AWARD WINNING, INTERNATIONAL SINGER , MELBA MOORE.
Melba Moore was destined to be a star!
Hailing from a musical family, Ms. Moore graduated from the famed Arts High School in Newark, New Jersey. At the encouragement of her parents, she went on to pursue music education at Montclair State University where she earned her Bachelor of Music Education Degree. However, her inner voice told her to see if she could make it as a performer.
Ms. Moore’s stepfather introduced her to several agents, which eventually landed her a role in the classic musical HAIR. It was in HAIR that Ms. Moore became the first African-American woman to replace a white actress, in a lead role on Broadway. A year and a half later, she starred in PURLIE, which earned her a TONY Award for her portrayal as “Lutiebelle". Ms. Moore later appeared alongside the iconic Eartha Kitt in the musical TIMBUKTU! Another first came when she landed the female lead role on Broadway as "Fantine" in the acclaimed musical, Les Misérables
Although Ms. Moore enjoyed working on Broadway, she didn’t want to forget about her first love…music. Deciding to focus more on her recording career, she made her recording debut on Mercury Records with "I Got Love", followed by "Look What You’re Doing to The Man", which earned her a ‘Best New Artist’ Grammy nod.
Moore soon scored a string of Billboard Chart hits with songs like “This Is It" and “You Stepped Into My Life". Ms. Moore was the first female pop artist to do a non operatic solo concert at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera House.
Melba Moore continued to enjoy great success musically with Billboard #1 hit singles “Falling" and “A Little Bit More," a duet with Freddie Jackson.
During this period Ms. Moore worked hard on her philanthropy. She gave her time working with Hale House and at that time founded her own organization, The Melba Moore Foundation for Children. Although the foundation is inactive, Ms. Moore's passion for children never waned.
Melba Moore produced her forth coming album entitled, "Forever Moore" which will be released on her new label A'Moore Music, Inc.
Legendary Reggae Singer , Half Pint
Half Pint’s diminutive stature belies not only his vocal capabilities but also camouflages his huge on-stage presence, often described as no less than explosive and dynamic. Born Lindon Roberts, but affectionately called Half Pint, he is a product of the West Kingston enclave of Rose Lane, a community in adjacent proximity to Trenchtown which has produced the likes of Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Toots Hibbert and a host of other international Reggae superstars.
Half Pint began singing in the school choir at All Saints’ Primary School. Upon completion of his secondary education in 1976, he made a head-on thrust into Jamaica’s music industry. Pint toured the island with various sound systems including Black Scorpio, Jammys, Gemini, Lee’s Unlimited and Killimanjaro, earning respect along the way as a talented vocalist and performer. Lindon Roberts was sought by and subsequently worked with top producers such as Errol (John) Marshall; Errol (Myrie) Lewis; Prince (King) Jammy; the rhythm twins, Sly and Robbie; George Phang; Jack Scorpio, Bobby “Digital” Dixon and Mass Hugh to name a few. He also lent his vocal talent to local peers like Garnett Silk, Tony Rebel and The Tamlins among others.
In 1983, Pint’s first single, “Sally,” was released followed by “Winsome,” the virtual anthem of the day. He continued to bombard the local and international Reggae scenes with a slew of hits, including “Mr. Landlord,” “Level the Vibes,” “Substitute Lover” and the massive chart topper, “Victory.” Besides hit singles, Roberts has also managed to deliver an impressive cache of albums, most of which are still in demand worldwide. His colossal fan base is universal and remains consistently dedicated, especially in Europe, Japan, Brazil, and the West Coast of the United States.
Three young men summed up became the darlings of the popular local talent show- Rising Stars, One Third sung their way into the hearts of Jamaicans and became a staple in households, offices, and schools across Jamaica in 2006 and it was of no surprise they emerged winners. The rest is history, One Third has appeared on several major events, including CVM TV’s Startime, Teensplash, Stars R Us, Irie Jamboree [New York], Jamaica Jerk Festival on two occasions [Miami], PortRoyal Music Festival, Cayman Islands Independence Concert, Miss Jamaica Festival Queen pageant, Mothers Day Concert with Air Supply, Love On The Harbour with Peabo Bryson. Alpheus Johnson aka Al, who hails from Portmore hypnotizes with his crisp tenor and ease at singing falsetto (which he jokingly refers to as his “cd voice”, and his effortless delivery style, Al displays a hypnotic control over his female audience. He has added the playing of the guitar to his arsenal of performing skills which makes him the consummate picture of an artiste and makes him a more versatile member both on and offstage.
Adrian Campbell, a native of Belfield, St. Mary, traded his chances of a full time medical career to be with his first love, music. He possesses a gospel-influenced, soulful voice which breathes soul into Reggae finds great favor with music lovers of all ages. His youthful appearance attracts the youngest of fans, and his perceived innocence perks the curiosity of older women. Miguel Walters, a son of Sterling Castle, St. Andrew, had an early start to his career, when he and his peers created havoc with the desks at Calabar High School in Kingston, beating them like drums. As fate would have it, his first stint in the music industry was as a drummer. Miguel was, however, determined to expand his musical participation in the industry and so with his strong vocals, and unmistakable charisma, as well as his bad-boy allure and stylish ways, he ups-ante with an innate magnetism which captivates and engages a huge fan base.
Suzanne Couch, Singer-Songwriter, Pianist and Chef Extraordinaire
All encompassing the truism “Jack of many trades”, in her case, Jill, Suzanne Couch is a singer-songwriter, pianist and chef extraordinaire, proving mastery can be an easy feat. Pursuing both her affinities effortlessly, Couch has a colorful track record on both the culinary and music scene.
Donning her cap as singer-songwriter, Couch writes delicate songs of love in the contemporary world. Teaming the flavorful sounds of her Caribbean background with her lyrics she produces her own brand of distinctly R&B music, that appeals to pop and jazzy ears. Having learnt to play piano at just four years old, later under the mentorship of Audrey Cooper at the Jamaica School of music, she left her hometown Jamaica for the U.S. in the 70’s to study piano at the University of Florida, returning to Jamaica in 1980, to join the band Native as a keyboard player. The compilation of Native also included her husband Peter Couch and lyricist Brian Jobson as members, within the band Suzanne and Jobson began writing songs together (including "Fortunes of Love," which appeared on the soundtrack to Stephanie Black's Life and Debt, a video documentary on Jamaica's severe economic problems). Couch has been a featured singer on several Jamaican record releases, including the vocal mix of Steely & Clevie's "Why," a version of the Carly Simon song that was the centerpiece of their 1990 album Soundboy Clash on Profile Records, and Monty Alexander's Many Rivers to Cross, recorded in 1995 at Suzanne and Peter's own Couch Studios in Kingston. She came to the attention of Dave Stewart (Eurhythmics) with the group Factory Of Unlimited Rhythm ( F.O.U.R)and was signed to his lable East West in the UK.
Soulful Singer ,Trevelle
Trevelle Latoya Clarke is a Jamaican born singer who hails from the parish of St. Ann. She is a passionate and soulful singer who takes listeners on an exciting and expressive journey every time she performs.
Trevelle started singing from the tender age of six when her mother who has always encouraged her to do music decided it was time she join the Sunday School choir. She then went on to performing at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission yearly festival and always received awards for her performances.
Trevelle attended the Bethany Primary School, Westwood High School, The Mico University College and is now a final year student at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, doing a Bachelor’s in Music Education.
Miss Clarke prides herself in being an active person wherever she goes. She is a praise and worship leader, supporting vocalist, a past member of the Jamaica Youth Chorale and the Edna Manley Choir. She also enjoys playing the keyboard and being a master of ceremonies on occasions.
It was in 2014 that Trevelle decided that she would probably enjoy a solo career. And so she auditioned for the Jamaica Jazz and Blues talent stage and got selected. The response from the crowd inspired the decision, along with coaxing from family and friends. She enjoys performing and entertaining the people.
Trevelle believes that every chance she gets to perform on a stage; it is an amazing opportunity to make music lovers happy.
Songwriter , Producer And Renowned Guitarist Bryan Art
The name Bryan Art describes a witty songwriter, meticulous producer, renowned guitarist and multifaceted artist specializing in music with a positive message. A graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts where he majored in guitar (Caribbean Latin American & Jazz Studies), Bryan first came to prominence as a guitarist and touring member of the Legendary Fire House Band. With Firehouse, Bryan gained immeasurable experience, supporting top flight Artistes including Luciano, Mikey General and Sizzla for several years and later with Bushman as band leader and guitarist of his Grass Roots Band.
The multi-dimensional Bryan Art, who in his college years, balanced guitar duties with photography and graphic art, also spent invaluable time teaching music in Jamaican Schools. He took the bold decision to add a further dimension as recording Artiste and in 2001, released his first single titled Soon Come Back, produced by himself and Courtney Morrison for FIWI Music Label. He would later go on to record and release several hits including Rock And Come In in 2004 and Get It in 2005 that would go a far way in making Bryan Art a household name.
Reajhaun Baptiste (Musician, Pannist, Entertainer and Steelpan Arranger was born in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on October 13th 1985. His first music experience or musical career began at the tender age of 9. Although he was initially more interested in sports, he was drawn to the steelpan. Being born into a musically inclined family where the steelpan was dominant and played by several family members, no doubt influenced his decision and contributed to his passion and love for the instrument which grew steadily over the years. Mr. Baptiste, has been recognized for his skills, technical abilities, dexterity and progress in being able to play and master just about any steelpan of the steelpan family and was awarded the “Captain’s Award Trophy”, at an award ceremony by the Starlift Steel Orchestra in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines the leading and oldest Steel Orchestra in his homeland to highlight his achievements and is also one of the tutors and musical Arrangers. In 2008, Reajhaun was inducted into the National Cultural Foundation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, a performing arts ensemble comprised of the islands most talented young artistes.
In 2009, Reajhaun’s dedication to musical excellence and progress paid off and he was awarded a scholarship to pursue studies in Music at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Jamaica (EMC). He accepted gratefully and begun to furthers develop and enhance his musical abilities for the next four years. Upon completion of his studies in Jamaica Mr. Baptiste received an “Honors Recital Award" from the Edna Manley College of Music in April 2013, in recognition of his outstanding achievement in solo performance.
Pianist / Keyboardist ,Christopher Wright
Christopher Wright is pianist/keyboardist from Kingston Jamaica. He has played for various artists such as Jermaine Edwards, Goddy Goddy, Jai, Noreta Lewis and has worked with Prodigal Son Judith Gayle Kerron Ennis, Omari , Ryan Mark and many other Jamaican Gospel artists. He has worked with the JCDC Gospel Festival competition for 5 years as one of the keyboard players in the backing band and has traveled to numerous Caribbean countries to perform.
During his time at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts he has performed for numerous events organized by the college and was chosen as one of the awardees of honors at the college’s Honors Recital in 2013. In February 2014 he was selected as one of the performers at an audition for the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival where he showed off his playing skills. Now in his final year at Edna Manley College, he hopes to continue his journey spread his musical abilities throughout the Caribbean and the world and his hopes of becoming a household name amongst the top keyboards players of Jamaica.