n.e.r.d. life by D’Vo is a Christian Hip Hop and Soul artist from Houston, TX. He is the voice of Global Rhythm and Owner of the label, Element 11. Within the past year, he has released a Christian Hip Hop series called The Codex, Volume I & II.
D’Vo’s style of music features a unique blending of hip-hop with down south soul, jazz, rap with modulated voices and chopped & screwed. His futuristic sound has earned him two top-charting songs, What I Can or Can’t Achieve and I’ll Find My Way.
D’Vo proves himself versatile as the lead singer in his band, Global Rhythm, a soul fusion and funk band consisting of four talented artists from around the world. Their mix of authentic instruments, soulful vocals, and funky beats will make you want to swing dance on Beale Street in Downtown Memphis.
The bandmates of Global Rhythm had their appearance on D’Vo’s first album, The Codex: I’ve Got Next, in the song One Love as well as his second album, The Codex: Running the Point, on Me and My Friends. D’Vo and his band, Global Rhythm recently released a song called, ‘A Love That Stays The Same’ and he is working on his upcoming albums to join The Codex as a series.
Let’s keep our eyes on this talented artist and watch his progression in the music industry. It appears he is not going anywhere anytime soon, as he mentions his commitment to using his talent to serve God.
Pastor Ricky was born in Kingston Jamaica; he migrated to the United States in 1982, and subsequently graduated from Northwestern High School in Adelphi, Maryland. While living a sinful life as a dancehall deejay and street hustler, he answered the call of God in March 1994. Through God’s Grace, Pastor Ricky earned a BS in Management from The University of Potomac in June 2006, and an MBA in Business from Columbia Union College in June 2008, prior to pursuing an MDIV in Ministry with a concentration in Pastoral Counseling at Washington Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, Maryland. Prior to pursuing his BS, MBA, and MDIV degrees, Pastor Ricky also attended Jericho Christian Training Bible College under the tutelage of the late Apostle Betty Peebles.
Throughout the years, Pastor Ricky became involved in numerous ministries geared toward spreading the gospel, and winning souls. These included but were not limited to Hospital ministry, Nursing homes, ministering to the homeless at the Homeless shelters, and Prison ministry. Most notably, Pastor Ricky ministered at Georgetown University Medical Center; Gospel Rescue Mission Homeless Center; Prisons and Jails in Washington, DC metropolitan area such as the Lorton Correctional Center in Lorton, Virginia; DC Jail in Washington, DC; Upper Marlboro Correctional Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland; Jessup Correctional Center in Jessup, Maryland, and many fellowship churches in the U.S.A. and Jamaica.
Over 25 years ago the Lord called Pastor Ricky and he answered the Master’s called by walking away from the Dance halls to serve the Lord faithfully in ministry. However, in January 2017 the Lord deposited into his Spirit to produce his first Reggae Gospel Album titled “From the Dance Hall to the Church Hall.” The Album has 10 tracks.
The Album was released on June 29, 2019, and is currently being distributed by CD Baby. Currently, the Album is available online at over 150 Digital online Music stores and streaming services worldwide.
On June 8, 2019, Pastor Ricky performed is first Gospel concert in Queens, New York and shared the stage with King Arthur, and Kevin Heath.
Between June through December 2019, Pastor Ricky ministered in six live performances and have shared the stage with Minister Michael Reid, Patrick Reid, Keesa Peart, Eddie Nebelit, Minister Ted Robinson, DC Praise, Wayne Mr. Praise, Beverly Rose, Bro Kenny Nelson and others.
On August 10, 2020, Pastor Ricky released his second Album titled “Blessed to be a Blessing” which is available online at over 150 Digital online Music stores and streaming services worldwide.
To date, Pastor Ricky was blessed to ministered 13 Virtual live Concerts sharing the live with Glacia Robinson, Flavia Beswick, Brotha George, Delroy Cooper, Winsome Douglas, Devon Silver, Jesus Rambo, Jennifer Cruz, Orville West, Amen Virtuous, and Chiny Ezzike.
To date, Pastor Ricky has been blessed to conduct 64 live Gospel Radio station interviews and has made 63 Drops and 65 Dubplate Specialists for several different Radio station disc jockey personalities.
Writer, Vocalist, Recording Artist, Percussionist Robert IMtume Owens leaves no tables unturned as he vocally wows you and musically reflects a time of his early R&B, Jazz, and Soul influences. It Makes You Reminisce and say… I Wanna Go Back!
From the 1980’s to approximately 2000, I had explored singing in every form possible — jingles, background vocals for other artists, stage and theatrical plays, and studio sessions.
While attending and studying jazz percussion at Kansas University, I began to work with different bands. I then formed my own fusion jazz band called Group Therapy and was the lead singer for a pop band called Kokomo from 1984-1994. I continued singing competitively and won the Budweiser Showdown two years in a row. That’s when I met Mr. Max Groove – a contemporary jazz artist from Kansas City and recorded the title cut for his new CD Midnight Rain, which reached the top 10 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz charts.
I then released the single “In Your Lifetime” in the UK produced by Crayge Lindesay. This led to my working or in the studio with Gerald Albright, Freddie Jackson, Najee, Alex Bugnon, Eric Gable, Ashford and Simpson, and Grover Washington Jr., just to name a few.
In 1995, I was signed to record the single “Sex Zone” for the album Organized Kaos on Hyped International/Bellmark Records.
In 2004 and in 2005, I recorded the contemporary gospel single “Talk to Me” (written by V Michael McKay) with the Las Vegas mass choir. Additionally, in 2009, I recorded my own contemporary Gospel CD, So Much Better by Newday Christian.
Moreover, in 2014, I began venturing back into R&B and Jazz. With the new music came a change in scenery as I relocated to Chicago, which I still call home.
Daniel Diaz believes in the power of reality. This Rhode Island Hip Hop artist has always used his government name as his stage name and is also known as “Real” because every single thing he writes is true. He’d like to give hope to those who are broken and also help the new generation of emcees to be real with themselves no matter what their circumstances may be.
Daniel was born in Hackensack, New Jersey and then moved to RI at a young age. He’s also lived in Massachusetts and the Dominican Republic which helped broaden his creative energy early on. He first gained an interest in making music when his mother would play Merengue and Salsa around the house. It was something that’s stuck with him since he was 12 years old and first started writing lyrics. He cites Nas, Biggie, Common, Evidence, Black Thought, Wu-Tang and other Golden Age artists as direct influences on his craft.
“The greatest success is enhancing someone else’s life,” says Daniel. He sees himself achieving that goal by touching as many people as he can in the short time that we’re given on this planet. Be on the lookout for him if you support genuine boom bap rap.
The Phoenix Jazz Group performs jazz in a melodic fusion style. Group members are very versatile in a number of different styles. A review from The Jazz Society of Oregon stated ” they’re a Canadian quartet of musicians with impressive credentials whose program of all original music swings with ease “. Since their debut album ” Extensions ” was released in 2009, the music of The Phoenix Jazz Group has received ongoing airplay on Canada’s Premier Jazz Station Jazz FM 91.1 in Toronto as well as on jazz radio in the U.S and over 50 countries worldwide. A review of the group’s most recent album Amparo from Whole Note Magazine in Toronto states ” It is in the fusion of myriad styles that the group’s music speaks best.This can be felt throughout the album, but nowhere more strongly than in the profound beauty of Amparo, the title track itself.”
JOHN McLELLAND, Piano and Keyboards, has performed with many of Canada’s jazz notables including singers Trish Colter, Jackie Richardson, Rita Di Ghent, Barbra Lica, Heather Bambrick and instrumentalists Phil Nimmons, Alex Dean, Rick Wilkins, Peter Appleyard, Dave McMurdo, Ted Warren, Duncan Hopkins and Mike Malone as well as American jazzers Louis Smith and Mike Grace. He has performed internationally at the Focsani Blues Festival in Romania with Barbra Lica and Chris Cigolea and at The Queenstown International Jazz Festival in New Zealand with Jason Thornton. He holds Bachelor of Music ( Honours ) and Bachelor of Education degrees from The University of Western Ontario, studied at The Banff School for the Performing Arts and spent three years in New Zealand teaching Jazz and Improvisation at James Hargest College.
ANDY KLAEHN, Clarinet and Saxophones, is a dynamic multi-talented, professional musician, bandleader, and master teacher. He is a highly sought after soprano, alto and tenor sax player as well as a flute and clarinet player performing with various artists in a wide array of collaborations from duos to sextets. Andy is an active member of the Faculty of Music at the University of Guelph as well as a woodwind teacher in local private studios.
JOHN GODDARD, Percussion, is very active in both the jazz and classical idioms. During his career as a jazz drummer he has performed with a variety of recording artists including Carol Welsman, Peter Appleyard, Phil Nimmons, Shirley Eikhard and Heather Bambrick. His experience in the classical field has included gigs with a number of orchestra and theatre companies in South-Western Ontario. In addition to maintaining a private percussion studio he enjoys his positions as Director of the University of Guelph Concert Winds and instructor of Applied Percussion.
GREG PRIOR, Bass, is a feelance bassist who has performed with the Waterloo Chamber Players, Big Band Theory, as well as Michael Wood, Ernie Kalwa, Andriy Tykhonov, Tim Moher and many other artists. Before he moved to Waterloo from Calgary he performed with The Lethbridge Symphony, The Red Deer Symphony, and the Symphony of the Kootenays. He has toured with many artists at Jazz festivals throughout Canada and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Greg studied and performed in Havana,Cuba with the Latin jazz ensemble Masacote. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Calgary and studied at the Banff School for the Performing Arts.
Scott Neary is an international touring musician and award winning guitarist/composer/arranger. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas Master’s of Music program, where he was a member of the Grammy Nominated One O’Clock Lab Band, and can be heard on their recording Lab 2013.
From Wabush, Labrador, Scott now lives in Toronto as a freelance guitarist/pianist/vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer, and music director.
You can hear him on Ilios Steryannis’s The Bethany Project (2018), and Leslie Huyler’s Thank You (2017), Pheonix Jazz Group Amparo (2017), Floral Marks FM (2020), and with Toronto bluegrass group The Hit Pickers.
Kate Odulukwe is a Nigerian-American Actress and Singer/Songwriter native to both the Bronx, NY and Anambra State, Nigeria. Her debut EP – Melanin and Melancholy was called “transcendent” by POPDUST Magazine. Kate’s soothing vocals serve as a centerpiece, surrounded by a pallete of diverse influences including elements of Pop, R&B and traditional Nigerian music. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Kate went on to be accepted into the prestigious SpringboardNYC program by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony® Awards. A true reflection of her upbringing, Kate draws inspiration from traditional Nigerian music as well as elements of Neo-Soul, Pop and R&B.