This vocal trio comprising brothers Kevon and Melvin Edmonds (both Indianapolis, Indiana, USA) alongside long-time friend Keith Mitchell, became one of the most successful urban R&B/soul acts in the USA of the early 90s. The brothers met Mitchell at Indiana University where he and Kevon were pursuing business studies degrees, and were also members of the Indiana University Soul Review. Melvin joined them after touring with the group Deele and working in the studio with Shalamar. After 7’s self-titled debut album was released in 1989 and documented what was already a potent live repertoire, based on 50s doo-wop harmonies combined with 90s hip-hop rhythms. It produced two US Top 10 singles, ‘Ready Or Not’ and ‘Can’t Stop’, and accrued a host of awards (including a Grammy nomination for Best Soul Group). The trio waited three years and toured with artists including M.C. Hammer, Gladys Knight and Whitney Houston before releasing the follow-up collection, Takin’ My Time, which achieved gold status.
Williams was born and raised in the projects of Daytona Beach, Florida. He enrolled in Bethune-Cookman College, but dropped out at age 21 and moved to Yonkers, New York to further his career. After an appearance on "Amateur Night at the Apollo" in 2001, he was invited to sing on the title track of Petey Pablo's album, Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry. In 2005, Williams appeared on the track "I-95" on rap group The L.O.X.'s mixtape Peer Pressure, earning him notice in hip-hop magazine The Source. Williams also put the track on his mixtape, The Street Gospel. Then, in 2006, Williams was featured on "Let There Be Light" on Ill Will Records founder Nas' album, Hip Hop Is Dead, which received play on BET music video show 106 & Park.
Williams had been working on a debut album, The Depth of My Soul, that was expected to be released in 2007, with guest appearances from Nas, Styles P, Kanye West and others. However, the album ended up being shelved indefinitely. Following his stint with Ill Will, Williams began working with Brooklyn, NY based producer Bob Perry. Together they formed a band called The Revelations feat. Tre Williams. Their original lineup included fellow R&B singer/songwriter Rell. The band's music was inspired by vintage soul records from the late 1960s and early 1970s. They released Deep Soul EP in 2008, followed by their full-length debut, entitled The Bleeding Edge, on October 6, 2009. A second full-length album Concrete Blues was released in November 2011 on Decision Records.
Lacee is a modern soul singer steeped in the classic Southern traditions that stretch back to Muscle Shoals and Memphis. Lacy Yvonne Reed claims the latter city as her hometown and it's there that she started singing in church with her mother, JoAnn Reed. Music became a vocation and in 2006 she released her debut album, Songstress, on Loveland Records. Songstress made an impact, helping her win the International Female Vocalist of the Year Award in Jackson, Mississippi's Jackson Music Awards. From that point on she worked steadily, performing and releasing an album every two or three years. In 2009, she signed with Advantage and delivered Lacee's Groove, which helped broaden her audience. The album was followed in 2011 by Soulful, the seasonal Christmas with Lacee in 2012, and Beautiful
BIG YAYO...THE KEEPER OF THE SOUTHERN SOUL FLAME
The Big Yayo Experience is based in Jackson, Mississippi also known as The City with Soul. Big Yayo has become a force in the new revival of blues and soul music. Producer turned artist has countless hits attributed to his unique production style, mixing old school funk, blues ,soul and a splash of 80 babies hip-hop drum programming, the Big Yayo sound keep the dancefloors filled to capacity.
Born and raised in the small town of Goodman, Mississippi a young Christopher Mabry started honing his musical skills by taking advantage of any musical outlets available in his small community. Mentored by his high school band director Robert Johnson and encouraged by his mother led the young Big Yayo on a musical journey that has taken him all over the country performing to capacity crowds.Big Yayo has become somewhat of an ambassador for the southern soul culture and with countless awards including the Cadillac George Harris award,and the ever popular JACKIE AWARD for Producer of the Year 2016.
Big Yayo is constantly touring and producing new music and exposing new artist to the southern soul sound and reintroducing more established artist to his new soul swing production style. Please contact Big Yayo at 601-624-1534, join his mailing list for tons of free stuff and follow him on his social sites and make sure you come out and see the Big Yayo Experience when he comes to your city or town!!
Who Is Karma?
They have the “IT Factor” total package… triple threats… They’re not perfect but they are determined and hard working to me the best artist in the world to work for…
KARMA is a musically diverse group of young ladies who will empower audiences for years to come. They pride themselves with positivity and want to spread it all over the world. Each of the pop sensations better known as “Americas Newest Sweethearts” are big dreamers with an even bigger sound filled with various genres including R&B, Pop, rock and soul.
Kirsten, born May 11, her dream is to be the best artist she can be and she is using her family and a guide. Kirsten gets her inspiration from both her mother and grandmother. Kirsten is extremely passionate about music so much that she cannot see herself without it. Her favorite quote is: “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today,” James Dean.
JaBria, born October 24, Native Memphian grew up singing in the church choir found her passion for being a singer at the age of 6. With 7 siblings all bubbling with different talents but pushing her to be the family superstar she knew right then her goal was to make her family proud and so she started pursuing her dreams guided by her father. Her favorite quote is “Live as if you’re going to die tomorrow so that you’re always dying to keep living.”
Miesha Michelle, born November 20, “Without self discipline, success is impossible… What you put in, is what you will get out … To be a success at anything you must put in your 10,000 hours ,” Dr. Arthur Levy. Those words from her father is the driving force behind her. She is motivated by her mother, Temmora Levy, manager, songwriter and singer. Miesha Michelle is what some would call an “triple threat” all-around pop sensation. She is multifaceted in an array of talents, singing, fitness, dancing and acting just to name a few. She has entered and won numerous beauty pageants and dance competitions.