Indira Milini Khan was born in Chicago and grew up in Los Angeles and New York City. The sultry young singer comes from a musical family; her mother is the legendary Pop/Soul icon Chaka Khan. Indira’s musical influence stems from performers of varied genres such as: The Artist (Prince), Aretha Franklin, Minnie Riperton, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Sarah McLaughlin and Sheryl Crow.
Indira began her professional music career at a young age. From the ages of fourteen to seventeen, she was the founding member of the Motown Records group Pretty in Pink. Indira was responsible for co-writing the majority of the groups material. After her stint with Pretty in Pink, she went on to record with Atlantic Records recording artist Miki Howard, Motown Records recording artist Johnny Gill and Island Records recording artist Shabba Ranks. Indira also appeared on projects by Loud Records recording artist Yvette Michelle, Mercury Records recording artist Paula Abdul and has also been featured on several Chaka Khanrecords as well.
Indira is known in the music industry as a prolific songwriter. It is her deeply personal songs and passionate writing that is true to her heart. Always striving as a singer and performer, Indira has toured extensively most recently with the Daughters of Soul and Rufus, both in the United States and Overseas. A benefit of Indira’s travels with her mother on the road is her perspective on how music is a powerful influence in the lives of all people. Though she considers her music mainly R&B, don’t be surprised to hear some funk, rock and jazz spicing up the tracks in her forthcoming release.
In Spring of 2016 Indira made her film debut as she co-starred in the TV One Unsung Original movie Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story. In the biopic about R&B Singer Miki Howard’s life Indira portrayed her legendary mother. Her performance in the movie received rave reviews and marks the beginning of what is sure to be many future roles.
Despite the many comparisons to her mothers legendary voice, Indira pulls out all the stops when it comes to her own unique style. She expresses her individual diva-tude with humility, grace and power!
Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter TERRON AUSTIN is one of those artists the world has truly been waiting for. As a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, TERRON honed his vocal performance skills singing in local churches, talent shows, major gospel concerts & theater troupes. Early on, TERRON developed a passion for songwriting, vocal arranging & production in area recording studios before relocating to New York City in 2015 to pursue a master’s degree in entertainment Journalism.
Since then, TERRON has spent the past eight years writing, recording & lending supporting vocals in studios & on stages across the globe serving a plethora of world-renowned artists such as TLC, Teedra Moses, B. Slade & Shanice. TERRON can currently be seen touring internationally with the illustrious “Queen of Neo-Soul,” four-time Grammy Award-winner Erykah Badu.
With his eyes set on making his own impact on the world of music & the entertainment industry at large, TERRON most recently made his solo debut with a prominent feature on summer 2022’s “B-Boy Blues” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack now streaming on BET+.
In 2022, TERRON also garnered the lead single & title cut from the compilation project “Lovers Lane,” which landed in the Top 10 Best R&B Albums lineup in Croatia, with additional major support in London, Amsterdam & Brazil. Follow this budding international recording artist today on all social platforms - @terronaustin & stay tuned for his debut project in 2023.
Rockstar and Maryland native Grenique are grew up in a distinctively creative and musical family. Her poet mother and band percussionist father gave her the name Grenique because her father's name is Greg and her mother knew that she would be unique. They also gave her a thorough background in rock, R&B soul, hip hop and jazz music leading her to absorb elements of Prince, Chicago, Billy Joel, Salt n Pepa, Mary J Blige, En Vogue, Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill, George Dukes, Phyllis Hyman, Minnie Riperton, Michael Jackson, Debarge, Aerosmith, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, The Jones Girls, Patrice Rushen, Patty Labelle and Eric B and Rakim. Grenique began performing with Gogo bands and girl groups as a teen but felt her ideas would work better as a solo artist. Grenique headed to New York City and met with entertainment attorney, one who introduced her to producer Dahoud Darian. This connection led to her meeting Kedar Massenburg, former president of Motown Record as well as Chico Debarge. The result was a record deal, the song "Disco" on Rush Hour soundtrack which she received a platinum plaque for and a debut album, Black Butterfly which charted on Billboard. Grenique co-wrote and sang background on the song "Games Pain" by The Game featuring Keyshia Coles which made its way to the top of the charts. This artist is definitely not a new face to the magazines. She's been featured in Seventeen, Essence, Billboard, Vibe, Ebony and several other popular magazines. Grenique was also featured on a reality show called Stiletto Bosses and is currently working on her own reality show which will be featured on a major network. She’s also in a movie called “Rooster” that will be in theaters 2023. Grenique’s sophomore project is a guaranteed "Game Changer" which is executive produced by Raheem Devaughn.
“I am an artist…period,” declares Lindsey Webster. “I have influences from many musical genres and have been influenced by them from a young age. I believe in the power of music to empower and reach people on multiple levels.” The stunning, charismatic and amiable Lindsey Webster’s roots span the worlds of R&B, Pop, Rock, Jazz and beyond. Her flawless range has been compared to Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Minnie Ripperton, while her breezy and poetic songwriting is reminiscent of Sade. Soultracks says, "If Carole King and Sade had a kid, she would be Lindsey Webster” while Popmatters touts Webster’s work as “Classy, consistent, and exceptional.” Webster’s refreshing approach has garnered two Billboard #1’s and seven Top 10’s on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart, making her the first vocalist in the format to garner a #1 since the iconic Sade. Her latest release "Reasons" continues her run of Top 10 Billboard Contemporary Jazz hits. Currently it sit firmly at #7. I sure it will continue to climb. Tune in and enjoy my conversation with this exceptional, soul stirring artist.
Hear how Gavin went from a highly successful British Football player to experimenting with different types of music and performing with and behind such greats as Stevie Wonder, Gloria Gaynor, Joselyn Brown, Floetry. As well as collaborating with some of Britians most sort after producers, writers and musicians.
To bringing his own soulful music to the world, with the release of a heartfelt song entitled ‘More Than One’. More Than One received tremendous reviews, mainly due to its powerful lyrics and emotive vocal performance. The song was also accompanied with a picture collage Youtube video featuring a string of soul stirring images. Since the release of his heartfelt ballad, Gavins music has been likened to the jazz infused organic instrumentation, behind the warm vocal palette of Grammy award winner Gregory Porter, or perhaps even the fresh spin on yesteryears Rhythm & Blues music, brought to us by the 10x Grammy award winner John Legend.
Gavin was also the featured vocalist on dance DJ Riva Starrs single ‘If I Could Only Be Sure’ (Dec, 2020) which received rave reviews and airplay from the likes of Annie Mac @ BBC Radio 1.
Gavin Holligan could easily be summed up as a 'modern day - classic artist', delivering much of the craftsmanship you would expect to hear from iconic heroes of old. With a rich musical history, potent songs, quality musicianship and an engaging stage presence, you can't help feeling that Gavin Holligan will always offer up his audience something worth waiting for!
His latest album "I Need A Song" is out as a limited edition release. He only made 500 cds and they can be purchased exclusively via his website; www.gavinholligan.co.uk
The single "This Hotel Is Closed" made me an instant lover of his pure, heartfelt and soulful sound. It is with great excitement that I bring to you my conversation with the unique and gifted artist.
Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Beth a.k.a Beth Griffith-Manley has built an impressive career outside of being the daughter of Motown legend Johnny Griffith of the “Funk Brothers”. She has toured around the world with Anita Baker and KEM as a background singer. Branching out to a solo career from the molding of Anita Baker and KEM she took a leap of faith; landing her a spot on season 16 of NBC’s “The Voice” with coaches Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. After a short break BETH is back with a new album "Get To Know Me".
"Get To Know Me" is an album that will truly bring back the essence of 90's R&B. Marcus "Daheatmizer" Devine who has produced a lot of great R&B hits; has a chemistry with BETH'S sound that's undeniable. Together they have produced an album that has a 90's R&B vibe, but still remains current. The albums features artists Q. Parker (from the group 112) and Swifty Mcvay (of D12 fame) and touches on many real life situations (love, self-confidence, break ups, makeups, belief and women empowerment.
BETH and I have a spirited conversations as we talk about all the incredible songs on this project. Tunes in and be reacquainted with one of R&B's best kept secrets... BETH
Bassist Mark A. Walker is a highly sought-after performance and session musician within the Gospel, Soul/R&B, and Smooth Jazz Genres, noted on various projects & stage performances with iconic Creatives such as Gerald Albright, Lalah Hathaway, Will Downing, Maysa, Richard Smallwood, Yolanda Adams...and the list of Artists continue to build to date.
Hand picked as lead musician on "DUKE'S STROLL" by MiParis Music Label Executive Michael Upshaw, Walker successfully ignites rhythmic passion in the "tribute" to the late-great Legendary George Duke, a highly-respected multi-instrumentalist & artist known across multiple music genres around the globle. Michael Upshaw shares: "Mark A. Walker is one of the well, best-kept secrets in music. His deep tones on the bass guitar have been heard worldwide on songs in Gospel, R&B and Smooth Jazz. Mark A. Walker is a Music Aficionado."
SUMMER FEATURED ARTISTS
In 2008, Marqueal met Smooth Jazz star Brian Culbertson. Impressed by his playing and singing, Brian offered Marqueal a spot in his touring band. Over the next 10 years, Marqueal traveled the world with Brian, appeared in two DVDs, and was featured on four albums. The exposure gave him the confidence and desire to become a solo artist.
Marqueal’s solo debut album, Catalyst, was released in October 2013. It helped to establish him as an emerging artist in Smooth & Contemporary Jazz. After leaving Brian Culbertson’s band in the summer of 2018 to focus on his solo career, he recorded his second project, Intention & Purpose. Released in February 2019, the album is a musical journey through Contemporary Jazz, Soul/R&B and Hip Hop, and it showcases his growing skills as a songwriter, arranger and producer. The album yielded two Top 20 hits on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Singles Chart, “If You Only Knew” and “The Edge”. Currently, Marqueal's third solo album, All We Have Are Moments. is rising on all smooth jazz charts. HIs latest single off of the album "Sistas" features Brian Culbertson and is in the to 10 of Billboard's Smooth Jazz Chart. To support the album, Marqueal is touring with Brian Culbertson as a featured Special Guest, as well as touring on his own. Catch him when he comes to your town.
In addition to leading and touring with his own band, Marqueal occasionally tours with The Legendary Isley Brothers and the prodigious Guitarist/Vocalist Isaiah Sharkey. He has also shared the stage with some of the greats in music, performing with legends such as: Gerald Albright, Patti Austin, Peabo Bryson, Jonathan Butler, Will Downing, George Duke, Candy Dulfer, Floetry, Aretha Franklin, Larry Graham, Buddy Guy, Lalah Hathaway, Al Jarreau, Joe, KRS-One, Kenny Lattimore, Maysa, Frank McComb, Marcus Miller, Najee, Mike Phillips, Eric Roberson, David Sanborn, Jill Scott, Sy Smith, and Kirk Whalum. In Chicago, he still performs locally with Brother John Kattke and Midnight Sun Band. Marqueal also collaborates with Chicago-based artist/producer DJ I.N.C., and has been featured on numerous projects of I.N.C.’s since 2000.
Marqueal was proud to be recognized by the Chicago Defender as a Man Of Excellence in 2014. Father, mentor and friend to many, Marqueal Jordan is a humble man who is focused on achieving greatness through his music and his deeds.
Our conversation will give you insight to this artist's wonderful career and incredible body of work. Sit back and enjoy.
MARQUEAL JORDAN & BRIAN CULBERTSON
"Between The Sheets"
What a joyous conversation, Wanda T, Arif St. Michael and I, Troy Saunders, had with the one and only, songstress, Meli'sa Morgan. We laughed, sung and of course played some our favorites from her vast catalog. Tune in and listen to our conversation with this R&B legend!!
MELI'SA MORGAN .... AN R&B SONGSTRESS THAT EXPLODED ON THE MUSIC SCENE IN THE LATE 80's! MELI’SA MORGAN CAME ON THE SCENE AS A SINGER WITH A SULTRY YET POWERFUL VOCAL STYLE THAT COULD SING A FUNKY SOUL SONG LIKE “FOOL’S PARADISE“ TO GET YOU ON THE DANCE FLOOR. THEN SING A SLOW BALLARD LIKE “DO ME BABY” TO PUT YOU IN A ROMANTIC MOOD. A VOICE THAT WAS PERFECT FOR R&B, SOUL, GOSEL & JAZZ. MELI’SA MORGAN IS BLESSED WITH THE GIFT OF SINGING! HAVING A SULTRY YET POWERFUL VOCAL STYLE & SOUND THAT BROUGHT THE MAGIC IN HER HIT SONGS LIKE "DO ME BABY", "DO YOU STILL LOVE ME", "FOOL'S PARADISE", "NOW OR NEVER", IF YOU CAN DO IT”, “LOVE CHANGES W/KASHIF”, “BACK TOGETHER AGAIN W/FREDDIE JACKSON”, “STILL IN LOVE” AND SO MANY MORE!
MELI’SA MORGAN GREW UP SINGING GOSPEL MUSIC BUT EARIER IN HER TEENS HER CAREER LEAD HER TO DANCE/SOUL MUSIC. AT 16 MELI’SA MORGAN RECORDED AND IS THE VOICE ON THE HIT #1 DANCE SONG “KEEP IN TOUCH BODY TO BODY”!
MORGAN HONED HER CRAFT AND EXPERIENCE FROM SINGING BACKGROUND ON TOURS AND IN THE STUDIO WITH ARTISTS LIKE CHAKA KHAN, WHITNEY HOUSTON, KÂSHIF, OPENING FOR GLADY'S KNIGHT AND MANY MORE. MELI'SA LEARNED ABOUT THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AND SORT KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE BUSINESS. SOLIDIFYING HER WRITING AND PUBLISHING RIGHTS WAS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. AS A TEENAGER MELI’SA WENT TO MODELING SCHOOL. LATER ON SHE STUDIED AT JUILLIARD'S SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND TOOK ACTING CLASSES AT LEE STRASBERG ACTING SCHOOL. WHILE CONTINUING TO GAINING EXPERIENCE, PERFORMING AROUND NEW YORK CITY WITH TOP MUSICIANS. THIS GAVE HER THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE TO PRODUCE AND WRITE MOST OF THE SONGS ON ALL OF HER ALBUMS/CD'S. NOT SOMETHING THAT MOST ARTISTS IN THE BUSINESS KNEW ABOUT OR WANTED TO DO. MELI’SA MORGAN CONTINUES TO PRODUCE AND WRITE ON ALL OF HER SONGS AND CD’’S TIL THIS DAY.
HER LATEST SINGLE "FOOTPRINTS OF AN ANGEL" IS SETTING THE INDIE CHARTS ON FIRE; AND I'M SURE THAT IT WILL BE HITTING THE BILLBOARD CHARTS SHORTLY. IT'S A CLASSIC R&B SONG WITH THE PASSION THAT ONLY MELI'SA CAN DELIVER. WE TALK ABOUT THIS AND MORE IN THIS EPISODE!!! TUNE IN!!!