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African American Music Appreciation Month – Luther Vandross
African American Music Appreciation Month

African American Music Appreciation Month – Luther Vandross

  There are only a handful of superstars whose first name alone brings instant recognition.  Luther is one of them. Luther Vandross was and will always be one of the most influential black male voices in music. It was his voice and distinct singing style that led to his monumental success. Without a doubt, you … Continue reading

African American Music Appreciation Month – Conya Doss @conyad
African American Music Appreciation Month

African American Music Appreciation Month – Conya Doss @conyad

Once upon a time, in a nightclub in Maryland, a young woman approached Conya Doss after her performance during the meet and greet.  The young woman, introduced herself to Ms. Doss, “I am a local artist.”  Ms. Doss  immediately corrected her, “You are an artist.”  I replied, “Yes.  I am an artist.”  Conya Doss has … Continue reading

African American Music Appreciation Month – Brandy @4everBrandy
African American Music Appreciation Month

African American Music Appreciation Month – Brandy @4everBrandy

Brandy Norwood, known simply as Brandy, musical career has spanned over 20 years.   Brandy’s family moved to LA, in her early childhood to pursue opportunities in entertainment for her and her younger brother.  Her mother, managed her career and sought a record deal for her daughter.  In 1992, Brandy began singing background for teen sensations, … Continue reading

African American Music Appreciation Month – CynDiva @therealCynDiva
African American Music Appreciation Month

African American Music Appreciation Month – CynDiva @therealCynDiva

The youngest of 11 children, CynDiva learned early to use her voice and be heard.  Before she joined the family of The Mellow Mix, she used her voice to create beautiful melodies.  As a teenager, CynDiva joined classmates from Paul Laurence Dunbar high school and formed a group, Unit Steele.  Unit Steele consisted of One … Continue reading

African American Music Appreciation Month – Barry White
African American Music Appreciation Month

African American Music Appreciation Month – Barry White

Barry White began his career as a studio session musician in the 1960s.  White made his recording debut at the very young age of 11, playing piano on Jesse Belvin’s “Good Night My Love”, and recorded “Little Girl” at 16 with a group in LA named Upfronts.   White could be considered an “accidental” superstar, he recorded a demo … Continue reading

African American Music Appreciation Month – Avery*Sunshine @averysunshine
African American Music Appreciation Month

African American Music Appreciation Month – Avery*Sunshine @averysunshine

I first met Avery*Sunshine in 2011, opening for Rahsaan Patterson.  Sunshine was a beam of sunshine, charismatic, our interview was like old girlfriends sitting catching up on the past, and future plans.  She shared the history of her stage name, inspired by the characters “Shug Avery” and “Sunshine” from the film, Harlem Nights. Her live … Continue reading