Born and raised in Hempstead, New York, Nat’s initiation into hip hop was a rite of passage as it was for many boys who grew up near hip hop’s birthplace. But unlike most of those kids trying to be the next hot rapper, Nat was blessed with the natural ability to vocally and lyrically flow. His rhyme writing skills are second to absolutely none, and his free-style abilities are equally phenomenal. And when you add the experience, intelligence and wisdom that always find their way into his songs, you have the best of all possible worlds – a hip hop artist with smarts, style and substance. Nat began his professional career while in the military and stationed in Seattle, Washington. He was approached by a local rapper named Kazy D. who had gotten word that Nat was an amazing free-style rapper. The end result of their meeting was a collaboration entitled Ashes to Ashes, and through Kazy D. Nat would go on the meet and tour with such rap veterans like Master P and E-40. Shortly thereafter, Nat moved back to the East Coast and began embarking on a solo career, sharing stages with accomplished acts such as Dead Prez, Product G&B and Swave Sevah. His energy, skillful wordplay and formidable stage presence make him a commanding force as a live performer as well as a beast in the recording studio. As Nat’s professional career has grown, so has his vision for his writing and his ability to move crowds. He has found that hip-hop alone wasn’t where he wanted to have a voice, so Nat has taken turns as a motivational speaker, host and a blog writer. The skill, depth, emotion and passion that make his music outstanding are clearly present in these pursuits as well. He is a founding member of the R&B group Delasha, where he serves as a songwriter, co-executive producer and emcee. Future plans include launching a mentoring program for at-risk youth, and additional promotion and production with and for other artists.
Gordon Chambers is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter and record producer who has written songs for over 75 recording artists including Angie Stone, Yolanda Adams, The Isley Brothers, Brandy, Trey Songz, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Usher, Marc Anthony, Jamie Foxx, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Beyoncé Knowles. His #1 hits as lyricist include Anita Baker's Grammy-winning hit "I Apologize", Brownstone's Grammy nominated hit "If You Love Me", Angie Stone's "No More Rain (In This Cloud)", the Grammy nominated theme of Set It Off "Missing You" (performed by Brandy, Tamia, Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan) and Yolanda Adams "Someone Watching Over Me". He is the winner of eight awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), has four Dove Award nominations, and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards, winning for the song "I Apologize" that he wrote for Anita Baker. His songs have been performed at the ESSENCE Awards, American Music Awards, The Goodwill Games and the White House. His prestigious appearances, in addition to acclaimed European and Japanese tours,have included the Essence Music Festival, The Congressional Black Caucus, The Apollo Theater, Constitution Hall, B. B King's and the Kennedy Center.
While working as entertainment editor for Essence magazine in 1993, an interview with Queen Latifah led to the opportunity to write the song "Winki's Theme" that appeared on her 1993 album Black Reign. His solo albums have been nominated for Independent Soul Album of the Year by Soultracks.com and have been among CDBaby's top R&B sellers. His first solo album "Introducing Gordon Chambers" was released in 2005. The debut featured special guests Carl Thomas, Glenn Lewis, Sara Devine, Roy Hargrove and Mike Phillips. His second album, Love Stories, was released in 2007 and features soul artist Ledisi. Gordon Chambers is on the precipice of yet another exciting milestone in his career as a recording artist with the release of his third solo album, Sincere. Featuring production by The BeatBanggahz (Kenny Lattimore, Trey Songz, J. Holiday); A. Jermaine Mobley (Music Soulchild, Lalah Hathaway, Carl Thomas, Eric Roberson), and Chambers himself—alongside flavorful newcomers Darien Dorsey, Blake Melodius and Mike Severson, Sincere effortlessly melds a pop/ R&B sound with a classic soul aesthetic that is certain to surprise and delight contemporary R&B fans and soul enthusiasts alike. Sincere also finds Chambers reuniting with one of his former duet partners, vocalist Sara Devine, on the Thomas Whitfield gospel standard “Walk With Me, Lord.” Recorded live at a gig and unrehearsed, the spontaneous rendition evokes all the intensity of a Sunday morning praise & worship performance. With all the ingredients at hand, it’s hard to imagine that Chambers’ recipe could lose. “There are many sounds on this album, but I think there’s truly something for everybody on this album,” he says. “A lot of the great artists of our time have taken chances. I took chances sonically this time, because change is inevitable. This is an album that is reflective of where I am in this moment in time. Sincere has something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. This is the chapter I’m writing at this point in my career. And the way it’s sequenced, it takes the listener from the current to the classic. It’s a nice journey. You cook with what’s in the kitchen at the time.”
Born and reared in Richmond, VA, Jarrard Anthony was best known as a three-year old Chuck Berry impersonator. Demonstrating an early aptitude for writing songs to video game melodies, Anthony caressed his first keyboard on Christmas Day at age 10. By high school, he’d made a commitment to share his gifts and seriously study his craft, learning from influences as varied as Maurice White of Earth Wind and Fire, Sting, Jodeci, and the bright-voiced Corey Day from Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band. While still in school, Anthony joined an R&B group, Personal Preference, learning the art of compromise and collaboration that would later inform his writing for artists like Howard Hewitt, Franklin Roberts, Bobby Lyle, Tonia Woods and being sought after for studio work with Levi Little of Blackstreet, Tim Dillinger, CJ Lewis, and producer Joshua Thompson (Babyface, Joe), among others. Refinement in dance, voice, and performance came through 10,000 gladwell hours of group rehearsals, practices, lessons, talent show and local radio showcases, before eventually wowing the Apollo audience in New York, ultimately taking the Amateur night win. Always growing, always searching, at age 19 Anthony decided to step out on his own as a solo artist, releasing a single “So D-vine” that became a Central Virginia hit. His indie EP debut, The Dream (Thermite/Stonegroove), soon followed as did a #2 spot on the UK charts, holding for several weeks. His gifts continuing to make room for him, Anthony’s early recording success overseas opened the doors for relationships with famed producers Nate Smith, Bob Baldwin, Nolan Doran, and Joe McMinn, who worked for two years with Anthony on the 2004 full-length release of the critically acclaimed Don’t Sleep…Just Dream. An international “Don’t Sleep…Just Dream” tour followed, taking Anthony on stages around the globe and subsequently turning down financially dubious major label deals, earning the moniker, “Mr. Independent.” Over the next five years, Mr. Independent would launch a label, JAP Music Entertainment Group, land a major distribution deal with Bungalo/Universal, be featured in numerous magazines (VIBE, Black Beat, Blues & Soul), and share stages with artists like Silk, Monica, Cam’ron, Amerie, The O’Jays, L.L. Cool J, Howard Hewitt, Lyfe Jennings, Anthony Hamilton, The Gap Band and Pieces of A Dream, among others—artists as varied in their musical genres and storytelling approach as Anthony was becoming in his own. Genre-hopping and hybrid-blending jazz,
classic soul, urban R&B, electro- and acoustic soul, the 2005 Urban Independent Music Awards nominated Anthony released an intimacy project in 2006, S.ynergistic E.nergy X.change (The Movement), the 2008 acoustic Diary of a Messenger EP, and concluded an 11-year run with a 2009 Decade of Dreams compilation, garnering a minor radio hit with “Damn Sista” and a 2009 SoulTracks Readers’ Choice Awards nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year. Capping the year with the success of what essentially served as a greatest hits project, Jarrard Anthony retired from the industry on a high note to focus on family, marriage, and spiritual development, to grow in yet even newer directions. Still, life is a circle and restoration has a way of bearing fruit. Over the next two years, the undeniable endowment of his sun in songs like “Lucky Day” relentlessly shadowed his footsteps; the sultry “Healer” and “Blowing On Ur Back” wrapped themselves in his bed sheets, illustrating his dreams; the tickle of testimony pressed him to proclaim the safety and the warmth discovered in every one of his wife’s “Galaxy” centering embraces; and, the nagging urge to reveal the quiet lessons he learned by slowing down and becoming “Invisible” again only to reemerge renewed–so much begged to be shared. Unable to resist the call to express the glowing energies surrounding his life and love in his season, Anthony begin to put pen to paper, hugging his guitar’s familiar body once more in preparation for new birth. It wasn’t long before Anthony’s first album’s producer, composer and drummer Nate Smith (Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley), was back behind the boards helping to create the affirming doo wop harmonies of “Something Like Love,” the stepper’s R&B of “Cloud,” and the true-to-life hip hop of “Never See Her Again.” Soon, he was inviting indie star, Darien (SoulPersona, Reel People), to join him in a rare male duet over a bossa nova groove for Anthony’s tropical ode to love, “All Around the World.” Virginia newcomer Patricia Covington and jazz legend Lonnie Liston Smith joined Anthony on the woodwind laden “I Love U,” a flirty mid-tempo duet that pays homage to Weldon Irvin and the driving soul of Anthony’s youth. Together Smith and Anthony travel over a wide terrain of stories and layered musical genres—from house to jazz to ‘70s soul—without ever losing the relaxed, smooth soul vibe that has personified the Jarrard Anthony sound. The result is an infectious joy infusing every song; its harmoniousness reflecting the peace and balance Anthony’s finally achieved in his spirit, life, and love.
With the NIA/Purpose Music Group distributed Ready to Live, Jarrard Anthony, lyrically and musically demonstrates a marked evolution from a carnal, young R&B lothario to the growing man who: exalts women in truthful, uncalculated ways; affirms the interiors of quiet men; voices the teaching chaos preceding the order of enduring relationships, and humbly encourages the principles of a balanced life without ever deigning to preach, rather to teach. Speaking life and opening heart chakras with every soothing, edifying sound, Anthony reveals in Ready to Live the possibilities of connection and the heart of every man who’s ever boldly, vulnerably stepped to love seeking to be better than they were the day before. Better, stronger, and wiser, in Ready to Live, Jarrard Anthony bears the journey of his soul and it sounds oh so good.
Pezo Johnson of the Poems Over Pistols program in
Atlanta talks about his radio beginnings, working in juvenile detention
centers, using his degree in English communications, the changes that
radio needs to make, how the program turns anger into songs/raps, plans
to expand into other cities, the 7-method process of the P.O.P program,
the requirements that go into the program, examples of success from
P.O.P program, famous artists and DJ's who've supported the movement,
upcoming events to look for, the petition against violence and much
Coach Kelly Green of Insider Branding Secrets sat
down with C.Truth of Thermal Soundwaves to speak on
her start in the business, working for the multiple sclerosis society,
what it was like to work with Erykah Badu and Notorious BIG, wellness
coaching, branding vs.marketing, what she teaches her clients, why it
takes more than just being on social media to be a success, the best
part of her business, how to engage with your audience, and 1 insider
secret to build upon. Kelly gave great information for those serious in
expanding their companies.
Jennifer Cruté started writing comics in 2003. She is featured in a Current TV segment about women in comics called "Kapow! The New Comic Book Heroines." At the East Coast Black Age of Comics convention (ECBACC), her strips were nominated for "Best Rising Star" in it's Glyph Comic Awards (GCA) category. Her cartoons were featured in "Bitch" magazine's 2009 winter issue. She was a finalist in Lambda Legal's "Life Without Fair Courts" contest and was also a speaker on the "Dark As Ink" panel at Skidmore College. Jennifer is also a painter and studies at the Art Students League of New York. She continues to develop a body of work in oil and mixed media. She has shown her work at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) museum in Brooklyn; The Limner Gallery in Hudson, N.Y.; And the Ocean Hill Arts Sanctuary in Brooklyn. She also works as a freelance illustrator (www.jennifercrute.com), and her clients include Merck, Tanqueray, Nabisco, and Sony. Jenn recently completed a comic for adults entitled, “Jennifer's Journal The Life of a SubUrban Girl Vol 1.” It’s the first book in a series that chronicles the life of this quirky and freckle-face, African American illustrator and artist. Pages from actual journals illustrate this misfit’s upbringing in the suburbs of New Jersey and her daily interactions as an adult in New York City. She introduces several colorful characters which include a host of grumpy family members, schoolmates that tease and gossip, and her close friends Josephine and Maryland’s own awkward experiences. Jennifer’s imaginary companions also influence her actions; they range from the meditative "Miss Buddha Bear" to her nemesis "Sister Sympathy" and her gang. Each accompanies Jennifer as she tries to maintain a positive outlook and peace of mind while battling the insanity of popular culture.