Bunny Sigler – Latest Release “Bundino”

Bunny Sigler – Latest Release “Bundino”

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Bunny Sigler – New Release “Bundino”

Four-time Grammy winning producer-singer-songwriter Bunny Sigler releases a new album that will excite past and present fans. The prolific songwriter who produced the “Philly Sound” excites his audience with this highly anticipated new album continuously showcasing his classic R&B sound going back to his roots for something past fans will be excited for.

Bundino, Sigler’s upcoming album out on May 12, is a complete work of romantic R&B, soul ballads with a contemporary sound.

Sigler takes all the right risks that will catch anyone’s ear. Known to many of his fans and peers as “Mr. Emotion”, Sigler still provides his signature smooth sound and romantic lyrics.

This new album showcases Bunny’s undying love for songwriting and producing the most passionate and romantic R&B songs that are laced with soul with every high note and lyric. Bundino is the perfect blend of instant classics with polished production that is current for this new year.

Bunny’s voice transcends all these decades with his voice sounding better than ever. Stand-out tracks include current single “When I Think Of You,” “Buttermilk and Cornbread” and “Lavada.”

“Bunny Sigler is still viable as an R&B singer-songwriter over forty years after his first hit record.”BVS Reviews

Bunny has been known for working with a string of acts over the years such as Patti LaBelle, The O’ Jays, The Spinners, Curtis Mayfield, Barbara Mason, Gamble & Huff, Outkast and even Jay-Z. He continues to evolve as an artist staying in tune to what’s current in order to be a relevant songwriter to continue his long-running career in the music industry.

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He is a four-time Grammy award winner and nominee and we are honored to have him back with us to talk about his latest release “Bundino” and his future projects.

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Onaje Allan Gumbs – Bloodlife: Solo Piano Improvisations

Onaje Allan Gumbs – Bloodlife: Solo Piano Improvisations

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Colored People® Network Presents: Onaje Allan Gumbs

Born in Harlem and raised in Queens, Onaje started playing piano at age 7. He graduated from Manhattan’s High School of Music and Art as well as SUNY at Fredonia.

In 1971, a gig with master guitarist Kenny Burrell at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit led to recording and sideman gigs with such artists as Norman Connors, Buster Williams, Cecil McBee, Betty Carter and Nat Adderley. He spent 2 years as pianist, composer, arranger in the band led by the late, great trumpeter Woody Shaw.

As a producer/arranger/pianist, Onaje has worked with other artists such as , Billy Cobham, Kevin Eubanks, Will Downing, Angela Bofill, and Cassandra Wilson. Producer of debut albums for vocalists Vanessa Rubin and Gregory Generet and for bassist Kenny Davis whose album featured among others, Geri Allen, Javon Jackson, Billy Kilson and Don Byron.

Signature arrangements: Woody Shaw(Rosewood), Phyllis Hyman (Betcha By Golly Wow and The Answer is You) and for Stanley Jordan (The Lady in My Life).

Solo projects include “Onaje” (Steeplechase – 1976/1995), “That Special Part of Me” (MCA/Zebra – 1988), “Dare to Dream (MCA/Zebra – 1991)”, “Return to Form” (Half Note – 2003), “Remember Their Innocence” (Ejano – 2005), “Sack Full of Dreams” (18th & Vine – 2007) which was a Jazz Improv Magazine pick amongst best albums of 2007 and “Just Like Yesterday” (Pony Canyon – 2010). Onaje composed, arranged and performed the original score for the 1994 Showtime Network film, “Override”, directed by actor/producer Danny Glover. He composed the score for an indie film entitled “Indelible”. Onaje also has gained a lot of satisfaction as one of the instructors at the prestigious Litchfield Jazz Camp in Kent, CT.

Onaje is the featured pianist on Avery Sharpe’s albums, “Dragonfly”(2005), “Legends and Mentors”(2008), “Autumn Moonlight”(2009),”LIVE”(2010), “Running Man” (2011) and Sojourner Truth, Ain’T I A Woman” (2012).

Onaje’s concert presentation called ” New Vintage” features an eclectic performance of Straightahead and Contemporary Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, Spoken Word, vocals, instrumentals and in some cases, dance movement. He had a very successful one night engagement at the BAM Cafe in April of 2013. He returned for 2 very successful nights in January of 2014.

Onaje composed and performed an original solo piano score for a dance commissioned by NY Live Arts and choreographed by Ms Dianne McIntyre in tribute to a week long retrospective of writer James Baldwin April 26th and 27th of 2014.

A new solo piano project ( actually a never released project from 1985) based on the music of the late, great drummer, composer Ron Shannon Jackson has been released on his Ejano imprint in 2013. There is also a feature on this project and his other projects in the September issue of DownBeat Magazine.

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Onaje is a 2006 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Jazz Artist for his album, “Remember Their Innocence”.

We are pleased to have Onaje as our guest and talk about his life and his latest release: Bloodlife – A collection of solo performances based on melodies composed by Ronald Shannon Jackson.

This album is an eclectic collection of melodies created by the venerable drummer/composer Ronald Shannon Jackson (1940-2013) and combined with masterful improvisations on solo piano by the Legendary Onaje Allan Gumbs. http://www.onajeallangumbs.com/

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Steve Harper – Your Creative Life!

Steve Harper – Your Creative Life!

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Steve Harper is a graduate of Yale, The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard and the playwriting program at Juilliard. Also an actor, Steve has appeared at major regional theatres (The Guthrie, Williamstown) on national television: 90210, Rescue Me, Law & Order: SVU and Criminal Intent, America’s Most Wanted, Monsters, Homicide, All My Children (recurring), and The Fox-45 Clubhouse. In film: (Chico & Rita, Dark September Rain).

He is a director and has filmed many commercials and is also a voice-over artist.

Steve spent two seasons writing for the USA Network show Covert Affairs.

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His plays include Black/Out Stories, The Escape Artist’s Children (CT Tuesdays Workshop at Celebration Theatre), Urban Rabbit Chronicles (nominated for Williamstown’s Weissberger award), almost not quite just about, and The Laundry Channel (Juilliard workshop).

Short plays: How to Teach the Civil War, Like the End of the World (Chicago’s American Theatre Company – The Silver Project), Things are (Mostly) Crazy, This is Now (American Airlines Theatre – 24 Hour Plays ‘05), First Encounter (Falcon Theatre / L.A. – NBC diversity showcase), Actual Cost (Juilliard /100th Anniversary– published by The Kenyon Review Online), Iggie Imagines Marriage (John Houseman Studio/Dreamcatcher Rep.), and Abstract Purple (Baltimore Playwrights Festival).

Short films include the comic spy drama Intelligence (directed by Phil Kaufmann) – screened at Dances With Films, and the supernatural comedy Betty on the Bed (also director, producer and actor).

Readings and workshops:

Los Angeles: Celebration Theatre, Second Sundays, The Living Room Series.
New York: New York Stage & Film, Summer Play Festival/Naked Angels, New York Theatre Workshop, Tribeca Theatre Festival.

Regional: Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Hilton Head Island New Play Festival.

Awards include the Artistic Achievement Award from the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, the Millennium Telly Award, the Le Compte du Nouy prize at Juilliard (two-time recipient), a MacDowell Colony National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and two Yaddo fellowships: including the Skidmore Residency for Artists of Color.

He was the founding president of the A.R.T. Institute Alumni Association, and is a certified creativity coach.

These are just a few of Steve’s many accomplishments. You can reach him at: www.harpercreates.com also visit Steve at www.YourCreativeLife.com

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Thelma Houston – Grammy Award Singer & Motown Legend

Thelma Houston – Grammy Award Singer & Motown Legend

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Houston is well-known to the world of Disco, R&B and Motown. One of her most notable singles during that period was “You’ve Been Doing Wrong for So Long” which secured her a Grammy nomination for a Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Houston released her third album Any Way You Like It in 1976 and the first single released was her version of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes’ 1975 song “Don’t Leave Me This Way”. In February 1977 the track hit Number 1 in the U.S. on the R&B and Club Play Singles charts and in April 1977 on the Hot 100 Charts.

“Don’t Leave Me This Way” won Houston the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the Grammys for 1977.

Thelma’s Grammy-honored career spans four decades of American musical history, yet her vocals have never sounded richer than today.

Thelma Houston & JANITOR met in 2012 while performing at a benefit concert in Northern California. He played cello. She sang. Despite the 42 years between them, a musical bond was clear. Writing and recording music since 2012, Thelma & JANITOR are pleased to release their debut EP, “fortytwo” ­named for the difference in their ages ­ on September 17, 2013. The five-song EP maps a journey of success and struggle in Thelma’s words and a genre-defying tapestry of contemporary and vintage sounds in JANITOR’s beats.

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Walter “Bunny” Sigler – From Bunny With Love

Walter “Bunny” Sigler – From Bunny With Love

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The legendary Walter “Bunny” Sigler is a four-time Grammy award winner and nominee who has been a writer, producer or recording artist on over thirty-six million CDs.  He has over four decades of multi-gold and platinum recordings both as a recording artist and producer.  The twelve original songs on this newest CD “From Bunny With Love” are evidence that Bunny remains a musical and creative powerhouse.

Bunny released on March 1, 2012 a new CD “From Bunny With Love.”
The new radio release single is “Nobody Else For Me.”

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The singer was born Walter Sigler in Philadelphia on 27th March 1941. Bunny recalls, “They called me Bunny right off because I was born two days before Easter. The first singing I did was in church – Sunday school. I wouldn’t say it was very funky, just straight. . . ‘Our Father which art in Heaven.’ But then I started going to my mother’s church, that was a Baptist Church, the Emmanuel Baptist. Now THAT was funky. I really dug the way people got down in church. I sang in school, all the kids did, you know the group kinda thing. I would get home at six in the morning and have to get up in a couple of hours and go to school. I had a little group called the Opals, me and my brother and two other guys. One was called Murphy who looked just like Nat Cole. We did quite a few shows,  but a couple of times the group didn’t show up so I had to do the show all by myself.

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A disc jockey called “Cannonball” heard me and got me to leave the group and sign a contract.  I recorded a thing called ‘Come On Home’, a Junior Parker song, for a company called Craig.”  “They called me Bunny ‘Mr Emotions’ Sigler, that a name I had given to me when I first started singing supper clubs.  I used to get on stage and start crying with my songs and going down on my knees and so on. I’m still that way, I guess.  But now I don’t cry on stage.”

Bunny recorded some more sides. But it was one summer, after performing at Atlantic City’s Ambassador Hotel that his big break came. Bunny was singing and improvising on the piano, searching for ideas, when he was brought to the attention of independent producers John Madara and Dave White (Len Barry’s “123”) by Leon Huff who suggested they check out Sigler’s performance at the Red Hill Inn. Impressed, they signed him to a deal that led to the release on Cameo of “Let The Good Times Roll”/”Feels So Good”, a soulification of two old R&B hits by Shirley & Lee. It’s irresistible groove saw it reach 12 in the US R&B Billboard charts.

When Cameo Parkway folded, Sigler began hanging around the hallways of Gamble Huff Productions, singing, strumming guitar and practising his newly acquired martial arts skills with wall punches and kicks. The latter proved unsettling to visiting clients leading Kenny Gamble to suggest that Sigler go into a room with Eugene Dozier and try to write some songs. Up to that point, Sigler hadn’t even thought about becoming a songwriter.
Around 1970, Gamble Huff Productions became Philadelphia International Records. When Eugene Dozier left the label, Sigler inherited his office. Sigler’s songwriting break came when a tune he co-wrote with Phil Hurtt, “(You Are My) Sunshine”, was released as a followup single to the O’Jays’ million selling ‘Back Stabbers’. Other Sigler/Hurtt tunes included on the ‘Back Stabbers’ album were “When The World Is At Peace” and “Who Am I”. The O’Jays’ followup album, ‘Ship Ahoy’, had Sigler’s first solo written song, “You Got Your Hooks In Me”, and the Sigler/Gamble tune “Don’t You Call Me Brother”. Sigler’s songs, productions, piano and background vocals are sprinkled throughout the Philadelphia International Records catalogue.

Sigler began to look for a group to develop, and through Jackie Ellis he met the TNJs (T for Trenton, NJ for New Jersey), a vocal group that built up a strong reputation around the Tristate area. Backing the TNJs were a band called Instant Funk. The nucleus of the band was bassist Raymond Earl and the Miller brothers, guitarist Kim Miller and drummer Scotty Miller. In 1972, Sigler was given the go ahead by PIR to record tracks for a his own album and he brought Instant Funk and the TNJs into the studio.

A single, a remake of Bobby Lewis’ “Tossin’ And Turnin”, gave Sigler his first chart hit (number 38 R&B) since “Let The Good Times Roll.”
In 1974, PIR issued two albums by Sigler, ‘That’s How Long I’ll Be Loving You’ and ‘Keep Smilin”. Though most tracks on Sigler’s PIR albums have backing tracks by MFSB, a significant number (including the whole ‘My Music’ album) feature the Instant Funk rhythm section. The section were also heard on hits by the O’Jays, Archie Bell the Drells, Evelyn “Champagne” King and Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes.

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With the Philly soul sound so hot, Sigler got a chance to work with a number of acts as a writer and/or producer, including the Whispers, Ecstacy, Passion And Pain and Carl Carlton. He cut tracks for artists on Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom label, including Mayfield himself (“Trippin’ Out”), and made a duet album with Barbara Mason. In 1976, Sigler got Instant Funk an album deal with Gamble Huff’s TSOP label.
A year later Bunny recorded an album for Curtom, “Locked In This Position”.

In 1978, Sigler, bringing along Instant Funk, switched to Goldmind, a label started by MFSB guitarist Norman Harris and distributed by Salsoul Records. With his first release for the label, Sigler scored a Top Ten R&B single with “Let Me Party With You (Party, Party, Party)”. The album of the same name was a smash in disco clubs. When Goldmind folded, all of its acts were transferred to Salsoul. About a year after its release and thanks to a Larry Levan remix, “I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It Girl)”, went on to be Instant Funk’s breakthrough hit (number one R&B). Both that single and the ‘Instant Funk’ album went gold. Just like at PIR, Sigler and Instant Funk worked with the acts on Salsoul – Loleatta Holloway, Double Exposure and First Choice as well as acts on other labels.

In the early ’80s, after the release of Bunny’s ‘Let It Snow’ album, Salsoul ceased operations. Sigler continued to write and produce, hitting with “Somebody Loves You Baby” (co-written with Eugene “Lambchops” Curry), a million seller for Patti Labelle, and taking Shirley Jones, formerly of Philadelphia International sister act the Jones Girls, to number one R&B with “Do You Get Enough Love” in August of 1986.

During his performing career Bunny had the honor to be invited to the United States Capitol where he sang the “23rd Psalm” at the investiture ceremony held at the Congressional Gold Medal to honor the Tuskegee Airmen on March 29, 2007. Bunny has been asked many times to sing the United States National Anthem at serveral major sporting events. Bunny has performed all over the world  and has entertained millions with his high energy show.  You won’t find anyone sitting down at a Bunny Sigler show !!

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Creating serveral hits over the span of his career that today’s generation keep sampling , Bunny continues to write, produce and Record new material. He is the co-writer of the song,  The Ruler’s Back which was an opening song for the Jay Z’s album, “Blueprint”.

He’s a living legend alright and a huge part of muisc history. Whether it’s performing, writing or producing he gives it his all….

It’s no wonder why the Industry has nicknamed him “Mr. Emotion” ~ BunnySigler.net

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Kristy Love Brooks – All Over The World

Kristy Love Brooks – All Over The World

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Kristy Love Brooks

Kristy Love Brooks, singer/songwriter, is no stranger to the limelight as the seasoned performer and all-around entertainer has been a solo RCA recording artist, actress, and dancer singing along with one of the most successful R&B groups, The Platters with an established fan base in the United Kingdom. She is in the eyes of many, a true diva with her reputation in the music industry.

With the release of “Songs of Love and Peace”, Kristy aims to create a new excitement and establish a “peace” movement in the mainstream dance music industry with single “All Over The World”.

ALL Over The World by Kristy Love Brooks

Her passionate, unique sound creates a variety of moods and tempos from mainstream dance and jazz to contemporary R&B and music with smooth tones that remind you of Roberta Flack and Sade.

Join your hosts Tania-Maria and Richard-Alan as we meet Kristy Love Brooks!

Join your hosts Tania-Maria and Richard-Alan March 17, 2013 at 3:30p Pacific/ 5:30p Central / 6:30p Eastern as we meet this fascinating and talented lady! Kristy Love Brooks.

 

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Evita Castine – Emmy Award Winning Producer

Evita Castine – Emmy Award Winning Producer

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Evita Castine

Writer, actress, director 

Emmy Award winning producer

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Evita M. Castine is a writer, director, producer, production designer, photographer and actress. She is the daughter of a venture capitalist and an artist. Her love of the written word and all things visual has taken her from her small town upbringing to cities across the world. She holds a M.A. in journalism from the University of Iowa and she is currently working on her M.F.A. in Production with an emphasis on directing at the University of Southern California School of Cinema. Her work has been published in several anthologies and publications. She began her career as a page at NBC in Burbank and went on to have stints at Access Hollywood and RKO Pictures where she worked in development. She was brought on to develop writers in emerging economies at the Foundation for International Film Artists where she administered the prestigious Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriting Prize: she was sent to Russia, Poland, France, Czech Republic to develop writers with the likes of Syd Field and Irvin Kershner.

During this time that she worked behind the scenes, she also trained as an actress and began to develop projects for herself and her friends. She was inspired by seeing the many writers she worked with all over the world, making their films and presenting them to a global audience at different festivals. What resonated with her was that many of the stories were personal, culturally specific, and they resonated with so many people because of their Universal Themes. These experiences gave her the courage to look more inwardly and she began to work diligently to tell the stories of the many people she grew up around and her personal life experience.

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She has acted in several films. She has trained classically and loves the work of Shakespeare. Famed actor Harry Lennix saw her performance as Lancelot from the Merchant of Venice, and called her portrayal “A thing of beauty,” and quickly hired her as Mistress Quickly to Angus McFayden’s (Braveheart, We Bought a Zoo) Falstaff in his film adaptation of Henry IV where he called her performance “Pure Gold.” She can also be seen in Shaan Dimri’s “Under God” where she plays a war torn Iraqi woman during Desert Storm. She has studied with Larry Singer in New York City, Bill Duke and David Proval in Los Angeles.

She has also written plays, and her short play “My Kind of People” was a selection at the 2009 NAACP Theatre Festival as well as “Wildcast” a 2011 NAACP Theatre Festival Selection.

She is currently finishing up production as a Production Designer on the short film “A Different Tree” directed by Steven Caple Jr. and starring Tracy Thoms.

Her latest directorial effort “Saudade” is currently traveling to different festivals across the United States.

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