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2014 Entertainment

Headliner

Wayne Wonder

Born Von Wayne Charles on July 26 in Buff Bay, Portland, Wayne s initial singing inspiration came from attending Sunday school, where singing was compulsory, and from his mother who sang in church. As a child Wayne and his family moved all over eastern Kingston, living in areas such as Dunkirk, Franklin Town and Rae Town, home of the weekly Sunday night Reggae/R&B oldies street dance. The exposure to vintage 45′s at these dances would provide Wayne with a richer, more soulful vocal approach to a Reggae rhythm track than many of his contemporaries. It was at secondary school where Wayne’s thoughtfulness and philosophical nature led to the acquisition of the nickname Wonder; young Wayne sang at school, at home, at church and for his friends and wherever he sang, he was encouraged to pursue his craft professionally.

The first producer Wayne recorded for was the legendary creator of dub, the late King Tubby. Wayne voiced three original songs for Tubby, but the one that caught the public’s attention was his cover version of British heartthrob Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” In 1988, Wayne was devastated by the death of Tubby who was among the most significant influences in his early career. Wayne then linked up with producer Lloyd Dennis voicing the hit “It’s Over Now” on the popular Cover Me rhythm (titled after the hit by Ninja Man and Tinga Stewart) for Dennis’ Pickout label. “That was actually the first song that start to play, like I could go to the dance and look forward to hearing it,” Wayne recalls, “so my inspiration grew more from there.” Wayne also recorded his debut album No More Chance on the Pickout label. No More Chance conta+ined seven original tracks and several obligatory cover versions, reflecting Jamaican producers preference for recording singers doing American R&B hits. “When I first started out, I got so frustrated, because you carry original material to the studio and they act like they don’t even want to hear it,” Wayne explains. “They don’t accept it. They want you to sing over something that everybody already know. Them don’t spend time to hear your creativity or what you try to originate.”

Around 1989, Wayne began collaborating with his childhood friend Dave Kelly. At the time, Kelly was an engineer for Donovan Germaine’s Penthouse Records, the label synonymous with Dancehall Reggae hits of the late 80s/early 90s. Together Wayne and Dave created a steady stream of successful Penthouse tunes including “I’m Only Human,” “Baby You and I” and “Saddest Day” (which Wayne re-recorded in combination with Foxy Brown on her 2001 Def Jam Records Broken Silence CD). Wayne became well known for his 1991 cover version of the late Jamaican singer Delroy Wilson’s “I Don t Know Why” re-titled “Movie Star.” The same song in combination with Buju Banton (whom Wayne brought to Penthouse Records) “Bonafide Love” proved to be a huge success as well, remaining a heavily requested tune even today.

Wayne achieved several hits with Penthouse covering the work of American artists including Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” PM Dawn’s “Die Without You” and En Vogue’s “Hold On” but in 1993 he pledged he would only record original material. “From that time, I haven’t covered a song, everything is all original music,” declares Wayne who has co-written hits for other artists including Buju Banton’s “Deportees” and “Murderer.” Wayne says,”I don’t feel proud if I cannot sing my songs, it’s a different feel that it gives you than singing someone else’s song. How can I be touring and singing other people’s songs? I’m supposed to be touring and singing my songs!”

Wayne and Dave Kelly continued their successful musical relationship when Kelly founded his own Madhouse and Xtra Large labels. Wayne recorded many hits for Madhouse spanning the mid to late 90s, including “Joyride,” “Bashment Gal,” and “Keep Them Coming.” Wayne introduced an extra dimension with “Let Your Conscience Set You Free” recorded in combination with his alter ego, deejay Surprize. “I have a lot of tracks on the road like Wayne Wonder featuring Surprize. Really, I’m the deejay as well as the singer, that is the surprise. My creative juices get crazy on me so I apply them in different ways.” Surprize was also featured on several tracks of Wayne’s 2001 release Schizophrenic as was Wayne’s underground group Entourage, featuring his deejay protege Showki Ru (pronounced sho-kee roo). Wayne launched his own record label Singso in 2000 and has released singles by several artists including Baby Cham, Alley Cat, Frankie Sly, and Mr. Easy.

In 2002, Wayne earned the first #1 hit of his career pledging a lifetime of devotion on the sweetly romantic hit “No Letting Go.” Steve “Lenky” Marsden, the multitalented musician and producer, whose hypnotic Diwali rhythm track supports Wayne’s sweet serenading on “No Letting Go” is one of the featured producers on the album, along with heavy hitters Tony Kelly and Sly Dunbar.

Much of the pre-production work was done in Wayne’s home studio in the US, as well as recording tracks in Jamaica. Wayne wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on No Holding Back and the album featured the same superlative vocal and songwriting standards his fans have come to expect from him over the years. Wonder’s career exploded globally in 2003 when his album No Holding Back and the single “No Letting Go” were released on the major label, Atlantic Records. The smooth single dominated Urban and Pop radio (reaching #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop chart) in America and the album, No Holding Back received a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album, a MOBO Award in the UK, three BMI Urban awards, and a live performance on NBC Television’s “Saturday Night Live.” The follow-up single and video “Bounce Along” reached #12 on the UK pop charts.

His inspired version of “Hold Me Now” (originally recorded by the Thompson Twins) appeared on the 2004′s successful 50 First Dates (starring Adam Sandler / Drew Barrymore) movie soundtrack and was produced by No Doubt’s Tony Kanal with a video directed by Gil Green for Madonna’s Maverick Records label. Wayne also anchored the hit track “Anything Goes” (w/ CNN: Capone & N.O.R.E and Lexxus) for the Def Jamaica compilation which received a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album. These songs among so many of Wayne’s bonafide hits were crowd favorites as he headlined an extensive world tour with his Entourage Band in 2004-05 performing in N. America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and Africa

I just want to do good songs,” Wayne concludes. “I’m keeping the mainstream recognition in mind but adding my creative flow to it because I want people to know that Wayne Wonder is not limited. Once I finish an album, I’ll hit the road and tour. I got a good band together and I really feel pleased. I can go out there now and really represent myself.”

Wayne Wonder Songs


Professor Grizzly

Professor Grizzly is a very humble individual who is striving to be the next big star in the Reggae world of music. He was born in the volatile community of Wilton Gardens, otherwise known as Rema. During the height of the revolutionary struggles he relocated to Cockburn Gardens (Cockburn Pen) Kingston Jamaica with his mother and sister. Growing up in Cockburn Pen, Professor Grizzly was no stranger to music, for the simple fact that he shared the same community with musical icons such as Lukie-D, Super Cat, Josey Wales, Daddy U Roy, Lil Twitch, Admiral Bailey and many others. At the age of ten years old he discovered that he had real talents for music. While hanging out at popular recording studios such as King Tubbys and King Jammys with some of the most influential artists, Professor Grizzly was well on his way. He then recorded one of his first hit singles “Shining Star” featuring Lil Lenny on the Stereo Mix label.

It is so easy to be captivated by Professor Grizzly soulful, feel-good vocals and heartfelt lyrics. The Jamaican based singer and song writer has performed at club venues across the Caribbean and the United States. He has shared stage with some of the big names in reggae music, from Ken Booth, John Holt, Cocoa Tea, Gregory Isaacs, U Roy, Marcia Griffiths, Josey Wales and Super Cat, just to mention a few. He has earned spots on countless compilations and has been featured on tracks with many Reggae, R&B artists and rappers. Throughout his career, Professor Grizzly has worked effortlessly to show that he is more than just your average, everyday singer – he is an artist, a songwriter and an outstanding performer.

In addition to having a unique voice, Professor Grizzly is not only able to perform in fundamental reggae genre, but instead he has drawn much attention towards him while performing the art of R&B. Sashi Festival was one of the biggest events in Jamaica. It had attracted thousands of party goers all over the world throughout the years. He was one of the few reggae artists that were given the opportunity to grace the stage. He performed alongside musical icons such as Snoop Dogg, KC & JO JO, Brian McKnight, Lil Kim, 112 and many more. His energy and his soulful voice captivated the audience leaving them breathless cheering on for more. He was offered many requests by producers and promoters to join recording labels and stage appearances over the years----- Yet the successes of his career thus far, has been depended solely on himself.

His mission as a singer and songwriter is to continuously create the very best music for his fans. He is currently promoting his new single from his latest album “How the Youth’s A Live”. Professor Grizzly is very grateful to God, his family and to his fans. “Grizzly” as he is often called by many, will always captivate the world with his soulful voice and astounding performances.

Professor Grizzly Songs

On Que Players

Since the 80’s, The On Que Players have and still continue to perform throughout the Tampa Bay area.

From the Clearwater Jazz Holidays at Coachman Park, First Friday’s downtown St. Pete, The Mahaffee Theater, The Performing Arts Center, and others. On Que has opened the stage for many great artists, from the late Wyamon Tissdell, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler and others.

On Que has performed and pleased crowds in all major venues.

The group performs a special blend of Jazz, R&B, Motown, and has several CD releases to their credit; On Que Players are still considered the local favorite band for family enjoyment.

Special renditions of Barry White, Sade, Chaka Kahn, Lou Rawls, Grover Washington, Marvin Gaye, Temptations, Michael Jackson, and many others.

The group is lead by Al Chisolm III, Saxophonist, and lead vocalist.

Keyboardist and vocals is, Ken Trent. Jim Null is playing Bass and background vocals. Lon Crawford, on drums, leads and background vocals. Ms. Velvet sings lead and background vocals.

Al’s current CD release, “Angels Messages From Heaven. Contact 813 598 4159 for engagements or bookings.

On Que Players Songs

Ann P

Ann Poonkasem AKA Ann P was born in New York and grew up in the Tampa Bay Area.  As a familiar face and voice to thousands of people in the Tampa Bay Area, performer, Ann P, has already made a solid name for herself in the community.  She had the pleasure of working alongside Indian actor, Kamal Hasan, as Yuka, in the international Bollywood film, Dasavatharaam.  She also visited India a couple of times, where she enjoyed many Indian cuisines, donated food and sweet treats to underprivileged kids throughout her trip, and had the wonderful opportunity to experience the beautiful Taj Mahal.

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Monetique

Emerging out of Tampa, Fl, the twin duo call themselves Monétique. These determined sisters write and compose original music ranging from gospel, pop, and R&B. Born of West Indian and Portuguese family, their style envelopes a bit of soul, splash of rock with an international flair.

Currently Monétique (pronounced Mo-nay-eek) is self-promoting their group throughout the state of Florida, the nation of Portugal, (and now NYC) from churches to clubs, the internet, and soon, arenas! Monétique is currently in the studio recording music for their first studio album/EP as well as digital releases. Their latest project "Don't Put Me in a Box"-EP was released on 12-21-12 WORLDWIDE and is available on iTunes (and other digital e-tailers).

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Jordan Lawhead

Jordan Lawhead has been developing a thriving songwriting career since signing with Sony/ATV Publishing in 2005, with numerous songs placed on MTV, Lifetime Network, ABC, NBC and in several films. He has also written songs for other artists, including American Idol Season 9 winner Lee Dewyze, Jane Dear Girls (Warner Bros), and "No Lies," on Jason Reeves album “The Lovesick”, featuring singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat on guest vocals and just recently Jordan worked with Randy Jackson of American Idol on making a record with his band called The Canyons.

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Kingstone

Kingstone is a collaboration of diverse musicians that have woven their way through many different bands throughout the years, before coming together to form this dynamic quartet.

With infectious rhythms, and driving bass lines, Kingstone is known for keeping the crowd jumping with their dancehall style.

Kingstone is:
Billy D. Williams aka William Tell - Singer
Patrick Haughton aka Pease Head - Bass
Glen Cornwall aka Shakes - Drums
Adam Welch aka Ras I Chacka -Keys