of Four80East’s latest album Off Duty fool you—after over 20 years, veteran Toronto based composers and remix producers Tony Grace (beats and percussion) and Rob DeBoer (guitar, keyboards) are busier than ever, finding colorful melodic and grooving new twists on their trademark Nu Jazz vibe. While the titles of their previous hit albums En Route (2007) and Roll On (2009) reflected a dynamic high energy dance element in the mix—a sound they fully captured in their huge, award winning hybrid hit single “Noodle Soup”–Four80East is kickin’ back and chillin’ this time around with a fresh update on the classic acid jazz influence that drove their earlier recordings in the late 90s.

Not that the two multi-talented musicians couldn’t use a break like the New York City cab whose neon “Off Duty” sign (photographed by DeBoer) glows on the album cover. After working primarily in the studio for the first 17 years of their eclectic partnership, they’ve been hitting the road regularly since 2007, mixing it up onstage with some of contemporary urban jazz’s most popular artists at festivals and venues across the U.S. Since the release of Roll On, they’ve also expanded their longtime audio production business to launch Ooya, Inc., which focuses on TV and film composing. One of their long term gigs has been doing the music for Income property, a home improvement show on HGTV that debuted in 2009. Longtime fans of the duo know that their history includes recording their own albums as The Boomtang Boys, and producing and remixing for a variety of pop stars over the years as they built their film scoring resume

The duo originally launched Boomtang in 1990 as a 12-inch label, releasing club singles to the U.K. Their production of Camille’s “Deeper Shade of Love” single won a Juno award in 1995 for best dance recording and went on to become the second biggest single at radio for Sony Germany. They showed a knack for hopping between genres by simultaneously earning a Juno nomination in the best R&B/Soul category for their production on Charlene Smith’s “Feel the Good Times.” In the 2000s, their expansive work flow included remixes and additional material for projects with Carol Pope, Billy Klippert and Kayle; co-writing and producing the film score and soundtrack for the Bravo film “When Moses Awoke”; and writing and producing for Fessional (“Summer Vibes,” which went Top 30 at CHR Radio), Colette Baron-Reid, Ash Lee Blade (an up and coming heavy metal artist), Simone Denny (“Cliché,” which hit #4 on Billboard’s Dance Singles chart) and pop legend Melissa Manchester.

Marcus Johnson

Marcus Johnson is an independent Billboard-ranked, internationally acclaimed Jazz  Keyboardist.  

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.  

Al Green’s hit “Let’s Stay Together” is the lead single and announces a musical journey of R&B  Jazz from Marcus Johnson’s voice on keys, all while maintaining the MJ ‘Factor Groove’ that  established him as one of the giant keyboardists of jazz funk urban music made famous by  legendary jazz greats, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Sample, Bob James,  Chick Corea, and others.  

FLO…For the Love Of  

Along with his notable accomplishments as a musician, Marcus Johnson is also the President/ Owner of FLO Brands, LLC which houses his wine label, FLO Wines, Inc., named “USA Today’s  Top 10 Celebrity Wines”.  

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. 

Music Entrepreneurship  

Marcus is a believer in every person defining his/her dreams and charting an individual path to  success. While pursuing his JD and MBA at Georgetown, Marcus independently produced and  distributed his first CD, Lessons in Love, which sold more than 40,000 units, a phenomenal  success for an unknown independent artist’s debut. Marcus partnered with Black  Entertainment Television (“BET”) founder Robert L. Johnson, to establish Marimelj  Entertainment Group and Three Keys Music. Marcus has released more than 16 Billboard  charted CDs, and produced and released works by national jazz artists including Michael  Lington, Jaared Arosemena, Bobby Lyle, Nick Colionne, Alyson Williams, and smooth jazz  saxophonists Phillip “Doc” Martin and Brian Lenair.  

For more information, please visit: www.marcusjohnson360.com  

Award Nominations: NAACP Image Award Nominee 

Notable Festivals  

Gardena Jazz Festival  
Jacksonville Jazz Festival 
7th Annual Jazz Legacy Gala 
Jazz Downtown Winston Salem Jazz Series  
Elan Troutman’s Barbados Jazz & Golf  
Jazz by the Lake, Edgewater Marina  
Newport Beach Jazz Festival 
Phoenix, AZ Amplified Jazz Experience  
Martini Blu Fall Wine & Jazz Festival  
Derby City Jazz 
Silver Spring Jazz Festival 
Ferrario Jazz Festival 
Berks Jazz Festival 
Capital Jazz Festival and Cruise 
Clifford Brown Jazz Festival 
Norfolk Jazz Festival 
Spring Breeze Jazz Festival 
Temecula Jazz Festival 
Jazz Fest West Munich Jazz Fest 
Derby City Jazz Festival 
St. Lucia Jazz Festival 
Earl Klugh Jazz Weekend, Kiawah Island  
Manassas Wine & Jazz Festival 
Jazz Legacy Foundation Jazz Festival 

Notable Venues

Blues Alley Jazz Club
Blue Note Napa
City Winery Atlanta
City Winery DC
Spaghettini’s
St. James Live
Nighttown
SOUTH Jazz & Restaurant
Rams Head
Strathmore AMP
Perfect Note
Blu+Jazz
City Winery Nashville
Bethesda Blues and Jazz
The Hamilton
Yoshi
Strathmore Theater
John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

MARCUS JOHNSON DISCOGRAPHY:

Inter Alia (1997)
Lessons In Love (1997 & 2005)
Chocolate City Groovin’ (1998)
Coming Back Around (1999)
Urban Groove (2000)
Live at Blues Alley (2002)
Just Doing What I Do (2005)
Smooth Jazz Christmas (2005)
In Concert For A Cause (2006)
Phoenix (2007)
For the Love of Romance (2008)
For the Love of Standards (2008)
For the Love of Chill (2008)
Poetically Justified (2009)
For the Love of Chill Vol. 2 (2010)
This Is How I Rock (2010)
Capital w/Young Pulse (2013)
Live and Direct DVD (2014)
Live and Direct feat. Urban Jam Band (2015) Ballads…In My Voice (2019)

Steve Oliver

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.

With his 2019 full-length album “Illuminate”. A follow up to 2016’s acclaimed all vocal project “Pictures & Frames” (recorded with the legendary Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Leland Sklar on bass at the famed Capitol Studios in Hollywood), Illuminate is record deeply rooted in contemporary jazz guitar melodies and Steve’s trademark wordless vocalese. With Steve’s instantly recognizable guitar lines and a list of guest artists that includes bass virtuoso Jimmy Haslip, the incredible Joel Taylor on drums, and sax luminary Nelson Rangell, Illuminate puts the spotlight back on one of the genre’s most engaging performers and songwriters.

Ragan Whiteside

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. 

She participated in Mount Vernon High School’s HBCU-influenced marching bands, entered multiple musical competitions – some with cash prizes – and won. She was mentored by members of the National Association of Negro Musicians, many of whom held positions as opera singers, music directors, and instrumentalists in classical music at a time when African Americans were still not often included.  She also participated in the NAACP’s ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics) competitions for young people, where she won both regional and national titles in two different years.  Whiteside went on to the Cleveland Institute of Music but soon found that it was not a good fit. Instead, she transferred to the highly competitive HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, where she was the only African American in her class. The pressure to perform well was intense. “I realized that to endure that type of pressure, your heart has to be in it … and my heart was someplace else. I wasn’t sure where, but I was determined to find out.” 
 
Influenced by such diverse flute masters as jazz-classical player Hubert Laws, the late Latin jazz artist Dave Valentin, and the French classical flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal, Whiteside’s rigorous musical training prepared her to play in the most prestigious symphony orchestras in the world. Yet, after graduation, Whiteside admits she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. Back home in Mount Vernon, she attended a show at a local jazz club where keyboardist, producer, and composer Bob Baldwin was headlining. While watching, Whiteside says she had an epiphany: “I was sitting up front and I said, ‘Oh my God. This is what I want to do.’”
 
After the show, she introduced herself to Baldwin. “I told him, ‘Look I’m a classical musician but I want to make the transition to jazz. Will you help me? And he pretty much took me under his wing, right then and there,” Whiteside explains. “And two days later, I went to a studio in Yonkers, and it was my first non-classical studio session.” Whiteside performed a Stevie Wonder tune for Baldwin and studio owner Dennis Johnson, who later became her husband. “That’s how we met,” Whiteside adds. “I played a Stevie Wonder tune, and they were like, ‘Hey, we need some flute on this jingle for [New York smooth jazz station] CD 101.9.’ And I did that, and from there Bob was teaching me how to make that transition from classical to jazz, and Dennis taught me all about audio engineering and making music with computers.”  Since then, Johnson and Baldwin have become Whiteside’s frequent songwriting collaborators.
 
Whiteside soon began her successful foray into the contemporary soul-jazz sphere. After launching the Randis Music label in 2007 with her husband Johnson, she collaborated with Johnson and Baldwin again on her 2007 release Class Axe, 2012’s Evolve, 2014’s Quantum Drive, 2017’s Treblemaker, and 2020’s five-track EP Five Up Top. She also teamed with popular saxophonist Kim Waters for the 2017 release Early Arrival. She has collaborated on tracks with Marion Meadows, Patrice Rushen, Tom Browne, Melba Moore, Chieli Minucci, Frank McComb, and others. She has also performed at the Berks Jazz Fest, the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival in Spain, and the Capital Jazz Super Cruise.
 
In late 2020, Whiteside added another title to her list of accomplishments: Radio personality. Whiteside now holds down the popular Saturday morning time slot on Atlanta’s Jazz Station WCLK 91.9, another role she has grown to enjoy.  “I like learning about the other side of radio that musicians typically don’t see or know about. And it’s cool. I dig it,” she says.
 
Though the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down or halted live performing for the better part of a year, more opportunities loom as the country reopens in mid-2021. Whiteside has stayed busy recording and being a mom to two children, aged 5 and 3. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her next album, due in 2022. Becoming a jazz artist of note is the fulfillment of a childhood goal, and Whiteside is just getting started.