Sheila Escovedo is the daughter of percussionist Pete Escovedo, with whom she frequently performs. Sheila E's uncle is Alejandro Escovedo, formerly with Delphine Neid's first-wave punk rock group The Nuns, Rank and File and The True Believers, followed by a solo career. The late Tito Puente was Escovedo's godfather. She is also niece to Javier Escovedo, founder of seminal San Diego punk act, The Zeros. Another uncle, Mario Escovedo, fronted long-running indie rockers, The Dragons. Escovedo is of Mexican, African American, and Creole heritage. Coke Escovedo was also her uncle.
Saidah Baba Talibah www.sbtmusic.com will take you on a trip, get you high, bring you to your knees and take you to that place called grace, all in one album. Toronto rock soul songtress Saidah Baba Talibah’s – who’s been described as Living Color-meets-Erykah Badu – debut LP (S)Cream is more than just an album: it’s an experience. The suggestive, choose-your-own-adventure parentheses around the ‘S’ in the album’s title are indicative not only of the album’s lyrical content, but of Saidah as an artist and as a person.
Formerly lead vocalist with excellent Norwegian rockers SPAN, Jarle is now a solo artist with Universal Records. His debut album 'Ceramik City Chronicles' was released 1 September 2008. Whilst SPAN would count Aerosmith and Soundgarden amongst their influences, Jarle prefers to namecheck The Meters and Sly & The Family Stone, pursuing a funk/soul direction since the band split in 2005.
Jonathan Arthur "Chico" DeBarge (born June 23, 1966 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an African-American/French R&B singer and a younger brother of the members of the Motown family act DeBarge. He began a musical career of his own with Motown in the late-1980s, but was imprisoned for drug charges and served time in prison. After his release in the mid-1990s, DeBarge returned to Motown to continue his musical career. He later moved to Koch Records, where he released his LP, 2003's Free. On July, 14 2009 he released his sixth album, Addiction, under the Kedar Entertainment label.
Steve Spacek, the acclaimed voice behind the ground-breaking genre-pushing group Spacek (who were championed by everyone from Entertainment Weekly to Mos Def), made a name for himself at the turn of the century with the song
FLOetic Lara (aka FLO), soulful empress, passionate poet, supreme lyricist, articulate songwriter…Hailing from the mean streets of Brixton, this unique songstress comes equipped with a vast and versatile vocal ability. FLO has blessed the biggest live bands to the most hardcore hip hop beats, gospel choirs to poetry ciphers on the streets. Her voice has been described as that of a songbird with a jazz undertone.
Kem Owens (born in Nashville, Tennessee), professionally known as Kem, is an American R&B/soul singer, songwriter, and producer. He was raised in Detroit, Michigan. After finishing high school, Kem dealt with homelessness, addiction, and isolation from his family. He did not overcome these issues until he turned to spirituality and music, as he has said, "My career didn't take off until I connected with my spirituality.
Eli "Paperboy" Reed, a Boston-via-Delta South soul singer who conquered both street corners and punk clubs with a mix of grooved-out rave-ups and slow-burning ballads. Sounds like your favorite Motown and Stax Records livened up for the Winehouse era.