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Lettuce

(...)It was 1992 at the Berklee School of Music, and a few high school summer session kids exploded onto the Boston jazz scene with killer chops and bottomless energy. Drawn together at the altar of funky soul, Eric Krasno, Sam Kininger, Adam Deitch, Erick Coomes, Jeff Bhasker, and Ryan Zoidis began taking over local clubs and jam nights on borrowed sound equipment. Brash and precocious, the guys always got what they needed: "Let us borrow your gear." "Let us play one more tune." "Let us crash on your couch." Thus Lettuce ("Let us...") was born, and the funky gospel found another apostle.

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Lady Bianca

Rooted in the tradition of Gospel, Blues and Rhythm and Blues, singer/pianist/songwriter Lady Bianca has a voice that cuts straight to the soul of the listener. Her own material takes on life's issues with insight and purpose. Lady Bianca has a style laced with humor and even a dash of Country and Western. Along with her partner, and co-producer "Little" Stanley Lippitt, Lady Bianca has created the "Mighty Oakland sound". It is indigenous to the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Trey Songz

Trey Songz (born Tremaine Aldon Neverson in Petersburg, Virginia on November 28, 1984) is an African American contemporary R&B singer and songwriter. His debut album was Gotta Make It, released by Atlantic Records in 2005. Inspired musically by R&B artists from the 1960s and 1970s such as Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin as well as contemporary artists such as Luther Vandross and R.Kelly, the young star debuted in 2005 with great fanfare to a music genre starved for new young talent. Road to stardom

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Andy Fraser

Rock Icon Andy Fraser has been recently honored by BMI’s 3 Million Play Club for crafting the monster rock anthem "All Right Now". Andy Fraser is best known around the world as the legendary bassist and founding member of the 70's rock band FREE, and for writing Robert Palmer’s mega-hit "Every Kinda People". For over four decades Fraser has been composing and songwriting with artists’ Rod Stewart, Chaka Khan, Paul Young, Joe Cocker, Paul Carrick, Wilson Pickett, Three Dog Night, Bob Seger, Randy Crawford, Etta James, Frankie Miller, Ted Nugent, and many more.

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Sweet Inspirations

The Sweet Inspirations were founded by Cissy Houston, mother of Whitney Houston, and sister of Lee Warrick (herself the mother of well-known sisters Dee Dee and Dionne Warwick). Emily and Lee were members of The Drinkard Singers, a family group that had the distinction of recording the first gospel album to appear on a major label: A live recording from The Newport Jazz Festival in 1959. The line-up included Judy Guions (who later became Judy Clay), Marie Epps, Larry Drinkard, Nicholas Drinkard, Ann Moss, Lee and Emily.

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Meli'sa Morgan

Meli'sa Morgan's solo career got off to a great start in 1985, as her cover of Prince's "Do Me Baby" topped the R&B chart. She was previously a part of the groups Shades of Love and High Fashion. She recorded for Capitol from 1985 to 1987, and enjoyed two more Top Ten R&B singles with "Do You Still Love Me?" and "If You Can Do It: I Can Too!" before moving to Arista. Her duet with Kashif, "Love Changes," earned her another R&B hit that year, reaching number two. Her 1990 album, "The Lady In Me" gave Morgan a Top 40 R&B chart hit with the New Jack Swing song "Can You Give Me What I Want.

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Commodores

The Commodores were a highly successful soul/funk band in the 1970s. They met as freshmen at Tuskegee Institute, and signed to Motown having first caught the public eye supporting The Jackson Five on tour. Original Band Personnel * Lionel Richie (vocals, saxophone, piano) - born on 20 June 1949, in Tuskegee, Alabama.
* Thomas McClary (lead guitar) - born on 6 October 1950, in Eustis, Florida.
* Milan Williams (keyboards) - born on 28 March 1948, died June 9th, 2006 in Houston.
* William King (trumpet) - born on 30 January 1949, in Florida.

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