The Velvelettes were a 60's femal vocal group founded in 1961 by sisters Carolyn and Millie Gill with cousins Bertha Barbee-McNeal and Norma Barbee (both from Flint, Michigan) on the Western Michigan University campus, where they were students. The group signed to Motown Records, but weren't given top priority, as other female vocal groups were attracting audiences and recording hits. While the group awaited their chance at stardom, they recorded backing vocals for more established Motown girl groups, including The Marvelettes, Martha & The Vandellas, and The Supremes.
Estelle Fanta Swaray (born 18 January 1980 in London, United Kingdom) commonly known as Estelle, and formerly as Est'elle, is an English R&B singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer. In 2009, she won a Grammy Award for American Boy featuring Kanye West in the category for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration as well receiving the MOBO for 'Best Newcomer' and received three consecutive 'Best Female Artist' trophies from the UK Hip-Hop Awards.
Olivier Daysoul, real name Olivier St. Louis, born in Washington DC, is a Hatian American based in the UK. He graduated from Oxford University. An artist with an eclectic take on musicality, merging the classics like Al Green with the eccentricities of Prince. Olivier Daysoul delivers a multitude of musical color that keeps your head nodding and your ears watering for more. He has also worked with numerous artists such as Hudson Mohawke, Onra, Dam-Funk, Mike Slott & many more.
Medallist's FREE live ep is available via their myspace. Coming together in and around the Bristol area in late 2006, electro rock band Medallist exist as a glorious anomaly in a musical era dominated by run of the mill 'indie bands' and fly by night 'next big things'. Haunting the Bristol scene for a couple of years now these five hipsters give artpop a positively Bristol flavour. Driving beats and synth-laden dance rhythms are overlayed with snarling guitars and vocals, complete with sleazy sneer and sweet falsettos.
Andwele Gardner (born February 14, 1978 in Detroit, Michigan), better known simply as Dwele, is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter and producer known for his work with Slum Village, J Dilla and Kanye West. After self-releasing the demo tape Rize in 2000, he released his debut studio album Subject in 2003 through Virgin Records, his second album Some Kinda followed in 2005 and his third studio album Sketches of a Man was released in 2008. His fourth studio album W.W.W. (W.ants. W.orld. W.omen) was released in 2010.
Jaguar Wright is a soul/R&B vocalist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is part of the Okayplayer collective. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, especially in the case of fiery Philadelphia chanteuse Jaguar Wright. As notorious for her impassioned, spine-tingling vibrato as she is for her show-stealing performance at Jay-Z
Cassandra Wilson (born 4th December 1955) is a U.S. jazz vocalist and two-time Grammy Award winner from Jackson, Mississippi. Two of her albums, Blue Skies (1988) and New Moon Daughter (1996), have topped the US jazz charts, and the latter also won her a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance in 1997. More recently, Wilson's latest album Loverly (2008) also won the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009.
“Fresh” – a Hip-Hop term used in the late 80’s indicating something new and unique. Growing up in Hip-Hop’s Golden Era, Duane Gibson aka D.O. became of a fan HipHop music in the 80’s always looking for the newest, “freshest” HipHop music. When he became an MC in his twenties, he began working with Byram Joseph aka Slakah the Beatchild. A child of the nineties, Joseph grew up in a different era of HipHop.
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.