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Nicole Willis

Nicole Willis began her professional career in London in 1984, singing and writing with the Washington Week In Review alongside members of The Brand New Heavies. She then returned to New York the following year to work with Blue Period and the Hello Strangers, meeting up with Supa DJ Dmitry Brill. Soon after, she sang alongside Lady Miss Kier Kirby and Dmitry in the earliest line-up of Deee-Lite.

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Bilal

Bilal (born Bilal Sayeed Oliver on August 23, 1979, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) is a soul musician and member of the musical collective known as Soulquarians. In 2001, his debut album — 1st Born Second — was released on the Interscope record label. Bilal's classical training at the Mannes Music Conservatory in New York was instrumental to his conversance with Jazz, voice, and big band arrangements. It has also been reported that he is capable of performing opera in seven languages and writes both music and lyrics.

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Mica Paris

Mica Paris (born Michelle Wallen on April 27, 1969 in London, England) is an English singer. She began singing in church at an early age and then went on to become a session singer at the age of 15, for bands such as Hollywood Beyond and Shakatak.
In 1988, she released her most successful single, My One Temptation, which peaked at #7. In the continuing years she went on to release many more singles and albums. She currently has her own show on BBC Radio 2, called Soul Sessions. She also competed in the ITV singing competition Hit Me Baby One More Time.

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Jarle Bernhoft

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.

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Nneka

Nneka Egbuna was born in a small town called Warri in Nigeria in 1981 and used to sing in her school’s and church choir in Nigeria. She says "In my life the only places I really felt secure were and still are in the Music and in the Lord“. After relocating to Germany she’s been singing “professionally“ for 5 years now. Her influences reflect her younger days in Nigeria as well as her time in the western world as she names famous compatriot Fela Kuti and legend Bob Marley as well as contemporary rappers Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Mobb Deep and Lauryn Hill.

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José James

Brooklyn based jazz-singer José James took a pretty direct route to getting Gilles Peterson’s attention. He flew over to London, went out clubbing and slipped the hugely influential DJ and prescient A&R man a copy of his demos! Intrigued by the hip young singer’s attitude, Gilles took a listen, and blown away by his stunning vocal version of Trane’s classic tune Equinox, immediately signed him to his thriving young indy label Brownswood.

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Syleena Johnson

Syleena Johnson (born September 2, 1976 in Harvey, Illinois) 's new album 'Chapter 4: Labor Pains' available for purchase online and in stores NOW. The new single 'Shoo Fly' is on radio now! Request it! NEW BIO: R&B's best kept secret is finally out. Another chapter in Syleena Johnson's book has been written. This time, it is more than recording an album. After amicably leaving an eight-year record deal with Jive Records in 2006, Syleena has launched her own label, Aneelys Records (Syleena spelled backwards). This opportunity comes by way of a label deal with Federal/Universal Music Group.

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