Where There’s A Will, There’s A Way”!
That’s the way Will Ready lives his life. No excuses, no regrets
and no looking back! Wills approach to success has everything to do with perfection, his love of music, writing and a strong Will to ensure he arrives at his destination Ready for any obstacles he may need to face. Wills story reflects his love of basketball, his admiration of pioneers in the music business and a small twist of fate that sidelined him from basketball and place him on the path of melodies and music.
At 6’4″ and 200 pounds, Will’s presence is hard to miss. It seemed natural that basketball would be part of his life and it was until a fatal knee injury took him away from college basketball and into the arena of show stopping entertainment. Will’s full service music business, known as (RMG) Ready Music Group, is built for success. Will views the injury as a blessing in disguise, one which he capitalized on through his music and keen business savvy.
Will is the total package entertainer. His quests has landed him on the international radar with welcoming fans in Europe, Japan and the Caribbean. Will has opened shows for music legends such as Chaka Khan, The Temptations, The Whispers and Al Jarreau among others. Will attributes his silky seductive style to his love of “Old School” R&B, Soul, Jazz artists such as Smokey Robinson, Baby Face, Luther Vandross, Keith Sweat, Quincy Jones and Berry Gordy, who’s tenacity for breaking barriers and building empires is evident in Will’s approach. Ready or not, Will has the soulful sound of a balladeer whose focus is to please and tease.. www.willready
International Recording Artist and Producer
Multi-talented artist Enois Scroggins hails from Muskogee, Oklahoma, and is known internationally as “Old School Brother,” or Uncle Enois. Scroggins’ acclaimed career spans over 30
years and includes numerous awards and performances on TV shows including The Legend Evangelist, The Jim Baker Show in Branson, Missouri, and The Bobbie Jones Gospel Show with his Gospel group, “Family Friend.” Among peers, Scroggins has worked with some of music industry’s greatest legends including, Ronnie Wilson from the legendary R&B trio, “The GAP Band”; Charlie Singleton, lead singer and guitarist for the legendary group, Cameo, and world-renowned Jazz saxophone player Branford Marsalis. Enois has six albums, two with his Gospel group, “Family Friend,” and four with his friend and songwriter Oliv’ released since 2009. He and Oliv’ have collaborated with artists from all over the world to release great music for the mind and soul. firstname.lastname@example.org www.ENOISSCROGGINS.com www.facebook.com www.myspace.com/enois4france
Rod (short for Rodney) was born in Newark, NJ. He developed a love for music at an early age while growing up in the Newark Public School System. He started out with the violin and moved on to the clarinet. Rod later became interested in the saxophone after
hearing Grover Washington Jr.’s “Mr. Magic” which he used as his audition piece to get into Arts High School in Newark, NJ. Rod is a talented musician who’s diverse style includes a blend of R&B, Smooth Jazz, Classic Soul, Old School and New. He arranged, recorded and produced all of his music in his own home studio. Rod has been making a name for himself while playing at various local clubs, events throughout the state of NJ and local Jazz Festivals. Upon completion of his CD “the journey” Rod’s music will be available through amazon and itunes. Rod (short for Rodney) was born in Newark, NJ. He developed a love for music at an early age while growing up in the Newark Public School System. He started out with the violin and moved on to the clarinet. Rod later became interested in the saxophone after hearing Grover Washington Jr.’s “Mr. Magic” which he used as his audition piece to get into Arts High School in Newark, NJ. Rod is a talented musician who’s diverse style includes a blend of R&B, Smooth Jazz, Classic Soul, Old School and New. He arranged, recorded and produced all of his music in his own home studio. Rod has been making a name for himself while playing at various local clubs, events throughout the state of NJ and local Jazz Festivals.
Upon completion of his CD “the journey” Rod’s music will be available through amazon and itunes. Under the management of Jiordyn Clements. http://www.facebook.com/#!/rod.willams
Cool grooves simple melodies and pure soul & heart went into the making of Octave Motives. Music composer producer, internet radio dj host and music promoter. Gary Fuston has been involved with music practically most of his life from the time he laid hands on the piano and organ as a child growing up until the time he joined the school band playing drums and percussion through out graduating from high
school. During the last years of high school Gary was also playing guitar with a group that was formed by friends that was called the T.O.C. Band. During the time Gary was a member of the group (1979-1982) he was given a art scholarship to attend the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma as a art major and became a member of the USAO jazz band. Over the years Gary has established his self as a writer, artist, producer and composer and now added to his resume a internet radio dj host for GHP RADIO. http://ghpradio.ning.com and http://ghouseproductions.net
Toni Redd is an internationally known powerhouse performer and entertainer. Though regarded as a smooth R&B singer, Redd is an intense vocalist whose style is infused with R&B, contemporary smooth jazz, and classical soul; these elements combined create her unique and distinct powerful ambience. Her vocal capabilities are so rich that a reviewer with the Atlanta Journal Constitution concluded that, “When Toni
Redd performs it is always a musical treat.” Additional reviews state that, “Her vocals are sultry and emotional, from the heart is exactly where her vocals come from…A strong personality and interesting life experiences she shares these through her lyrics on a real level” – Just Soul. Growing up in her native Atlanta, Georgia, Toni discovered a love for music. As a child, Toni studied the guitar and developed an interest in singing. She parlayed this interest into a dream that has afforded her the ability to perform and record internationally. In her illustrious career, she has had the honor of performing and sharing concert billing with Najee, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, The Rippingtons, Pieces of A Dream, Alex Bugnon, Angela Bofill, Rick Braun, Everette Harp, The Yellowjackets, Gerald Austin, Stanley Jordan, Brian Bromberg, Steve Cole, Fattburger, Chico DeBarge, Pamela Williams, The Temptations, Warren Hill, Oleta Adams, The Stylistics, Walter Beasley, Steve Laury, Joe McBride, Marion Meadows, Kim Waters and others. Toni is a routinely featured artist at various jazz festivals including the Atlanta Jazz Festival. Toni is also a gifted songwriter whose recording credits include her international debut CD “Straight From the Heart”, and her newly-released sophomore project entitled, “N The Key of Redd”, both of which continue to receive rave reviews. Toni is also a featured vocalist on Fattburger’s “Fattburger.com” and Bob Baldwin’s “Newurbanjazz.com” CDs. Ms. Redd is an all-around performer and actress whose voice can be heard on National Commercial Jingles. Additionally, Toni’s live performances mesmerize and captivate her audience with high intensity and erupting energy… www.cdbaby.com/cd/toniredd
Milwaukee born guitar veteran, Maurice Johnson first gained notice in 1985 shortly after forming the Oklahoma City based, “After Five” band. Considered the young lions of jazz, “After Five” gained a great deal of popularity, sharing the stage with major acts including, George Benson, George Howard, Norman Brown, Nancy Wilson, Al Green, Alex Bungon, Stanley Tunein-app, Little Melton, Mary Wright, Ronny Laws, Jennifer Holiday, Freddy Jackson, Larry Coryell, Barney Kessel and many others. In 1991 the group signed with New York label,
Warlock Records and released the EXPRESSIONS CD. After a nearly ten-year stint, “After Five” would ultimately disband. As the early 90’s unfolded, Maurice found himself at the helm of a unique industry as co-founder of D’Leco Acoustic Instruments with luthier / partner James W. Dale. The two built and marketed handcrafted archtop guitars. After a chance encounter with the daughter of legendary Jazz great, Charlie Christian they designed and licensed two exclusive lines of Charlie Christian guitar models to American manufacturer, Gibson Guitars and Samick Musical Instruments in Korea. Between 1996 and 2003 Maurice authored three nationally published music related books with Mel Bay Publishing, Mix Books and Artist Pro Press. Titles include, The New Working Musician’s One Year Organizer; Build and Manage Your Music Career and Gigorama. During this time he would develop the popular windows based, Gigorama software. Today, Maurice’s focus has turned back to his love of music with the recent release of his “Tonight” CD, and is currently producing under the artist-owned, Jazz Drops record label URICE JOHNSON Wilson, Al Green www.jazzdrops.ning.com
LJ Echols grew up in a small town in Mississippi called Bassfield right outside of Hattiseburg. LJ Echols started out in a gospel group called the “The Echols Family”, which consisted of six group members: Herman Echols Sr. (father)-lead guitar player, Mary Echols (mother)-lead singer, LJ Echols-bass guitar player and background singer, Demetric Echols-singer, Sedrick Echols- drum player and background singer, and their cousin Carlson McLoud- Singer. In the interim of his new found success, they released their first album in 1995 and the second album in 1997.
After the success of the gospel album LJ decided moved to Dallas, TX in August of 1999 to endeavor into the R&B (Rhythm & Blues) style of music. This is when LJ decided to come up with a grouped called the 4- Sho Band which consisted of three brothers and a cousin. LJ Echols-bass player and background singer, Demertic Echols- Lead Singer, Sedrick Echols- drum player, Carlos McLoud- second lead singer and
background singer. The 4-Sho Band all shared in a part of playing, singing, and writing their own music.
In the summer of 2004 LJ Echols started a solo singing career as a Southern Soul Blues Artist. LJ is very talented and versatile when it comes to music. LJ Echols plays, writes, produce, and sings his own music. In his new found success he released his first CD entitled, “Well Runs Dry” in the beginning of 2005 that is now playing across Mississippi, Texas, and other cities and states. When the Well Runs Dry CD dropped, LJ Echols was up for nomination for the Best New Blues Artist of the Year at the 2006 Jus Blues Music Awards that was held in Atlanta. In 2008, LJ Echols released his second album entitled, “Another Level” with his hit single “From the Back” which put LJ on the map for every down south states, the Mid-west, and up North States such as Michigan and Illinois. The song From the Back also had LJ Echols up for nomination again at the 2009 Jus Blues Music Awards that was held in Memphis, TN on August 5th for the Best Southern Soul Song of the Year. LJ Echols has so many goals and has accomplished so much in the past couple of years such as starting his own record label called NECKBONE RECORDS.
LJ Echols has opened up for different artists such as Bobby Blue Band, Marvin Sease, Sir Charles Jones, Denise LaSalle, Mel Waiters, Lenny Williams, Shirley Brown, Jeff Floyed, Cole Payne from the hit television show Martin, legendary jazz artist Roy Ayers and Les McCann, and this is just a few artist he has opened up for. With LJ Echols “Another Level” album, he had the help from Mel Waiters and Sir Charles Jones each to produce a tracked such as “Swangers Only” and “Im Gone Party”. LJ Echols has became more independent, empowered, and has many more hit songs coming to Southern Soul. In the past couple of years LJ has had band members to come and go but have been study with him for 3 years now called the Neckbone Band: Bass Guitar- Luther, Lead guitar Robert Young, Keyboard player Ray Ray, and last but not least drum player my brother Sedrick Echols better known as Spunky. LJ Echols is not only musically inclined, but is an unstoppable artist who wants to achieve more lucrative goals and success in the music industry. http://ljechols.yolasite.com
Kyle Turner, a creative and innovative artist, has warmed many hearts with the sultry musical notes on his saxophone. Kyle a native Houstonian began his career as a saxophonist at a young age. Under the direction of Algernon Jones in Middle School and James P. Mosely and Alan Beverly at M.B. Smiley High School, he quickly established himself as one of the most exciting young saxophonist in the Houston area. When fellow saxophonists Conrad Johnson and Kirk Whalum took Kyle on as a protégé, Kyle’s music took on a more serious note. During his college years at Jackson State University and Texas Southern University, Kyle won numerous awards. Those years afforded him the opportunity to develop his natural talent and abilities for music, especially in area of jazz. The transition from college to the professional arena was an engaging but challenging phase of Kyle’s career. Kyle learned to intensify his performances and let the music move through him,
taking his audiences along with him on a spiritual journey. As a result Kyle’s fan base began to grow nationally and by the 1990’s Kyle was performing regularly. People were plugged into this “rising saxist with the sexy sound” as described by one critic. Kyle’s range of music stretches from Straight Ahead Jazz to Fusion, R&B, Gospel, Blues and Smooth Jazz. Kyle has performed with such artists as: Luther Vandross, Johnnie Taylor, Debarge, Bobby Lyle, Kirk Whalum, Regina Belle, Peter White, Joe Sample , Will Downing, Bob Baldwin, Marion Meadows, Ken Navarro, Howard Hewitt, Michael Ward, Joe Carmouche, Dave Marcellin, Derek Bordeaux, Kim Waters, Jeff Kashiwa, Conrad Johnson, Ronnie Laws, Ray Fuller, Kerry Wilkins, Hubert Laws and Althea Rene just to name a few. His performance with Luther Vandross is documented on the “Luther Vandross Live at Wembly” video. Kyle has also been a featured soloist on recordings with various artists such as: Bobby Lyle, Michael Ward, Kerry Wilkins, Pamela Hart, Thomas Hughes, Howard Harris, Abundant Life Cathedral, Joe Carmouche, Sean McLemore, Dave Marcellin, Derek Bordeaux, Rosalyn McDuffie, Patrick Green, Corey Stoot, Fingerprints, Derrick Edmondson, Bleu Orleans, Derek Dabbs and Morgan Bouldin. Kyle’s musical journey has taken him all over the world. In 1990, he moved to Austin, Texas where he released his first CD “It’s Time” (1992). His second CD “Sincerely Yours”, was released in 1995. Shortly after the release of “KT3” Kyle moved to Los Angeles where he quickly established himself as one of the hardest working saxophonist in Southern California. Deciding to get back to his Texas roots, Kyle relocated back to his hometown of Houston, Texas and released his third CD “KT3” in 2002. Since his move Kyle has reinvented himself to take his music and creativity to new heights. In 2007 he released “Collection”, which is a Best of Kyle Turner CD with a four new releases which includes a steamy rendition of “The Shadow of Your Smile” Kyle is also extremely active in promoting jazz and creating opportunities for jazz musicians in Houston and beyond. He is also busy taking young musicians under his wing to encourage and develop their talents. He has been extremely active as a music educator and lecturer in The Houston Independant School District and as an Artist in Residence at Texas Southern University. As a result of his success in music performance and music education, Kyle was honored in the 2008 and 2010 editions of “Who’s Who in Black Houston”. Constantly searching for new outlets to get music to new audiences, Kyle has released his 5th CD “Wrapped Tight” on The Bayou City Music label. This CD is his best work to date. It has 9 cuts and includes several special guest! Kyle Turner is an artist that is constantly evolving and pushing his creative envelope to heights that one can’t imagine unless you witness him up close and in person. He is an artist that you deserve to experience for yourself! www.kyleturner.net
years. “La Costa” was written by Aziza( Linda Williams) and lyrics by Natalie Cole and recorded on Natalie’s ‘Thankful’ platinum selling album. Aziza has collaborated on music lyrics with Ahmad Jamal, who also recorded ‘La Costa’ twice and the late great Ray Bryant where she penned the lyrics to the vocal version of ‘Cubano Chant’ entitled ‘One fine day”, sung and recorded by Tina May from the UK. Aziza was the high school music teacher and mentor of multi-grammy award winning singer Alicia Keys. Aziza’s website is www.divasdontapologize.com and her current cd ‘JazzSoetry V2 is available @ CDBABY.COM Aziza( Linda Williams) recorded her first debut album in 1979 called ‘City Living’. The songs ‘Elevate our minds’ and ‘No love nowhere without you’ are popular cuts on this album. “City Living’ is being reissued and repackaged as a compact disc in the UK. British singing sensation Ben Westbeeh, sampled ‘Elevate our minds’ in his song ‘Get Closer’.Aziza continues to write and perform in the United States and has been asked to perform in Moscow at the union of composers club. www.divasdontapologize.com
Jeanette went to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where she graduated with a Bachelor in music performance. She has been rockin’ the stage ever since. In 2005, Jeanette was recognized as a “Shooting Star” and nominated for “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” by the L.A Black Music Awards. She’s had the privilege of opening for and performing with big named artist including The Rippingtons, Kirk Whalum, Veretta Hathaway, Paul Jackson Jr., Baby Face, B.B King, Everette Harp, Andre Fischer, Najee, Phil Perry, Howard Huit, Denise Williams, Eric Marienthaland and Pieces Of a Dream to name a few. She’s played in big jazz festivals all over the United States and performed in Japan for the first time in 2008. Jeanette is currently performing with the legendary Teena Marie on saxophone and flute as well as with her own band. Jeanette was the executive producer and songwriter on her second CD “Reflections” and is currently producing her third CD “Saxified”. Her live shows are full of high energy solos and mesmerizing soulful melodies that leave the audience wanting more! www.jeanetteharrisband.com
Shades of J
Lady J has performed with the popular R&B Band, The Groove Society, and Soul Pocket and has performed with or opened for Howard Hewitt, Bloodstone, Slave, Barrington Henderson (lead singer for the Temptations), Kirk Whalum, Rayse Biggs (Trumpeter for K…em), and “The Saxtress”, Pamela Williams; as a writer she has penned songs with former Earth, Wind and Fire guitarist, Sheldon Reynolds and original member, Ralph Johnson. She has also written and performed on the recently released “Devoted Spirits CD, “The Answer”.
Lady J now fronts the band, Shades of J which performs a blend of soulful R&B and Jazz with thought-provoking spoken word. Delivering inspirational messages with a seductive vibe; her sets have been described as “Unique & Soul Stirring”…a “Quiet Revolution”. She makes a sincere and intimate connection with her audience as though they were kickin’ it in her living room. The Shades of J experience is anything from a 6-piece band to a more intimate acoustic set with guitar and flute.
The “Shades of J” debut CD, along with her inspiring performances, earned a nomination for a 2007 & 2008 Cincinnati City Beat CEA Award. Appreciating a unique flavor in lyrical content, my influences include Stevie Wonder, Prince, Earth, Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, Jill Scott and Gil Scott-Herron to name just a few… Vocalists I dig listening to with the earphones on so-I-don’t-miss-a-note are… Chaka Khan, Rachelle Ferrell, Stevie Wonder, Barrington Henderson and Eric Benet
Back in 2005 husky-voiced Al Lindsey appeared out of nowhere with a fresh (and refreshing sound) for the Southern Soul genre with “Caught”. Despite being independent and on a shoestring promotional budget Lindsey was still able to attract plenty of attention by virtue of strong material and tight production by Simeo. His Marvin Gaye homage ‘Candlelight” was such a charmer I even recommended it to anothersinger as a cover just to give it another run. It was this and another slow song from that album that convinced Lindsey to focus more on that sultry balladry and “So In Love” does just that.
The tracks are mostly original but the centerpiece of the record is his dynamite cover of Leroy Hutson’s “So In Love”. Great arrangement. Lindsey sings it like he’s been doing it since childhood (actually he has). Another slow jammy, Lindsey’s own “Call Me”, ain’t no punk either. A gentle creeper, synth strings and a sexy vocal to boot. Hey when you’re singin’ a song about a “Nubian queen wearin’ those painted on jeans” you know you’re gonna sing it with feelin’! Deserves to be a hit. Would fit on mainstream R & B radio too. On the dance floor tip comes “Let’s Take A Chance” and “Pop It Shake Work It”, featuring producer Simeo’s knack for bass bottomed bumpers.
Initially Lindsey wished to call the album “Versatility” as he stretches out a bit on the Jazzy “Carletta’s Groove” (dedicated to swing Jazz legends like Cab Calloway). He also crafts a fine melodic Pop song with “Can’t Keep Running Away”. Good job Al
Rod Tate is a smooth/contemporary jazz and R&B saxophonist/songwriter, based out of his hometown, St. Louis, MO. Rod is a full time musician that performs as a solo act, duo(2 Smooth with guitarist Gregg “Happy Guitar” Haynes) and with his 5 piece band. Rod attended Normandy High School in St. Louis Missouri. He was part of the music program under the direction of Bob Boedges. He was a member of the Jazz (Norseman), Concert, and Marching bands. In his senior year he was awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz award, which is given each year to the senior who shows great promise in the jazz arena. After high school, Rod attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He was part of the music program under the direction of Brett Stamps, where his focus was Jazz performance . He was a member of the Jazz bands,
combos, studied theory and the business of music. During his college days, is when his love of jazz intensified, in particular Traditional/Straight Ahead Jazz. As a performer he has opened for contemporary jazz group Spyra Gyra, Pieces of A Dream, Chuck Loeb, Bob Baldwin, Marion Meadows, Phil Perry, Ramsey Lewis, Legendary Poet Sonia Sanchez and Lonnie Liston Smith. He has opened for Gospel artist Richard Smallwood and Gospel jazz keyboardist Ben Tankard, comedian /actor Tommy Davidson, Tavis Smiley, as well as, Hall of famer, Ozzie Smith. Rod has appeared on B.E.T.’s segment of Jazz Discoveries. He has appeared on St. Louis’ Fox(Channel 2) morning show. He has appeared on St. Louis’ Show Me St. Louis on KSDK(Channel 5). Rod’s music can be heard or has been heard on The Weather Channel, Music Choice, DMX Music and many radio stations across the world. Rod was named smooth jazz artist of the month on EchoSmoothJazz.com. Rod was named smooth jazz artist of the month on Whitester Radio-Smoothjazz.com As an artist, performer, and musician. Rod’s goals are to continue to learn, grow, and to touch lives positively through his musical expressions. As a songwriter, Rod’s motto is: ” This music is intended to soothe your soul and speak love to your spirit “. Rod also aspires to have his music in movies, commercials, and television programming. Below is a partial list of Organizations/Corporations/Clubs that Rod has performed for : *The Gatesworth *Partners For Progress *The St. Louis Rams *The Demetrious Johnson Foundation *The Joe Torry Foundation *JFK Construction *US Bank *Mt. Pleasant Winery *Hidden Lake Winery *President Casino *Ameristar Casino *Harrah’s Casino *Westborough Country Club *Marriot Hotel *Hilton Hotel *New Town *Cafe’ Bellagio *Cafe’ Napoli *Finale *The Loft *St. Louis Jazz Cafe *The Pageant *MO Black Expo * The Cabanne House *Club Divinity *Victorian House Of Agape *Anheuser Busch *Clear Channel Broadcasting *Bonneville Broadcasting *Missouri History Museum *St. Louis Galleria *The Robert’s Bros. *Plaza Motors *St. Charles Princess Cruises. Rod’s music has aired on DMX, Music Choice, The Weather Channel, Internet smooth jazz stations and many college & commercial stations around the country. http://www.rodtate.com