Roderick Anthony Burton II (November 25, 1987 – May 18, 2009), better known by his stage name Dolla, was an American rapper. Originally part of a group group called Da Razkals Cru with friends Scrappy and Sas, a 12 year-old Dolla rapped in showcases around his Atlanta, Georgia hometown. Eventually, the group caught the attention of both Missy Elliott and P. Diddy. However those two weren't the only executives interested. By 2001, the trio signed to Elektra Records where Dolla met then unknown singer, Akon, who was producing for the label.
The Honeyz were a London-based R&B girl group formed in 1997 that originally consisted of bandmembers Heavenli Abdi, Naima Belkhiati and Célena Cherry. In 1999 Heavenli Abdi left the group and was replaced by Mariama Goodman before returning to the band in 2000 after Mariama left. Before their split in 2002 the Honeyz released seven singles, 5 of which were Top 10. In 2005 they band reformed but member Naima Belkhiati left shortly after and was replaced by Célena's cousin Candace Cherry. Mariama Goodman briefly returned to the band after Heavenli Abdi (now Roberts) left due to pregnancy.
Jon Cleary is Originally from Great Britain but he has moved to the US. He is currently living near New Orleans, and he has for quite a while been carrying the traditions of New Orleans funk into the new millenium. Cleary builds on the traditions of such people as Dr. John and Professor Longhair. He plays a really mean piano with elements of polyrhythmic and a really funky groove. On several occasions Mr. Cleary has been playing the keyboards for Bonny Raitt while on tour, but he is also touring the world with his band - The Absolute Monster Gentlemen (AMG).
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears is a blues band from Austin, Texas influenced by Howlin' Wolf and James Brown. Formed in 2006 and fronted by Black Joe Lewis, the rest of the bands members, or the Honeybears, include Sugarfoot Watkins, Rooster Andrews, Big Show Varley, Wild Bill Slyder, McKnight the Night Train and Sleepy Ramirez. After being signed by Lost Highway Records at SXSW they released their debut album Tell 'Em What Your Name Is! in March of 2009.
Eddie Floyd (born Eddie Lee Floyd, 25 June 1937, Montgomery, Alabama ) is a Soul/R&B singer and songwriter, best known for his work on Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s. Eddie Floyd was unfortunately overshadowed by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Rufus Thomas. He not only had great hits on his own (most notably, "Knock On Wood"), but wrote songs for others, such as "You Don't Know What You Mean To Me" for Sam & Dave. Early Years
The Marvelettes were an American singing girl group on the motown label. As Motown's first successful female vocal group, the Marvelettes were most notable for recording the label's first US #1 pop hit, "Please Mr. Postman," and for setting the precedent for later Motown girl groups such as The Supremes and Martha & The Vandellas. In 1996, they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
Fueled by greats such as J Dilla, Raphael Saadiq & Pete Rock, multi instrumentalist and recording artist/producer Slakah the Beatchild's music is often described as a breath of fresh air. Soulful chords, warm harmonies & intricate progressions are the root of this unique feel good sound. On a quest to provide quality vibes to the world, Slakah the Beatchild presents Soul Movement vol I, a brilliant collection of instrumentals, collaborations & solo masterpieces. At 20 cuts deep, one listen will have true die-hard fans of soul hip-hop pleasantly lost in a musical daydream.
1) Congregation is a two piece blues and R&B band from London From Myspace: "Hailing from the New Cross bedsit scene looking like a couple of gangsters from the depression era, Congregation have lately been injecting the Blues and R&B genre with a heavy dose of class and soul. Benjamin Prosser (Slide Guitar, Bass drum) and Victoria Yeulet (Vocals, Leg Bells) play the kind of raw, slinky and seductive blues that have the power to restore one's faith in the genre.
Andre Williams (born Zephire Andre Williams in Bessemer, Alabama, on November 1, 1936) is an American R&B and punk blues musician who started his career in the 1950s at Fortune Records in Detroit. Some sources believe that Williams is the long-lost brother of Screamin' Jay Hawkins, a blues musician whose song "I Put A Spell On You" landed on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll charts.