Musicians Bios

 

 willie Willie Stewart - Drummer, Percussionist, Songwriter, Music Technologist, Programmer, Music Instructor/Facilitator & Musician/Director

Willie Stewart is a prolific Musician/Director. Born in England to Jamaican parents, the family moved to Jamaica when Willie was a young boy. His love of music lead to an illustrious career that has included being a member of the popular band Inner Circle, touring with Byron Lee & the Dragonaires as their youngest member, and 23 years as a director and member of the internationally known band Third World. During that time Third World produced 13 albums of which 5 received Grammy nominations. Willie has recorded and performed with such renowned artists as Stevie Wonder and Eddy Grant, performed live with Carlos Santana and Bob Marley. Over the years other notable performances included sharing the same stage bill with Quincy Jones, Sting, Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams and U2.

Third World's unique rhythms provide the lively music for Sebastian's Caribbean Jamboree, a Walt Disney World video, featuring the little Mermaid's Sebastian. Willie has appeared in numerous videos, and the T.W. movie/documentary 'Prisoner in the Street.' Willie co-produced, coordinated and organized a twelve-hour concert in Jamaica when President Nelson Mandela came for an official visit. Performed as drummer for Eddy Grant's Frontline Orchestra in 'Millennium 2000', which was broadcast live to 2.5 billion people via both the BBC and ABC from the island of Tobago.

Willie's and his fellow Third World band members' strong humanitarian beliefs have earned them many awards including the United Nations 'Peace Medal' Two NAACP Image Awards nominations and The Diamond Award of Washington DC. When Amnesty International called musicians to perform in Giant Stadium before a live audience of 100,000 and an MTV estimated audience of 26 million viewers Willie was there performing for human rights! As Jamaica's most successful act next to Bob Marley they became known as 'Reggae Ambassadors!' Recently he received The Stellar Award given by Partners for youth and African American Achievers Award – Nominee Special Recognition.

Willie has taken his role as ambassador further with a sincere mission to share his knowledge and experience with people of all ages. Willie's commitment to work with children and give back to the community, coupled with his expertise in the world of percussion instruments stirred a desire in his head and heart to help heal the world - with music. To accomplish this mission, Willie formed a foundation. The Embrace Music Foundation aims to restore, preserve, and fortify the impact of music -- education, appreciation, and performance -- in schools and communities, and to amplify its role in the development of children and families. Rhythms of Africa is a signature presentation of The Embrace Music Foundation.

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 Michael "Ibo" Cooper

Born in Clarendon, a rural parish in Jamaica, Michael "Ibo" Cooper, a veteran of the influential reggae band Inner Circle, cofounded Third World in 1973 and was its keyboardist and a songwriter and vocalist until he left the band in 1997. Contemporaries of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Third World followed the path set by the inimitable Marley and took reggae all over the world, producing some of the most dynamic and sophisticated reggae over several decades of recording and performing. After 25 years on the road, Cooper embarked on a new life as a teacher and an advocate for reggae and popular music in Kingston, where he now lives. Cooper, the son of a police officer, trained on a variety of keyboard instruments at the Royal School of Music in Kingston until 1969. Later Cooper formed his first reggae band, the Rhythms, in 1970. He went on to play with other outfits, including the Dynamic Visions and the Alley Cats and the then moderately successful Kingston group known as Inner Circle, before launching Third World, the longest-existing unit ever in Jamaican music history.

carl mcdonald

Carl McDonald was born in Kingston, Jamaica and currently resides in Florida. Attended Belle School of Music & Drama, London, England. Linton School of Songwriting, London,England & Herbert Bergoff School of Voice and Drama, New York, USA.

The name Carl Mc Donald is primarily known as Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Music Producer and Without doubt an artist with Star Quality that brings a display of bright daring and joyful music.

Many people around the World have grown to appreciate and respect the unique creative style and smooth voice of this Sensational Artist that takes you on a Journey beyond the Physical Realm.

clinton crawford Clinton Crawford, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Lead Vocalist

Over the years JR has worked with the “who is who” of the Caribbean music. Some of the artists include Ital Roots; Babylon Warriors; Dells and the Sensations; Cross Culture; The Dominators; Sapodilla; Better Rhythms; Judah Starr; Upstream and the Wailing Souls; Mighty Sparrow; David Rudder; Denise Plummer;  Calypso rose; Duke.

Some of the American artists he has also performed with include; Rolling Stone (recording – played keyboards), Vince Cl;arke, David Arkenstone, Tom Scott, Ralph McDonald, Michael Utley, Chris Parker, Will Lee, Mr. VanDyke Parks. Hussain Jiffrey, Phil Chen, John Ballinger, Abe Laboriel, Rock Deadrick.

JR was the musical director/arranger of a concert held at Royce Hall, UCLA, California which featured David Rudder, Calypso Rose, Robert Greenidge and
Mighty Sparrow sponsored by Mr. VanDyke Parks.

He is presently also a partner and musical director for Pan-A-Cea Steel Drum and Calypso Band located in Southern California.
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George Victory

Born in Trinidad, migrated to the USA in the mid 70s .. played with many named bands in Trinidad. Started with the Lynch brothers which gave him Media attention, also sang in the school choir. Came from a musical family, started playing the guitar at the age of 7. George has toured and recorded with the Coll Dennis Orch, The Mighty Sparrow trubadores , Lord Kitchener, Jimy Cliff ,The Mighty Arrow and many calypsonians and reggae artists.  

Additional credits include playing with the Commodores, North American tour with the Fat Back Band, opening for Parliment Funkadelics , Rick James, Isley brothers,  James Brown and many more. George has also had the pleasure of recording with Fat Back, Jimmy Castor, Benny King, Grace Jones, Curtis Blow, Fat Boys, Doby Dubson, Hopeton Lewis and many more.

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Jesse Jones

Although Jesse Jones has been a professional musician since the mid-1960's, he did not have his first opportunity to lead his own record date until he was already 52. When he was in the sixth grade, Jones was given a C-melody saxophone by his mother and he quickly learned the instrument, being completely self-taught. While in eighth grade he also learned how to play bassoon and had switched to alto. After graduating from Mississippi Valley State College, he spent part of his four years in the Navy playing with a large show band. Jones lived in Boston for a couple years in the early 1970's and then returned to Miami where he has since been a major part of the city's jazz scene ever since. With his younger brother trumpeter Melton Mustafa, Jones started the Melt-Jess Jazz Quintet. After Mustafa joined Count Basie, Jones (who also plays with his brother's big band) formed his own quartet. Jesse Jones, who considers his biggest influences to be Cannonball Adderley, Hank Crawford and Paul Desmond, recorded Soul Serenade for Contemporary in 1996.

keith jones Keith Jones

Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, bassist Keith Jones’ versatile musical style was influenced by reggae, calypso, rock, jazz and R & B. A classically-trained guitar player, Keith switched to bass while in college.  Since then he has toured and recorded with many of the icons of the music industry.  His solid bass work can be heard on albums by Santana, Kenny Loggins Jean-Luc Ponty, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, Andy Narell, Ray Obiedo, Maurice White, Kevyn Lettau, and Gregg Karukas, just to name a few of his credits.  Over the years he has also toured with the Crusaders, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Wayne Shorter, Mark Isham, Hubert Laws, Sadao Watanabe, and many more.

Keith held down the bottom end for the great Santana band between the years of 1983 and 1989.  He recorded “Spirits Dancing in the Flesh” in 1989 before moving to Southern California to play with Al Jarreau and Joe Sample, as well as many others.  Still living in Los Angeles, Keith continues to play and tour when he is not producing a wide variety of music projects for his company CGS Productions.  In 2010, he received a grammy nomination in the Contemporary World Music category as the co-producer of “Da Lion” by master percussionist Leon Mobley;  and, most recently, he mastered the grammy-nominated jazz album, “Waltz for Dylan”, by drummer Kevin Crabb.

miguel Miguel Marcel Russell

Percussionist

Born in New York City on July 12, 2002, it sometimes seems that Miguel Marcel Russell was destined to be a drummer from the time he took his first steps. He has been nurtured by a diverse mix of African, Latin, Brazilian and Haitian music styles throughout and finds little difficulty in drawing upon each to develop his own voice. Miguel includes among his musical influences master percussionists Giovanni Hidalgo, the late Carlos “Patato” Valdez and Babatunde Olatunji.

Miguel began his formal training at the age of four under the watchful eye of multi-faceted percussionist Don Eaton at the Harlem School of the Arts. His energy and enthusiasm along with an ability to adapt seamlessly into various musical settings has created many opportunities for Miguel to perform throughout the New York area and South Florida where he now resides. He has appeared recently on various broadcast media programs including “NBC - South Florida Today”, “The Fernando Hidalgo Show” and “Sesame Street”. addition, Miguel was a featured artist in “Rhythms of Africa” concert produced by renowned drummer, William Stewart of the reggae band, “Third World”. Miguel displays an uncommon determination and thirst for music and hopes to someday follow in the footsteps of the masters and maintain the traditions that guide him through life.

For more information contact:

www.myspace.com/miguelrusselldrummer
Robert Russell (646) 295-5318 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

nicole yarling Nicole Yarling

Nicole is a rich velvet voice embroidered with technical skill and personality to boot! She is a rising star in the jazz community who, like many others, has been at it for years. Her chosen instruments are Voice, Violin, and Fiddle (in that order).

Nicole's education is extensive, ranging from a BA in Music from Baruch College, to a Masters in Music Education at Columbia University, as well as private training in composition, arranging, voice and violin. She uses her various music-skills today to conduct Master Classes and give vocal lessons.

Nicole's musical excursions have brought about stints with Dizzy Gillespie, and three years on tour as a featured soloist with Jimmy Buffett (1991-94). She also participated on Buffet's platinum-selling CD "Fruitcakes" (MCA), and then went on to do 8 worldwide tours with her own project, Little Nicky and the Slicks.

Ms. Yarling realized the valuable gifts given to her. She knows that the best way to keep
these gifts is to share them with others. She continues to create, perform, teach and
encourage young people. As a mentor, she established a concert series, Jazz Encounters, at radio station WDNA and hosts a monthly jazz jam for young musicians for the Gold Coast Jazz Society. As an adjudicator for Miami’s Funding Arts Network (FAN) and Young Arts, she aids in establishing strong artistic community ties. She is presently a full time faculty member and Director of Popular Music at Florida Memorial University. She teaches voice and conducts two ensembles at the University of Miami: African American Song Traditions, as part of a new songwriting program established by graduate songwriter Bruce Hornsby and the R&B Ensemble.
soleil rowe Soleil Rowe Bio

Some may say, nine-year-old, Soleil Rowe appears to have it all. Whether it is her chilling powerful vocals, undeniable confidence, charisma or most importantly her creativity to be authentic; she is sure to make an impact in the music industry very soon.

Being the daughter of Audrey and legendary cricketer, Sir. Lawrence George "Yagga" Rowe, Soleil is proof that greatness lives in the family bloodline.

She has won several competitions and has a long list of accomplishments including the Duhaney Park International 1st Annual talent show, the Royal Palm Beach 2010 Youth Talent Show, New Hope Gospel Talent Singing Competition and has sung for the Honorable Audrey Marks, Ambassador of Jamaica.

Soleil s a student at the Center for Modern Languages, along withstudying hip hop and ballet at NOLA Nest of Living Arts.

sons of_mystro Sons of Mystro

Sons of MyStro has been honing their skills in the Broward County public school system since elementary.  They have performed at a variety of events such as Grace Jamaica Jerk Festival, Jamaica's 49th Anniversary Celebration  alongside such artists as John Holt, Ken Boothe, Freddie Mc Gregor and Dobby Dobson. Sons of MyStro compose their own material, currently amassing songs for their debut album. Malcolm Mc Neish, eldest member attends Broward College.  Umoja McNeish, the Younger member, now attending Dillard HS for the Performing Arts, aspires to attend Julliard School of Music after graduation.

selena serrano

Selena Serrano - It's not every day that an up and coming, local Miami artist hits the billboard charts with a remix of a popular song. But that's exactly what happened to Selena Serrano when "Sound Killa", a remake done dubplate style of Rihanna's top downloaded hit "Umbrella", debuted at number 12 on the Bubbling under R&B charts. Selena has been a large underground hit with Jamaican Dancehall selectors internationally and has been garnering prime airtime on major radio stations across the country.

Singing R&B since she was a toddler, Selena moved to South Florida six years ago with one goal in mind: to take the Miami scene by storm. Born in the Bronx, New York as an only child to Puerto Rican parents, Selena can be considered what most people would call a “Nuyorican”. Moving to Colorado at the age of 8 shaped Selena in a way that would open her mind to a whole new world of cultures and music. As you can imagine, growing up as a Puerto Rican girl in the middle of Denver took quite a bit of adjustment. As a result though, her musical influences and experiences were given an opportunity to flourish in a way that would create her soulful, yet jazz infused style. “Being an only child, I would sit for hours alone in my room listening to the likes of Whitney Houston, Faith Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Amel Larrieux, Tamia and Mary J. Blige”. Singing in many girl groups along the way, Selena developed a love for songwriting. In order to hone her talent she attended the Denver School of Arts and after graduating high school she made her dream of moving to Miami a reality. “I think Miami is the perfect combination of island culture and climate along with the nightlife of New York. You can’t beat it. See I’m really an island girl at heart”. While songwriting for other budding talents, Selena has had the opportunity to sing background and reference vocals for nationally and internationally known recording artists such as Nicole Sherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls, Soca artist Kevin Little, Pitbull, Scarface, and Guru of Gangstarr, making a small name for herself around town. She has performed alongside Ziggy and Stephen Marley, Baby Cham, Jr. Reid, Capleton, Mr. Vegas, Keyshia Cole, Li'l Wayne, and Akon. Selena says she is "poised to become a crossover powerhouse in the industry. I’m having a lot of fun right now and I hope that when people hear my music they can feel the same"

www.selenaserrano.com

3b4jHoy

3b4jHoy is a talented sibling vocal ensemble whose sole objective is to bring worship music to the nations of the world. Heather, Dominique, and Claudette began singing when the youngest was just four. Eight years later, jHoy was formed and the trio was on the road traveling to different places, ministering though sound. In 2006, their talents granted to them the special occasion to perform on the Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors on TV One.Jhoy was privileged to meet and share the stage with artists in the industry like Vicki Winans, Papa San, Smokie Norful, J. Moss, Nadine Sutherland, Stitchie and many more.

3B4jHoy is described as being one of South Florida's most unique and talented singing groups. Their sound, an eclectic blend of Contemporary Christian, R&B, World, and Reggae resonances, is inimitable and they have been praised for their angelic harmonies. Check out 3b4jHoy's website (www.official3b4jhoy.com) today & purchase their NEW single "The One I Need."

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Carlon Lyons
Steel Pan Musician

Born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Carl Lyons grew up with the passion and inspiration for music through his parents. They introduced him to the music of our people and the national instrument of Trinidad, Steel pan

At an early age his mother took him to the Steel pan yard where his uncles and father played and learned the fundamentals of the instrument. Carlon saw the importance of practicing and developing my craft through his early lessons on the tenor pan, which carries more melodies in pan music.

After the completion of high school Carlon was discovered by Mr. and Mrs. Woodsley whom were scouts with Florida Memorial University, where Carlon went on to complete a Music degree in Jazz Studies and Performance. Under the direction of Dr. Dawn Batson and the Florida Memorial faculty he received the training needed to be an excellent musician.

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 PRINCE  EMMANUEL ABIODUN ADERELE

"Preserving and Repositioning The Rich Yoruba Cultural Heritage"

A native of Africa's most populous country Nigeria, Prince Abiodun heard the drums his father played and his mother danced to with Ondo  State's acclaimed Obitu Troupe, while he was still in his mother's womb! He came out of the womb and began drumming at the age of one year. Eleven years later he was moved by the rhythms he created, and began to dance and choreograph steps to the original music that he composed.

In addition to his mastery of Traditional Yoruba Drumming and Dance, he is an accomplished Visual Artist, expressing his creativity through the use of acrylic, oil and watercolor paints, adire or tye and dye textiles, appliqué, hand embroidery and quilting. 

Prince Aderele hails from the historical Aderele Royal Family of Ondo Kingdom - Nigeria. His late Grandfather - His Royal Highness Oba Rufus Adesokeji Aderele, Tewogboye II, the Osemawe of Ondo (JP) now deceased, ruled for thirty-two years and was the longest reigning king in Ondo Kingdom. Prince Aderele is a Babalawo (Traditional Priest), an accomplished Drummer and Choreographer. He has served as the Nigerian point person for the Osun's Village Miami-Osun Osogbo Collaboration for the past 2 years.

Prince Aderele is in the United States as a visiting Artist/Choreographer at the Osun's Village Miami, a project of Community Builders Holistic Development Corporation, whose mission is to establish International Artist/Community Exchange Programs that facilitate International Trade and Global Understanding and reinforce the significance of Ancient Traditional cultures.

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 GEM MYERS

"Gem" (Dorret) Myers, is regarded by many as Jamaica's finest song stylist.

A musician's vocalist, she has wowed audiences in Jamaica, Japan, the U.S.A., Canada, Panama and the Caribbean leaving them astonished at the wide range, commanding stage presence, virtuosity, star quality and style that she effortlessly exudes.

Armed with a well trained voice, quick brain and phenomenal memory, Gem is equally comfortable with Reggae, Dancehall, disco, pop, or Rhythm & Blues, and just as poised whether performing for thousands on an outdoor festival or a handful in cabaret settings.

Since starting her professional career in 1980, Gem has been involved in all aspects of the Jamaican music scene. She first performed as lead vocalist with the Unique Vision band and did back-up duties in the studio for artistes like Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Toots Hibbert, Judy Mowatt, Bunny Wailer and Fab 5, with whom she often performs live around the world. Gem has also performed on numerous commercials for radio and television and appeared on many Jamaican entertainment specials (including the most prestigious live television event of the year for many years – "The Prime Minister's Independence Gala").

For further information please contact Frankie Campbell at (876) 925-4057 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 nicholas pairman

 Name: Nicholas Pairman

Age: 22

Country of Birth: Jamaica

Occupation: Dancer

Dance Styles: Popping, Locking, Breakdancing.

Groups Danced With

Pro Moves Dance Company

Shady Squad

S. L. Y.

Videos

God Bless Me – Natalie Storm

Gallis Swing/ Sassa Step – Mr Vegas

Good Girl Gone Bad – Tarus Riley and Konshens

Spell it Out – TIFA

5446 – Toots and Slo-Mo

JUSS BUSS 2 – DIGICEL

Performances

Pro Moves: Starlight, Silhouette, Sass and Swagger, Heartbeat and Black Velvet.

Youth View Awards – 2010 and 2011

Rhythms of Africa - 2010

Jamaica Dance Umbrella – 2009 and 2010

Promotions

Digicel – Bachanal 2011

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TESSIE PORTER

Tessie Porter was born in Miami, Florida.

In 1999, Tessie had a local  hit single " Heat " which  received extensive radio play.  She started singing in Church,  put  her first Band together at age 15 years and further pursued her singing, acting and song writing career. She got her first big break on the International Show " Big Break " which was hosted by Natalie Cole in 1989. She sang background vocals for Blu Cantrell and toured for a year appearing on The Tonight show in 2001.  She has since worked such venues as the Ritz Carlton, The W, Fountain Blue and a host of others.  She has performed with international artists such as Paul Lewis, Jimmy Bo Horne and performed for actor Richard Roundtree and Dianne Carroll.

To anyone who has a dream in their heart, Tessie says, " Put God first in all things, trust and believe, allow him to lead you and guide you on your path.

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JUNIOR JAZZ

Junior Jazz, born Wendel Ferraro, sings lead for Inner Circle Reggae and performs with Jazz Legend, Monty Alexander.  High-energy, dedicated singer and musician with over 20 years of professional music experience as a guitar player, lead singer, back-up vocals, writer, producer and musical director for leading artists around the world.

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 CARLOS PLANAS

Carlos Manuel Planas, Cuban-born conga drum master has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many talented musicians. To name a few, Gloria Estefan, Tony Bennett, Gato Barbieri, Betty Wright, James Brown's protégé Tony Williams, The Temptations, Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino and now, Mr. William Stewart. He has performed and taught traditional Afro-Cuban Music such as Guaguanco and Yambu in their purest forms. Carlos enjoys the fusion of varied musical styles with Afro-Cuban and other Latin-American elements.

For more information on Carlos Manuel Planas visit: www.drumndrummer.biz

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